national car shows. His father once won the prestigious Foo-Dog Trophy for Outstanding Rolls-Royce at a National Meet with the 1924 Silver Ghost, and now Cullen has captured the same honor with his classic vehicle. In 2015, it won a top honor at the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance. Cullen has decided to put #2380 up for sale as he moves on to restore the chassis waiting for his attention in his garage. Judging from the equipment in his garage and the work ahead of him, Cullen is not averse to hard mechanical work. He has the tools and equipment to do just about anything that is required to repair and maintain his collection. He says that even the earliest Rolls-Royces were built with such thoughtful design and high-quality material, each restoration task he takes on is a learning experience. “I think I’ve learned to be a better dentist by working on these cars,” he says.
Driving the #2380 Rolls-Royce down Talbot Street, St. Michaels. log ge d more t ha n 2,0 0 0 m i le s around Europe. Moller, his wife, Birti, and son, Henrik, frequently took the RollsRoyce on extensive U.S. road trips, including the 1998 “Wholly Ghost Tour” (only Silver Ghosts allowed, thank you very much) of Utah. It was on that trip that Cullen, who was driving the 1924 that his father had given him, saw #2380. He bought it when it came on the market in 2004. “It needed a lot of cosmetic work,” Cullen says. “People often buy cars based on their appearances. With a Rolls-Royce, you are better off buying a car because it is sound mechanically but needs cosmetic work. If you buy one that has good cosmetics but needs a lot of mechanical work, you are in for a lot of hurt.” Since buying the 1913 Cullen has brought it back to its original grand self and has won trophies at several
Dick Cooper is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist. An eBook anthology of his writings for the Tidewater Times and other publications, East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Flyboys and Sailors, True Tales of the Eastern Shore, is now available at amazon.com. Dick and his wife, Pat, live and sail in St. Michaels, Maryland. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 40
Tidewater Times October 2017