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In This Issue:

• AGM Details

Page 5

• Six-Pot Group Report Page 7

• Regional Reports

Page 10

• Continental Bearings and


Page 14

• Carbon Neutrality

Page 15

• Appointment with Destiny

Page 19

• Book Reviews

Page 21

• Obituary

Page 23

The Phantom II and the

Riley Monaco

Page 25

New Zealand Rolls-Royce

& Bentley Club Inc

Issue 08-1, 2008



Rod Newport

2 Wynsfield Garden

St Heliers


Phone 09 528 8827

Fax 09 528 6681



Stephen Atkinson

555 Drury Hills Road

RD1 Drury


Phone 09 294 8556



Roy Tilley

204a Waiwhetu Road


Phone 04 566 0850

Fax 04 586 2937


Northern (& National Delegate):

Philip Eilenberg

3B 21 George Street



Phone 09 374 5901 021 928 041



Rod Newport

2 Wynsfield Garden

St Heliers


Phone 09 528 8827

Fax 09 528 6681



Peter Morelli

82b Maskell Street



Phone 09 575 9351


Dick Neill

P.O. Box 616



Rob Carthew

5A Rarangi Road

St Heliers

Auckland 1071

Phone 09 575 3989




Martin Taylor

24 Rangiora Avenue



Phone 04 470 7666




Elliott Snelling

52 Raumati Road

Raumati Beach


Phone 04 902 1899



Eddie Riddle

27 Edith Street



Phone 03 488 1121



Naomi Neill

P.O. Box 616




Ralph Atkinson

P O Box 98 902



Phone 09 238 4487

e-mail ralph.atkinson@blennz.

Southern: :

To be advised

Southern: :

To be advised

Please address all correspondence to:

Tom King, 191 Sparks Road, Christchurch 8025. Phone 03 339 8309

e-mail Closing date for material for Magazine 08-2 22 March 2008

The Bentley badge and Bentley name are registered trademarks of Bentley Motors Limited.

The Rolls-Royce badge and Rolls-Royce name are registered trademarks of Rolls-Royce plc.

Front cover:

Anthony Dacre has just completed a superb restoration of B282AN, the first S-Series to

come here. An article is being prepared.

Disclaimer: The magazine editor reserves the right to accept, reject, edit and/or abbreviate any copy at his discretion. The New Zealand

Rolls-Royce and Bentley Club (Inc) and the magazine editor aim to publish correct information and recommendations, but neither assumes

responsibility in the event of claims for loss or damage resulting from the publication of editorial or advertising matter, or from following

the advice of contributors. Statements of contributors are their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Club, its National

Executive or the magazine editor.

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MEMBERSHIP of the New Zealand Rolls-Royce & Bentley Club, Inc is open to those of any age,

including their spouses, partners and families, with an interest in these two distinguished marques,

whether or not they are the owner of a Rolls-Royce or Bentley motorcar. Your Membership

SUBSCRIPTION includes the Club Magazine (6 issues annually), the right to attend all Club

events and activities, and the right to partake in all aspects of Club management.

FEES: Registration Fee: $10.00 (once only)

Membership Fee:

$75.00 (annual)

Family membership: $ 5.00 (annual)


Membership Registrar

NZ Rolls-Royce & Bentley Club, Inc

Ralph Atkinson

P O Box 98 902



Phone: (09) 238 4487


Club Shop


From the Shadow’s Corner by Cal West, Product Support Manager, Rolls-Royce Motors Inc, USA. A

compilation of technical articles, specific to the Silver Shadow and its derivatives, reprinted from The Flying

Lady. We will include with this a set of reprints from Know Your Silver Shadow featured in the Club magazine

in recent years. $80 per copy including P & P.

Silver Cloud/S Series Reprints 1955-1966: A compilation of technical articles from The Flying Lady specific to

the Silver Cloud and S Series. $20 per copy including P & P.


Of the original design but made in stainless steel are now available at $60 each.

Send your order with cheque made out to “New Zealand Rolls-Royce & Bentley Club” to: Roy Tilley,

Technical Liaison Officer, 204a Waiwhetu Road, LOWER HUTT.


The Company’s Construction Records, which accompanied every Rolls-Royce and Bentley (since 1931)

chassis throughout its production at Derby or Crewe are a valuable resource for subsequent owners. They

show details of the original order, any special equipment supplied, and the results of tests and inspections

carried out prior to dispatch. The records for all cars over 10 years old are held by the RREC in the UK, and

copies are available to members of that Club at a price which has to reflect not only the cost of photocopying

and postage but also the cost of maintaining a valuable archive resource and employing a full-time archivist.

The number of A4 pages for early cars may vary from two or three up to 20 or more, depending upon how

much work and subsequent servicing was carried out by the Company and its agents. Records for a Silver

Shadow can amount to 50 or more pages and are likely to cost around $NZ150 but will be a worthwhile

addition to any owner’s library. For details of how to obtain a copy of your car’s records, contact the Club’s

Technical Liaison Officer, Roy Tilley, on 04 566 0850


ADVERTISING – pages 27 to 32

Classified advertisements (monochrome) pertaining to Rolls-Royce and Bentley matters are free to Financial

Members who do not deal regularly in Rolls-Royce or Bentley cars or services. All classified advertisements

must be submitted in writing to the Editor, Tom King, Phone 03 339 8309, e-mail 191

Sparks Road, Christchurch 8025. The publication of commercial advertisements, or any advertising in colour,

will be the subject of a charge to the advertiser. Colour advertisements are charged at $220 per half page

and $300 for full page, payable to the RNRR&BC Inc.

