By Nick Jaynes
Saturday, Jul 6th, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
100 years ago, in 1913, a number daring Rolls-Royce owners set forth on a 1,800-mile journey through the Alps, crossing through five countries, ending up in Vienna. They called it the Alpine Trial and it was this show of braggadocio that bestowed the title of 'Best Car in the World' upon the Rolls-Royce.

To mark the centenary, Rolls-Royce organized another Alpine Trial, which has just concluded. Some 47 Rolls-Royces made the 1,800-mile journey, followed up of course by the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 'Works Team.'

Attended by British Royalty, Lords and Ladies, Ambassadors and participants from 12 countries as far flung as Australia and the United States, the 2013 Alpine Trial was a smashing success, as you can see from the photos above.

"The Centenary Alpine Trial has clearly embraced the Spirit of Adventure that is synonymous with Rolls-Royce, and I applaud the participants for their resolve and determination," said Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Rolls-Royce CEO. "The 1913 Alpenfahrt led commentators to declare that Rolls-Royce built the 'Best Car in the World'. The 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial reinforced that message, and demonstrated that the Company continues to do so to this day."

In 1913, the Rolls-Royce experienced "faultless reliability" during the Trial. No word on whether some of the 100-year-old wafting Rolls-Royces this year experienced the same luck. Not all the participants were period Rolls-Royces, however. Joining along on the jaunt was the 2013 Alpine Trial Centenary Ghost, which was specially designed for the Alpine Trial.

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