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Rolls-Royce in Chichester
... News from Goodwood 2015

12 November 2015
Rolls-Royce Wraith
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

A Bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith will be the star of the UK's largest classic motor show, held this weekend at the NEC, Birmingham. The ultimate 'future classic', the spectacular Grand Tourer will take centre stage on the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club (RREC) stand, supported by a team of experts from the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood in West Sussex.

The Bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith, hand-built at the company's Head Office and Manufacturing Plant - the only place in the world where Rolls-Royces are built - is finished in sparkling two tone Midnight Sapphire and Silver. The interior is in Navy Blue and contrasting Arctic leather and Macassar Ebony veneer. The car features a range of Bespoke items, including a Starlight Headliner and an uplit Spirit of Ecstasy, bathed in light. It is also adorned with a suite of highly-advanced technological features including night-vision, parking cameras and Satellite Aided Transmission.

The RREC stand will feature several classic models from the marque. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Silver Cloud, an early Silver Cloud I will be displayed alongside a unique Silver Cloud III rolling chassis. Two Silver Shadows will mark the model's 50th anniversary, one owned by the Spencer family of Althorp and the second recently featured in James May's 'Cars of the People'. An exact replica of John Lennon's psychedelic Phantom V is also sure to attract attention.

The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club (RREC) caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls-Royce. From just eleven people at the inaugural meeting in 1957, membership now stands at around 10,000. Membership is open to owners and non-owners alike and members are drawn from all walks of life and from countries across the world. For more details see:

The UK's largest classic motor show, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show runs from 13-15 November 2015 at the Birmingham NEC. For more details see:

3 November 2015
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are delighted to congratulate Goodwood on winning 'Best British Luxury Experience' at the prestigious Walpole British Luxury Awards 2015. The award was received by the Earl of March at a glittering event held at the Dorchester in London yesterday.

Goodwood faced exceptionally tough competition, with Corinthia London, Fera at Claridge's, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods also shortlisted in the 'Best British Luxury Experience' category. The judges recognised Goodwood's impeccable attention to detail, outstanding customer focus and quintessentially British charm - values shared with Rolls-Royce, the world's leading super-luxury manufacturer.

Rolls-Royce and Goodwood enjoy a unique and symbiotic relationship - a meeting of two Great British brands. This close association began in 2000, when plans for the company's new Head Office and Manufacturing Plant were first unveiled, to be located on the South Westerly corner of the Goodwood Estate. The association extends beyond physical location with, for example, the Earl of March serving on the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Board as a Non-Executive Director.

  Best British Luxury Experience
The Earl of March receiving the 'Best British Luxury Experience' award for Goodwood at the Walpole. Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

Established in 2001, the Walpole British Luxury Awards are a celebration of exceptional brands and individuals that make the luxury industry the world-leader that it is today. The awards were created to honour those who demonstrate brilliance in the luxury sector both within Britain - where the luxury industry is now worth over £32 billion - and internationally. The Walpole British Luxury Awards is the only awards ceremony to span all sectors of the luxury world.

6 October 2015
Rolls-Royce DawnPhoto: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd   Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated the UK public premiere of the company's latest model, the Rolls-Royce Dawn, at the Goodwood Breakfast Club on Sunday. More than 10,000 fans and enthusiasts were able to experience the car at first hand and speak with employees from the Home of Rolls-Royce, based a short distance from the Goodwood Motor Circuit.

The new Rolls-Royce Dawn takes inspiration from the elegant and timeless Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn dropheads of the 1940s and 1950s, whilst delivering a world-first in super-luxury motoring - a cool, modern interpretation of what a super-luxury four-seater convertible motor car should be in 2015 - rare, refined and the most social motor car there is. The new Rolls-Royce Dawn stands apart from its stable mates, featuring 80% unique body panels, and is the quietest open-top car ever made.

Displayed alongside Dawn, Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ also drew huge crowds.

17 September 2015
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated a record Goodwood Revival over the weekend. The manufacturer of super-luxury motor cars hosted customers, prospects and VIPs and also entertained the tens of thousands of visitors to the world's most popular historic motor race meeting in true Rolls-Royce style.

