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Car of the Month - May 2020
Rolls-Royce Corniche III, 1991, #MCX30606
Convertible by Mulliner Park Ward


Rolls-Royce Corniche III

Activities of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of America and of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club (GB) due to the prevailing 'Corona' infectual disease are cut-down considerably with scheduled events either cancelled or postponed. However there is no total in-activity – and on a special occasion a 1991 Rolls-Royce Corniche III Convertible by Mulliner Park Ward did "Show the Flag".

Rolls-Royce Corniche III

25th April 1945 has been the day when American soldiers did meet Soviet soldiers in the town Torgau, Germany, at a bridge over the river Elbe. Following that ‘Link-Up at River Elbe’ from negotiations at nearby Graditz Stud resulted Allied Forces did co-operate better than previously. Thus World War II in Europe has been cut shorter by a considerable margin. It did save several thousand members of "Deutsche Wehrmacht" from becoming killed, too, because at Torgau had been a major Wehrmacht-prison where at a shocking average day's rate German soldiers were executed (e.g. sentenced to death because they had claimed Nazi army's poor quality food etc.). The brave US-soldiers did save many thousand Nazi-prisoners from suffering further or falling victim to death-penalties. - There is a connection with Rolls-Royce in all this, because the 'Mustang' fighters of the US-Air Force were powered by Rolls-Royce 'Merlin' engines built under license at American factories.

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25th April 2020 was the 75th Anniversary of "Link-Up at River" at Torgau. It had been planned to arrange a meeting of several members of the RROC of America to go with Rolls-Royce cars to that place and to lay down a wreath in memory of those brave US-soldiers who didn't return to their continent and also to honour the others who didn't make it home to their countries. When the idea was communicated to members from the RREC several from that club expressed to come, too. Alas, Corona infectual disease crashed such plan though it was not entirely aborted. A wreath had been ordered with bi-lingual inscription (English and Cyrillic): "In Respectful Memory Of Brave Allied Soldiers - Members of RROC of America & RREC"

Rolls-Royce Corniche III

That was laid down 25th April 2020 at the memorial by the banks of river Elbe. Fellow-collector Dr. A.L. employed his 1991 Rolls-Royce Corniche III on what was a U-turn of some 1,000 kilometres to arrange for that. Almost entirely empty highways permitted to cruise at 120 with the engine revving at merely 2,500 rpm.

Rolls-Royce Corniche III