RROC Can-Am Prairie Region
ABOUT THE RROC
The Rolls-Royce Owners Club was officially established on May 12, 1951 in Wilkes Barr, Pennsylvania. The Western, Midwest and Eastern Regions were launched. By the end of 1951, membership totaled 280. The number of members grew to more than 400 by the end of 1952. With expanding membership, more regions were added to the RROC. Today, the home office of the RROC is based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The home office now oversees 26 regions in North America including the Can-Am Prairie Region. RROC membership totals more than 5,000 around the world.
Owners of Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles benefit tremendously from becoming RROC members. Huge archives of technical bulletins and historical information are available. One-on-one communication with automotive specialists is often a phone call or email away. The goal of the RROC remains the same today as it did back in 1951. Make the experience of owning, maintaining, restoring and of course driving a Rolls-Royce or Bentley much more enjoyable.
ABOUT THE CAN-AM PRAIRIE REGION
Roots of the Can-Am Prairie Region can be firmly traced to the early 1950’s. Art Southworth, a resident of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was the proud owner of 1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. Well before the internet and cellphones, Southworth heard about the formation of a brand new automotive club based in the United States for Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners. Southworth became a member of the RROC in 1952. To this day Southworth is recognized as one of the earliest Canadian members of the RROC. Despite his geographical location, Southworth realized there was interest in the Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles north of the border in Western Canada. He began reaching out to ‘nearby’ owners. Many of these owners lived hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Bob Taylor, also a recent RROC member, was quick to reply. Several small gatherings were held in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. In 1969 both Southworth and Taylor decided that an official ‘event’ should be held. A formal get together was organized and a date was set. Invitations were mailed out announcing a gathering for Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners at the Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta on September 27th, 1969. A total of 13 people attended this event and 8 beautiful Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles were on display at the Mayfair. The self titled “Alberta” region was born and operated as such for almost a decade. In 1976 the RROC announced the naming of the Prairie Region for Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners. The first full-year for the 'Prairie Region' was 1977. (Can-Am would be added to the Prairie Region title a few years later.) The Can-Am Prairie Region of the RROC celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017.
MAY 1976 - FIRST RROC PRAIRIE REGION GATHERING NEAR CALMAR, ALBERTA
CAN-AM PRAIRIE REGION CHAIR HISTORY
1969 - 1975* Art Southworth (*before official RROC Region status)
1976 - 1982 Art Southworth
1983 - 1985 John Patrick
1986 - 1988 Terry Murphy
1989 - 1991 David Stocks
1992 - 1994 Terry Murphy
1994 - 1999 Robert Manderson
1999 - 2002 Maurice Tims
2003 - 2004 Terry Murphy
2004 - 2005 Rob Manderson
2006 - 2008 Kathy Doyle
2009 - 2011 Robert Manderson
2012 - 2013 George Pope
2014 - 2018 Christopher McAviney
2019 - 2020 Terry Murphy/Gord Craig (co-chairs)
2020 - present Robert Manderson