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  • Monographs | hrfoundation

    Monographs / Articles The story of the Rolls-Royce Radiator Cap. The Spirit of Ecstacy Author: David Harding With the authors approval. Click to download. HERE ​ ​ Introduced February 6th, 1911 as an optional extra. The Story of the Spirit of Ecstacy (or the Flying Lady) Author: Barrie Gillings With the approval of the Gillings Family. Click to download. HERE ​ ​ The story behind the design. The History of the NSW Club Logo Author: Barrie Gillings With the approval of the Gillings Family. Click to link to the NSW Club website. HERE ​ ​ "Never say never and never say always". An Innocent Bystander's Guide to Rolls-Royce & Bentley Model Identification Author: Margaret & Barrie Gillings With the approval of the Gillings Family. Click to download this article. HERE ​ ​ Phantom II - Head Corrosion Author: Barrie Gillings With the approval of the Gillings Family. Click to download this article. HERE ​ ​ Rolls-Royce & Bentley Jargon, Design & Trivia Author: Margaret Gillings With the approval of the Gillings Family. Click to download this article. HERE ​ ​ Supplement Rolls-Royce & Bentley in The Sunburnt Country Authors: Tom C. Clarke & David R. Neely With the approval of the authors. Click to download this article. HERE ​ ​

  • Collections | hrfoundation

    The Collections The foundation holds in their extensive collection some of Henry Royce renowned items . ​ Archives - Drawings, books, manuals, sales records, correspondence etc,. Aero Engines - PV-12 or , Griffon Merlin Auto Engines - Royce 10 Industrial & Marine Engines - Meteor and Meteorite Tank Engines, Cranes etc,. Memorabilia Model Cars - The Neely, Dodd, Allsep & Mason Collections of small and large model cars Quotations Photographs Rolls-Royce Phantom V - 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, chassis number 5VF159 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Body - Coach work for Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost chassis number 1524 York Motors Registrations

  • Memorabilia | hrfoundation

    Memorabilia Since 2012, the Foundation's Honorary Archivist, Gilbert Ralph, has been informing Members of the RROCA in their bi-monthly magazine, Præclarvm, of items in the Archive which are part of the story of Rolls-Royce and Bentley in Australia. These articles are the result of intense research by Gilbert and his team of volunteers searching through the Foundation’s many documents and photographs. Following the photo gallery and video below, there are several short research articles really do make for great reading. They are presented here to give some indication of the amount and depth of information retained in the Foundation’s Archive at Bill Allsep House. Illustrations from R-R books depicting the Cook Street Works, England. Self modelled statue by Charles Sykes. Reefer jacket worn by Patrick Kane White. 1/14 SHRF - Russell Burge memorabilia (as told by Russell Rolls) Play Video Russell Burge Memorabilia Collection Watch Now Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share Channel Info Close

