Sir Henry Royce Foundation
The principle objective of the Foundation is to honour the life and work of Frederick Henry, later Sir Henry Royce (1863-1933), to publicise, preserve and maintain examples of his engineering genius and to perpetuate his engineering philosophy, namely the pursuit of excellence.
Sir Henry Royce's first car, pictured here, ran in 1904 and in May that year a meeting with the Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls led to the production of Rolls-Royce motor cars. Sir Henry's automotive genius met world motoring acclaim with the Rolls-Royce 'Silver Ghost', which was in production from 1906 to 1925. This was the model that earned for Rolls-Royce the accolade, "The Best Car in the World". The 1912 Silver Ghost pictured here is a chassis number 2145 with replica cabriolet coachwork by the Australian firm of Roger Fry & Son [Photograph courtesy of David Berthon].
Sir Henry Royce's aeronautical contribution commenced with the 'Eagle' engine in 1915. The developement of Rolls-Royce aero engines progressed to the 'Merlin', which powered British aircraft such as the 'Spitfire' to victory in the 1939-45 World War. Pictured here is Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIA (Royal Air Force code P7350), the oldest airworthy Spitfire in the world and the only Spitfire still flying today to have actually fought in the Battle of Britian [Image and text from the Battle of Britian Memorial Flight website]