RREC Central Southern Section

13 January 2004

Employees at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars were in celebratory mood today as they marked the completion of the 500th Phantom to be built at their home in Goodwood.

Everyone at the manufacturing plant and head office gathered together for a group photograph alongside the 500th Phantom. Employees then put healthy-eating new-year's resolutions aside and tucked into a huge cake, made especially for the occasion.

Tony Gott, Chairman and Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, 'It has been an incredible twelve months for everyone at Goodwood. The team has produced tremendous results in an extraordinarily short space of time and we are all rightly proud of what has been achieved. We are now looking forward to another successful and exciting year.'

The Phantom was unveiled for the first time at Goodwood in January 2003. In the following twelve months production at the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Goodwood was slowly ramped up from the initial rate of one car per fortnight. By November last year the plant was operating to schedule and at the full running rate of five cars per day. Around one thousand Phantoms a year will be built at Goodwood on average over the life-cycle of the car.