  • Winners - FJ Engish | hrfoundation

    Winners - FJ Engish Photography Awards ©All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording without express written consent from the copyright owner. Individual works of art are copyright of respective copyright owner. 2019 Winner May 31, 2020 "Cattle Country" Photography by Bob Adby, NSW Photo of the Hiscox's Corniche "Howzat" (1969 Rolls-Royce MPW 2-door saloon, Chassis No: CRH55064) negotiating country cattle conditions while on the road to Jimbour House during the 2019 Toowoomba Federal Rally. 2018 Winner May 04, 2019 "There's a Ghost in the Cotton Fields" Photographer: Michael Matheson The Foundation awarded the 2018 FJ Engish Award for RROCA Club Members' Photographs of Club Events to Michael Matheson for his outstanding photo from last year's NSW Overlander to the Federal Rally. It was awarded in Toowoomba at the 2019 Federal Rally. Well deserved Michael. Excellent shot. 2017 Winner Anderson Leong. "A Cloudy Day" Taken on Mt Hotham, Victoria, 2017 during the overlander to Federal Rally in Canberra. ​ 2016 Winner Liam Carson - "At home on the farm" 2015 Winner Michael Jeanes 'Day's End' taken at the end of the Concours Display Day at the 2016 Bendigo Federal Rally and features the 1961 Silver Cloud 11 ( SXC28) to the left & the right, 1957 Silver Cloud (SEC347). 2014 Winner At the 2015 Federal Rally Welcome Reception, it was announced that the winner of the Award for 2014 was Victorian member, Don Grogan. Don has captured the spirit of Club membership at the Victoria Branch Concours where judges were engrossed in their duties for the 2014 Branch Concours. Judging was conducted at the Lionel Gell School of Instruction for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Owners, one of The Foundation’s premises in Melbourne. Victoria Branch members in the background of the photograph were able to watch the judges at work and learn about the technical aspects of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. 2013 Winner Winner of the Award for 2013 was NSW Member Lloyd Missen. Lloyd’s photograph captured the essence of the Club – a typical Australian setting, a line-up of Club cars on the Dawn Patrol (held in September 2013 in Swan Hill, Vic) and perhaps more importantly, the spirit of friendship amongst rally participants. 2012 Winner The winner of the 2012 Photo Competition: the photo of the 1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30, GGM3, owned by Ken Folliott (QLD) (right) taken at the Queensland Branch run to Mount Mee in January 2012 by junior member, Jordan Carson (QLD). 2011 Winner Liam Carson, who is a junior member Queensland Branch, took the winning photograph. It is of 1957 Bentley S1, B464EG (right), owned by Ian and Susie Maitland and was taken at the 2011 Queensland Branch Concours d’Elegance. 2011 Highly Commended Highly commended was Patty Aiosa’s (NSW) photograph of David McPhee (QLD) with his 1909 Silver Ghost, 1122, (right) the oldest Rolls-Royce in Australia, at the 2011 Federal Rally in Canberra. An evocative scene of a lovely old vehicle with its owner. 2010 Winner The winning photograph for 2010 is of 1937 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp, chassis number GRC24 (at right), taken at the Queensland All British Day by Queensland Branch member Brian Carson. The competition attracted 16 entries and was judged by Mark Bean, who is one of Australia's leading automotive magazine photographers. Mark commented, "Nice dramatic angle, clever use of colour and contrast". 2010 Highly Commended Third place went to Peter Forbes from the South Australia Branch for his photograph of 1935 Bentley 3.5 litre, B64EF, taken at the 2010 South Australian Branch Concour d'Elegance. Mark commented, "Cars are meant to be driven, and enjoyed. I like the spirit of this photo, especially the joy on the occupants' faces". 2010 Highly Commended Highly commended in second place is Victoria Branch Member, Adam Griffiths' photograph titled 'The loneliness of the car photographer' taken at the 2010 RROCA Federal Rally in Hobart (below). Mark commented, "I love the composition: the placement of the photographer is excellent. A photo full of character". 2009 Winner The winner for the 2009 year is Queensland Branch member Brian Carson, who commented, “I have only recently joined the Club and a good friend allows me to take his Bentley S2 Flying Spur for a run.” Mark Bean chose Brian’s photo of the Bentley taken at the All British Day in Brisbane and commented: “There is something artistic about this photo, no matter how I laid the photos out, my eye always went straight to this one. The lighting and tones are quite beautiful, and the composition simple yet strong.” 2009 Highly Commended Queensland Branch member, Kerry Moorhouse's photo of 1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, SRH16864, at the Pinnacles, Western Australia on the Terra Australis Overlander after the 51st Federal Rally in Western Australia received this comment from the judge, Mark Bean, "Strong desert location and good composition". Kerry's photo was also judged as the winner of the People's Choice Photograph award at the 2010 Federal Rally in Hobart, Tasmania. 2008 Winner 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 12HG, at Uluru in Central Australia during a joint Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club and Silver Ghost Association ‘Wholly Ghost Tour’ on 15 May 1996. Submitted by NSW Branch member Bryan Inder. 2008 Highly Commended 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, SRH22107, at the gates of Government House in Melbourne when the Victoria Branch was invited to a Charity Day on 17 November 2002. Submitted by Victoria Branch member Alan Dyer. Please reload

