‘Ain’t Braggin’ If It’s True’

‘Ain’t Braggin’ If It’s True’

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

I’ve always seen cars as art, moving art.

- Ralph Lauren

‘Primary Colors’

‘Primary Colors’

2019 Bugatti Chiron Sky View


A Little Family History

I love cars… in particular, classic cars! And if you do, too, it is highly likely you have a personal story that began your passion. The following is mine - a true fairy tale, no sugar coating needed. It all began when I was a little girl, a baby in fact, just days old, when my parents brought me home from the hospital as a newborn in their 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II (157XJ).  My parents adored that car, and my father spent many hours polishing its beautiful curves and tinkering with its engine keeping it mirror shiny. As a family, we went to many car shows through the years and even won some prestigious awards. 

Notably, the car was featured in a Westport, CT educational film production of  “The Great Gatsby” in 1974. Both the car and production were featured several times in the GreenwichTime, as well as a Norwalk edition and the Bridgeport Sunday Post. In a May 29, 1974 article in the Greenwich Time, my father was interviewed about the history of the car:

”The car was first purchased in England by Maj. A. E. Randy, no doubt a war hero,” Mr. Randolph says. “He brought it to the US in 1930, and it remained in his family until 1955, when it was acquired by an antique automobile collector in Washington, D.C.” 

Mr. Randolph purchased it in 1963. In 1971, the Rolls returned to its “birthplace” in Derby, England via the QE 2, to be restored to its original condition. Justly proud of his handsome automobile, Mr. Randolph states: “Only about 1,750 Phantom Two’s were built, and each had custom coach work...”


My parents’ - John & Kathleen Randolph - 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II

My parents’ - John & Kathleen Randolph - 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II

Dr. Alan & Emily MacGregor with their beloved 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

Dr. Alan & Emily MacGregor with their beloved 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

My father John Randolph in his 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II in front of my grandparents’ home in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ before the car was restored to its original condition.

My father John Randolph in his 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II in front of my grandparents’ home in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ before the car was restored to its original condition.

A cartoon of my parents on board the QE 2 when they took it to be restored in Derby, UK. The artwork was likely done onboard by an artist with indecipherable name in 1971.

A cartoon of my parents on board the QE 2 when they took it to be restored in Derby, UK. The artwork was likely done onboard by an artist with indecipherable name in 1971.

My father grew up in England so favoring British cars is not surprising. But he may also have been influenced by my mother’s parents, Dr. & Mrs Alan MacGregor, big Anglophiles themselves and the owners of a beautifully sculpted 1958 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I saloon. They ordered the car new in October 1958 and it remained in the family for 47 years before my mother Kathleen Randolph, Ph.D. donated it the Rolls Royce Foundation in 2005.


My brother, Dr. John Whitney Randolph, has not been immune to the British influence either. He, too, went to all the car shows growing up and is now the proud owner of a 2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer built in Hinckley, England. He has promised me a photo of himself astride this gorgeous bike. For now, here’s a photo of it where it now resides in Maine.


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What’s Next?

Though I have yet to collect classic cars myself (I think the day will come!) my husband Dan nurtured a 1986 Porsche for over 30 years with an unswerving adoration. And now we live in Newport, home to two car museums including the Audrain Auto Museum which puts on wonderfully curated exhibits throughout the year, as well as the Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week. In addition, Jay Leno, comedienne and car collector who has made his home here in Newport, stars in Mansion & Motorcars with Audrain Auto Museum CEO Donald Osbourne. 


With all these resources on our doorstep, we continue to have an abundance of opportunities to immersive ourselves in the beauty of cars. And it is because of this, I am able to readily photograph cars on a frequent basis. Recently, I decided I wished to share my passion and have created this page to post my favorite car elements I encounter. My focus is primarily on black & white as I find elements stand out with more importance without color. My collection will grow over time and photographs are available for sale upon request in different materials and sizes.



Photos

  • ‘Finntastic’

    ‘Finntastic’

    1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

  • ‘Speedster Smile’

    ‘Speedster Smile’

    1956 Porsche 356a Speedster

  • ‘Wing Expressions’

    ‘Wing Expressions’

    An abstract drawn from a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing”

  • ‘Here’s Looking at You’

    ‘Here’s Looking at You’

    2015 Porsche 918 Spyder


Racing helmet perched jauntily on the back of an Austin-Healey
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