Northern Region

Club Calendar 2008-1

Sunday 10 February - Ellerslie Concours. Ellerslie Racecourse, Greenlane

Sunday 9 March, - Waikato Wings & Wheels Display, Hamilton Airport – members can

also display on the Saturday, 2 free tickets per car.

Friday to Sunday 11 to 13 April - National AGM Weekend, Taranaki, organised by Merv

Warner and Colin Trowbridge

Saturday 19 April - NZ Motorshow Display 10 am - 8pm, Claudelands Event Centre,

Brooklyn Road, Hamilton

Central Region

British Car Day Sunday 17 February Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt, starting

at 10.00 am. As usual this is organised by the British Car Club, but the NZRR&BC is

supporting this event. All proceeds to the Wellington Free Ambulance. In 2007 the

event raised $4000 for WFA so come along and help them do even better in 2008.

A proposed visit to Roy Savage’s Car Collection Sunday 2 March This may be

followed by a café visit to Rekiorangi Pottery. Members to gather at the Plimmerton

weigh station at 10am and travel in convoy. See TOTC for confirmation.

3rd Charity Classic Motor Show Sunday 16 March To be held at the Wanganui

City College Grounds from 10am to 3pm.

National AGM Sunday April 13th To be held at the Auto Lodge Motor Inn in New

Plymouth, combined with the annual North/Central get-together. This is being organised

by Merv Warner and Colin Trowbridge and promises to be an outstanding

event. Organise your accommodation at the Auto Lodge Motor Inn. Rooms have

been reserved at $110 inc GST per night. ph 06 7599128

Solstice Dinner Saturday 21 June Tentatively proposed for the Wellesley club.

See TOTC for confirmation.

A proposed Waiarapa home visit for daffodils etc. August-September 2008 See

TOTC for details and confirmation.

AGM at Southwards November

2009 National Rally Following the very successful Rally organised by

Northern Region in March last year the Central Region has agreed to

organise the 2009 National Rally. Serious planning will begin in April 2008.

Suggestions are welcome from all members.

Southern Region

The Bentley Drivers’ Club is holding an International Rally for “W.O.” Vintage

Bentleys. We have been invited to view the paricipating cars at Bruce McIlroy

Ltd on: Saturday 23 February 2008 in the afternoon.

Our Web Site is

Tell your friends about it.

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2008 National AGM Taranaki

11 to 13 April organised by Merv Warner and Colin Towbridge of

Central Region To be held at: The Auto Lodge Motor Inn 393 Devon

Street East, New Plymouth, Freephone: 0800 800 896, www.autolodge. A rate of $110 per room including GST has been arranged.


Friday, 11 April 6pm Informal meet and greet at Autolodge bar Dinner own arrangements

Saturday, 12 April 8.45am Meet at rear of Auto Lodge in Gill Street (see map)

to leave at 9am sharp. Travel to Tawhiti Museum 401 Ohangai Road, Hawera,

Phone: (06) 278-6837 The Tawhiti Museum is a truly

unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply

stunning. Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum

uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series

of super realistic and engaging displays. Part of the museum is the Tawhiti Bush

Railway is a dramatic presentation of the logging railways that used to operate in

Taranaki. With life size figures, buildings along the line and an interpretation centre

set in a reconstructed sawmill at the end of the track, this 2’6” gauge railway is

an additional attraction on the museum site.

Lunch at museum cafe

After lunch an interesting afternoon’s events have been planned with some extra

places to visit.

6pm Drinks in the Auto Lodge bar

7pm Dinner at Auto Lodge restaurant

Sunday, 13 April 10.00am Pre AGM tea, coffee and scones at Auto Lodge

Conference Room

10.30am AGM commences

After AGM own arrangements

The deadline for material to appear in this

issue coincided with the state funeral for

Sir Edmund Hillary. As it happened so did

a car trip, so rather than be distracted

by the usual things such as work which

frustrate radio listening, we were able to

concentrate on the excellent coverage

that Radio New Zealand provided, with

the equable Geoff Robinson at the helm.

It was certainly a time for contemplation

of New Zealanders’ place in the world,

and the end of an era which started

with Sir Edmund’s being launched

to instant fame with the ascent of Mt

Everest. Some of you will have been

fortunate enough to have known him,

and even those of us who merely saw

him at airports cannot help but have been

touched by his aura. The vivid memory

of the address, illustrated with coloured

slides, he and his friend and colleague

George Lowe gave at the old St James

Theatre in Christchurch will stay with

us, as will the sound of his instantly

recognisable voice.

It has been a good summer for

those not affected by drought conditions.

We get a good one about every three

years; last summer was certainly pretty

awful right up until we left Tauranga on

the First Light Rally, and the summer

of 2005/6 wasn’t wonderful either as

memories of the Vero Rally to Invercargill

will bear out.

The latest copy of the national

journal of the Rolls-Royce Owners’

cub of Australia, Præclarvm has just

arrived. As well as some articles which

Mainland Comment

will be reprinted in these pages with the

kind permission of Præclarvm’s editor,

David Neely and their authors, our fine

technical expert Eddie Riddle has been

honoured by the inclusion of his article

on the restoration of his 1934 20/25

Barker Limousine GYD18. This article

first appeared in our issue 05-5. The

A4 format of Præclarvm does justice to

Eddie’s articles and illustrations, and it

is good to see them in such a form.

Are you one of those people

who carefully watch every “period” film or

television programme for anachronisms?