The Rolls-Royce Radford building at the March Motor Works - this year titled 'March Mews SW1' - presented an appropriate tribute to the 'Finishing Shop' of Harold Radford (Coachbuilders) Limited, South Kensington. Harold Radford & Co Limited were long-established retailers of Rolls-Royce motor cars who, under GH Radford, developed a bespoke coachbuilding business in the late 1940s named Harold Radford (Coachbuilders) Limited. The coachbuilding business became synonymous with amendments to suit the rural lifestyle of the landed gentry, developing their 'Countryman' range of conversions to Rolls-Royce motor cars.

  1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Coupeacute; Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

A 'new' Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was displayed in the 'Finishing Shop' - a factory Standard Steel bodied car fitted out with all the Radford embellishments that created the sensational 'Countryman', featuring many of the range of over forty luxury optional extras as offered in Radford's brochure. A raised boot improved the capacity of the luggage compartment and a most convenient addition were the split folding rear seats, which allowed owners to stow bulky luggage for continental trips. The car presented is exceptionally rare, being the finest surviving example of only three originally built and a past Pebble Beach concours winner.

Rolls-Royce was represented on the Motor Circuit throughout the event by a handsome 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead Coupé by Park Ward, finished in Brewster Green, with Dark Green hood and Green hide. One of only twenty-eight Silver Dawn Drophead Coupé models to be built, this model was one of only eight to feature 'high line' wing styling, making it an exceptionally rare motor car. The car was very kindly loaned for the occasion by a customer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Joining the Course Director's entourage, special guests of the Company were conveyed in period luxury, with the silence of the Silver Dawn's 'magic carpet ride' only marginally disturbed by the ticking of the original mechanical clock.

Departing the Revival, invited guests returned to the current day in contemporary luxury, as they were conveyed in exquisite Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ghost and Wraith motor cars hand-built at the Home of Rolls-Royce, located within the Goodwood Estate, a short distance from the Motor Circuit.

The unmistakable sound of wartime vintage aircraft continued after the Revival, with more than 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes taking off from Goodwood Aerodrome on Tuesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Aircraft from across the UK, US and Europe took off over the Rolls-Royce head office and manufacturing plant, before making onward journeys for flypasts of airfields linked to the battle.

30 June 2015
Rolls-Royce Wraith
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
Rolls-Royce celebrated a successful Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend.

Wraith. The most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith effortlessly ascended the famous Goodwood Hillclimb during the Supercar Run. Wraith completed the 1.16-mile course in 57.21 seconds, placing it ahead of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Centennial Edition (59.00), the Bentley Continental GT (60.65), the Maserati GranCabrio MC (60.66) and the Porsche 918 Spyder 'Weissach' (61.37). Wraith recorded a speed of 106mph as the car crossed the finish line, beating the Company's previous Goodwood Hillclimb record, set in 2014. Wraith was driven by champion mountain and hillclimb driver, Joerg Weidinger.

25 June 2015
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will celebrate the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a significant presence on the famous Hillclimb. Ghost Series II and Wraith will be on familiar turf, with Goodwood House within sight of the Home of Rolls-Royce.

Course Car. The Course Car this year will be a Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, resplendent with LED race lights. The car is finished in Diamond Black, with the interior in Black and contrasting Hotspur Red leather and Black Stained Ash veneer. The contemporary design for the roof-mounted race lights was handcrafted in aluminium at the manufacturing plant. The Course Car will be driven by David Monks, Chief Tester, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and the car can be seen on the course between each Hillclimb Run throughout the weekend.

Supercar. The ultimate gentleman's Gran Turismo, Wraith can be seen on the Supercar Run up the hill and in between Hillclimbs in the Supercar Paddock. The car presented is finished in Ensign Red with contrast silver, with the interior in Black, Seashell and contrasting Hotspur Red leather and a machined metal facia. The coach doors open to reveal Canadel Panelling in Tudor Oak, named after the famous Canadel cove in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design and engineering teams spent their winters. Wraith will be driven by Joerg Weidinger, a champion mountain and hillclimb driver and Test Engineer for BMW Motorsport.

Both cars were built specifically for the event and feature unique Bespoke treadplates that read: 'Hand built in Goodwood, England for the Festival of Speed 2015'.

