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  • Contact Us | hrfoundation

    Contact Us THE SIR HENRY ROYCE FOUNDATION Email: enquiries@henryroycefoundation.com . : Australian Head Office Bill Allsep House, 3/18 Laser Drive Rowville, Victoria Australia Lionel Gell School of Instruction , Rowville, Victoria, Australia The SHRF Geebung Museum 475 Newman Road, Geebung. Queensland 4034 - click to email the Geebung Curator HERE The SHRF Coolum Showroom 52 Lysaght Street, Coolum, Queensland 4573 - click to email the Coolum Curator HERE Success! Message received. Send

  • "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

  • 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:

  • Winners - Foundation | hrfoundation

    Winners - Foundation Trophy All of these activities are for the benefit of and for the achievement of our principal objective to recognise, expose and honour the genius of Sir F. Henry Royce. The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Trophy (pictured right) is in the form of a 40/50hp Advance/Retard control lever mounted on a wooden plinth. ​ ​ - David Davis, a long-standing Member of the NSW Branch of the RROCA, has been a 20HP owner (42G1) since 1959. He has been assiduous in maintaining and driving 42G1 for the past 60 years. Through his association with successive Sydney Rolls-Royce and Bentley Dealers, with the late Bert Ward and with three generations of the Appleby family, David has amassed a wealth of experience in the ownership, maintenance and driving of Derby-built cars. Importantly, he has devoted considerable time and effort in sharing his encyclopedic knowledge with the wider Rolls-Royce community. David’s book “50 Years with a Twenty” is an internationally recognised guide to the ownership of a 20HP. Also, David’s contribution as the 20HP/Small Horsepower Registrar and his regular “20 Topics” column in “Praeclarvm” has been of significant benefit to all RROCA Members. David has certainly made a contribution to the pursuit of excellence – one of the core objectives of The Foundation. 2019 - The late Vin Kean SA. For his contribution to the motoring industry, especially his 60 year association with Rolls-Royce and Bentley through his dealership and subsequent donation of significant archival material. 2018 - Paul Lukes NSW. Paul has painstakingly restored Phantom 114GY to a very high standard of excellence. Paul has donated to the Foundation the York Motors car service records for preservation - an extraordinary valuable research resource for Australian car owners. He has contributed to the maintenance of the Foundation's Phantom V 5VF159 2017 - Steve Stuckey ACT. For his research and publications on R-R Phantom 111s. 2016 - Bob Clarke for his advice on engineering, maintenance and coachwork on pre-World War II Rolls-Royce vehicles, especially the 20hp. 2015 - Bill Coburn for contribution to the RROCA through editorship of Præclarvm, his own self-maintenance publication for Rolls-Royce and Bentley vehicles, ‘T1 Topics’, and in the activities of the ACT Branch in various Committee roles. 2014 - David Forward for his significant contribution to the owners and enthusiasts of the 40/50hp (Silver Ghost) model by writing and producing the most comprehensive book on its technical development, history and design: The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost: Origins and Development of the 40-50 HP Model 1906-1926. 2013 - Peter Jordan-Hill for his significant contribution to the prosperity and success of The Sir Henry Royce Foundation and of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia (Victoria Branch), particularly in the acquisition of Bill Allsep House. 2012 - Ian Irwin for distinguished service to the veteran and vintage car movement, and authorship of two magnificent volumes on Silver Ghosts in Australia and New Zealand. 2011 - Fred Engish for outstanding photographic services to the Club. 2010 - Gilbert Ralph for his long and distinguished service to the Club and the Foundation. 2009 - Lindsay Edward Fox for his magnificent Fox Classic Car Collection and his dedication to Rolls-Royce cars. 2008 - Sir Jack Brabham for his achievements in motor sport. 2007 - David Neely for his important and dedicated work in literary spheres. 2006 - David McPhee for his contribution to State and Federal Clubs and his superb restoration of the oldest Rolls-Royce in Australia. 2005 - the memory of the Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Henry Royce. 2004 - Eric and Beryl Rainsford for many years of enthusiastic service to the RROCA. 2003 - Eric Barrass, President, RREC (UK), for excellence following the ideals of Sir Henry Royce. 2002 - Tom Clarke for his co-authorship (with David Neely) of Rolls-Royce and Bentley in the Sunburnt Country. 2001 - Margaret & BarrieGillings for their lifelong contribution to the movement. 2000 - George Sevenoaks for his contribution to all matters concerned with Rolls-Royce. 1999 - Martin Bennett for his outstanding editorship of Præclarvm. 1998 The first award was made in to Roger Fry of Western Australia for his superb restoration work. 1997 ​

