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27th June, 2017

Drive My Car: the George Martin Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars held a special event at The Beatles Story, Albert Dock this week to launch a unique ‘Wraith’ inspired by late Beatles producer, Sir George Martin.

The car is one in a series of nine remarkable ‘Inspired by British Music’ cars, created in collaboration with, and celebrating the legacy of, some of British music’s most revered rock and vocal artists. Other artists honoured within the collection include The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE and Sir Ray Davies of The Kinks.


The hand-built cars are crafted with unique design touches which illustrate and celebrate the illustrious careers of the British rock and pop legends. Songwriter and producer Giles Martin has helped to create a tribute to his father, Sir George Martin, the famous record producer who was dubbed ‘the Fifth Beatle’ by Sir Paul McCartney.

This tribute celebrates Sir George’s 30 number-one hit singles with design features that include embroidery of each song title in the rear cabin leather waterfall, and the producer’s signature stitched into the headrests.


In celebration of the format with which Sir George made his mark upon the music world, the two copper door-flights feature an engraved quotation – “The recording is not what one hears, but what one must make others hear” – and the other, engraved details from the original handwritten arrangement for ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles.

Giles Martin said, “My father had a huge impact on British music during his career, and I wanted the Wraith to celebrate a lifetime of achievements. It was a thrill working with the Rolls-Royce team to feature each of his 30 number-one hits, and I hope this is a fitting tribute to a figure who did so much to influence and enhance the world’s perception of a golden era in British popular music.”


Collectors are invited to acquire these extraordinary representations of automotive and rock history through the marque’s European dealer network. A proportion of the value price of each ‘Inspired by British Music’ car will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and other charities. To find out more please visit



The Beatles Story team were delighted to also welcome Sir George’s wife, Lady Judy Martin OBE to the VIP launch event, as a special guest. Lady Martin often worked with Sir George in the studio and was surprised to recognise her own handwriting within the exhibit which displays the notes from The Beatles’ first recording session for Help!.


The handwritten notes, dated 15 February 1965, went on display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Help! recordings which began in Studio Two at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. The notes reveal the structure of the recording sessions and the departure from The Beatles’ usual recording methods.

Lady Martin is currently a patron to the Strawberry Field project, supporting The Salvation Army in their efforts to build a new training centre for young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities on the iconic site in Liverpool.


The original gates to Strawberry Field have recently gone on display at The Beatles Story, in a bid to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Salvation Army's project. To find out more please visit:

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