The Purple Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars recently announced a year-long initiative to support Together for Short Lives, the UK children's palliative care charity. To help the organisation raise awareness of its activities, and raise vital funds to continue delivering its vital work, the Company has donated a Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II for a year, wrapped in the charity's bright purple colour scheme and Together for Short Lives branding. The Ghost Series II will be used by the charity as it embarks on the 'Ready to Roll' tour, visiting all four corners of Britain, starting in October. The car can be seen on the Supercar Run up the hill and in between Hillclimbs in the Supercar Paddock, with a supporting team promoting the charitable initiative. For more details see

An exclusive fleet of Rolls-Royce motor cars will also be evident in the Goodwood area during the Festival of Speed, with invited VIP guests being conveyed in luxury from the Company's manufacturing plant and head office on the South-Eastern corner of the Goodwood Estate.

  The Purple Rolls-RoycePhoto: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

24 June 2015
Display of Goodwood-built Phantoms, Ghosts and Wraiths
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars recently celebrated the largest gathering of Rolls-Royces in the world at the 56th Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club Annual Concours and Rally. The spectacular setting of Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, provided the perfect backdrop for a record number of motor cars, with over 1000 heritage and contemporary Rolls-Royces attending for the first time in the Club's history.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars honoured the occasion with a record display of seven Goodwood-built Phantoms, Ghosts and Wraiths, including several highly Bespoke models. The motor cars, hosted by a team of experts from the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, drew large crowds throughout the three day event, with the passion for the brand, particularly for the contemporary models, evident amongst fans, enthusiasts and owners alike.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, "The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club is a vital custodian of our marque's remarkable history. Events such as the Annual Concours and Rally serve to give the wider public close access to some of the most important and rare motor cars in automotive history. The incredibly warm reaction to our stable of contemporary motor cars at these events is testament to our careful and successful custodianship of the Rolls-Royce brand."

An increasing number of enthusiasts are choosing to purchase a Goodwood-built Rolls-Royce to complement their heritage collections, either commissioning a new motor car or purchasing through the company's Provenance Programme. This is reflected by the recently launched 'Goodwood Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Register', which is now one of the fastest-growing sections of the Club.

The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls-Royce. From just eleven people at the inaugural meeting in 1957, membership is now approaching 10,000, making it the largest club of its kind in the world. Membership is open to owners and non-owners alike and members are drawn from all walks of life and from most countries of the world.

12 May 2015
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today announced the name of its forthcoming new car. The new model, an exciting and sensuous drophead, will be known as Rolls-Royce Dawn.

The car was unveiled to representatives of the marque’s 130-strong global dealer network at the 2015 Rolls-Royce World Dealer Conference in Los Angeles, California today.

"Our new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer. "Dawn is a beautiful new open-top motor car with a name that suggests the fresh opportunities that every new day holds - an awakening, an opening up of one’s senses and a burst of sunshine.

  1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn - One of the rarest cars in the world, and muse for the new Rolls-Royce. Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
It will be the most social of super-luxury motor cars for those beautiful people who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world's social hotspots ."Rolls-Royce Dawn is the next step in the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars which began in 2003 with the launch of Phantom and subsequent introductions of Ghost and Wraith. It justifies the continuing investment of the BMW Group into the world's pinnacle super-luxury brand.

The new Rolls-Royce Dawn will revive another famous and rare Rolls-Royce name first used in 1949, but only ever applied to twenty-eight very special drophead bodies between 1950 and 1954. A new beginning for Rolls-Royce at the time, the original Silver Dawn was the first Rolls-Royce to be offered with a factory-built body. The drophead Rolls-Royces that carried the name Dawn continued to be coach-built for individual customers, ensuring their uniqueness and rarity.

'Dawn' perfectly expresses the character of the new Rolls-Royce. In its tentative, inchoate, anticipatory state, dawn is the world coming to light from the ethereal dark of the night. The early-day chill of dawn provides an erotic tingle on the skin, awakening the senses and passions as the day begins. Like Eleanor Thornton, thought by many to be the inspiration behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, the Rolls-Royce Dawn will also prove itself to be the muse that leads its owner to believe that at the start of the day, anything is possible.

