Friday Afternoon Follies: What the Hell?

I’m very happy to report that I don’t know anything about this.

Rolls in stadium nd

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11 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies: What the Hell?

  1. grungy1973 says:

    Proper right-hand-drive on the Rolls.

  2. almadenmike says:

    It looks like George Bright on the far left, holding the football helmet … which is about an incongruous as you can get. (George was a music/math sort of fellow.)

  3. Rolls-Royce Phantom II, 1929-1936. You can tell by the teardrop headlights, the fender mounted parking lights, and the fender mounted mirror. I’m not sure about the coach builder. Front and rear suicide doors are a little unusual. Front “normal” and rear suicide is more common. I couldn’t easily find an example of a formal sedan with both front and rear suicides; it’s a little more common in town cars or sedancas with the driver’s compartment open. Park Ward made one although it didn’t really look exactly like this. But it could have been several biggies; Mullliner, Park Ward, James Young, Hooper, Tickford, Gurney Nutting, or Thrupp & Maberly, (assuming it was British, which seems reasonable because LHD and even US-built (Springfield, Mass) Rolls-Royces were fairly freely available in the US at the time (to the extent that any Rolls was available during the Depression.)

  4. Karl Benson says:

    The helmet dates this photo to 1971-75.

  5. Should be able to narrow down the era by checking cheerleader uniforms. The hairstyles scream 70’s, so that search might not take too long.

  6. Tiki Owl says:

    At first glance it looks like Cornelius Walker in the back with his arm on the roof.

  7. almadenmike says:

    Could the man standing in the open back door, far right, be the late Harry Chavanne (’33 and former Rice governor & trustee)?

  8. Bill Matin says:

    It’s nice to see a picture of Harry, a lovely and generous man. I suspect the car belongs to the man at the wheel–right side, as noted. I doubt Harry would have gone for such a car.
    Bill Martin–Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow, Baker Insitute.

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