TodayApril 16, 2022

Rolls-Royce pin-stripe Mark Court and his Son

Rolls-Royce bespoke in Goodwood

Mark Court is the only person that can paint the pinstripe on a Rolls-Royce. Court says the hardest part about painting the pinstripe was getting over the fact that the car is “6 meters long and costs over 250,000 Euros ($360,000).”

Mr. Court makes the three-hour process sound easy, but his apprenticeship to learn how to coach-line took five years.

Mark has kept the brushes from his apprenticeship, and added new ones to his collection. The brushes are thin and fine, made out of ox or squirrel hair.

Can you visit Rolls Royce factory?

Your private Tour Guide will begin the experience by taking you through the illustrious history of the brand, from the history-defining introduction on the 4th May 1904 to the Goodwood-based house of luxury as it is today. Goodwood is the only location in the world where our prestigious models are made and this prize will give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the customer journey, from commissioning their purchase to viewing the model on the production line.

Mr. Court showed me some of the exclusive artwork that has been requested, including a gold coat of arms.

Court told me about a time he was sent to Dubai to paint the pinstripe on a Rolls-Royce, “this chap drove his car out to meet some friends that had Rolls-Royce. All of their Rolls-Royces had a pinstripe. The guy decided he had to have a pinstripe, so he flew me to Dubai. I painted the pinstripe on and flew home.”

Court’s 17-year old son, Ashley, is an apprentice at Goodwood. We first caught sight of him polishing a car. Someday Ashley hopes to take over his Dad’s job.

Watch as Mark tutors Ashley in the art of pinstriping, or coach-lining.

Perfection is the expression of each element in its purest form.

Rolls-Royce pinstriping

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.