|The weather for the photo shoot on 25 November 2001
was very grey, wet and miserable. The weather first thing, almost one year later, was just
the same! However, six stalwart driver enthusiasts still turned out in their motor cars to
take the second (in a series?) photograph at the new Goodwood manufacturing plant of Rolls-Royce
motor cars. The photo shoot had been kindly set up through the good offices of Fred Fruth,
General Manager Public Affairs, Project Rolls-Royce.
Since the first photo shoot Doug Groves had part exchanged his 20/25 for an R type with
the Real Car Company in North Wales. They had sold 'Old Groves' to Chris Bomford (Oxford
Section) and so DG contacted Chris to ask him if he would attend. Chris was very keen but
in the week before the shoot, was a little unsure if he could participate healthwise. Rod
Goodall had moved house to deepest Devon but the 'Duke' still lived at Little Stammerham
Farm. In order to get exactly the same Club cars it was arranged that DG would drive TM's
20/25 (as he is insured so to do). TM would drive RG's Silver Spirit (as he is insured so
to do). Ian Burt (Silver Shadow) and Paul Capper (Phantom VI) would attend again and in
case CB was not well enough to attend, Maurice Pitchford had agreed to be on hand in his
similar 20/25. All six Club cars arrived, from different directions, at the entrance to
the construction site at virtually the same time to be greeted by the familiar 'Sorry, don't
know anything about it'. However, Security and the builders proved very helpful. The two-storey
vantage point for the first photo shoot had disappeared but we were prepared with our own
step ladder to surmount a container occupying roughly the same position to gain elevation.
We began to line up the 'famous five' in virtually the same position as the previous year
(avoiding the parked non-club cars) when the builders then offered their 'cherry picker'
as the vantage point. The offer was accepted and accordingly the self-propelled, elevating
platform hoist drove into position and photographs were taken of the same five cars with
quite a different backdrop this time. Although our journeys to the plant were in very heavy
rain it stayed dry from our arrival and incredibly the cloud cleared to give brilliant sunshine
(on the righteous?). Further photographs were taken with MP's 20/25 taking up position No
Thanks to everyone for turning out.
Ted Meachem - Section Secretary