Motoring: The flying lady
By Adalla Allan
How did you get the car?
It is an inheritance from my dad. He loves vintage car, this is one of twenty-two of them. So, when I came back to Kenya from the United Kingdom after staying there for 15 years, my dad (John Wroe – owner of Ford Tudor 1930, winner of CBA Concours d’Elegance 2019) gave it to me as a gift. I had long been an admirer of the classic car and my dad knew it. I have never had any doubt when it comes to choosing my best car between this and any other classic car ever owned by my dad.
Why is it your favourite?
The model of the car is unusual and spectacular. I love classic cars since they are so rare to find. The ride’s iconic look made it clinch the overall first position of the Concours d’Elegance event in 2018 and most importantly, it made me be the first woman to win the Concours ever since it began in 1970.
What does the ride do for you?
It is actually a weekend car. After securing the first position at the Concours, the car gained prominence and most people would approach us to hire it for video shoots, but unfortunately, we could not accept the bids as it is so expensive to maintain.
What about the drawbacks?
I think the main challenge I have is fuel. It has not been sucking fuel as required. Also, being an antique design, it lacks safety features such as airbags and advanced electronic driver aids such as the electronic steering and gears. They are manual, making it overwhelming to drive the car.
Moreover, since the car has a lot of woodwork on it, it can be difficult to make it look shiny, as opposed to a spray-painted car.
Did you know?
The famous Rolls Royce bonnet ornament is known as Spirit of Ecstasy or The Flying Lady. This symbol defines the luxury of the Rolls Royce, coming in different variants of silver, gold and diamond, valued from not less than Sh1.5 million.