Monographs / Articles

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Stolen in Adelaide
Author: David Neely

“THIEVES RACE POLICE CARS Youths' Wild Night in Adelaide 100 m.p.h. THROUGH CITY STREETS ADELAIDE,” was how the headlines appeared in ‘The Courier-Mail’ (Brisbane, QLD) on 26 February 1937.

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Starting Colour Scheme
Author: David Neely


Our appreciation of older model Rolls-Royces is often enhanced by contemporary accounts. This is certainly so in the case of GYZ6, with a description penned well over 80 years ago under the heading, “A ROLLS THAT IS DIFFERENT”, 

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Rolls-Royce Smash - Two Killed
Author: David Neely

The Smith & Waddington limousine on a 1926 Phantom I, 111DC, was destroyed in the horrific accident on 1 November 1931.

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Body by R Fry & Sons
Author: Roger Fry with Ian Berg

For over 40 years Club member Roger Fry has been restoring cars in Western Australia. Roger originally trained as a carpenter and the story of how he established his business is fascinating. 

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Silver Ghosts - Then and Now
Author: Ian Berg

A wonderful five part series. The stories of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts of the Veteran Car Club of Australia (Victoria).

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Ghostly Qualities
Author: David Forward
“....people always want to believe in something special, whether it be a god, Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley or Don Bradman; we need something to revere.  Thus Johnson carefully fed and watered the belief that the Rolls-Royce was godlike, infallible, inevitably superior".


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Colour Schemes on Phantom III Bodies - 1936 to 1940
Author: Steve Stuckey
Article 1 out of 4.
“Any colour so long as it’s black” it is alleged Henry Ford. Thankfully Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce was not aiming at the mass market, of course, and in any event it was not the Company that determined the colours. Steve Stuckey has done an excellent article on this topic.
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Interior Colour Schemes and Fittings on Phantom III Bodies
1936 to 1940

Author: Steve Stuckey
Article 2 out of 4.
The second article in a series of four to mark the 70th anniversary of sales production of the Phantom III. In this article Steve talks about the colours of upholstery, both front and rear, headlinings, carpets and woodwork, and end up with some observations on the contemporary costs of coachwork. Click HERE to download.

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Advertising the Phantom III - 1935 to 1940
Author: Steve Stuckey
Article 3 out of 4.
The third article in the series. In this article Steve talks about if you were in the market for a new Rolls-Royce, the likely  advertising came from three sources: the Rolls­-Royce company itself, dealers, or coachbuilders (some of whom were also dealers).  coachwork. Click HERE to download.

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Original Owners of Phantom IIIs 1936 to 1940
Author: Steve Stuckey
Article 4 out of 4.
The fourth and last article in a series marking the 70th anniversary of sales production of the Phantom III. In this article Steve talks about In this last article celebrating the 70th anniversary of production of the model, we will discuss who it was that purchased the cars. Click HERE to download.

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The Duke of Connaught
Author: David Neely
HRH Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and the first Royce Motor Car. The Duke of Connaught it appears was the only member of the Royal Family to ride in a Royce car, only three of which were built, all in 1904. What’s more he was driven by an enthusiastic Charles Rolls. Click HERE to download.

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Percy Wilbraham Northey (1872 - 1935)
Author: Alan Payne
Family photos and research Diana Northey

This article appeared on the Box, People & Places website.
A Great Man. There is only one PN... with his singular genius for detail, (he) has had almost more than any other living person to do with the maintenance of a unique standard of excellence ... There has been no branch of motoring activity in which he has not played a conspicuous part... PN remains one of the outstanding personalities, uniting great force of character with singular charm.  Click HERE to download.

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Jackson, Jones & Collins

Author: David Neely
This interesting article references limousine coachwork builders Messrs. Jackson, Jones and Collins who specialised in custom coach work, and they have to their credit many excellent examples of high grade body work. They had a reputation for special jobs, featuring details worked in to meet the individual requirements of customers. Enjoy reading.  Click HERE to download.

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Sir Henry Royce "An Abridged Life"

This is an edited version of an article published in the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia - Victoria Branch “Newsletter” No. 50 (May 1963) to mark the centenary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce.


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Rolls-Royce R & The Schneider Trophy

Author: Condensed from Wikipedia

The Schneider Trophy was a trophy awarded annually (and later, biennially) to the winner of a race for seaplanes and flying boats.
The Rolls-Royce R engine featured prominently.


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Motor Launch “Gelyce”

Author: Ken Ricketts, NZR-R&BC

A wonderful article and pics on this motor launch with its
4.9 litre Rolls-Royce engine, converted for marine use
from its original Silver Cloud form.

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Eleanor - in Body or Spirit?

Author: Paul Tritton

The story of artists Charles and Jo Sykes and their contribution to Rolls-Royce heritage. Click HERE to download.

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The Spirit of Ecstacy
Author: David Harding

The story of the Rolls-Royce Radiator Cap.

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The Story of the Spirit of Ecstacy (or the Flying Lady)
Introduced February 6th, 1911 as an optional extra. 


Author: Barrie Gillings

 

With the approval of the Gillings Family.
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The History of the NSW Club Logo
The story behind the design.


Author: Barrie Gillings


With the approval of the Gillings Family.

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Phantom II - Head Corrosion

Author: Barrie Gillings


With the approval of the Gillings Family.
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An Innocent Bystander's Guide to
Rolls-Royce & Bentley Model Identification

"Never say never and never say always".


Author: Margaret & Barrie Gillings


With the approval of the Gillings Family.
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Rolls-Royce & Bentley Jargon, Design & Trivia

Author: Margaret Gillings

 

With the approval of the Gillings Family.
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Rolls-Royce & Bentley in The Sunburnt Country

Authors: Tom C. Clarke & David R. Neely

 

With the approval of the authors.
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