One hundred and fifty rolls-Royce car enthusiasts - members of the American Rolls-Royce Owners Club - arrived at London Airport, Apr 30, to be delighted by an imposing line-up of over 80 Rolls-Royce cars of various vintages.
TU PAN Parked Rolls-Royces.
CU Insignia "Rolls Owners' Club"
CU Insignia "Ghost 20 Club".
SV 1907 Rolls-Royce.
SV Line of Rolls-Royce cars.
Plane taxies in. SV.
SV Americans disembark.
SV Sears greets Hand, President of American Club.
CU Frank Hand.
TV Massed cars.
STV Rolls drive off.
SV BOAC mechanics wave.
SV Pan Rolls Past.
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Background: One hundred and fifty rolls-Royce car enthusiasts - members of the American Rolls-Royce Owners Club - arrived at London Airport, Apr 30, to be delighted by an imposing line-up of over 80 Rolls-Royce cars of various vintages. Waiting to greet them were members of Britain's exclusive "20-Ghost Club", composed entirely of those who own the famous Rolls-Royce "Silver Ghost" - manufactured between 1907 and 1925.
The visitors - who had arrived in two specially chartered airliners - inspected the elegant line of veteran cars and were taken in them to their London hotels, led by the eldest car of them all - an authentic 1907 Rolls-Royce in the procession was built in 1910.
After touring various Rolls-Royce establishments in Britain, the Americans will drive to the great event of their stay - a Rolls-Royce rally at the Sussex home of 20-Ghost club President, Mr Stanley Sears, who collects Rolls-Royce and owns one of every model produced in the company's early days.
Whilst membership of the 20-ghost club is restricted to those who own a pre-war Rolls-Royce, their American counter-part is less exclusive. Owners of modern Rolls car are admitted - even owners of Bentleys - and even those who admire the Rolls-Royce without having the money to buy one are permitted to join the club.