A Day in the Life: John Lennon’s iconic yellow Rolls Royce visits Camosun’s automotive shop
Release date: Dec. 5, 2019
Automotive students at Camosun College were able to come together today to experience a day in the life of one of the world’s most fabulous cars—John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Touring Limousine—as it underwent maintenance and diagnostic testing with a little help from friends.
The car has taken a long and winding road since the 1960s with stops all around the world, and is now owned and maintained by the Royal British Columbia Museum.
Camosun’s expertise and specialized equipment in their automotive shop will allow the car to be ‘exercised’ while undergoing a number of diagnostic tests and maintenance by Coachwerks Restoration’s technicians. Students and staff in attendance got to hear the roar of the engine and watched its rear wheels spin on a rolling road dynamometer with a large screen feeding speed and other data in real-time.
Camosun Automotive Service Technician Instructor Patrick Jones, and Royal BC Museum Collections Manager Paul Ferguson were on hand to discuss the history and cultural importance of the car and to describe the diagnostic activities it underwent at Camosun.
“I’ll be operating the equipment while the technicians from Coachwork operate the car,” explains Jones. “It’s very exciting to work on such a priceless vehicle and it speaks to the capabilities and experience we have at Camosun and at Coachwerks to be able to provide this service. If you look around town, anyone who’s having work done on their car is probably having it done by a Camosun graduate. To be up close and personal with a vehicle of this stature is a wonderful opportunity for our students.”
Last updated: December 9, 2019 12:50 pm