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The modern history of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood began at 00:01 on January 1, 2003, when the company handed over the Phantom sedan to the client, but in fact the first cars of the British brand ended up at Goodwood two years earlier. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in 2001 and 2002, the Soapbox Challenge featured the unique RR-0.01 and RR-0.02, which were restored by a new generation of experienced Rolls-Royce craftsmen.

Constructed from carbon and glass fibre, composite honeycomb plates and precision aluminum components, the RR-0.01 references the design of the Phantom VII, the first Goodwood-based Rolls-Royce to win the Best Design Award at the 2001 Festival of Speed. The car featured a unique “March Hare” on the hood, as the “Spirit of Ecstasy” returned only after the plant was launched in 2023. In the 2001 Soapbox Challenge, the car was driven by Ian Cameron, Rolls-Royce’s first design director in the brand’s modern era.

Constructed from aluminum and carbon fibre, with painted wood paneling and leather interior trim, the RR-0.02 was inspired by the Silver Ghost, winner of the 1911 London-Edinburgh race and 1913 Alpine trials. The car featured a one-of-a-kind double question mark monogram above the signature pantheon grille. Driving this Rolls-Royce, Ian Cameron won the 2002 race.

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Following their participation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, both cars were displayed in the main reception area of ​​the newly built Rolls-Royce House, attracting the attention of customers and visitors for many years. In 2023, the cars were carefully restored. They underwent a full mechanical restoration under the guidance of the Rolls-Royce Apprentices team, which included a complex repair of the front grille on the RR-0.01 and replacement of the hand-cut veneer glass on the RR-0.02, which were originally damaged during racing.

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