Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls meets Henry Royce - 112th Anniversary of Their Meeting at the Midland Hotel Manchester 4 May 1904 - Celebrated in Customary Fashion by the CCC, the Chairman and Secretary of the RREC Polish Section at the Bristol Hotel in Warsaw, Poland

          When Rolls Met Royce 

Wednesday 4th May 2016 marked 112 years to the day since Frederick Henry Royce, who owned an electrical and mechanical business, met Charles Stewart Rolls, who ran a car company in London.

Rolls and Royce met at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on 4 May 1904 to discuss a proposed partnership. Royce had just built his first motor car and the pair reached an agreement over lunch to manufacture vehicles to be sold under the name Rolls-Royce.

Midland Hotel Manchester shortly after completion in 1903 not long before Rolls and Royce met there

The first Rolls-Royce car, the 10hp, was unveiled at the Paris Salon in December 1904. Two years later saw the formation of the Rolls-Royce Company.

After considering sites in Manchester, Coventry, Bradford and Leicester, Derby's council offered the company cheap electricity on a site on the southern edge of the city and the rest, as they say, is history… (Courtesy of Flying Spares)

As Rolls-Royce remains one of the greatest brand names and industrial British Institutions (despite changes of ownership) I always celebrate this meeting of the founders every year. Well someone in Dam Buster spirit has to fly the flag after all, even an Australian living in Poland!

I headed up to the historic Bristol Hotel in Central Warsaw near the Presidential Palace, the CCC base of operations. 

Together with the Chairman of the newly formed Polish Section of the RREC, Dariusz Brudkiewicz who had driven from Opole with his family, some stalwart CCC members assembled (Ian Booth, Michael Kenny, Blazej Zulawski, a 'new chum' Max Filipowicz and the ever ebullient Michael Kenny). 

We had numerous glasses of Deutz Champagne, tasty snacks provided by the hotel, excellent Tapas and chatted about cars, leafed through  some of the past Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club Bulletins and RR books. It has become an annual commemorative ritual.

Most important much politically incorrect banter was in evidence and we laughed a lot...yes, a lot....

                                      My 20 year badge from the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club
                                Bear with the old boy...

Michael Moran

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