About the Club
The first meeting of the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club of Australia was held in Sydney on 20th June 1956. A total of nineteen people were deemed to be Foundation members of the Club. In 1957 a Club was formed in Victoria and enthusiasts in the other states joined one of these Clubs. At this stage Bentley owners were not eligible for membership even though their cars came from the same production line.
On 14th June 1969 the Queensland Branch was formed and in 1976 Bentley owners became full members of the Australian Club.
The Constitution of the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club of Australia provides for only six Members (the State and ACT Branches) all members belonging to one of the Branches. Each year a Federal Rally is hosted by one of the Branches, the most recent held in Queensland being on the Gold Coast in May 2012. The Federal Rally includes technical sessions and a range of social events highlighting the attractions of the local area. For most members the premier event is the Concours d'Elegance at which cars are judged for their authenticity, appearance and mechanical condition. The Federal body also produces a national magazine Praeclarvm which posted out in each alternate month.
The Queensland Branch currently comprises just over 200 members with a slightly larger number of eligible motor cars. The cars range from a 1909 Silver Ghost to the current models from Rolls-Royce and Bentley. A variety of events are conducted during the year; some of which are exclusively social while others are more vehicle oriented. The Branch year parallels the financial year, with the Annual General Meeting in August and the Branch Concours d'Elegance being held in July. The "Oldies Run" is not to be missed with the owners of the earlier cars bringing them out on the road and providing a unique opportunity to see them in procession with their more modern counterparts.
The Branch uses its newsletter The Northern Spirit, this website, and direct email communication to keep in touch with its expanding membership.