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THE FIRST RRMC CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE, GOODWOOD
Friday 18 September 2009

In previous years at the Goodwood Revival Meeting on the Friday evening Lord March has hosted a drinks reception for all the racing drivers (past and present) attending along with members of the press and other invited guests. This year was to be different. Tom Purves, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited, agreed that the company would host the drinks reception at the Head Office and Manufacturing Plant. In addition Tom was keen create a Concours d'Elegance to precede the reception and asked the Club to nominate approximately two motor cars, of each model from 1905 up to 1965.

On the day around thirty Club Royce's were displayed in the splendid setting of the Courtyard, their owners/drivers being requested to wear period dress appropriate for the age of their motor car. The Company also displayed their very latest model, the Rolls-Royce Ghost, almost hot out of the Plant!

The judges, from the motoring press (Steve Cropley and Phil Bell) and members of RRMC (CEO Tom Purves, Finance Director Hanno Kirner and Barry Harvey, Leather Specialist), inspected all the motor cars on display and spoke to all their owners/drivers.

At 3pm all the motor cars departed for an adjacent holding area. At 3.30pm many of the company's Associates arrived to view the proceedings and indeed to vote for one of the four classes. Malcolm Tucker was on hand to give a running commentary as one by one the motor cars were driven back into the Courtyard, pausing on the red carpet in front of the judges.

Whilst the judges deliberated owners/drivers took tea in the Mezzanine (above Reception). CEO, Tom Purves then gave a short speech of thanks to all the members of the RREC who had contributed to making the afternoon such a success. He then presented the prizes:

Best pre-war motor car: David Lees-Jones's 1920 Phantom II four door saloon by Thrupp & Maberly. Awarded Engraved glass bowl.
Best post-war motor car: Tony & Mary James's 1964 Silver Cloud lll four door saloon by James Young. Awarded Engraved glass bowl.
The motor car the Associates would most like to take home. Colin Laybourn's 1912 Silver Ghost Open Drive Limousine. Awarded Engraved glass bowl.
Best in Show: John Fasal's 1910 Silver Ghost Replica Roi-des-Belges (Barker). Awarded Annual Silver cup and mounted Spirit of Ecstacy.

From around 6.30pm guests started to arrive, some in their own 'classic' transport and some by veteran double decker buses, to be greeted by Champagne and canapés. RREC members were also invited to the Reception, their motor cars still on display in the Courtyard.

Some two hours later double deckers arrived to take visitors back to the Goodwood Motor Circuit and a coach for those RREC members who were staying in hotel accommodation (leaving their motor cars at the Plant overnight).

All in all a very good day for our Club and hopefully the start of an annual event.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary