THE PASSING OF A GREAT ENGINEER.
THE death of Sir Frederick Royce, Bart., who died on April 22nd, will be mourned by all those interested in motoring throughout the world. Born 70 years ago, Frederick Henry Royce rose from selling newspapers at the age of 10 to be the guiding light of a concern hold ng a un que position in the manufacture of aircraft engines and automobiles. His first interest in engineering was aroused when he was apprenticed to the Great Northern Railway, but he soon turned his attention to electricity, and by the time he was
20 years of age was producing electrical machinery for a company of his own. There followed the manufacture of cranes, and then, quite as an experiment, the Royce car. From there it was but a step to the worldfamous partnership of Rolls-Royce Ltd., for the Hon. C. S. Rolls saw the car and was immediately struck by its beautiful workmanship and quiet running. Of later years the firm of RollsRoyce has been equally famous for its aero-engines, most of which have been designed personally by Sir Frederick Royce. Right up to the
time of his death every modification to existing aero-engines and automobiles was finally approved by Sir Frederick at his home at West Wittering, Sussex.
No man has given greater service to his country’s prestige than Sir Frederick Royce, the designer and manufacturer of a motor-car which will always be known as the World’s Best Car. In aeronautical circles his name is held in equally high esteem, and his genius cannot fail to be an inspiration to posterity towards the ideal for which he strove—perfection in design and craftsmanship.