A Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 has driven between the capitals of England and Scotland in order to celebrate the car’s iconic win in a 1911 London to Edinburgh speed trial.
Back in 1911, the record-setting vehicle completed the 799-mile return trip at an average pace of just under 20mph – a feat that was close to a miracle considering how poor the road surfaces were over a century ago.
It was designed as an “Experimental Speed Car” and wowed motoring enthusiasts at the turn of the 20th century after it managed to run at speeds as high as 78.2mph during a half-mile speed test – it is also understood to have become the first Rolls-Royce to top 100mph.
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But fast forward to the present day and the same Silver Ghost was accompanied by 9 sister Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts – from the same time in history – for the trip from the Royal Automobile Club in London (where the original trial race was hosted in 1911) all the way back up to Edinburgh.
And a brand spanking Rolls Royce Ghost in Tempest Grey also joined the group for the journey, CarScoops has revealed.
The vintage high profile convoy set off at 06:00am on September 5 and attempted to follow the old Great North Road as much as they possibly could. The Silver Ghost was said to be locked in top gear from start to finish in order to replicate the attempt of 110 years ago.
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The Rolls Royces completed the journey with a big celebration at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh on September 6.
The head of corporate relations at Rolls-Royce 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.
“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.”