Diffidently driven cars, much too clean

for the conditions under which they and

their drivers laboured; twin tail lamps

when they were not compulsory in Britain

until the 1960s; and doors slammed

rather than clicked closed are perhaps

acceptable. Less so are obviously newer

cars than the era being depicted. One

recent film set in 1935 had the front

brake hoses from a clumsy hydraulic

conversion of a Lagonda sagging,

whereas they should have been Girling

rod brakes, and one perceptive reviewer

noted of that film that the protagonist was

listening to a 78 rpm recording of “La

Boheme”, but the Sir Thomas Beecham

version being played was not recorded

until 1956. Did we hear someone say

“Get a life”? Well, in that case we might

as well lament the way a lousy film

must capture the talents of a Redgrave,

a Dame Judy or Maggie, to bolster its

pulling power but inevitably to show up

the inadequacies and posturings of the

current crop of actors.

Our Web Site is

Tell your friends about it.

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The Six Pot Group Meeting 19 January

Linda and Robert Barbour with a jubilant

Crescent wielding Philip Eilenberg alongside

his B372MD whilst Peter Le Gros

contemplates the next phase of operations.

Glynn Williams, Ed Pollard, Peter Le

Gros and a proud Philip Eilenberg.

Philip Eilenberg and Peter Le Gros discussing

finer points of his 4.6 litre 1951 Engine.

Kit Maxwell and Richard Hadfield discussing

tyre wear and wheel alignment with Ed

Pollard on his 1930 20/25 Three Position

Drop-head GNS30.

Ed Pollard, Kit Maxwell, and Richard Hadfield

enjoying the summer weather outside

Peter Le Gros’ workshop.

“Before and After” Photographs of Philip Eilenberg’s B372MD

(Opposite) New 6-Pot attendee photographed

B307MD in its natural surroundings

last July.

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“Before and After” Photographs of Philip Eilenberg’s B372MD

Philip Eilenberg billed our first New Year event as an entrée, however for

the twelve six pot members whose appetite was whetted it turned out to be a very

satisfying main course.

Five first time attendees were – Aucklanders: Max Morris, Peter Mose and

Glynn Williams, plus the Barbours who reside in Pokeno. Robert and Linda have

their Wraith at an early stage of survey so they have a common goal with Dick and

Naomi Neill, their Silver Wraith also nearer commencement than completion.

Peter Le Gros’s workshop at Rosebank Rd. was the venue and being just

off the North Western motorway is quite accessible, particularly on a Saturday afternoon.

With two perfectionists such as Peter and Philip combining talents and

resources, the result is this outstanding example of “MK VI” excellence, having

now been returned to its original, and what was at the time a pinnacle of engineering


Although Peter‘s main business is in “heavy marine of deep sea proportions”,

he has an interest and much experience in our tiddlers of Veteran, Vintage,

and Classics our group is fortunate to have Peter’s fund of knowledge and willing


Philip’s 1951 Bentley B372MD has the 4.6 Litre six pot motor and we will be

delighted to follow further progress as the body and accessories are re-united with

the now completed chassis.

The details and whereabouts of parts and services and overall knowledge

Philip has acquired of this marquee is available to help, and hopefully, inspire others

to progress their restorations or improvements.

George Urquhart

Central Region Report

Catching up

The final event on the 2007 calendar prior to the AGM was a trip down

memory lane with slides and a talk from Roger Lloyd followed by a supper

prepared by Cathy and the family. A dozen or so members accepted Roger’s

invitation to meet at his home at Sevenoaks and we were treated to Roger

and Cathy’s customary hospitality. Roger has a great collection of pictures

from the early days of the car club which we were privileged to share.

The Christmas Dinner and Central Region AGM was held in


This was a great weekend away for all those out of towners who attended. Our

organisers. Ed Boyd and Alex Garrett, treated us to an entertaining and most

enjoyable weekend. Special thanks to Ed for afternoon tea and to Alex for hosting

the AGM and providing lunch. We are all grateful for another memorable event.

The 2008 committee is:


Elliott Snelling

Secretary / Treasurer

Martin Taylor

Delegate to National Executive Martin Taylor


Roy Tilley

William Giesbers.

Carol Snelling

The Committee has its first meeting on Monday 21 January 2008 and an indicative

programme has been worked out for the year.

Southern Region Report


Southern Region events have been infrequent since the secession of the Southern

Region Executive in January last year to form their own club. Some of their events, where

our members have participated either by

invitation or by their being members of both

clubs, have been reported in this magazine,

but it is a pleasure to be able to report on a

Southern Region event of the New Zealand

Rolls-Royce & Bentley Club (Inc).

Michael Midgley is the owner of a

fine S3 Bentley which has been in the club

since the days when it was owned by the late

Lionel Archer, whose times from Wellington

to Auckland in it could not be beaten. Michael

has a property at Rotherham in North

Canterbury, and invited us to his home for

a picnic lunch. We were of course confident that the weather would be brilliant, and this

was assured by Plan B, which involved moving into one of the large rooms of Michael’s

home, which was built around 1920 as Amuri County Hospital.

The event was advertised in 07-6, by word of mouth, e-mail, and printed forms

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Southern Region Report

Birthdays being celebrated for (l to r) Bruce

McIlroy, Stephen Fowler, and John Ferguson.

Kate McIlroy supervises.

The first owner of WDC43 wore a spot on

the arm-rest, so Mulliners made a neat

leather repair before Henry Green took

delivery in the early 1960s.

to as many as we could manage to contact at this holiday time. If we missed anybody,

we apologise.