  • Awards | hrfoundation

    Foundation Awards FJ Engish Award for RROCA Club Members' Photographs of Club Events - The name of the Award recognises the photographic contribution to The Foundation of the F. J Engish Photographic Archive, containing some 20,000 photographs of cars and people, particularly of RROCA and Branch events. This Archive was gifted to The Foundation by 50-year RROCA Member Fred Engish who has taken these photographs over his time with the Club. A prize is awarded to the Club Member whose photograph, taken at a Club event during the calendar year, is judged by the Trustees as being of artistic merit and is representative of the ethos of the Club in relation to both Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars and fellowship amongst Members.” The current process is for the Praeclarvm Editor to “advertise” the Award in the last two issues for the year with a closing date of end-February to allow adjudication of the Award prior to presentation at the annual Federal RROC-A Rally. . to download the entry form. Click here for past winners Click here ​ - Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Awards for Excellence for Apprentices in Automotive studies. There are two awards for apprentices in Automotive studies at Kangan Institute. 1) The SHRF award is presented to an automotive apprentice who has made a significant contribution to the pursuit of excellence in their studies at the Victorian Kangan Institute. The award was first presented in 2007 and consists of a trophy and a cheque for $1,000. 2) The Lionel Gell School of Instruction Award to the apprentice of the year in Automotive studies which carries a cheque for $5,000. A perpetual trophy which records the award winners is housed in the Foundation's Archive. Click here for criteria and a nomination form. . Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering Click here for past winners ​ Foundation Trophy - This trophy is awarded solely at the discretion of the Trustees. This trophy is awarded to a person who, in the opinion of the Trustees, has made a significant and long-term contribution to the ideals of Sir Henry Royce – the pursuit of excellence. . Click here for current holder and past winners The Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Art Award The Foundation’s Art Award, held under the auspices of the Sherbrook Art Society, Sherbrook, Melbourne. Paintings entered into this competition must have a Rolls-Royce or Bentley as the main theme.The standard of paintings is extremely high. The three prize-winning paintings are acquired by The Foundation under the terms of the competition and are and are hung in Bill Allsep House. Cash prizes for first, second and third. . . Click here for criteria and entry form Click here for past winners ​ for article on the Award Winners in Praeclarum Oct-2018. Click here ​ ​ The Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Research Award In 2017, the Trustees of the Foundation initiated ‘The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Research Award. This award, with a prize of $500, which will be awarded annually to the person who in the opinion of Trustees, has made best use of Foundation ‘Archive’ to research a topic of Rolls-Royce and Bentley interest and who has published this research in Praeclarum or in a wider distribution, publically available media. This Award is open to all, not just members of the RROC-A. Entries must be submitted to the Hon. Archivist by end-January so that the Trustees and Archivist can decide on a winner for announcement at the annual Federal Rally of the RROCA. . Click here for the nomination form ​ ©All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording without express written consent from the copyright owner. Individual works of art are copyright of respective copyright owner. ​ ​

