Rolls-Royce in the Alpine Trial

In 1912 motoring pioneer James Radley incurred a technical penalty while climbing the treacherous Katschberg Pass in his Silver Ghost, kindling a desire to achieve perfection in this landmark test of automotive endurance.

The following year Rolls-Royce sent a factory team comprising three 'Alpine Eagle' Silver Ghosts – along with a replica car piloted by privateer Radley – chasing a flawless performance across 1,820 miles of near impassable mountain terrain.

The Rolls-Royce Works Team swept the board with a faultless performance at the 1913 event, establishing a new standard in the motor car's pioneering days, and cementing the name of Rolls-Royce as a byword for peerless mechanicals and grace on the road. Radley himself finished first in each stage, further highlighting the excellence of the Silver Ghost among contemporary cars.

There have been numerous recreations over the decades, with the 2013 centenary marked by the participation of the famous Radley car 100 years on – and a special Ghost, made with hand-crafted design cues by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to honour its achievements. Together, the Alpine Trial Centenary Collection car and its illustrious forebear reprise the glory of the legendary Alpine Eagles.

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