20 January was bright and clear when we met at Belfast, on the northern fringe

of Christchurch, for a 10 am start. The north-easterly wind which makes its presence felt

after late morning was not yet on duty, and warm weather in North and inland Canterbury

was anticipated. Six cars left from Belfast. They included Ian and Anne Scoggins in their

1974 Rolls-Royce Corniche Coupé, who have recently moved from Queenstown to

Christchurch, and whom we look forward to meeting again at our events here. Anthony

Dacre was in his newly restored S1, and an account of this car will soon appear in our

magazine. It is certainly a credit to Anthony’s hard work and trouble, is finished in the

same colour scheme as the Works demonstrator used in the original brochure, and

even sports BM1955 as its registration number. Keith Hunter drove his glorious James

Young bodied Silver Cloud 3, which appeared on the cover of magazine 06-5. Because

of his busy schedule Keith returned from Rotherham after just a short break, passing a

similarly fully committed Stephen Fowler and his always spotless Silver Shadow II on his

way back to Christchurch as Stephen drove north. John and Christine Ferguson were in

their familiar Silver Cloud 2, and elected to take the longer, partially gravel, route north

through Pyramid Valley. Ian and Anne Scoggins followed them, and Ian spoke of driving

for an hour without seeing a car other than the Silver Cloud.


Southern Region Report (Cont from Page 11)

Alternate route instructions for the Main Road and Pyramid Valley routes were

issued, Michael having had them “on file”, but the checking of the inland route was

done in reverse for reasons too obscure to delve into here. Suffice to say that a “left at

T” become a “right at this road, or it might be the next, or the next, or….” and is a test

of marital harmony which is easily failed. The photograph accompanying this account

gives a good impression of these huge North Canterbury expanses, and the way the

desert sand over astrakhan colour scheme blends into the landscape. Successive layers

of limestone have formed the contours here, and archaeological discoveries from this

area have included dinosaur bones as well as the more recent moa skeletons that were

trapped in swamps.

The sealed route turned off Highway 1 at Waipara, to go through the Weka Pass,

Waikari, and Culverden to turn right at “the red post” and arrive at Michael’s place after

just over an hour’s drive, while the inland route took just over two hours.

The well established trees in Michael’s garden gave us good shelter from the

unfiltered sun, and we were joined there by Henry and Joy Green in their superb Silver

Wraith “Touring Saloon with Division” WDC43. This car featured on the cover of 04-5,

when it was used to carry on a family tradition of collecting new members of the Green

family from the maternity hospital. Emma Green, now a very charming young lady of

some three summers, was present with her parents Brenda and Martin, and her brother

Dylan, on their way home from holiday in Hanmer Springs, although not in the S2 this time.

Bruce and Philomena McIlroy, along with Andrew and Kate, had also been in Hanmer,

and joined us in their Silver Ghost.

After lunch we drifted indoors, after Michael’s low-key warning of the various

hazards the unwary might meet there. In only three years Michael has transformed a

very large structure and grounds into a beautiful home, but he stresses that it remains

very much a work in progress. To give some idea of the scale of the project, the hall

downstairs is long enough to produce an echo, or alternatively a cricket pitch.

That week in January we celebrated the birthdays of three local Rolls-Royce and

Bentley stalwarts, and the Club provided the funds for a cake for John Ferguson, Bruce

McIlroy, and Stephen Fowler. Joy Green also baked a delicious cake, and the photograph

is an attempt to capture the event. Stephen bought his T-shirt in San Francisco, and

pointed out that it could also be regarded as an exercise in boosting self-esteem.

So passed a very pleasant day, spent in good company, surroundings, cars,

and weather. Our thanks to Michael for organising the event and being such a charming

host, and to all those who supported this important event.


See the photograph on Pages 16 and 17. From left in the foreground are Ian

and Anne Scoggins, Christine Ferguson, Joy Green and Kate McIlroy (standing),

Dylan and Emma Green, Philomena McIlroy, Bruce McIlroy in gent’s natty

pith helmet, John Ferguson, Ramon Farmer, and Henry Green wrestling with the

director’s chair.

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Some History

Bentleys We Wonder

About: This car,

YR22, had chassis

number SR1418, engine

SR1411, and was

delivered with its Van

den Plas saloon body

to McKenzies Garages

Ltd in November 1926.

The photograph came

from The Bulletin of the

Vintage Sports-Car Club

Ltd, Spring 1961.

Easter 1961, when the Ghost of Peter Pinckney (14KG) Lagonda 4½-litre of Ian McKellar,

Bentleys 3-litre of Michael Haggitt, and 4½-litre of Willis Brown travelled to Haast. The late

Ian McKellar is beside his car. Willis Brown took the photograph.

Another Willis Brown photograph,

outside the late “Tommy”

Thomson’s home in Dunedin. Scott

Thomson is beside the Phantom II

Continental 101RY then owned by

his father, and Willis is beside his

Mann Egerton bodied 20/25, later

owned by Harald Rothschild, and

now to be seen in the Talley Collection

in Nelson.


As already described in the previous

issue of this magazine, during its

early years in New Zealand my R Type

Bentley Continental was owned by Ian

Maxwell Stewart of Wellington. During his

ownership in 1971, the car was brought

to a screeching halt on a Bentley rally to

Mount Cook by a seized left front wheel

bearing, evidently the result of a slightly

binding brake, which had generated

sufficient heat to burn off the bearing

grease. Had the car been travelling at

normal cruising speed, it could easily

have left the road. Although at the time

it was thought that once the bearing was

replaced the problem was solved, it was

in fact no more than the beginning of a

tale of woe for a later owner, me.

