In This Issue:
• AGM Details
• Six-Pot Group Report Page 7
• Regional Reports
• Continental Bearings and
• Carbon Neutrality
• Appointment with Destiny
• Book Reviews
• The Phantom II and the
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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.
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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
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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
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.
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 www.nzrrbc.co.nz
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.
co.nz A rate of $110 per room including GST has been arranged.
PLEASE BOOK DIRECT BY 1 APRIL.
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 www.tawhitimuseum.co.nz. 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
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
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
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 www.nzrrbc.co.nz
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
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
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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.
Central Region Report
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:
Secretary / Treasurer
Delegate to National Executive Martin Taylor
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
PICNIC RUN 20 JANUARY
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,
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
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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
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
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.
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)
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.
pekingparis.co.nz; 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
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
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.
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“PEKING TO PARIS
THE ULTIMATE DRIVING
THE OFFICIAL BOOK OF THE
By Philip Young
Published by Veloce Publishing Ltd.,
33 Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT,
Telephone 0044 1305 260068 Fax
0044 1305 268864
E-mail email@example.com Web www.
Hardbound, 224 pages, 250 mm by
250 mm about 250 photographs mostly
£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
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-
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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
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
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
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
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
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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