It is not everyday that one gets to see a Rolls Royce! So, when I saw one at the Vintage Car collection displayed in Udaipur museum, I photographed it to my heart’s content. The Rolls Royce there was a 1930/31 model, manufactured in UK, with stunning looks. This car made a memorable appearance in the James Bond movie, Octopussy, filmed in the city Udaipur in 1983.
It was the hood ornament, the iconic mascot, ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ that held the focus of my lens. This world famous mascot is the model of a very beautiful and intelligent lady, Eleanor Velaseko Thornton of the early part of 20th century. Interesting story, I read later, of her unsuccessful love affair with JohnWalter Edward-Scott-Montagu due to status difference between the two.
It is now more popularly known as the ‘Silver Lady’ or the ‘Flying Lady’. The 'Lady' was just around six inches tall, or may be a little bigger and had a bright silvery finish. I felt like touching it but then controlled my urge!
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