  • Aero Engines | hrfoundation

    Aero Engines Rolls-Royce “Eagle” Aero Engine (photos below) A piston engine in a twelve-cylinder 60° Vee configuration (V12) of 20.3 litres capacity. Each cylinder is separate with its water jacket fabricated from steel pressings and welded in place. Each cylinder has two valves, inlet and exhaust, actuated by an overhead camshaft on each bank of six cylinders. The initial output of this engine was 225 horsepower increasing to 350hp in the ‘Eagle 81’. This was Henry Royce’s first aero-engine, and took only six months from drawing board to initial test. A feature of this engine is the beautiful epicyclic reduction gear drive to the propeller. This type of reduction gear was later incorporated by Mr Royce in the engines of the Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost and New Phantom (Phantom I) motor cars. Two Rolls-Royce Eagle engines powered Alcock and Brown’s Vickers Vimy biplane (a converted bomber) which made the first direct crossing of the Atlantic in 1919; and Ross and Keith Smith’s Vimy, in which the Australian brothers, also in 1919, accomplished the first flight from England to Australia within a specified time limit of 30 days or less. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Rolls-Royce “Merlin” Aero Engine (photos below) A piston engine in a twelve-cylinder 60 Vee configuration (V12) of 27 litres capacity with two banks of six cylinders. Each bank carried an overhead camshaft driven by skew gears from the wheel case at the rear. Each cylinder has four valves, two inlet and two exhaust. Initial output was 625hp, which increased to over 2000hp in later versions largely due to improvements in supercharging. This famous engine powered Britain’s World War II front-line fighters, the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, in the decisive 1940 Battle of Britain. It was also used in the Avro Lancaster and de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito during WW2. The Merlin was a direct descendant of the R engine, which was developed by Rolls-Royce as a private venture without Government funding and powered the Schneider Trophy-winning Supermarine S.6 and S.6B racing seaplanes in 1929 and 1931 respectively. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ In addition, here is a YouTube video "Guy Martin Builds a Spitfire MK.1. This video is 1hr and 12min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7Zebpu2nS4&feature=youtu.be Rolls-Royce "Derwent" Jet Engine (photos below) The Derwent was the second jet engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce. The Welland was the first, developed in association with jet propulsion pioneer (Sir) Frank Whittle. The Derwent was first fitted to the twin-engine Gloster Meteor in 1944. Early Derwents produced 2000lb thrust; later versions delivered 3600lb thrust at 14,700rpm. A Meteor powered by two Derwent V turbojets broke the World Air Speed record; first at 606mph (975kph) in 1945 and in 1946 at 616mph (990kph). The Welland and Derwent headed a long line of highly successful Rolls-Royce jet engines, which included the celebrated Avon, Conway, RB.211 and Trent. ​ Rolls-Royce "Avon" Jet Engine (photos below) Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd (CAC), owned by a consortium of Australian companies and Rolls-Royce Ltd, manufactured this engine in the 1950s in Melbourne. The engine type was fitted to the English-Electric Canberra twin-engine bomber manufactured under licence by the Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) in Fishermans Bend, Melbourne for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Later versions were used in the CAC-built Avon Sabre jet fighter for the RAAF. This aircraft was a more powerful development of the North American F-86 Sabre. A total of 218 Avon engines was manufactured by CAC, and a further 1,704 overhauls were undertaken for the RAAF. CAC had a long association with Rolls-Royce, having built 108 Merlins (plus spares) and 112 Nene jet engines in Australia. Nicholas and Richard Knight presented this engine to the Foundation in recognition of the contribution of Herbert H. Knight to the aircraft industry in Australia and his role in bringing aircraft manufacture to Australia. Herbert Knight commenced his career in the aircraft industry at Westland Aircraft in Somerset, England in 1928. He was at CAC from 1937 until 1969, serving as General Manager and a Director for the last nine years of his career. ** Click on the photos below to view the full gallery of photos. ** Below the photo gallery are a few short videos on Aero Engines. ​ Rolls-Royce “Eagle” Aero Engine The "Eagle" engine is kindly on loan from Museum Victoria. www.museumvictoria.com.au Rolls-Royce "Avon" Jet Engine Rolls-Royce “Eagle” Aero Engine The "Eagle" engine is kindly on loan from Museum Victoria. www.museumvictoria.com.au 1/10 SHRF - Avon engine (R Rolls) Play Video SHRF - Derwent engine (R Rolls) Play Video SHRF - Eagle Engine (as told by Russell Rolls) Play Video SHRF - Merlin Restoration (as told by Bryan Harper) Play Video Aero Engines Watch Now SHRF - Derwent engine (R Rolls) Play Video Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share Channel Info Close

  • 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."​

  • Online Newsletter | hrfoundation

    The Royce Voice SHRF Quarterly e-Newsletter ​ Welcome to the Foundation's quarterly e-news from all its Archives in Australia. We wish to let you know about the latest events and acquisitions within the various Collections, Museum and Showroom. Also to update you about its community involvement and various Awards. We'd love to have you as a subscriber.

  • 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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