Five years later and during my

ownership of BC61C, it became necessary

to check the front wheel bearings,

which on inspection were found to be

slack on the left stub axle, which in

turn was seen to be not only severely

discoloured, but extensively chipped,

presumably resulting from the seized

(and virtually welded?) bearing having

been hacked off it. On testing, the axle

was found to be seriously cracked, so I

drove the car home very gently indeed,

to await the arrival of a new stub axle

and hub from UK, which were fitted in

due course.

No doubt when the bearing

seized, the generated heat would have

caused so much distortion of the brake

drum that some corrective machining of

same would have been necessary. More

recently, due to considerable eccentricity

having developed in the front brake

drums, I was obliged to have them machined

lightly. Although there had always

been only very slight brake fade under

Continental Bearings and Brakes

John King’s photograph of BC61C at


severe braking, quite substantial fade

under severe braking became noticeable

following that machining. As the drums

were then so much thinner than standard

I decided to purchase and fit two new

front drums. Once delivered, said new

drums were seen to be so much thicker

than the originals, I can only assume

that during the previous ownerships

some other machining had been carried

out. To say that new brake drums are

expensive would be an understatement.

Although actually made of steel they are

priced as though made from gold, and

24 carat at that!

Although the brakes have always

been excellent, with new brake

drums and new linings fitted, the brakes

are now truly amazing and exhibit no

fade at all, even when tested under the

most extreme conditions. An added

bonus is the considerable reduction in

the pedal travel, arising from the new

centric drums. Without a doubt, once

brake drums have been machined for

centricity, they have a reduced capacity

for absorbing heat, so are then even

more susceptible to further heat distortion.

A never ending cycle.

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Only a limited amount of grease

can be applied to Mk 6 and R Type front

wheel bearings, so regular checks are

recommended to avoid a seized bearing.

A very simple check, especially following

any brake adjustments, is to park the car

(safely!) in neutral with handbrake off, on

a hard level surface. If the brakes are

correctly adjusted, when given a slight

push the car should oscillate slightly

as it comes to rest. Another simple test

is to feel the wheels after travelling a

reasonable distance, to ensure they are

just warm and not hot. If a wheel is hot,

deal with the problem immediately. If a

bearing ever seizes, check the axle, it

just may be cracked.

A few years ago when I relined

the brakes the linings were glued, as is

the usual practice. When gently tapping

a shoe into position I was horrified to see

the lining pop off the shoe, so immediately

had all the glued linings riveted at

each end. Belt and braces.

Should a lining come adrift under active

service conditions, the result could be absolutely

catastrophic, so riveting the ends

seems to be a good safety first measure.

If it can happen it will happen.

Here endeth the lesson.

Jim Sawers

Carbon Neutrality

In the most recent issue of the Silver

Ghost Association’s Journal, ‘The

Silver Ghost Tourer’, is an article

titled ‘Carbon Neutral Silver Ghosts?’

by Mermie Karger (USA). In it Mermie

raises her concerns about the inconsistency

of being conscientiously

‘green’ in all aspects of her life whilst

driving a large ‘gas-guzzling’ vehicle.

Whilst travelling in a Rolls-Royce

one tends to attract more attention

than when driving other cars. We’ve

all had a bystander ask, “What mileage

do you get?” and I dare say

some of us in recent times have

had pangs of conscience about the

‘carbon footprint’ of our cars. It may

not be long before we get not questions

from bystanders but criticism

for wasting precious resources and

exacerbating climate change by producing

huge quantities of CO2.

Mermie recalled how Neville

Jordan (NZ) drove Silver Ghost 7KG

in the 2007 Peking to Paris Rally as

a ‘certified carbon neutral’ car. Being

carbon neutral means you have

offset the carbon you are emitting

by removing or sequestering carbon

elsewhere. There are several ways

of doing this but by far the easiest is

to plant trees and the most efficient

way to do this is to contribute to an

organisation dedicated to this task.

Neville Jordan purchased ‘carbon

credits’ through a New Zealand

government program. Mermie took

his lead and for her car has donated

to the Natural Lands Trust in Pennsylvania.

Now they can say that their

Silver Ghosts are ‘carbon neutral’

and have stickers on their cars pro-


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Carbon Neutrality (Cont from Page 15)

claiming it.

Though the practice is criticised

by some, I think this is a terrific idea.

It won’t save the planet but it helps


climate change awareness and is

bound to be good public relations for

our cars and the clubs. I googled for

‘carbon offset’ and quickly found a

research paper from RMIT that surveyed

carbon offset providers in Australia.

The paper gives good background

information on this growth

industry (pun intended) and based

on its advice I chose two providers

to offset not only my car use but my

general carbon footprint.

Carbon offsets are surprisingly

inexpensive – almost embarrassingly

so. For my Mk VI’s (B290MD) rather

low estimated annual fuel consumption

of 800 litres of petrol the estimate

is that eight trees need to be

planted, at a cost of AU$20.00. The

entire calculation and purchasing

operation can be carried out from the

comfort of your internet-connected

computer. All up for a single year

I’ve spent/bought/donated $300, and

that’s even tax-deductible.

Chris Gillings (NSW)

References: Neville Jordan: www.; RMIT Paper:;

My Providers: www.;

This article came from Præclarvm 1-08, and is reprinted with the kind permission of its

author, and David Neely, the editor of Præclarvm.