The new Rolls-Royce Dawn is beguilingly visceral. It excites both men and women - they want it, they need it and they want to immerse themselves in it. It is languid and beautiful, fresh and fragrant and awakens the passion of your life.

New life, new possibilities, fresh horizons - a tingling, anticipatory ambience in the air - all signified by a new Dawn.

Rolls-Royce Dawn will launch during the first quarter of 2016.

16 March 2015
£20,000 for PASCO.
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars employees raised over £20,000 for their chosen House Charity in 2014. The Parents and Carers Support Organisation (PACSO) currently supports 150 families in the Chichester and Arun districts who have a child with a disability.

The charity provides a wide variety of play and inclusive activities for local children including pre-school events and out-of-school holiday clubs, recognising the special role siblings play as 'young carers'.

Rolls-Royce employees created some ingenious fundraising activities for the charity including abseiling down Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Christmas bake-offs, sponsored runs and swims, as well as personalised hand-crafted leather and woodshop items which were sold at the company's annual Family Day. Support was also provided through volunteering and public donations, matched by the company.

Clare Elkington, Chairperson at PACSO, said, "Rolls-Royce employees have really helped to put PACSO on the map. The fundraising will make a world of difference and means more disabled children and young people can now access our work. Some money has also been set aside to go towards a new play centre, which we hope to acquire soon."

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, "Thanks to the efforts of our committed employees, the Rolls-Royce House Charity is making a lasting and positive contribution in our local community. We look forward to building on this success in 2015."

27 February 2015
A jury of some of the UK's most respected and revered automotive journalists has awarded the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II 'Luxury Car of the Year' in the UK Car of the Year Awards.

Since making its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Ghost Series II has won plaudits from journalists and customers across the globe, whilst helping to drive Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to a fifth historic sales record.

Ghost Series II presents a discreet and considered design update that frames significant technological advances, in doing so reaffirming Ghost's status as conveyance of choice for the world's most successful entrepreneurs, indeed Ghost is the most popular super-luxury motor car in the world (£200,000+).

The esteemed UK Car of the Year jury clearly sees why:

"If Rolls-Royce could trademark the word 'imperious', then it should. A finely thought-out piece of super-luxury equipment, the Ghost offers both waft and warp, should you need it."
Tom Ford, Contributing Editor
Top Gear Magazine

"More quality and attention to detail than ever before. Unrivalled kudos."
Phil Lanning, Motoring Editor
Scottish Daily Record

"Near-Phantom presence, luxury and sense of occasion."
Anthony French-Constan
CAR Magazine

"Still the pinnacle, no matter what the others try and do."
Paul Barker

  Rolls-Royce Ghost Series IIRolls-Royce Ghost Series II           Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
The win follows two successive 'luxury' category wins at the prestigious WhatCar? Awards, with Phantom Series II taking the crown in 2013 followed by Ghost Series II in 2014.

"Since its launch in 2009 Ghost has propelled Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to new heights. It attracts a very special breed of some of the most dynamic, successful entrepreneurs in the world allured by Ghost's thoroughly contemporary interpretation of Rolls-Royce luxury," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "2014 proved the perfect moment to clothe significant advances in technology with a considered design update. Customer response has been overwhelmingly positive and I am absolutely delighted important thought-leader and media commentators agree."

18 February 2015
  • Prime Minister David Cameron visits the Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood, West Sussex and hosts an open forum with 800 employees
  • Prime Minister welcomes the announcement of all-new Rolls-Royce model
  • Congratulates Rolls-Royce Motor Cars on five consecutive record years
  • Recognises BMW Group’s contribution to job creation and development in the UK
  • Rolls-Royce at the very pinnacle of British luxury manufacturing
Prime Minister David Cameron today welcomed the announcement of an all-new Rolls-Royce model during his visit to the company's head office and manufacturing plant at Goodwood, West Sussex. The Prime Minister was presented with a letter announcing the news by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The Prime Minister said, "Rolls-Royce is a British manufacturing success story and the decision to build their new model at Goodwood, reaffirming their commitment to the South of England, is a vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and build a more resilient economy. This Government is backing our automotive industry which is going from strength to strength, providing financial security to almost 150,000 hardworking people across the country and adding £14 billion to our economy."

