ROLLER SHOW­ROOM IS IN­DUS­TRIAL CHIC

The Gympie Times - - MOTORING - UN­VEIL­ING: Frank Car­roll with a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom III Sedanca de Ville.

Coolum In­dus­trial Park may not sound an ob­vi­ous place to dis­cover the ul­ti­mate in British en­gi­neer­ing, style and class, but there’s Rolls-Royce heaven on show here.

Last week­end Frank Car­roll un­veiled a huge new show­room as part of his role as trustee of the Sir Henry Royce Foun­da­tion, show­cas­ing in­cred­i­ble Rolls-Royces as well as his own col­lec­tion of mainly British cars.

The venue, over­look­ing Quanda Lake, is “the flash­est in­dus­trial shed in the whole es­tate,” Mr Car­roll said, and he’s not wrong.

On a 2000sq m block the two-story build­ing boasts 1000sq m across two show­rooms, plus an ad­di­tional 750sq m up­stairs.

Rolls-Royces, Bent­leys, MGs and Austins fill the huge space, along­side car mod­els, books and mem­o­ra­bilia.

For the launch event 24 cars were on show, in­clud­ing Mr Car­roll’s own 1927 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom I, a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom III Sedanca de Ville com­plete with cock­tail cab­i­net and an ex-Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment 1967 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom V Limou­sine, used for car­riag­ing roy­alty on vis­its to the coun­try.

While not open around the clock as a pub­lic venue, Mr Car­roll said he’d be put­ting on pre-or­gan­ised tours and events for school groups, char­i­ties and more.

“The main ob­jec­tive is to let peo­ple know about the en­gi­neer­ing ge­nius of Rolls-Royce co-founder Sir Henry Royce,” Mr Car­roll said.

“We’re try­ing to grow the foun­da­tion, its col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia and ar­chives, plus there have been two im­por­tant Rolls-Royces gen­er­ously do­nated to the foun­da­tion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.hen­ry­royce­foun­da­tion.com or con­tact Mr Car­roll on 0418 775 963 if you’re keen to visit or learn more.

PHOTO: IAIN CURRY

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