Date commemorates Charles Rolls and Henry Royce's formation of the marque
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated its 110th anniversary on May 4, 2014 by displaying its cars at two, iconic English venues.
The British car maker said in a press release that it displayed the Wraith, the Phantom Coupe and the Ghost at the ‘Supercar Sunday’ Breakfast Club meeting at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. At the same time, it showed the all-new 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom alongside historic models outside The Midland Hotel, which opened in 1903.
The company was born on May 4, 1904 after a successful meeting at The Midland Hotel between aristocrat Charles Rolls –a businessman, engineer and racing driver – and engineer Henry Royce. Both men were frustrated with early, imported cars that were unrefined and unreliable.
After the meeting, Rolls drove the car that the other had made, the ‘10 hp’ Royce. Thoroughly impressed, Rolls said “I have met the greatest engineer in the World” and agreed to sell all of Royce’s cars in a joint venture.
Thus, Rolls-Royce was born – a factory where they committed themselves to creating the best cars in the world.
“The company created by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce had a simple philosophy – the pursuit of excellence – and one that the whole team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars strives for every day.” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“I have no doubt that the company’s forefathers would be proud to see the exceptional cars made at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, still bearing the linked RR letters.”