In the Rotunda - 'Nellie' the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

‘Nellie’
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1912

Today (Monday 9 October), we are thrilled to welcome the winner of this year’s Club Trophy, a stunning 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, into the rotunda in Pall Mall.

Awarded at the annual Concours of Elegance, which this year returned to the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace, the Club Trophy is awarded to the vehicle that catches the eyes and imaginations of those holding the clipboards.

Chairman of the Judges for the Trophy was our own Club Chairman, Tom Purves, who led the judging team, including HRH Prince Michael of Kent (Club President) and Peter Read (Chairman of the Club’s Motoring Committee). Tom said: ‘It’s always a challenge to choose a winner out of such a vast selection of splendid vehicles but, somehow, we always do.’

It was this glorious Silver Ghost, known as ‘Nellie’, owned by Katie Forrest, which was awarded the Club Trophy by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. This spectacular Silver Ghost has had just two owners from new, travelling more than 75,000 miles at the hands of its current keeper.

Katie said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this honour. Nellie has been in our family for more than 25 years and we have enjoyed many long-distance tours around the world.’

Rolls-Royce Bombay ordered the car in 1912 to be used as a Trials Car. Before leaving the factory, Claude Johnson, former Club Secretary and General Manager of Rolls-Royce, fitted the car with the special name plate ‘Taj Mahal’. The car caught the eye of the Maharaja of Nabha who bought her at the end of 1913 and, although it was rarely used, the car remained in the family for more than 60 years.

The Indian Air Force used the car briefly in World War II when it was fitted with army truck wheels and repainted a dull Battleship Grey, but it otherwise remained untouched and entirely original.

Katie added: ‘The car returned to England in the early 1990s, where we welcomed her into the family and started to restore the car back to her former glory. We affectionally named her Nellie, because she was big, grey and came from India.’

Nellie, having won the Club Trophy, is automatically entered into the main Concours display in 2018.

To read more about Nellie and the Concours of Elegance 2017, please click here.

Car displayed courtesy of Katie Forrest from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 October

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