Driving Ms. Nancy

Driving Ms. Nancy

"You can come up now, we've parked." Win­ston Churchill behind the wheel of his Wolse­ley, Lon­don, 1925.

MODBURY, DEVON, JANUARY 1ST— The Dai­ly Mail reports restora­tion of a 1923 Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Ghost “once used by Sir Win­ston Churchill” by Devon restor­er Char­lie Tope: “The vin­tage motor is said to have served the for­mer British Prime Min­is­ter when he used it to give dri­ving lessons to the first female Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Lady Astor, on a Kent estate.” Really.

Churchill, a noto­ri­ous­ly impa­tient and scary dri­ver, main­ly stopped dri­ving him­self in the 1920s, when he was last seen nav­i­gat­ing Lon­don streets in a low­ly Wolse­ley.

The idea of Churchill in this big Rolls, teach­ing tech­nique to Nan­cy Astor (with whom he bare­ly shared a civ­il word), strains the imag­i­na­tion, but con­jures amus­ing images.



One thought on “Driving Ms. Nancy

  1. Wolse­ley may have been low­ly com­pared to a Rolls, but still con­sid­ered a qual­i­ty car! I own an 11/22, the mod­el shown in the pho­to. I believe Churchill replaced the two door coupe shown with a 4 door deluxe tour­er, which is the body style of my car. There is a pic­ture of him dri­ving it in St. John Nixon’s 1949 his­to­ry of Wolseley.

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