Back in the spring of 2017, we reported on what may have been the most special Rolls-Royce ever produced, the SRH model designed for the pediatric day surgery unit of St. Richard’s Hospital so children could drive themselves to the operating theater.
Four years later, Rolls-Royce reports that the electric-powered SRH is back at the company’s Goodwood facility for a 100,000-meter service and restoration after being driven by 2,000 youngsters.
“Building the Rolls-Royce SRH for St Richard’s Hospital was tremendously satisfying for all concerned,” noted Andrew Ball, head of corporate relations for the British luxury car producer. “That it has been used so extensively and made such a positive contribution to so many children’s experiences, makes it all the more rewarding. It was wonderful to see it back at the Home of Rolls-Royce and to have the opportunity to return it to its original, magnificent state.”
In the announcement of the car’s restoration, Rolls-Royce pointed out, “This simple yet ingenious idea transforms what would otherwise be an anxious, intimidating moment into a truly memorable and enjoyable experience for the children, their parents and staff alike.”
However, it adds, “Inevitably, its singular working conditions – the marque is unaware of any other Rolls-Royce being routinely driven along corridors by unlicensed children in a state of nervous excitement – had exacted a toll on its beautiful Bespoke bodywork and paint.
“The car was therefore recalled to the Home of Rolls-Royce for its first 100,000m service, lovingly carried out by specialists from the Bespoke Team and other technical and craft departments, to restore it to its original condition.”
The restoration consumed around 400 hours of work, Rolls-Royce said, and the car, capable of a top speed of 4 mph, has been returned to the hospital.
“The servicing of our mini Rolls-Royce is perfect timing as we transition out of Covid restrictions and begin to restore our paediatric surgical services,” Linda Collins, day surgery unit leader at the hospital, told Rolls-Royce.
“Once again, our youngest patients can experience the full use of the car as part of their journey to surgery. This helps to take the emphasis away from the procedure they’re undergoing and focus on the unique experience of driving a genuine Rolls-Royce while being safely supervised through the hospital corridors.”