Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost repeats 110-year-old run

By: Unique Cars staff

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History recently repeated itself 110 years on, as Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost number 1701 re-enacted the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial

Designed as an Experimental Speed Car’, the Ghost won the initial event, locked in top gear for the entire 1285km return trip between the two capital cities, as per the original regulations. Given the primitive state and in some regions the non-existence of Britain’s roads, the average speed of 19.59 mph was remarkable. Equally impressive was its fuel efficiency, more than 24 miles-per gallon (11.7lt/100km).

It went on to achieve 125km/h on a half-mile speed test conducted immediately after the trial and became the first Rolls-Royce to exceed 161km/h in a later test at the famed Brooklands circuit in Surrey. The re-enactment was as faithful to the 1911 event as possible. Now a priceless collector’s item the Silver Ghost, wearing registration R-1075, departed from the Pall Mall headquarters of the Royal Automobile Club (which oversaw the original trial) then travelled to Edinburgh on a route that followed the old Great North Road as closely as practicable.

Adding to the spectacle and sense of occasion, it was accompanied by a further nine Silver Ghosts from the 20-Ghost Club. The cavalcade was escorted all the way to Edinburgh by a new Ghost, hand built at Rolls-Royce at Goodwood.

Andrew Ball of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, "The Silver Ghost is arguably the most famous Rolls-Royce model 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 testament to its remarkable engineering."


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