Why watch the rugby when you can drive it? William Webb Ellis meet the Honourable Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce…
In truth the ball was first picked up and run with a long time before the motoring world’s most famous duo got together, but that hasn’t stopped Rolls-Royce’s bespoke division invoking said founding fathers in order to produce a special Wraith to mark the Rugby World Cup.
England fans only need apply. The Rolls-Royce Wraith – History of Rugby is unashamedly English, all dressed in white with red rose motifs. More red roses are embroidered on the head restraints and another inlaid into the shiny black veneer of the centre console. All in impeccable taste naturally.
The leather inside is Seashell which has also been used by rugby ball manufacturer Gilbert to make a limited run of special History of Rugby balls, hand embroidered in Goodwood with the English rose and the R-R motif. Yep, a free rugby ball with every new Rolls-Royce! That’s surely a first.
The rationale behind Wraith – History of Rugby may not be much more than a bespoke tribute to the English game by Rolls-Royce craftspeople. This is Rolls-Royce, it doesn’t need to be more than that. However, there is a link that binds the car and the game together: rugby and Rolls-Royce were all created by young men who rewrote the rules.
As RR says: ‘When the established rules become a constraint to creativity, it takes individuals of vision to carry the game forward.’
Fine by us… as long as Mike Brown and the boys take it forward and thrash the Welsh on Saturday that is…