Rolls Royce cars have achieved a high reputation the world over for their quality of design and performance.
Rolls Royce cars have achieved a high reputation the world over for their quality of design and performance. Any car with such a reputation is expensive to buy, and not frequently seen in large numbers. But on Monday (27 September), 43 Rolls Royces gathered on the Isle of Man, in the United Kingdom, to take part in a commemorative rally.
SYNOPSIS: This 1905 Rolls Royce was the first car away and is similar to the model that won the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy in 1906 The winning car in that rally, 70 years ago, was one of the Rolls Royce company's founder members -- Charles Rolls. Mr. Rolls covered the four laps of the 40 mile (64 kilometres) circuit in a total time of four hours, six minutes. His nearest rival was almost 33 minutes behind.
The cars in the 1906 rally were entered by seventeen different manufacturers. So the win for Charles Rolls was not only a personal success but also one for his cars. His winning time was no real reflection of the car's capabilities as a number of restrictions were placed on the drivers. They had to slow down when reaching villages and were not allowed to overtake while passing through the streets. But some cars did manage to clock up 80 miles (128 kilometres) per hour on the downhill sections of the course.
But in Monday's rally nobody was trying to win -- but simply to complete the commemorative run.