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ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS: SHAPING THE WORLD FOR 120 YEARS

30.04.2024Press Release

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On 4 May 2024, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marks the 120th anniversary of the first meeting between Henry Royce and The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls. To celebrate this auspicious anniversary, Rolls-Royce considers the historical, technological and social context in which the marque came into being and the impact and influence of the Rolls-Royce name over its 120 years.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE ‘MODELS OF THE MARQUE’: THE 1900s – THE ROYCE 10 H.P. & ROLLS-ROYCE 10 H.P.

24.04.2024Press Release

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2024 marks the 120th anniversary of the introductory meeting between Henry Royce and The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls in 1904. The first in a series celebrating a landmark model from each decade of the marque’s history focuses on not one, but two motor cars; the Royce 10 H.P., the first motor car built by Henry Royce, and the Rolls-Royce 10 H.P., the inaugural model for the newly established marque.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE ‘MAKERS OF THE MARQUE’: ERNEST HIVES

17.04.2024Press Release

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The latest instalment in the ‘Makers of the Marque’ series honours Ernest Hives. Hives turned his self-taught driving skills and fascination for motor cars into a glittering career with Rolls-Royce, rising all the way through the ranks of the company in its early days: first as an experimental test driver, then as part of the 'works' team contesting the great motor trials of the day, before becoming Chairman of the Board in 1950.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE ‘MAKERS OF THE MARQUE’: ELEANOR VELASCO THORNTON

10.04.2024Press Release

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The third in a series profiling the principal characters in the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars foundation story as the marque celebrates its 120th anniversary year features Eleanor Velasco Thornton. A strong, intelligent, self-assured and highly influential woman, in an automotive world that was then almost entirely male-dominated. She has a unique place in Rolls-Royce history, best known as the purported model for the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE ‘MAKERS OF THE MARQUE’: HENRY ROYCE

25.03.2024Press Release

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As the marque celebrates its 120th anniversary year, the ‘Makers of the Marque’ series profiles the principal characters in the Rolls-Royce foundation story. The second in the series features Henry Royce, one of the marque’s co-founders whose life followed a truly extraordinary arc – from impoverished origins and with minimal formal education, he became a giant of 20th Century engineering and innovation.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE ‘MAKERS OF THE MARQUE’: HENRY EDMUNDS

19.03.2024Press Release

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This year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates the 120th anniversary of the first meeting between Henry Royce and Charles Rolls. While their two names became world-famous, Rolls-Royce might never have existed without the intervention, influence and contributions of others. In this series, as well as the founders themselves, these crucial actors are remembered.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE GRAVITY RACERS: THE FIRST VEHICLES OF THE GOODWOOD ERA

14.03.2024Press Release

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars commemorates the first vehicles of the Goodwood era – the RR-0.01 and RR-0.02 gravity racers, which were commissioned to participate in the Soapbox Challenges at the 2001 and 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed. These remarkable vehicles have now been faithfully restored to their former glory by the next generation of skilled artisans and craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce, ready for the next chapter in their fascinating history.

 

SIR FREDERICK HENRY ROYCE, 1st BARONET, OBE

22.04.2023Press Release

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For all his many honours and achievements, Sir Frederick Henry Royce OBE was a humble man, referring to himself simply as ‘a mechanic'. 90 years after his death, his technical genius and engineering philosophy – the pursuit of excellence – continue to inspire the company that bears his name.

 

SIR HENRY ROYCE (1863 - 1933): DRIVEN BY PERFECTION

27.03.2023Press Release

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Sir Henry Royce’s uncompromising command, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better” is one of the most famous quotations in automotive history. It is also a maxim that rings down the ages, and still inspires and informs the company that bears his name.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE CELEBRATES CENTENARY OF THE ‘TWENTY’

03.10.2022Press Release

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marks the centenary of the legendary 20 H.P., known to the world simply as the ‘Twenty’, launched on 6 October 1922. Designed by Sir Henry Royce, it ranks among the most important and influential models ever produced by the marque.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE REFLECTS ON ITS PINNACLE PRODUCT TO MARK 118TH ANNIVERSARY

04.05.2022Press Release

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marks the 118th anniversary of the first meeting between its founders, Henry Royce and The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, England in 1904. As part of its annual reflections on its origins and unique heritage, Rolls-Royce looks back through Phantom’s lineage, exploring how its namesakes evolved over the years to remain consistently at the apex of the Rolls-Royce offering.

 

ELMSTEAD: A PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE

20.04.2022Press Release

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Every year, the local section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club (RREC) marks the anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Royce on 22 April 1933 with a special ceremony at Elmstead, his beloved home in the village of West Wittering, West Sussex. This year's event has an added local significance, since it coincides with the centenary of West Wittering Memorial Hall, which was built during Royce's time at Elmstead.

 

SPIRIT OF ECSTASY: THE HUMAN DRAMA BEHIND THE LEGEND

06.02.2022Press Release

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For more than a century, Rolls-Royce motor cars have been graced by the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, one of the most recognisable emblems ever created. Yet, remarkably, given her immense fame and global reach, aspects of her story remain open to speculation, confusion and no little controversy.

 

ROLLS-ROYCE AND ELECTRIC POWER: A PROPHECY, A PROMISE AND AN UNDERTAKING

27.09.2021Press Release

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Rolls-Royce reflects on heritage of electric power ahead of historic announcement. Electrification has long been promoted as the future of automotive propulsion. Ahead of further official statements, we invite the media to reflect on the marque’s unique heritage in electric power, which pre-dates the founding of Rolls-Royce the company itself, and involves many of the principal protagonists whose names are forever associated with it.

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