Bruce McIlroy’s photograph appeared in 07-4, but is well worth reprinting in this context.

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Appointment with Destiny

Never send to know for whom

the horn toots. It toots for thee!

So many of our less fortunate friends

have been heard to observe that the

only ride they are ever likely to make

in a Rolls-Royce, will be the last one.

Whilst we, as owners and Club members,

are not so deprived, nevertheless

we would all like to think that our

last ride will be in a manner in keeping

with our adopted lifestyle, behind that

famous radiator.

That being the case, the more

technically-minded of us might like

to know a little about the steps that

have been taken to enable residents

of Lower Hutt like myself, to maintain

their standards to the absolute end.

This 1964 Silver Cloud III long-wheelbase

saloon CCL77 was imported into

New Zealand in May 1972 after spending

some time in South Africa. The late

Gavin Croft, proprietor of J R Croft Ltd,

Funeral Directors, bought it in 1976

and had it converted into a hearse by

Associated Motor Bodies Ltd of Palmerston

North, under the supervision of

their proprietor, Kevin Gale

The photographs below show

how part of the roof, the rear window,

the back seat and the boot lid were

removed (where are they now? R.) and

new panelling for an extended roof and

blind rear quarters were installed. The

tail gate, complete with electric rear

window, from an early 1970’s Ford Falcon,

was installed and is operated from

the external handle on the tailgate.

The car has an electric floor

which slides out with the casket on it.

The mechanism for this was made by

Gavin Croft himself, adapting the screw

from a draw-leaf table, and connecting

it to a 12 volt motor and reduction gear

box built in under the floor. This can be

operated from the driver’s seat or from

a remote control, once the tail gate has

been opened.

Adaptation of a conventional

(?) saloon car has necessitated some

rearrangement of necessary equipment.

The rear side doors still open

and give access to the battery which

is hidden in a compartment behind the

driver under the deck. The space on

the near side is devoted to storage of

funeral signs, umbrellas etc. The spare


Appointment With Destiny (Cont from Page 19)

wheel is in the usual position under the

rear of the car but it is raised and lowered

by a cable mechanism, operated

by a handle inserted into a fitting at the

rear of the deck.

Alterations to the rear panels

meant that the original tail lights and

turn signals could not be used so they

were replaced by light assemblies from

a Chrysler Valiant AP5. Other additions

include a black vinyl roof and chromed

dummy landau irons which are a

feature of interest on the otherwise

large blind rear quarters. The final paint

scheme is a dark metallic grey which

looks very good without being too formal.


My thanks go to Doreen Croft,

Stephen Hilliard and Robert Sinclair

of J R Croft Ltd, Funeral Directors of

Lower Hutt, for their time, and for access

to their car and to their company


Acknowledgement is also made to

John R Schmidt for information in an

article he wrote for an unidentified

American funeral directors’ journal

some 10 or so years ago.

Roy Tilley,

Technical Liaison Officer,

New Zealand Rolls-Royce & Bentley

Club Inc.

Membership Changes

We welcome the following new


James Jefferis and Mark Brown

441 Papanui Road


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1973 Silver Shadow SRH 13721 MM 76

The following resignation is accepted

with regret:

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Tell your friends about it.

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Book Reviews






By Philip Young

ISBN 978-1-845841-20-1

UPC 6-36847-04120-5

Published by Veloce Publishing Ltd.,

33 Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT,


Telephone 0044 1305 260068 Fax

0044 1305 268864

E-mail Web www.

Hardbound, 224 pages, 250 mm by

250 mm about 250 photographs mostly

in colour

£29.99 from the publisher, or available

through specialist bookshops here

Veloce Publishing Ltd is an energetic

firm, with an array of motoring books to

tempt most explorers of their web site.

Their paper stock is of excellent quality,

well able to reproduce the high definition

of the photographs provided, while the

“square” page format means that in

most cases the pictures do not run over

the centre fold, a problem which mars

so many otherwise fine books in portrait

form. We are really fortunate in the low

acid paper now being used, and the more

regretful that many now classic motoring

books were afflicted by poor paper and

photographic reproduction.

Philip Young is an experienced

competitor in, and organiser of, ambitious

inter-national motor rallies, and his

breezy reporting style makes your

reviewer sure that he was the “Syd

Stelvio” who provided the daily reports

on the Peking to Paris web site during

the Challenge. With 130 entrants, there

are at least 260 detailed articles, if not

books, which could be written, and this

book tantalises. It comes somewhere in

between the DVD so far available, with

an affable if somewhat patronising chap

who puffs and pants his commentary

from a bicycle, and the full account

written by Northern Irish competitors

Geoff and Penny Rawlings of their trip

in their Talbot 95 published in the Ulster

Vintage car Club’s magazine.

The chief merit of Peking to Paris,

the Ultimate Driving Adventure lies in the

superb photographs, taken mostly by

Gerard Brown, and in their reproduction,

utterly unpixellated, by Veloce’s process

(by Apple Mac) and printing (in India).

Just how Gerard Brown was able to be in

the right place at the right time to record

every image of every car, as well as the

mood of each character depicted, which

in many cases fairly leaps off the page,

is quite mystifying. A great deal of time

can be spent, for instance, absorbing

the 250 mm by 250 mm photograph on

page 111. It shows the co-driver of the

oldest car on the Challenge, a 1903 60

h.p. Mercedes, changing a rear tyre, but

so much more!


