The Special One.

Posted on 18/03/2018 By

Special One: And finally, or rather now at last, a Princess in that wonderful car. Treated like royalty by Tim and Susie in front. The King is thereabouts in the back, acknowledging his subjects. In case anyone came from Mauritania.

The Special One.

Special One.

Don’t worry about that Portuguese football manager. I am the Special One! It says so on my new membership card for the world famous Brooklands Museum.

Special One: The very first Special Bear Membership ever allowed at Brooklands Museum.

The very first Special Bear Membership ever allowed at Brooklands Museum.


Bobby: “Bertie! This story is not about you. It’s about a very special car. A vintage Rolls-Royce that has given our family some very special memories. Your enthusiasm for going to Brooklands the day after your membership card arrived has brought about this opportunity to tell the story of our two adventures in Nellie. A 1912 Rolls-Royce that had spent most of its life in India.

Special One: Nellie.

Nellie.

When we arrived at Brooklands, the lovely lady at reception allowed us in on your card. I was just a guest. But the story is yours to narrate. Of course.”

Special One: The very first Special Bear Member.

The very first Special Bear Member.

It was cold. Just after the snow had melted. Wet and miserable. The event was a special one. British Marque Day. Lots of old British cars from famous makes. But the weather had taken its toll. Not just on the cars, but on Bobby, who was all for going home. Until he saw that car with all the other vintage Rolls-Royces.

R1487. Taj Mahal. The Lord Mayor’s Show, 2006. The Spirit of Ecstasy Rally 2011. Nellie.

Special One: R 1487. Rolls Royce.

R 1487. Rolls-Royce.

Special One: Close up of the "Taj Mahal" badge. Brooklands Museum. March 2018.

Close up of the “Taj Mahal” badge. Brooklands Museum. March 2018.

The Lord Mayor’s Show November 2006.

“Dad… How would like to ride in the back of a vintage Rolls-Royce in the Lord Mayor’s Show?” So asked Andrew, Bobby’s son, who works for Rolls-Royce.

“Wowww. Can I bring Jasmine? Of course.”

The scene was set. The incoming Lord Mayor, John Stuttard, was a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost owner and asked that the Owners’ Club be featured in the parade.

It was so exciting that they decided that, for just one day, they would be “Royalty”. Princess Jasmine and the King of Mauritania. Diddley immediately decided that her granddaughter needed a new coat and whisked her off to Monsoon appropriately.

The day came and started inauspiciously for a King and a Princess on a train to London.

Special One: Princess Jasmine on South West Trains.

Princess Jasmine on South West Trains.

Special One: Bobby took a selfie on a mirror wall. Nobody suspected they were a King and Princess.

Bobby took a selfie on a mirror wall. Nobody suspected they were a King and Princess.

Special One: Over the Millennium Bridge. A Princess in “Monsoon”.

Over the Millennium Bridge. A Princess in “Monsoon”.

Special One: And down to the parade where the masses were gathering. He “knew” she was a Princess.

And down to the parade where the masses were gathering. He “knew” she was a Princess.

Special One: And finally, or rather now at last, a Princess in that wonderful car. Treated like royalty by Tim and Susie in front. The King is thereabouts in the back, acknowledging his subjects. In case anyone came from Mauritania.

And finally, or rather now at last, a Princess in that wonderful car. Treated like royalty by Tim and Susie in front. The King is thereabouts in the back, acknowledging his subjects. In case anyone came from Mauritania.

Special One: Up to Mansion House. Wave to the new Lord Mayor Jasmine!

Up to Mansion House. Wave to the new Lord Mayor Jasmine!

Special One: Past St Paul's. Cameras right, Jasmine!

Past St Paul’s. Cameras right, Jasmine!

Special One: The Law Courts. A proper Princess waving to her subjects. (And the TV cameras).

The Law Courts. A proper Princess waving to her subjects. (And the TV cameras).

Special One: The Lord Mayor in his gold coach.

The Lord Mayor in his gold coach.

Special One: The end of the parade, but not the end of a Princess’s day.

The end of the parade, but not the end of a Princess’s day.

Special One: Princess Jasmine and chauffeur Andrew.

Princess Jasmine and chauffeur Andrew.

Special One: Every inch the Princess!

Every inch the Princess!