  • "The Dreamer" Sale by Tender | hrfoundation

    "The Dreamer" Sale by International Tender The Sir Henry Royce Foundation is a registered Australian charitable foundation whose primary objective is to preserve and promulgate the engineering ethos of Sir Henry Royce and his successors. The Trustees of The Foundation have decided to sell, by international tender, a coach-built body made especially for an Edwardian Rolls-Royce. Coachwork for Edwardian Rolls-Royce 1911 Silver Ghost (Chassis No. 1524), purchased by Charles H Angas a noted South Australian businessman and the owner of two 1909 Silver Ghosts, was originally fitted with a Hooper & Co limousine body. This body was subsequently removed and replaced with distinctive Brougham coachwork by Grosvenor. Angas adopted the English custom of naming his cars – 1524 was named “The Dreamer”. (Refer to photograph on page 158, “Silver Ghosts of Australia and New Zealand”, by Ian Irwin.) The Grosvenor body was destroyed in 1524’s subsequent use as a taxi and a farm utility. The late Charles F Wright AM (a well-known South Australian Rolls-Royce enthusiast) acquired 1524 in 1963. Wright embarked on a 25-year personal “labour of love” to construct a stunning replica of the original Brougham coachwork. (Refer to Plate XIII, “The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost – Origins and Development 1906-1926”, by David William Forward.) A subsequent owner removed “The Dreamer” replica coachwork and donated it to The Foundation. The coachwork is substantial, boasting a capacious passenger compartment fitted with many accouterments such as a polished wood cabinet, cast fittings and plush upholstery. Interestingly, the aluminium skin is unpainted and the extensive internal and external bright work is gold-plated. The body has been carefully preserved on removal from the chassis and a mock-up radiator has been added to make it an exhibition piece. The coachwork is in good condition inside and out, having seen little use prior to its conversion to a museum exhibit. “The Dreamer” is ready for installation on a suitable Edwardian chassis. Pictures are shown below. The Trustees of The Foundation seek written tenders for the purchase of this one-off coachwork. The Trustees preference is that “The Dreamer” is returned to service on a Rolls-Royce chassis. The Trustees reserve the right to refuse all offers if the purchase price fails to meet a sensible reserve. Tenders should be mailed to: PO Box 140, South Yarra, Victoria 3141, Australia. The sale is on the basis of “as is, where is”. “The Dreamer” can be inspected, by prior appointment, at The Foundation’s Melbourne (Australia) Head Office. For further information please e-mail: enquiries@henryroycefoundation.com Australian Designed and Built Coachwork for 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, chassis no. 1524. Australian Designed and Built Coachwork for 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, chassis no. 1524. Australian Designed and Built Coachwork for 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, chassis no. 1524. 1/5

  • More About 1 | hrfoundation

    The Objects of the Foundation (cont....) Establishing, providing and maintaining a library containing books, manuscripts, records, photographs, films, microfilms, sound recordings, computer discs and other material howsoever stored connected with the science of mechanical engineering; Establishing, providing and maintaining a museum for the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating or connected with the science of mechanical engineering; Allowing the public reasonable access to any material in the Trustees' hands and to provide copies of such material; Lending material to any library, museum, university or other educational establishment or any bona fide researcher; Providing workshops and other facilities for research and study connected with the science of mechanical engineering; Providing grants, loans, scholarships and other forms of financial assistance for courses connected with the study of mechanical engineering; Collecting and publishing or procuring the publications of the results of any research or study or of any other information in any way connected with these Charitable Objects; Promoting and organising conferences, meeting, seminars, lectures, exhibitions, open days, displays and like projects; Using any property held by the Trustees to provide such accommodation as may be necessary or convenient for the attainment of the Charitable Objects including accommodation for individuals, groups and organisations; Establishing, promoting, amalgamating or federating with or subsidising or otherwise assisting financially any trust, institution, foundation or other organisation having aims and objects similar to those of the Foundation; Exchanging information and ideas with and advising, seeking advice from and co-operating generally with entities established within or outside Australia having aims and objects similar to those of the Foundation; Undertaking charitable trusts with objects similar to or in any way connected with the aims and objects of the Foundation; and, Doing such other lawful things as are necessary for the attainment of the Charitable Objects. The Foundation is administered and supported by volunteers, some of whom are pictured below, and the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia SHRF Volunteers John Reis from our Archive Team. SHRF Volunteers Richard Roberts and Evelyn Shepherd during their visit to the Archive. SHRF Volunteers Archive volunteers (l-r) David MacArthur, Gilbert Ralph, David Kenway, Richard Knight and Bryan Harper. 1/5

  • Peking to Paris | hrfoundation

    Peking to Paris The SHRF Phantom V 5VF159 completed the 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. It took 45 days. Went for 16,000 kilometres across snow capped Himalayas at 5,000 metres and three deserts under scorching sun. Owner/Drivers on the rally: John Matheson & Jeanne Eve. Below is a wonderful photo book of their trip. Enjoy. Of special note:

  • Sunburnt Country Supplement | hrfoundation

    "The Sunburnt Country" Supplement The Foundation published ‘Rolls-Royce and Bentley in the Sunburnt Country - The First Fifty Years in Australia’ in 1999. Soon after the authors, Tom Clarke and David Neely, began compiling a Supplement to include information and images that came and continue to come to light since publication. While the book is currently out of stock, as a continuing service to those who purchased the book the Foundation is pleased to make the Supplement available at no cost. Click to download the latest supplement. HERE

