Thursday, 20 June 2013


A peaceful dawn in Solda, northern Italy, was gently broken with the whisper-quiet sound of 47 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts ascending the Stelvio Pass. The notorious hairpins and switchbacks – coincidentally one for each Rolls-Royce car – were negotiated with consummate ease by a cavalcade of motor cars, many over a century old.

The 2013 Alpine Trial Centenary Collection Ghost led, closely followed by the 1913 Radley car. As the best cars in the world reached the summit, Trial participants were greeted by a rapturous reception by fellow motorists, motorcyclists and cyclists. The spectacular view from the top was made all the more beautiful by a truly extraordinary collection of motor cars.

A gentle run into the medieval city of Trento followed. On arrival, participants prepared for what promises to be a spectacular historical event. The convergence of the 20-Ghost Club and Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club on the shores of Lake Garda will see 100 Silver Ghosts assembled for the first time.