Rolls Royce, one of the world’s best known luxury vehicle manufacturers on Friday, that is September 4th of this year, hosted a private gathering for the oldest Rolls Royce car club members in Goodwood. It was an extraordinary spectacle for every attendee as they feasted their eyes on the display of a wonderful collection of 20 vintage Rolls Royce motor cars all built before 1936, and what better place to present such a collection other than the home of the car itself.
The oldest club which is wholly dedicated to pre-1940 Rolls Royce motor cars is famously known as the 20 Ghost Club and privately viewed not only the vintage cars including Rolls Royce 20/25, Sliver Ghost, Phantom I and Phantom II from 1911, but also the latest launch in the elusive Ghost series. For the guests, this viewing was definitely the final cherry on top after an elite picnic set up – complete with Champagne and rare Rolls Royce honey. The exclusive exhibit came just three days after the global launch of this famed series’ luxury car and is also the most technologically advanced Rolls Royce ever manufactured.
Based on the company’s well known trademark of luxury aluminium spaceframe, the new Ghost has multiplied its power with a 6.75 litre V12 engine and boosted driver aids with more than 100 kg (220 lb) of internal acoustic damping materials used to eradicate every form of unnecessary noise. The much awaited new Ghost gave the attending members a lot to talk about.
While referring to the event, Andrew Ball – the Head of Heritage at Rolls Royce Motor Cars, said, “It is always a delight to welcome the 20 Ghost Club to our home here at Goodwood. As the oldest Rolls Royce car club in existence, they’re a very special part of the wider Rolls Royce family and play a crucial role in maintaining our unique heritage. It was the Silver Ghost that first earned Rolls Royce the accolade of ‘the best car in the world’ – and with new Ghost, we’re upholding and strengthening that reputation. When you see the earliest and latest models together you realise just how far advanced the original cars were, in terms of design technology and bespoke capabilities. Our new Ghost remains true to the original car’s founding principles of effortlessness, excellency and serenity.”
One of the displayed cars- the Silver Ghost celebrated its 100th birthday on the day of this gathering. HJ Mulliner, who built it in September 1920, gave it an open drive Limousine body with silver and black finishing. Its present owners acquired this marvellous vehicle in 2011 and since then it has covered over 17,000 miles.
It is safe to say that the assortment of Rolls Royce luxury motor cars displayed for the 20 Ghost Club event was a beautiful culmination of the old and the new vehicles made by this company, from the 1911 model to the present Ghost.
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