  • Walter Owen Bentley | hrfoundation

    Walter Owen Bentley Born: 16 September 1888, Hampstead, England Died: 13 August 1971 (aged 82), Woking, England Nationality: English Occupation: Engineer In 1931 Rolls-Royce acquired Bentley, the small sports/racing car maker and potential rival, after the latter's finances failed to weather the onset of the Great Depression. Rolls-Royce stopped production of the new big Bentley 8 Litre, which was threatening sales of their current Phantom, disposed of remaining Bentley assets and made use of just the Bentley name and its repute. After some years of development Rolls-Royce produced a new quite different ultra-civilised medium-size range of Bentleys advertising them as "the silent sports car". They were very much in the Rolls-Royce mould. From soon after World War II until 2002 standard Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars were often very nearly identical apart from the radiator grille and minor details. Interesting snippets .... The famous “Winged B” hood ornament was designed with forgers in mind. As a counter to the red-hot faux hood ornament market, there’s actually a different number of feathers on each side, in the hopes that forgers wouldn’t notice. Headquartered in Crewe, England, the company was founded as Bentley Motors Limited by W. O. Bentley in 1919 in Cricklewood, North London—and became widely known for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, and 2003. Woolf Barnato was a wealthy playboy who raced cars for fun. He ran at Le Man three times, winning all three, then took over as CEO from W.O. Bentley after Rolls-Royce took over the company. Rolls-Royce took over the assets of Bentley Motors (1919) Ltd and formed a subsidiary, Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd. Rolls-Royce had acquired the Bentley showrooms in Cork Street, the service station at Kingsbury, the complex at Cricklewood and the services of Bentley himself. Bentley had neglected to register their trademark so Rolls-Royce immediately did so. They also sold the Cricklewood factory in 1932. Production stopped for two years, before resuming at the Rolls-Royce works in Derby. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the resulting Great Depression throttled the demand for Bentley's expensive motor cars. On 10 July 1931 a receiver was appointed. The British Central Equitable Trust made a winning sealed bid of £125,000. British Central Equitable Trust later proved to be a front for Rolls-Royce Limited. In 1934 Barnato was appointed to the board of the new Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd. Until some time after World War II, most high-end motorcar manufacturers like Bentley and Rolls-Royce did not supply complete cars. They sold rolling chassis, near-complete from the instrument panel forward. Each chassis was delivered to the coach builder of the buyer's choice. The biggest specialist car dealerships had coachbuilders build standard designs for them which were held in stock awaiting potential buyers. All Bentleys produced from 1931 to 2004 used inherited or shared Rolls-Royce chassis, and adapted Rolls-Royce engines, and are described by critics as badge-engineered Rolls-Royces. W. O. Bentley was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1995. " . . . In the eyes of those who own, have owned, or aspire to own, one of the 3,040 Bentley cars designed and built by the 'old' Bentley company under the leadership of "W. O." he was admired and respected—indeed, I think, loved is not too strong a word—for to know his cars was to know him. During his working life "W. O." suffered a series of ups and downs which might have broken a lesser man. It certainly marked him and it was a disillusioned "W. O." I first met 25 years ago [1946]. . . . "W. O." has said that the pleasure he derived in the post-war years from Club activities; from making new friends among its members; and from seeing the loving care bestowed upon 'his' cars has more than compensated for all his earlier disappointments." "The six years during which I worked for "W. O." were a period of education and pleasure. His modesty, lack of pretension, mental honesty and reasonableness endeared him to those in contact with him, and his over-riding interest in the improvement of the car provided the education in a period which included the post-war ​2 1⁄2-litre Lagonda development, schemes for 4 and 8 cylinder derivatives, for the pursuit of shorter strokes in engines, for a small transverse-engined front wheel drive car and for a performance engine for the Morris Minor in place of the 850cc side valve engine it then endured. Though normally of reflective habit his experience showed him when swift action was necessary, and he could be very determined in pursuing it. Big enough to admit mistakes when they had occurred, he also knew when to modify and when to start afresh in remedying them. It is a pity that circumstances prevented his influence on car development from being greater than it was. Though motoring and motor cars were his life he retained a keen interest in locomotives." Mr Donald Bastow.

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