  Prime Minister David Cameron visits the Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
The Prime Minister toured the Home of Rolls-Royce, meeting with many of the company's skilled craftsmen and women and learnt about the company's unique Bespoke hand craftsmanship. The visit concluded with the Prime Minister hosting an open forum with over 800 employees, during which he congratulated the company on five consecutive years of growth and success and the quadrupling of sales and production. He also commended the marque's championing of future talent through its industry-leading Apprenticeship, Graduate and Student programmes and welcomed the company's expansion plans.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, "We were privileged to welcome the Prime Minister to the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and I thank him for his recognition of our outstanding success over the past five years. His positive words were warmly received by the craftsmen and women who met him during his tour of our Manufacturing Plant." He continued, "The all-new Rolls-Royce model, announced today, will herald a new chapter in the remarkable British manufacturing success story that is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. It will guarantee long term sustainable growth, secure investment and jobs for the future, and ensure that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars remains at the pinnacle of British luxury manufacturing."

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars recently revealed record sales results for a fifth consecutive year, with more than 4000 cars sold globally during 2014, the first time in the company's 111-year history. The company has created over 200 new permanent jobs in the past 18 months to meet customer demand, particularly for Bespoke cars. The number of employees at the Home of Rolls-Royce has doubled in the last five years and now stands at 1500, primarily in skilled or highly skilled jobs.

Further evidence of Rolls-Royce's commitment to expansion in Great Britain came last September when the company announced plans for its new Technology and Logistics Centre at Bognor Regis, close to Goodwood. Construction of the new 30,000m2 facility, which is due to open in 2016, is well underway with around 200 existing and new roles in technical and logistics functions to be based at the Centre.

18 February 2015
The launch of Phantom in 2003 marked the beginning of the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Since then, we have set a new benchmark for what a super-luxury car should be - unique, hand-crafted, beautiful and rare. Often imitated, Phantom has never been equalled and continues to be hailed as 'The Best Car in the World' by our customers and media alike.

Twelve years later, after the introduction of successful new models like Ghost and Wraith, Rolls-Royce stands proudly at the pinnacle of British luxury manufacturing, confirming our custodianship of this precious marque.

Now we have reached another seminal moment in Rolls-Royce's 111-year journey. Today we confirm that we are developing an all-new Rolls-Royce with exceptional presence, elegance and purpose:

  • A car that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain
  • A car that meets our customers' highly mobile, contemporary lifestyle expectations
  • A Rolls-Royce that is as much about the pioneering, adventurous spirit of Charles Rolls as it is about Sir Henry Royce's dedication to engineering and innovation
  • A car that appropriately reflects Rolls-Royce's brand promise of effortless luxury
  • A high-bodied car, with an all-new aluminium architecture
  • A unique new motor car worthy of carrying the Spirit of Ecstasy into the future
  A new Rolls-Royce
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
This new Rolls-Royce will be Effortless... Everywhere.

Many discerning customers have urged us to develop this new car - and we have listened. At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars we are uniquely focused on the desires of our customers and are driven by our own thirst to innovate. So we challenged our engineers and design team, led by Director of Design Giles Taylor, to create a different and exceptional new car.

This car will embody all the values and capabilities that drove our two Founding Fathers to secure Rolls-Royce's reputation, early last century, by taking top honours in rigorous overland adventures such as the Scottish Reliability Trials, the London to Edinburgh event and the Alpine Trials.

Rolls-Royces conveyed pioneers and adventurers like Lawrence of Arabia across the vastness of unexplored deserts and over mountain ranges. In other parts of the world including Australia, India and the Americas, Rolls-Royces carried their owners over challenging terrain with absolute reliability and comfort.

History sets our precedent and our future calls us to action.

This new journey begins now. We will take our time in developing and perfecting this new concept in luxury. We will include our customers, enthusiasts and media along the way and will keep you informed of our progress. Until then, rest assured, we are creating a motor car in the greatest traditions of our marque.

Sir Henry Royce famously said: "When it does not exist, design it."

We are doing just that.

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