Rolls-Royce celebrates Silver Ghost centenary

The Rolls-Royce head office and main manufacturing plant at Goodwood has played host to the largest gathering of Silver Ghosts ever, to celebrate the centenary of the classic model.

No fewer than 60 of the cars, manufactured between 1907 and 1926, were on display at Goodwood before they embarked on a 2,000-mile, 17-day tour.

In 1907, the Silver Ghost had its reputation as the "world’s finest car" confirmed by a reliability trial, Rolls-Royce claims, an event celebrated at the gathering.

The 20-Ghost Club, which encourages the restoration and maintenance of Rolls-Royce models built before 1945, organised the UK-wide tour. It will include stops in Derbyshire, the Lake District, Inverness, Dundas Castle in Edinburgh and John O’Groats.

Ian Robertson, chairman of Rolls-Royce, said: "We are delighted to support the 20-Ghost Club on this unique occasion. We are especially pleased and honoured to present these wonderful motor cars together at Goodwood, the new home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

"The Silver Ghost was designed and built with an obsession for quality combined with the highest level of engineering and this remains the foundation of our company today."

It was not only classic models that were on show at Goodwood, however, as a limited-edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Silver, built to mark the centenary, and the recently-launched Phantom Drophead Coupe were also on display.

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