Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost recreates the London-Edinburgh race 110 years later
As far-fetched as it sounds today, in the early 1900s, traveling to some of the world’s most developed countries was a very tricky adventure. This is why some car manufacturers, like Rolls-Royce, were very popular at the time. Not because of their luxurious cabins or exquisite handling, but because they let you complete your trip without having to worry about getting to your destination.
In 1911, a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 managed to go from London to Edinburgh, a historic performance at the time. Not only did it make that 799 mile round trip between the two cities, but it managed to do so with an average speed of 19.59 mph and while returning fuel mileage of over 24 mpg. It was unheard of at the time. And that might be the last time someone worried about how much fuel you need to run a Rolls-Royce car. The car was originally designed as an “experimental speed car,” but it turned out to be much more.
Fast forward 110 years later and the folks at 20-Ghost Club decided to do a reenactment and have a similar run between London and Edinburgh. There are, however, several key differences within easy reach, the most important being the much better road surfaces they had. Even so, the fact that the car made the long haul without breaking down over a century later is proof that some things are just built differently.
To add to the spectacle and sense of the occasion, the 1701 was accompanied by nine other Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, all of the same age and in equally magnificent condition, from the 20-Ghost Club. And to complete the show, the cavalcade was escorted to Edinburgh by an all-new Ghost, hand-built at the Rolls-Royce home in Goodwood and finished in Storm Gray.
Andrew Ball, Corporate Relations Manager, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented on the Silver Ghost, its fame and success. “The Silver Ghost is arguably the most famous Rolls-Royce of all time. It is thanks to its successes in the first tests 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 defining moment for Silver Ghost 1701: that the same car, now an invaluable collector’s item, could repeat the effort 110 years later, is a testament to its remarkable engineering, materials and of its build quality. Our sincere congratulations to our friends of the 20-Ghost Club for this fantastic achievement ”,