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  • Charles Stewart Rolls | hrfoundation

    Charles Stewart Rolls Born: 27 August 1877, Berkeley Square, London Died 12 July 1910 (aged 32), Southbourne, Bournemouth Nationality: Welsh Occupation: Engineer Engineering career Projects: Rolls-Royce Partnership with Royce HRH The Duke of York, Lord and Lady Llangattock, Sir Charles Cust and the Hon. C.S. Rolls at 'The Hendre', 1900 ( ). Rolls was introduced to Henry Royce by a friend at the Royal Automobile Club, Henry Edmunds, who was also a director of Royce Ltd. Edmunds showed him Royce's car and arranged the historic meeting between Rolls and Royce at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, on 4 May 1904. In spite of his preference for three or four cylinder cars, Rolls was impressed with the two-cylinder Royce 10 and in a subsequent agreement of 23 December 1904 agreed to take all the cars Royce could make. These would be of two, three, four and six cylinders and would be badged as Rolls-Royces. credit Main article: Rolls-Royce Limited The first Rolls-Royce car, the Rolls-Royce 10 hp, was unveiled at the Paris Salon in December 1904, although in the early advertising it was the name of Rolls that was emphasised over that of Royce. In 1906 Rolls and Royce formalised their partnership by creating Rolls-Royce Limited, with Rolls appointed Technical managing director on a salary of £750 per annum plus 4% of the profits in excess of £10,000. Rolls provided the financial backing and business acumen to complement Royce's technical expertise. In 1907 Rolls-Royce Limited bought out C.S. Rolls & Co. ​ Rolls put much effort into publicising the quietness and smoothness of the Rolls-Royce, and at the end of 1906 travelled to the USA to promote the new cars. The company was winning awards for the quality and reliability of its cars by 1907. But by 1909 Rolls' interest in the business was waning, and at the end of the year he resigned as Technical managing director and became a non-executive director. Pioneer aviator Rolls was also a pioneer aviator and initially, balloonist, making over 170 balloon ascents. He was a founding member of the Royal Aero Club in 1903 and was the second person in Britain to be licensed to fly by it. In 1903 he also won the Gordon Bennett Gold Medal for the longest single flight time. ​ By 1907 Rolls' interest turned increasingly to flying, and he tried unsuccessfully to persuade Royce to design an aero engine. In 1909 he bought one of six Wright Flyer aircraft built by Short Brothers under licence from the Wright Brothers, and made more than 200 flights. On 2 June 1910, he became the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane, taking 95 minutes. For this feat, which included the first East-bound aerial crossing of the English Channel, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club. There is a statue to commemorate the flight in Monmouth and another in Dover.

  • Columns & News | hrfoundation

    News / Announcements Foundation Column in Præclarvm Commencing in 2006, successive Foundation Chairmen have published documents or contributed pages to the RROCA magazine, Præclarvm, outlining the activities of the Foundation and details of its Archive collection. David Neely’s SHRF historical consultant columns Commencing in 2017, David Neely has produced some outstanding historical articles out of the Foundation Archive collection. 2020 - June Foundation Column 2020 - April Foundation Column 2020 - February Foundation Column 2019 - December Foundation Column 2019 - October Foundation Column 2019 - June Foundation Column 2019 - April Foundation Column 2018 - December Foundation Column 2018 - October Foundation Column 2018 - August Foundation Column 2018 - June Foundation Column 2018 - April Foundation Column 2018 - February Foundation Column Pre 2018 ...... Præclarvm Editor & Edition History " " - Sept/Oct 2019 Issue of Royal Connections Rolls-Royce & Bentley Drivers Magazine Hyland and the Colour Grey - Praeclarum October 5-18 p7472 Mrs Penfold "The Most Rolls-Royce"- Praeclarum December 1-18 p7325 Magnificently Startling - Petrol Rationing during WWII - Praeclarum December 6-17 p7288 Gas to Go A Vs - Praeclarum October 5-17 p7245 Brace of Phantom Announcements / News / Media / Interesting Articles Commencing in 2006, successive Foundation Chairmen have published documents or contributed pages to the RROCA magazine, Præclarvm, outlining the activities of the Foundation and details of its Archive collection. Photo Stories Photographer Fred English / Curator Gilbert Ralph October 2019 August 2019 Article in the Coolum Advertiser - 3rd October 2019 A History of the Commonwealth Car Service Chapter 6 (translated and reprint) Henry Royce - A mechanical genius at Rayol-Canadel The Sir Henry Royce Foundation - Research Award Financial Statements for the Year ended 30th June 2019 Financial Statements for the Year ended 30th June 2018 Financial Statements for the Year ended 30th June 2017 Financial Statements for the Year ended 30th June 2016

  • Past News, Articles Etc,. | hrfoundation

    Foundation Column in Præclarvm - Archives Commencing in 2006, successive Foundation Chairmen have published documents or contributed pages to the RROCA magazine, Præclarvm, outlining the activities of the Foundation and details of its Archive collection. 2017 - December Foundation Column 2017 - October Foundation Column 2017 - August Foundation Column 2017 - June Foundation Column 2017 - April Foundation Column 2017 - February Foundation Column 2016 - December Foundation Column 2016 Foundation Column - October 2016 Foundation Column - August 2016 Foundation Column - July 2016 Foundation Column - April 2016 Foundation Column - February

  • Photo Gallery | hrfoundation

    Photo Gallery These photos are a just a tiny selection from our extensive archives. ​ ** Click on the photos below to view the full gallery of photos. 5VF159 Showing 5VF159 registration ZSF-571 is "progressing through Bacchus Marsh, with the King of Nepal". Photo courtesy of COMCAR DC Electric Motor, one of 3 salvaged from a travelling crane at Marfleet & Weight. Made by Royce & Co of Manchester. 5VF155 Taken during the visit of the King of Nepal in 1971 is 5VF155 with registration ZSF-570. Note the Crown above the number plate is covered. Photo courtesy of National Archives of Australia 1/10

  • 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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  • Quotations | hrfoundation

    Quotations Sir Henry Royce has several famous quote attributed to him. Some of his most famous ones we've listed here. ​ "Strive for perfection in everything we do." "Take the best that exists and make it better. "Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble." "Accept nothing nearly right or good enough". "The quality will remain long after the price is forgotten." "When it does not exist, design it." "I have only one regret … that I have not worked harder."​

  • Winners - Art | hrfoundation

    Winners - Art Prize Saturday, March 24, 2012, saw the official opening by NSW Branch Member David Berthon of The Foundation’s Art Award, held under the auspices of the Sherbrook Art Society, Sherbrook, Melbourne. There were some 60 paintings entered into the competition.The standard of these paintings was excellent. The judge, Ern Trembath commented that he had found it difficult to pick the winning entries. Foundation Trustees were on hand to congratulate the winner of the Award, Maxwell Wilks for his painting “1910 Silver Ghost”. The three prize-winning paintings were acquired by The Foundation under the terms of the competition and are presently hung in Bill Allsep House. ©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. SHRF - Art Prize (as told by Russell Rolls) Play Video Foundation Art Prize Watch Now Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share Channel Info Close

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