The Centenary Alpine Trial’s half-way stage was heralded with an evening that promises to live long in the memories of those that attended, and will also be firmly cemented in Rolls-Royce history. The event marked 100 years to the day that the original 1913 Alpenfahrt Rally would have been preparing to set off.
If the largest gathering of Silver Ghosts in living memory was not enough, then a gala evening followed by a spectacular firework display did much to rejuvenate road-weary participants.
HRH the Duke of Gloucester, Honorary President of the 20-Ghost Club, joined the celebrations. The numbers of cars and participants swelled with the arrival of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club, who are currently touring through the Alps.
A celebratory atmosphere was reflected in the words of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, who gave a nod to the company founders and recognised the spirit of adventure and kinship on which the Trials have been based. He said, “I feel sure that somewhere in this room this evening the spirits of Sir Henry Royce, Charles Rolls and Claude Johnson are watching us with profound approval and pride.”
Daily updates, pictures and live dispatches from the road will appear across dedicated media websites and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars social media channels throughout the rally. For those who’d like to follow the Trial virtually, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has also teamed up with History Pin, a cutting-edge heritage picture website to provide you with a fascinating insight into both the 1913 and 2013 events.