Rolls Royce club members rolling into Natchez today

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 17, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; Rolls Royce owners representing a national club will begin arriving in Natchez today, said Richard Branyan, a Natchez business owner and a member of the club.

Branyan, speaking by phone from St. Francisville, La., on Monday, said 65 people in 32 cars are in the entourage and will spend two nights in Natchez.

&uot;Some will be in Natchez in time to do a morning tour on Tuesday, and others will be there for the afternoon tour,&uot; he said, referring to Natchez Spring Pilgrimage house tours.

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The group will stay overnight at the Natchez Eola Hotel, with the cars housed both nights at the Natchez Convention Center, Branyan said.

&uot;This is a national tour. The president of the Rolls Royce Owners Club is in the group,&uot; he said. &uot;There are cars from as far away as Wisconsin, Missouri and California. And the cars range from 1924 to 1997.&uot;

In the evening today, the group will take part in an after-hours shopping trip to Antiques Row in Natchez.

On Wednesday, about 20 of the group will motor on the Natchez Trace to Port Gibson, with a stop at Historic Jefferson College on the return trip.

The cars will be about town on both days and easy to spot, Branyan said.

The tour will culminate with a cocktail party at Dunleith on Wednesday.