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First time I drove a Rolls-Royce

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#FlashBackFriday to the first time I drove a Rolls-Royce around 1989-1990 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Yes it doesn’t have a number plate, that’s because it was brand new obviously- duh! 😜 Reviewing a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit in my first couple of years as car journo wasn’t bad going I’d thought. Sadly I don’t have a picture - or more pertinently - video of the late-70s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I was wheel-spinning at every junction just a few weeks later! I’d gone to an auction with a dealer friend where he’d bought a Mercedes 280 SL and the Shadow, I volunteered to drive the Rolls back, finger twirling the too-light steering, blasting the stereo and shredding the already bald rear tyres - was this shrieking lady previously owned by Sheik Abdul ben Falafel? (Look it up!)

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