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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Alpine Trials 1913

This is from Rolls-Royce Motorcars' website. A modern Ghost 100 years after the famous Alpine Trial Silver Ghosts in 1913.
Bracketed comments are mine.
"Turn back the clock to 1913, when four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts embarked on the Alpine Trial - the landmark test of automotive endurance of the day."
(Allow me to introduce James Radley)

"The Rolls-Royce Works Team and private entrant James Radley mastered 1820 miles of gruelling mountain terrain, performing without fault. In winning the prestigious Archduke Leopold Cup and the admiration of all who witnessed them, they established the legend of the 'Best Car in the World'. Cementing a reputation for reliability Rolls-Royce proudly retains today."

(His car)


(Here are the other three -I think)


(Mind you, I would have preferred this dark red colour on the modern car)

(There's even a Brockbank cartoon)

"Taking inspiration from the spirit of these endeavours, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly introduces the Alpine Trial Centenary Collection."



"This limited edition of Rolls-Royce Ghosts feature hand-crafted Bespoke design cues that pay tribute to the 1913 Alpine Trial cars. For example, the exterior paint hue takes close inspiration from Radley's Silver Ghost and the black wheels and grille have been replicated. This is the first time a contemporary Rolls-Royce motor car has sported a painted grille.

Inside, a series of Bespoke detail-touches elegantly tell the story of the Trial. The intricately designed clock displays the stages of the rally and timings, whilst inlays to the rear picnic tables and front fascia express the topography and distance of the route."

This beautiful homage holds irresistible appeal for the intrepid."

(Oh, the good old days, when we raced Rolls-Royce cars...)

(Posted by David Irvine)


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