Book Reviews (Cont from Page 21)

Good photographs of our

own Neville Jordan and Bruce McIlroy

are provided, as well as reports and

photographs of the other Rolls-Royces

(Ghosts, 20 h.p., 20/25, Phantom III) and

Bentleys (3-litre, 4½-litre, 6½-litre, Speed

Six, 8 litre, 4¼-litre, R-Type) which took

part. Wallace McNair and Anne Thomson

from Morrinsville regarded the Challenge

as a touring event in their Delage D8, but

still achieved a bronze medal.

There is a daily report, written

in the present tense; a brief contribution

by each competitor, beside photographs

of each car, of the high and low spots; a

Why Not? The Story of the Honourable

Charles Stewart Rolls by David Baines.

Dalton Watson Fine Books, 2007. 308 pages,

300 illustrations. Hardcover, slipcase.

ISBN 978-1-85443-224-7. £49

photograph of the organising crew; and

a full analysis of each competitor’s time

in each event, for which a long ruler is


Many hours of fun in the comfort

of our living rooms can be spent in

gaining some appreciation of just what

the competitors and cars went through

on the Peking to Paris Challenge.


The review copy was kindly

provided by Veloce Publishing Ltd, and

is a worthy addition to the Club Library.


While Rolls is mentioned in all sorts

of books, there are only a few monographs

solely about him. And of those

few, this one is the most multi-faceted

in terms of the breadth of its approach

and in terms of combining text, photos,

and mementos. It surely is also

the most opulent one, having received

the full Dalton Watson treatment of

excellent paper, smart typesetting, and

beautiful presentation - if only every

book were so lucky.

The author’s intent is to more

fully establish Rolls in the pantheon

of motoring and aviation luminaries.

The book paints a richer picture than

previous ones through contemporary

accounts in the press and by personal

acquaintances but it adds nothing new

to the record, either in terms of fact

(although there is a reference to the Rolls

Light car, the seemingly well-received but

short-lived “Populaire” of 1903, a rebadged

French [Lacoste et Battmann] product.

None survive.) or interpretation. Par-

22 RR&B Issue 08-1 2008

ticularly, the dynamics of the relationship

between Rolls and Royce—vastly dissimilar

dispositions—remains as unexplored as

ever. On the photographic side, however,

there are images not previously published

(from the C.S. Rolls & Co. album) or not

widely known (from the Royal Aero Club

set of CDs of archival material released

last year). Readers new to the subject will

certainly find here a thorough account of

this “unsung British hero” who was at once

shy and an inveterate self-publicist. While

all quotes are attributed to a source, not all

have dates.

Appended are reprints of speeches

and articles about and by Rolls. Index.

Review courtesy of The Flying Lady.


A Tribute to

John Webb de Campi


Barrie Gillings (NSW)

Although John de Campi lived and worked in

the USA, he was a major contributor to Rolls-

Royce and Bentley literature and wrote the

definitive book on Springfield Rolls-Royces.

He was a contemporary of, collaborated

with and was the US equivalent in erudition

and output, of our own Tom Clarke. John

visited Australia to attend the Overlander and

RROCA Federal Rally in Melbourne in 2004.

His report in the RROC Inc magazine, ‘The

Flying Lady’: ‘Around the World to Australia’,

(p 7398-7405) is entertaining, accurate and

profusely illustrated, with shrewd observations

on how things are a little different in

Australia. He liked us, and we liked him.

John Webb de Campi (1937-

2007) was a unique Rolls-Royce enthusiast,

and a RROC Inc member for

nearly 50 years. I first met him in 1958

when he was a student at the Rochester

Institute of Technology, majoring

in photography. I was a postgraduate

dentistry student at the University of

Rochester. Rochester was also the

home of the other Johns: McFarlane,

Editor, and Utz, Associate Editor of the

Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of America’s,

The Flying Lady’.

The Johns, McFarlane and

Utz welcomed me as a founder and

overseas Vice-President of the recently

formed (1956) Rolls-Royce Owners’

Club of Australia. John de Campi was

admiring a Springfield Silver Ghost,

parked on Main Street, and made

himself known to its owner, John Utz.

So Utz introduced him to my family,

and John de Campi and the Gillings

became firm friends.

Our major co-operative activity

was an investigation of the Selden

story. George Selden had patented

the gasoline automobile in 1877. This

ambit claim could never last, and was

eventually defeated in a legal action


Obituary (Cont from Page 23)

by Henry Ford. But John and I could police.

sense that there was a story here, and

In 1963, he purchased, in

we interviewed George Selden’s surviving

80 year old sons, who lived near Ghost Salamanca Cabriolet, 329XH,

Maryland, the 1923 Springfield Silver

Rochester. This resulted in an article that he fell in love with at first sight in

in a 1961 ‘Veteran and Vintage Magazine’,

edited and managed by Edward, In 1965 he added the 1938 Bentley

1957. He still owned it when he died.

Lord Montagu. An update of this article 4¼-litre Vanden Plas Sedanca Coupe,

is in preparation.

B167LE, to his collection, plus others

John attended the frequent he bought and sold over the years. He

student parties at the Gillings’, who had also had a Phantom I and a Phantom

a real house, with lots of space, unlike II.

the ‘digs’ of most students. Our social

A lasting memorial to his

interactions extended to ski trips, car talents is his authoritative book, ‘Rollsrallies,

races and such. John Utz had Royce in America’, which has become

purchased a 20/25hp, and John and I a collector’s item. He is also remembered

with great fondness by folk who

were appointed as the drivers of this

vehicle from New York City to Rochester.

