Rolls Royce Motor Cars

Belgian auto enthusiasts make pilgrimage to Rolls Royce in classic cars

Over 100 Belgian auto enthusiasts, including the drivers of 30 vintage vehicles and their passengers, arrived at the home of Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Inc. last Monday, thus completing a six-day roadtrip that began six days ago, traveling from Kortrijk through Beaulieu to the Rolls Royce offices in Goodwood.

The event, known as the National Classic Tour, was organized by the International Automobile Federation and dates back to 2001. The cavalcade is only open to cars built from 1930 until The Beatles changed the known world in 1965, but of all makes. Participants this year hailed from Belgium, France, Luxemburg and the UK.

The Belgian auto enthusiasts have sought to create an event with fewer cars but greater conviviality. A measured, elegant journey in a region renowned for leisurely life with that special British touch.

A lush, green expanse where smooth roads wind through the relaxing and lulling countryside. It is an area drenched in history from the conquest of the Island by William to the invasion attempts of the summer of 1940, foiled by the British Royal Air Force through courage, the spirit of self-sacrifice, skill and patriotism.

Their arrival at Rolls Royce was quite timely as the prestigious automaker is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and no doubt the Spirit of Ecstasy, as the famous flying lady hood ornament is known, is soaring with renewed luminescence.

The Belgian auto aficionados also have the nearby opportunity to visit the site of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the 50th Anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type was celebrated this year.

‘I am very proud to have brought my rally to this prestigious manufacturing plant in such a beautiful location,” said Jacques Bruyns, tour organizer. “I am also pleased to provide our enthusiasts with a tour that salutes Rolls-Royce for everything that the company has done for the British motor industry, and that celebrates the magnificent history of our European neighbour.”


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