Pictured left to right Kiwanis president Chris Weittenhiller, Bill Kennedy, and Kiwanis February program chair John McClure.
Local Rolls Royce collector Bill Kennedy of Taylorville, was Tuesday’s guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Kennedy shared his passion for the Rolls Royce automobile, and the history of the automaker dating back to the early 1900’s.
Kennedy has bought and restored several Rolls Royce automobiles, as well as other vehicles made from the early 1900’s thru the 1960’s, such as 1909 Stanley Steamer car, and a 1919 Baker Electric car.
Kennedy told Kiwanis members that the initial design for the Rolls Royce came from Sir Henry Royce, and that Charles Rolls’ interest in the automobile that bears his name was simply in selling the cars. Royce died in 1933 while Rolls ended up committing suicide:
Kennedy added the Rolls Royce today is manufactured by B-M-W in both England and the United States. Sticker price on a new Rolls Royce is in the neighborhood of 380-thousand dollars.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.