Rollers turn on the style at Portsmouth naval base

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ROYAL Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious played host to six classic Rolls-Royce cars at Portsmouth Naval Base.

During a tour of the warship, 50 members of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club’s Wessex branch had an opportunity to meet some of the ship’s crew, including classic car fan marine engineer ET Lewis Davies.

His department is familiar with Rolls-Royce – but not the kind on four wheels.

Instead, they focus on the four formidable Rolls-Royce Olympus gas turbines which provide 97,000 horse power for the 22,500-tonne warship.

ET Lewis took the opportunity to lovingly admire a 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 and speak to its owner Rodney Marples, as pictured above.

He said: ‘The car is absolutely immense, I wouldn’t mind one of my own some day.’

The visit yesterday included the Wessex Rolls club’s chairman, Doug Ryder, who owns a 1969 Rolls-Royce Shadow.

He said: ‘The Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club has approaching 10,000 members around the globe and as one of the smallest sections I am delighted that we have had this opportunity and we shall certainly be making our voice heard worldwide throughout the club.’

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has its factory in Goodwood.