Two other cars were finished at
the same time One of these was handed over to
Ernest Claremont and the other to a major share-holder of Royce Ltd., Henry Edmunds,
who also ranked as a director of the company. Edmunds' widespread business interests also
included a connection with the Parsons Non Skid Tyre Company and this company was keen
to take part in a test organised by the Automobile Club of Great Britain. The test set out to check
if and how tyres and accessories could improve roadholding and stability of the motor car.
Henry Edmunds persuaded Henry Royce to use the first Royce 10 hp in the Parsons' test -
and they were awarded second prize. Their device was similar to modern snow chains,
being specially designed chains that wrapped around the tyres.
It was no mean feat for the Royce
10 hp to behave splendidly in a trial only two weeks after
leaving the factory. However, it was on this event that first contact was made with a leading
member of the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, Charles Stewart Rolls.
Copyright James Carrington- 1980-2013