The Silver Ghost's near-silent operation seemed apt as they headed off from their night stop – a beautifully restored 13th Century Carthusian monastery. Even the local monks took a break from their duties to stand by and watch in awe.
A relatively un-arduous route was punctuated with the ascent of the Niederalp Pass followed by a mesmerising meander along the banks of the River Danube. As if Sir Henry Royce himself had arranged it, the Trial has been bathed in glorious sunshine from the off – the perfect conditions for effortless, open-top touring.
The 47 cars on the Trial continue to hold-up extraordinarily well considering many are into their second century of operation – a rest day on Sunday will provide welcome fettling time for participants before Monday's push to Lienz.