Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 wearing its R-1075 plate made history yet again recently as the vintage Roller took part in the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial reenactment…
Originally designed as an ‘Experimental Speed Car’, the stunning vintage Roller was locked in top gear as it successfully navigated the entire 799-mile return trip between the two capitals.
While an average speed of 19.59 mph may not excite the average youngster these days, it’s worth remembering the primitive state of Britain’s Edwardian roads would rattle even the most super glued of dentures along the route back then. Coupled with an almost unheard-of fuel efficiency of over 24 mpg, and the achievement becomes even more impressive.
To prove that the car had not been modified in any way, it achieved 78.2 mph on a half-mile speed test conducted immediately after the Trial; it also became the first Rolls-Royce to exceed 100 mph in a later test at the fabled Brooklands circuit in Surrey.
The 20-Ghost Club re-enactment was as faithful to the 1911 event as possible. The car, now a priceless collector’s item and wearing registration R-1075, departed from the Pall Mall headquarters of the Royal Automobile Club (which oversaw the original Trial) at 06.00 on Sunday 5 September 2021, then travelled to Edinburgh on a route that followed the old Great North Road as closely as practicable – locked in top gear just as it was 110 years before.
Behind AX201, R-1075 is possibly the most famous Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost of all time. It was through its success in the early trials of speed, reliability, and endurance that it earned Rolls-Royce its reputation as ‘the best car in the world’.
Winning the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial was a landmark moment for Silver Ghost 1701: that the same car, now a priceless collector’s item, can repeat the endeavour 110 years later is a testament to its remarkable engineering, materials, and build quality.
To add to the spectacle and sense of occasion, 1701 was accompanied by a further nine Rolls‑Royce Silver Ghosts, all of a similar age and in equally magnificent condition, from the 20-Ghost Club. And to complete the pageant, the cavalcade was escorted all the way to Edinburgh by a brand-new Ghost, handbuilt at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and finished in Tempest Grey.
The run concluded with a grand reception at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh on Monday 6 September 2021.
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost re-enacts London-Edinburgh run 110 years on
“Silver Ghost 1701 has a unique and special place in the marque’s history and affections. It’s difficult to think of many machines that can still perform exactly as they did 110 years ago; this extraordinary car is a remarkable tribute to our predecessors who designed, engineered, and built it. We’re proud to continue their work and uphold their values in today’s Rolls-Royce motor cars – which are still the best in the world.”
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