The International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Owners Desk Diary
Rolls Royce Owners' Club Desk Diary The Rolls-Royce and Bentley marques are universally recognized as the benchmarks by which all other cars are measured. No other marques conjure up an image of such pure excellence. For over 50 years the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club and its members have celebrated the Rolls-Royce and Bentley marques through an annual calendar of events, both national and international, that showcase these wonderful vehicles. For the last 12 years the Club has presented members with this special publication to keep them apprised of these Club activities. Supplemented by articles on current and historic Rolls-Royce and Bentley models and superbly illustrated lifestyle features on subjects ranging everything from wineries to boutique and historic hotels, ski resorts, fine wine cellars, cigars and liqueurs, the publication is one of the most eagerly anticipated items in members’ calendars.
By Philip C. Brooks Phantoms in a Postwar World I n early 1945, Rolls-Royce placed a “teaser” advertisement in British motoring publications: “In due course the post-war Rolls-Royce will make its appearance. It will uphold the fame and prestige of its predecessor. When circumstances permit, a further statement will be made regarding prices and deliveries.” Above the text was an illustration of a car – perhaps an H.J. Mulliner-bodied Phantom III sedanca de ville, or perhaps a hint of a postwar car. Taking the illustration and the text into account, one could have assumed that a postwar Phantom would be built. Maybe it would – but maybe it would not. In July 1938, Rolls-Royce had to place an ad denying rumors that the Phantom III would be shortly replaced by an eight-cylinder Phantom. However, in 1939, an experimental car built as part of the development program for the “Rationalized Range” of motor cars appeared to be a replacement for the Phantom III. This was 30-G-VII, a Rolls-Royce with a Park Ward seven- 34 the international club for rolls-royce & bentley owners desk diary MMXI AutoFocus Rolls-Royce’s “teaser” ad from 1945. Promises, promises.... Image courtesy of Philip C. Brooks Photo by Larry S. Glenn The Aga Khan’s Phantom IV sedanca de ville by Hooper, 4AF20, now owned by Bob Shaffner.