The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story, Part 1: The First Forty Years
The Magic of a Name tells the story of the first 40 years of Britain’s most prestigious manufacturer - Rolls-Royce. Beginning with the historic meeting in 1904 of Henry Royce and the Honourable C.S. Rolls, and the birth in 1906 of the legendary Silver Ghost, Peter Pugh tells a story of genius, skill, hard work and dedication which gave the world cars and aero engines unrivalled in their excellence. In 1915, 100 years ago, the pair produced their first aero engine, the Eagle which along with the Hawk, Falcon and Condor proved themselves in battle in the First World War. In the Second the totemic Merlin was installed in the Spitfire and built in a race against time in 1940 to help win the Battle of Britain. With unrivalled access to the company’s archives, Peter Pugh’s history is a unique portrait of both an iconic name and of British industry at its best.
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CHAPTER TWO THE MOST PERFECT CARS
CHAPTER THREE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A THINKING DESIGNER
CHAPTER FOUR THE ACME OF REFINEMENT
CHAPTER FIVE WE MUST NEVER BE SATISFIED
CHAPTER SIX ARE WE IN THE AERO ENGINE BUSINESS?
CHAPTER SEVEN PREPARING FOR
CHAPTER EIGHT THE WHOLE STORY IS ENGINES MERLIN ENGINES
CHAPTER NINE HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER
CHAPTER TEN THE TURBINE ENGINES HAVE ARRIVED
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS CONSULTED
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