One of the world's most famous cars -- the Rolls Royce -- celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary on Sunday (1 April).
One of the world's most famous cars -- the Rolls Royce -- celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary on Sunday (1 April). With a commemorative drive from Frederick Henry Royce's home in Knutsford to his engineering works in Manchester -- where the first car was built -- the Rolls royce Enthusiasts' Club celebrated a three-quarter century of British engineering brilliance.
SYNOPSIS: Frederick Henry Royce was a successful engineer, and by nineteen hundred could afford to live in Brace Cottage in Knutsford. But the break through came in 1906, with the "Silver Ghost".
Throughout his life, Royce built cars which set international standards, including the "Phantom I", of 1928.
Royce really became successful when he met Charles Stuart Rolls, a successful car-salesman from London. Royce agreed to grant Rolls the sole sales rights for his cars. The partnership achieved world wide fame -- as did the Rolls royce trademark, the unmistakable radiator.
This is a model of the car which brought rolls and Royce together, with a two cylinder, ten horse-power engine. Rolls royce moved into the production of aircraft engines after Royce's death in 1933, and the Rolls Royce engine helped win Britain the coveted Schneider trophy.
Nearly all the Rolls Royce models turned out for the seventy-fifth anniversary drive on Sunday (1 April).
The silver Cloud was one of the one hundred and forty-two Rolls Royce cars which took part in the rally.
On the last stretch of the fifteen mile (24.1 kms) from Brae Cottage in Knutsford to Henry Royce's workshop in Manchester's Cooke Street, the cars passed Manchester Town Hall, where they were greeted by the Lord Mayor.
Royce's Cooke Street workshop was demolished ten years ago for a housing development and a modern road...to cope with the high volume of traffic not even Rolls and Royce could have predicted seventy-five years ago.