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  • Ahmed Saleh

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marks Goodwood era milestone with commissioned vehicles celebration

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars commemorates a significant milestone by celebrating the first vehicles ever commissioned during the Goodwood era. These vehicles, the RR-0.01 and RR-0.02 gravity racers, participated in the Soapbox Challenges at the 2001 and 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed, heralding the brand's renaissance before its official relaunch.

Contrary to popular belief, the first new Phantom handed over to a client on January 1, 2003, was not the beginning of Rolls-Royce's modern journey. The journey started with the creation of the RR-0.01 and RR-0.02, which were one-of-a-kind commissions built by skilled artisans. These gravity racers showcased the brand's design prowess and innovative spirit, providing a glimpse into what would follow at the Goodwood facility.

The RR-0.01, adorned with a unique 'March Hare' mascot, hinted at the design elements later seen in the Goodwood Phantom. It won the best design award in 2001, highlighting its exceptional craftsmanship and resemblance to future Rolls-Royce models.

Inspired by the Silver Ghost's legacy, the RR-0.02 emphasized speed and performance, winning accolades at the Soapbox Challenges and earning the title of Grand Soap Wazir. Its design elements, including a double-question mark monogram, teased the marque's revival at Goodwood.

After their racing feats, the gravity racers were displayed at the Home of Rolls-Royce, captivating visitors with their history and design. Recently, the racers underwent meticulous restoration by Rolls-Royce Apprentices, ensuring their preservation for future generations.

Now, these restored racers are proudly exhibited at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club headquarters, symbolizing the brand's rich heritage and the beginning of a new era at Goodwood over two decades ago. Their journey reflects Rolls-Royce's commitment to excellence, innovation, and the timeless allure of luxury automotive craftsmanship.

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