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Rolls Royce celebrate 110th anniversary with new jobs

Rolls Royce are celebrating their 110th year by announcing 100 new jobs at Goodwood in West Sussex.

It comes after their 4th year of record sales, with more than 3,600 cars sold throughout 2013.

Demand is still high for models such as the Phantom, Ghost and Wraith models.

Manufactures have also seen a popular increase in bespoke vehicles, with a high percentage leaving Goodwood with bespoke design elements.

The Wraith, one of Rolls Royce's newest models Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Couple from Kent re-enact Alpine car adventure

by John Ryall

A man from Kent has been sharing his story of how he took part in the re-enactment of a daring publicity stunt carried out by a motor company exactly 100 years ago.

At the time Rolls Royce said their cars were 'the best in the world'. The firm sent a hundred of their cars on an 1,800 mile roadtrip - across mountains.

This time round Ivan Odds, from Rochester was one of the drivers behind the wheel. John Ryall reports.

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Up for auction: the Rolls Royce that was converted into a wartime dental surgery

The 1913 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer Credit: Bonhams

A Rolls-Royce used as a mobile dental surgery during the First World War will join the impressive line-up of motor cars at this year’s Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on Friday 12th July.

The 1913 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp ‘Silver Ghost’ London-to-Edinburgh Tourer was bought by a wealthy Englishman for £1,016 (approximately £100,000 in today’s money) in September 1913, before passing to its second owner Auguste Charles Valadier in October 1915.

On the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 Valadier had been keen to help the war effort in some way. He volunteered his services to the British Red Cross Society in Paris, who accepted him for duty in October that year.

Valadier established the first unit dedicated to the treatment of facial injuries, which helped facilitate the later progress of plastic surgery for use in facial reconstruction.

By the end of 1916 he was stationed at Boulogne and the Rolls-Royce – then bodied in limousine style – had been modified to incorporate a dentist’s chair in the rear.

A colleague who worked alongside Valadier at the time noted: “In Boulogne there was a great fat man with sandy hair and a florid face, who had equipped his Rolls-Royce with a dental chair, drills and the necessary heavy metals. The name of this man... was Charles Valadier.”

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