Nine New Bespoke Rolls Royce Wraiths 'Inspired by British Music'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 19:44
Status Quo. "I very much look forward to working with Rolls-Royce's designers to create a fitting tribute to Status Quo's musical legacy and also to Rick Parfitt who had a lifelong love affair with luxury cars", said Francis Rossi, the band's lead singer and guitarist.
Each auto is based on the Wraith "Inspired by Music" revealed in 2015 and features bespoke design touches celebrating the musical careers of the artists involved in the project, who have worked alongside Rolls-Royce's bespoke design experts to create the vehicles. A proportion of each car's value will be donated to a charity chosen by the musician associated with the vehicle, including The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Fly Navy Heritage Trust. He is what you'd call the frontman of The Who, CBE recipient and co-creator of album Tommy, which was so popular it spawned a 1971 stage adaptation, a 1975 movie and a 1992 Broadway show. It became one of the most influential albums in the history of rock music and launched The Who to superstardom.
Each musician then worked with designers to adapt visuals associated with their legacy to create new artwork that was then applied to each Wraith.
"Fabled songwriter Ray Davies has lyrics from Kinks songs Shangri-La and, appropriately, Drivin" engraved on the door-flights in his own handwriting, along with his signature on the headrests. The panel between the rear seats is embroidered with the band's logo and the head restraints with Davies' signature.
Moreover, fans of the hit "Tommy" album will reminisce their special moments associated with the album as the Wraith version is a complete representation of the album.
Songwriter and producer Giles Martin's Wraith is a tribute to his father Sir George Martin, dubbed "the fifth Beatle" by some for his involvement on numerous Beatles' early hits. While the door flights feature lyrics from the band's 1972 singles, "Join Together" and "I Can See for Miles". There's a hidden easter egg in the umbrellas within the Wraith's doors, engraved with re-written lyrics from Sunny Afternoon - "when it's raining on a sunny afternoon, in the summertime'". Mike McInnerney, who designed the original album cover has hand-painted the album cover onto the car's bonnet. It will be engraved with details from the original handwritten arrangement for "Yesterday".
Other music-inspired Wraiths are on the way - Status Quo, Dame Shirley Bassey and Ronnie Wood are all on the docket.