Navy Wings to benefit from sale of Tribute George Martin Rolls Royce

 

The Fly Navy Heritage Trust is to be the beneficiary charity of a percentage of the sale of a remarkable bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith, inspired by the legendary songwriter and producer, Sir George Martin CBE, an Ambassador and supporter of the Trust for many years.

The George Martin Wraith, which is one of a series of nine unique ‘Inspired by British Music’ Rolls-Royce motor cars celebrating the legacy of some of British music’s most revered rock and vocal artists, was unveiled in London last week.

Giles Martin, Sir George’s son, pictured in the driving seat said “My father had a huge impact on British Music during his career and this magnificent car is a tribute to a lifetime of achievement. He did so much to influence a golden era in British music and he would have been thrilled, especially with the interior details including his number one hits listed on the hallmark Wraith waterfall! I am delighted that this collaborative venture with Rolls-Royce will also support his chosen charity, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust.”

Sir George, known as ‘the fifth Beatle’, served as an Observer in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy for four years, joining as soon as he was old enough, at 17 in 1943.

“My father always said that joining the Fleet Air Arm was the best thing he ever did” continued Giles. “He enjoyed the banter and camaraderie, but more than that, the ethos, professionalism and approach to technological problem solving inspired him for the rest of his life.”

British Music during his career and this magnificent car is a tribute to a lifetime of achievement. He did so much to influence a golden era in British music and he would have been thrilled, especially with the interior details including his number one hits listed on the hallmark Wraith waterfall! I am delighted that this collaborative venture with Rolls-Royce will also support his chosen charity, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust.”

Likening the skills he had acquired flying as an Observer in the Fleet Air Arm, to that of a Music Producer, George Martin said on many occasions that he owned so much to his naval training and especially the importance of teamwork. “As a Music Producer, you bring everything together in the same way that an Observer does in an aircraft.”

Sir George was an Ambassador for the Fly Navy Heritage Trust for many years, actively helping to raise funds to keep the Navy Wings collection of aircraft flying and giving back to a cause that had personally given him so much as a young man.

The ‘Inspired by British Music’ series also includes tribute cars to Who frontman, Roger Daltry CBE, Sir Ray Davies of the Kinks and Francis Rossi OBE of Status Quo.