A little bit of our history ....

The Innocent Bystander’s Brief Guide to Rolls-Royce & Bentley Model Identification

Updated 2011

Your motto should always be: “Never say never and never say always” (Margaret & Barrie Gillings, 2001). There can be exceptions. It has been normal practice to retro-fit this year’s new feature to last year’s model or to the model of several years ago. It was not unusual in the ‘twenties and ‘thirties to avoid the expense of buying a new model by simply having a more up-to-date body built on one’s existing car.

The invaluable information and some photos gleaned from the following books is acknowledged: Johnnie Green “ Bentley - Fifty Years of the Marque” Dalton Watson 1969; Paul Woudenberg “Illustrated Rolls-Royce Bentley Buyer’s Guide” Motorbooks International 1984; James Taylor “Original Rolls-Royce & Bentley 1946-65” Bay View Books 1999; and various photographers, too numerous to mention!  Thanks also go to Jim Kelso, Kim Stapleton and Tony Ward for their advice. All remaining errors are those of the author Margaret Gillings.

2016 Diamond Anniversary of the Club in NSW

What an amazing year of special events our Diamond Anniversary Committee organised.  From black-tie dinners, to special runs and a fabulous Concours.  Well done to the real diamonds in our committee - talk about sparkling sensations. Take a bow!

1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge


The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Phantom V (5VF159) completed the 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.  It took 45 days. Went for 16,000 kilometres across snow capped Himalayas at 5,000 metres and three deserts under scorching sun. Owner/Drivers on the rally:  John Matheson & Jeanne Eve. Enjoy a wonderful photo book of their trip. ​

Photo Essay of Rolls-Royce & Bentley

8 August, 2015

A fabulous photo essay by Ebony Fleming entitled "Looking back at Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars" published on the Chron.com website.  Linked here with permission of the author.

Our Club Logo

How the logo we now use on letterheads, the front of L&D etc. came about, we don't know but presumably sort of grew out of the car badge. It must have been adopted some time in 1956 or early 1957.


It was approved by the Company probably through their representative Jack Vidler.


History of our Club Car Badge


Click here to view the story of our wonderful car badge.

History of the Spirit of Ecstasy

Spirit of Ecstasy (or Flying Lady)


  • Introduced February 6th, 1911 as an optional extra 

  • Could be ordered silver-plated

  • Size and shape details changed from 1911 to 1939

  • A kneeling version was made available from 1935

  • Charles Sykes and daughter Jo Phillips made all mascots from 1911 to 1939

  • R-R Ltd made all mascots after 1945 and were supplied with the car, kneeling or standing, depending on the model

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