Rolls Royce showed off a unique edition ghost in Shanghai devotion Rolls Royce’s four car contribution – three works cars and one private entry – in the 1913 Alpine Rally anywhere it earned the sobriquet, ‘The Best Car in the World’. The private entry car for 1913 was piloted by James Radley, who had contributed in the 1912 Alpine trials in a Rolls Royce.
Radley’s experience in the 1912 Alpine trials led to alteration in all four cars entered in 1913, not the least of which was a lesser (numerically higher) first gear. While the Rolls Royce entry did well in 1913, they did come in after the Audi works team (and Audi at the time was a very distant precursor of the Audi we know today).
So the special version Ghost will be orderly with black radiator slats, black wheels, bespoke blue paint, and a silver fedora, echoing the trim of Radley’s car. And on the outside that’s a nice little respect to a time long, long, ago and a car that few populace have seen.
But the 1910 – 1914 Alpine trials were important tests of the premature motor car. The 1914 trial took place on a 1660 mile loop of chiefly alpine roads – and these were not runway or concrete roads, but extend alpine goat paths. Inter-alpine roads were comparatively new – most having been built in the 19th century. And terra-forming, on an American scale, was unfeasible with the machinery obtainable. These roads were steep, torturous, and badly preserved.
The Alpine trial was the forerunner of hill-climbs and rallying. Manufacturers were enthusiastic to highlight their cars ability and the Alpine trials were tough location to compete in, high risk, and high payment. While the trials first years were episodic by World War I, the trials revisit in the inter-war years and another company used them to establish the ability of their newest automotive products.