Dear Rolls Royce & Bentley Owners
Rolls – Royce and Bentley and the French riviera.
The story of Rolls-Royce started in May 1904 when three men met at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. They were Mr Henry Edmonds, The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls and Mr Frederic Henry Royce. Mr Edmonds knew both Rolls and Royce and was the instigator of the meeting.
Rolls and Royce were a most unlikely couple to be lunching together as Charles Rolls was the son of an English peer who had followed the aristocratic path and had been educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. Henry Royce was the son of a miller and had come from a more humble background having to find work to fund his education.
By 1904 both men were successful in their own right. Rolls owning this own motor agent selling cars from the continent such as Panhard and Minerva but wanted to sell cars that were British made. Henry Royce, who was a perfectionist in engineering had started to manufacture motor cars but needed someone to help promote and sell the cars.
They both shared the same passion for engineering and got on well from that first meeting and so from that moment the bond between Rolls and Royce had begun. Together they went on to create what has become known as « The best car in the world » and for over a century have been fullfilling the dreams of the most discerning motorists all over the world.
Whenever I travel along The Cote d’Azur it appears that the locals have a passion for Rolls-Royce motor cars which is a very good thing as Sir Henry Royce himself had a passion for The Cote d’Azur. In 1912 he built ‘Villa Mimosa’ at Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer and wintered there for the next twenty years.
If I were to sum up a Rolls-Royce in just a few words I would have to use one of Sir Henry’s quotes « The quality remains long after the prices is forgotten. »
Ambassador for United Kingdom
ROYAL ROLLS club of MONACO