Pontypool couple show vintage Rolls Royce at car rally
12:02pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A VINTAGE Rolls-Royce, owned by a Pontypool couple, attracted the crowds at an annual vintage car rally in Newport on Sunday.
Rob Stanley ,56, and wife Nyria, 61, of New Inn, took along their leading lady –a 1935 chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, known as ‘Peggy,’ to the vintage and specialist car rally at Tredegar House, where car enthusiasts admired the elegant and historical car.
The cream and black 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Saloon Coachwork by Windover has been used for weddings by the couple, who run Henrietta Vintage Car Hire, since they bought it at auction almost ten years ago.
Mr Stanley said: “We bought her at an auction in Olympia, London to use for our Goytre-based wedding car business and she has been our leading lady ever since.”
Peggy’s claim to fame is that her first owner was Lord Ennisdale, who was the chairman of the Harrier Fighter Planes during World War Two to use as a chauffeur-driven car in London.
Rolls-Royce cars normally feature a flying lady on the front of the chassis but Lord Ennisdale had his own personal mascot- a Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek Mythology, fitted which is still with the car today.
After the war it was sold to a doctor, before becoming a wedding car in 1969 under a previous business.
This particular model was built between 1929 and 1936, with 3827 being made.
“She has never been off the road in all her life and is now one of only 2,500 in the world,” said Mr Stanley.
“That is a testament to the way they were engineered,” he added.
The couple use Peggy for around 100 weddings a year and have taken her as far as Kent.
Peggy has also featured in several books about the history of the much-loved Rolls-Royce and Lawrence Dalton’s book ‘Those Endless Rolls Royce'.
“She does get a lot of attention, but we don’t take her to many shows, mainly wedding fairs,” added Mr Stanley.
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