The down trip in McFarlane’s Cad-

or hard-to-get tools for their cars. He

sought handbooks, reference books

die went well, but a massive snowfall collected both, and arranged for the

shut down our return trip on the NYC- manufacture of some of the latter. The

Rochester Freeway. Utz had a plan, as UK Contributing Editor, Tom Clarke,

he usually did, and led us on a route attests, from personal experience, to

via back roads, which by-passed the John’s incredible generosity with his

closed expressway. At nightfall, and reference material and his knowledge:

far from home, we avoided frostbite by “Whenever I started to research a

lifting the 20/25 floorboards. As John topic, I’d put the idea, or a draft, before

said: “Forget the carbon monoxide, I’m John and he’d come back with scans


from his collection, first hand knowledge

and useful links.”

He had a puckish sense of

humour. I once gave him a cabin trunk,

We kept in touch after I returned

to Australia, and I followed

and when we were carrying it to his

station wagon, he kept talking, in his his increasingly important role in the

booming voice, to a supposed person RROC Inc with great interest and admiration.

He was on the Board of Direc-

inside: “be patient, it’s not far now…

don’t worry, we won’t drop you…if you tors for some time, served as President

need more air, just yell…” I was worried

that the passers-by might call the the Rolls-Royce Foundation Board. He

in 1976-77 and founded and served on

was appointed a Contributing Editor for

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The Flying Lady’ in 2000, was ‘upgraded’

to Historical Features Editor in

2004, authoring more than 50 articles.

Despite the recurrence of his cancer,

he kept writing articles, two in ‘The Flying

Lady’ Issue 07-1, two in 07-2, two

in 07-3 and an even more astonishing

three in 07-6. He did not live to see his

last efforts in print. He died three days

before Sabu Advani e-mailed 07-6 to

the editorial staff. But John had already

had his reward. He wrote them.

His life partner Robin and

daughter Alex, also a gifted author,

were at home with him at the end. He

was unique, and we may not see his

like again.

He died 10 November 2007.

This Obituary came from Præclarvm 1-08,

and is reprinted with the kind permission of

its author, Barrie Gillings, and David Neely,

the editor of Præclarvm.

The Phantom II and the Riley Monaco

This article is reprinted from Præclarvm with the kind permission of its author, and David

Neely, the Editor of Præclarvm.

65GX, an early Phantom II, the subject of

this article

Perhaps when I first saw 65GX, a 1931

Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental (pictured

above), I was drawn to her through some

obscure Riley link without realizing it. Was

this the Rolls-Royce that Stanley Riley would

have built or was it the Riley that Henry Royce

would have built? There are obvious styling

cues that appear to belong to Riley’s Monaco

although on a vastly different scale.

Ownership leads to the desire for

history and as it turns out the link is referred to

in many publications on Rolls-Royce history.

The Riley Monaco II, the second stage in

its evolution, from the Riley 9 Overseas

Catalogue, 1929

The Rolls-Royce designer of the time, Ivan

Evernden, recorded the origins of his design

in a number of articles. ‘The Rolls-Royce

40/50hp’ by W J Oldham (1974) contains the

most comprehensive information.

Royce became impressed by the intelligent

thought which had lead to the design of the

new close-coupled body and the most outstanding

British example of this type of motor

car at the time was the Riley 9. He decided to

build a performance version of the Phantom


The Phantom II and the Riley Monaco (Cont from P25)

II chassis by reducing its wheelbase and

bringing the rear seating in front of the rear

axle line. With continental-type springing and

extra shock absorbers he intended to produce

a model suitable for sustained high speed

continental touring for the owner driver.

Before starting on his own designs,

he decided he would like to have a Riley

Monaco of his own, so he asked Ivan Evernden

to purchase a car for him from the Riley

agents in Guildford in Evernden’s name and

not to mention Royce at all. Ivan returned with

a Riley 9 Monaco saloon bearing the registration

number GW3226. They evidently had a

lot of fun with this car pulling it to pieces and

thoroughly examining the chassis and seating


So apart from the obvious external

similarities, 65GX has recessed rear footwells

and a lower more sporting build compared

with more usual Phantom IIs. Of the 281

Continentals built, only a few wore this body

style of the prototype; the vintage style quickly

becoming superseded by heavier styling of

the thirties.

Many years on 65GX shares garage

space with several Rileys.

The driving compartment of UK3285,

shows the central throttle pedal which

caused your editor some problems during

his memorable drive.

Since a group of some 30 mostly overseas

“W.O.” Bentleys are touring the South

Island as we go to print, it seemed a good

time to remember one frosty day last July

when a group of us travelled to Annat, near

Sheffield in Canterbury, to meet Donald

Wright and some of the Bentleys his late

father, George, had accumulated over the


The Van den Plas 4 ½-litre

roadster, chassis UK3285 , was delivered

new to the Hudson family in Dunedin, and

had several owners between 1946, when

they sold it, and when George bought it in

Glynn Williams took this photograph of

B131MB while it warmed up before our


December 1960. Anthony Dacre did a fine

report on this car in our magazine 01-5.

The Harold Radford Countryman

is the fifth of nine Mark 2s built, and is on 4

½-litre Mark VI chassis B131MB. The chassis

was delivered to Radfods on 15 October

1951, and to its first owner on 27 May

1952. At a mileage of 136,000 it came to

New Zealand in May 1969, and by 1971 the

late Dave Bowman owned the car. When

he bought BC61C in 1973 (see Jim Sawers’

article in this issue) he sold the Radford car

to George Wright.

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