Special One: Andrew was following the Silver Ghosts in a modern Phantom. Seemed only right that a Princess should be taken in style to the Dickens Inn for the biggest pizza she had ever seen.

Andrew was following the Silver Ghosts in a modern Phantom. Seemed only right that a Princess should be taken in style to the Dickens Inn for the biggest pizza she had ever seen.

Special One: The Princess...

The Princess…

Special One: ... and the King.

… and the King.

They walked along the River Thames. A King and a Princess for one day only. But what a day! And when they got home, the whole family had watched them on television.

Special One: As seen on TV!

As seen on TV!


The Spirit of Ecstasy Rally 2011.

“Dad. How would you like a ride again in Tim and Susie’s Rolls-Royce?”

“I have been waiting five years for you to ask.”

“We are celebrating the centenary of the Spirit of Ecstasy with a big rally in London. Maybe 100 Rolls-Royces. A parade passing all the famous places associated with Rolls-Royce.”

Special One: The Spirit of Ecstasy.

The Spirit of Ecstasy.

The story…

Ummmm. Rolls-Royces from the last 100 years converged on central London. Maybe 100. But Bobby was a guest in possibly the most beautiful one. A car with an incredible history.

Special One: Old photograph of "Nellie" Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1912.

Old photograph of “Nellie” Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1912.

Special One: Information card about "Nellie".

Information card about “Nellie”.

On a sunny day the parade drove slowly round all the famous places associated with the history of Rolls-Royce.

Special One: Down Regent Street.

Down Regent Street.

Waiting at traffic lights alongside a bus, the driver stuck his head out of the window. “Ere mate! How did you get in that?” “Connections!”

Special One: Over Westminster Bridge. Seen here third in line.

Over Westminster Bridge. Seen here third in line.

Iconic pictures landed up in America, South Africa and other countries. All of Nellie. The most beautiful Silver Ghost. And finally purring to Syon House for a glamorous reception.

Special One: Syon House.

Syon House.

It was another wonderful day in the Special One. Andrew even arranged a lift home for his old dad with Ted. Ted, who had made a few quid in building and treated himself to a nice car. A 2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche. One of the last truly British Rollers before BWM took over.

Special One: Ted in his 2002 Corniche.

Ted in his 2002 Corniche.

It was all too much for Bobby. Arriving home he asked Diddley “Where is our car?” “Where you left it presumably. At the railway station!” An unforgettable day ended with Bobby cycling back to Dorking station to retrieve his own car!

There is a moral to these tales. If you get a chance to do something exceptional, take it. You will never forget. The damp and gloom of a miserable day at Brooklands in 2018 was uplifted by seeing Nellie again. Now over 100 years old.

Jasmine will never forget either. Twenty one years old this week. She is now a mum to Jay. One day, his Great Grandad Bobby will introduce him to that famous car in which his mum was a Princess for the day.

And to close, here is Nellie at Goodwood. The home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Special One: "Nellie", at Rolls-Royce, Goodwood.

“Nellie”, at Rolls-Royce, Goodwood.

Lighting a Candle to Diddley.

This piece is dedicated to “The Special One’. Whoever that may be. Diddley loved Chrissie Hyde
and this record….

And she loved gaffs and daffs!. So cheap at this time of year you can fill the house with them.

Special One: Lighting a Candle for Diddley: On the kitchen window sill at Laurel Cottage. Where better?

On the kitchen window sill at Laurel Cottage. Where better?


 

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  1. Chris Norman says:

    Well, how the other half live. Gadding about in their chauffeur Rolls. Quite a little charmer is your ‘Princess’.

  2. Baby Ball says:

    Fabulous! Concerned at how black my hair looks compared to now… 🙂

  3. katherine says:

    my Dad loved cars…thanks for putting me in mind of him…and reminding me of the good things in life

  4. Stuart Norton says:

    A truly iconic car and a fabulous story – every inch a princess! Brought back fond memories of the office trip to Rolls Royce, Goodwood. What a day that was.

    • Bertie says:

      Thank you. And now RR are about to announce a vast SUV. Henry would turn in his grave

  5. […] privileged, even if you did pay for it. Just like me being a Special Bear Member at Brooklands. See: The Special One.. Provided, of course, you go lots of times. So we can go for just two hours if we want. Bobby has a […]

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