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The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story, Part 1: The First Forty Years

The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story, Part 1: The First Forty Years (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Pugh, Peter

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This volume tells the story of the first 40 years of Britain's most prestigious manufacturer - Rolls-Royce -a company whose record of achievements is part of the history of the 20th century. The book begins with the historic meeting in May 1904 of two great men, Henry Royce and t...he Honourable C.S. Rolls. Their instant rapport led to an agreement whereby Royce would design the best cars in the world and Rolls would advertise and sell them. In 1906, Rolls-Royce Limited was formed, Claude Johnson joined the company as a visionary managing director, and the legendary Silver Ghost, the best car in the world , was born. In 1914, the Great War intervened and Royce turned his skills to producing a reliable aero engine. The result was the Eagle, quickly followed by the Hawk, Falcon and Condor, all of which proved themselves in battle and confirmed Rolls-Royce as a leading manufacturer of aero engines as well as motor cars. It was an Eagle-powered Vickers Vimy in which Alcock and Brown made the first direct flight across the Atlantic. Other record-breaking feats followed, but Rolls-Royce turned back to cars in the 1920s, producing the Twenty and the Phantom, and also setting up a manufacturing plant in Springdfield, Massachusetts. However, his country beckoned Royce one again, and built the Rolls-Royce R engine which won the Schneider Trophy an established a new world air speed record of over 400mph, powering a Supermarine S6. The collaboration with Reginald Mitchell, who had designed the S6, led eventually to the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine being installed in the Mitchell-designed Spitfire. By now, another war seemed inevitable and, in a race against time, Merlin engines, Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes were developed and built in sufficient numbers to win the Battle of Britain in the late summer of 1940.
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ISBN 9781840461510
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9781840462845
Released AU 1 Jul 2000
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9781840461510
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Imprint Icon Books Ltd
Released 1 Jul 2000
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Pugh, Peter
Category Aviation Manufacturing Industry
Aircraft: General Interest
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 175mm
Height: 248mm
Spine: 32mm
Dewey Code 338.7629040941
Weight 1,200g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Rolls-Royce automobile - History.
NBS Text Aircraft & Spacecraft: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade