Having had the initiative to institute and organise last month’s Silver Jubilee Tribute, the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club has earned the right to more respect than one-make clubs normally attract. Inspite of the intensity of the Windsor/Ascot proceedings, and although its Lingfield and Packington Hall rallies have yet to come (July 17th and July 24th, respectively), the Middlesex Section of this Club had a good assembly of Royces for its six-day Mid-Wales Tour in May. The cars ranged from Fasal’s 1922 Twenty to a Shadow. The daily routes, contrived by R. J. Gibbs, Editor of the RREC Bulletin, embraced a visit to the 615-acre Clywedog Reservoir which holds back 11,000-million gallons of water to regulate the flow of the river Severn, on which they were accompanied by Gareth Morgan, Mayor of Llanidloes, who arrived in his Silver Cloud, who is rebuilding a Twenty, and who gave his fellow members tea in the Mayor’s Parlour. Next day came a visit to the British Legion Cambrian tweed factory near Llanwrtyd Wells. The evenings were spent at the Pencerrig Hotel, near Builth Wells.
We travelled on the Monday in the 1949 Silver Wraith of Mr. Williams, a car which really is silent, as to engine and gears, and a delight to drive. It was, I noted, as hushed at 60 as at 40 m.p.h. Its present owner began his motoring interests with a 1903 Minerva motorcycle, built his own vee-twin motor-bicycle, acquired a 680-c.c. Brough-Superior, and then ran a 1,000-c.c. machine and sidecar of this make. He turned to cars, and owned a 25/30 h.p. Rolls-Royce before concentrating on rebuilding and maintaining his present Silver Wraith to near-perfection. -W.B.