Rolls-Royce Enthusiastsâ€™ Club The International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts
In celebration of the 110th Anniversary of the Achievements of the Original Silver Ghost AX201 in the 1907 Scottish Trials & Endurance Run and the Diamond Jubilee of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiastsâ€™ Club founded in August 1957
Contents Message from the Chairman of the RREC Introduction General Notes and Tour Conditions Tour Consultant Summary of Hotels & Contact Details Detailed Itinerary Maps Participating Motorcars & Drivers Acknowledgements
Silver Ghost AX201 at Rest and Be Thankful Photograph courtesy of Mrs Diane Davidson Kinghorn
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High quality servicing, repairs and restorations carried out on all pre-war models of Rolls-Royce & Bentley motor cars. We regularly have Silver Ghosts for sale - details can be found on our website Located close to Stansted Airport. Tel: 01799 586888 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from the Chairman
It would be an understatement to say that AX201 is the single most important RollsRoyce motorcar ever. Indeed its significance goes way beyond the motor industry as a whole as it single handedly is responsible for having transformed Rolls-Royce into a household name for excellence. Those of you who will have read the 2017 RREC Yearbook will know that chassis 60551 was instrumental in getting me involved with Rolls-Royce motor cars in general and the RREC in particular. In its 60th anniversary year, the RREC is immensely indebted to the Silver Ghost Registrar and his small, but very engaged team, who had the daunting, but historically significant idea, to recreate the Silver Ghost’s epic journey across the UK in its endeavours to prove that a Rolls-Royce always keeps going, provided it is given a refreshed driver once in a while. It is therefore you, the drivers and custodians of the many other 40/50 HP’s – retrospectively
also referred to as ‘Silver Ghosts’ – that I would like to salute first. But the Round Britain Tour would not exist without the support of the many sponsors and partners, listed hereafter. Equal thanks must go to the custodians of the various other Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars and the great many Sections who have graciously decided to enhance an already memorable experience with their active support. I am sure that you will have the time of your life. That just happens to be also the greatest luxury in life. Safe motoring ! (beware of silent motor cars !) Johan Vanden Bergh Chairman
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Introduction to the Round Britain Tour The Round Britain Tour in June 2017 is a joint celebration of two important events. Firstly it celebrates the remarkable achievements, 110 years ago, of the original Silver Ghost, AX201, chassis number 60551, in establishing a new world record of running without involuntary stops for a distance of 14,371 miles, almost twice that previously set by a motorcar. This epic journey, largely spent travelling back and forth between London and Glasgow included the gruelling route of the Scottish Reliability Trials in which AX201 showed its remarkable superiority over all other entrants by winning outright the Gold Medal.
to experience other routes on which the Silver Ghost travelled in 1907. As well as taking a leisurely 18-day clockwise tour through some of the most beautiful scenery in England, Wales and Scotland we shall be following large sections of the Rolls-Royce London to Glasgow Endurance Run, and working our way down to the West Country, where Claude Johnson (as if he hadn’t had more than enough driving) immediately afterwards took some friends in AX201 all the way down to the Queen’s Hotel in Penzance, for a few days’ holiday.
The other reason for our Tour is to celebrate another occasion 60 years ago, when a few Rolls-Royce enthusiasts gathered together in a drawing room in Oxford in response to an advertisement placed in the Oxford Mail and decided it would be a good idea to form a club.That was in August 1957 and one wonders if those individuals ever imagined that the embryo of their good intentions would result in the worldwide organisation that the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club has become today in this the year of its Diamond Jubilee?
One thing that should be added is that this tour will not be a test of endurance and certainly not a rally in the competitive sense. There will be no awards or medals (other than a commemorative token to record your accomplishment of this historic event), nor will there be driving tests, en route quizzes or challenges of any sort! The aim is for each and every one of you – drivers and passengers – to enjoy yourselves and although, with so many people taking part there will almost certainly be mishaps and perhaps the odd contention along the way, we hope when it is all over you will look back on this tour with the fondest of memories.
Our Round Britain Tour is not intended slavishly to replicate the entire surviving routes covered by AX201 in the 1907 Scottish Trials. That has been done many times before on various anniversaries of the event, although we shall be driving on many of those actual roads. We hope that should be enough to satisfy everyone, bearing in mind it will permit time
In preparing and organising this Round Britain Tour we have many people and organisations to thank for their help and support.These are listed below in alphabetical order so as not to infer any sense of preference as each and every one has been of invaluable assistance.
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General Notes and Tour Conditions Please note: All accommodation includes breakfast, threecourse evening meals, a selection of wines (with soft drink options) followed by tea/coffee. Dinner each evening is for 7.30pm
The drink-drive limit in England is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; in Scotland the limit is reduced to 50 milligrams - more in line with most European countries so do be careful, especially ‘North of the Border’.
TOUR CONDITIONS (& advice)
A number of our hotels have indoor and outdoor swimming pools, solariums, hot-tubs, gymnasiums, tennis courts, squash courts, archery, golf courses and even facilities for trout fishing and sailing. Long before you set off please take the opportunity to check out on the Internet what our chosen hotels have to offer, rather than miss out.
All vehicles must be fully roadworthy, currently road licensed, insured and registered at DVLA Swansea (or overseas equivalent). All vehicles must carry at least one working fire extinguisher. Please ensure your vehicle is properly serviced before the tour rather than wait in the hope that someone will sort out your problems en route! All drivers must be in possession of a valid driver’s licence. It is strongly recommended that participants take out good comprehensive holiday insurance. Participants must take personal responsibility for the security of their vehicle and for their personal belongs at all times. Hotels have been chosen with a view to suitable and reasonably secure overnight parking arrangements but the RREC Ltd can take no responsibility for any loss or damage to vehicles and/or their contents.
Hotel rooms, in respect of size, location, views, etc, have been allocated randomly with no preference to occupants, other than genuine specific needs. Please accept cheerfully whatever room you get. All hotel staff have been instructed not to tolerate demands for relocations from those hoping to upgrade their rooms. All drivers will receive a rally plaque, a daily detailed itinerary with suggested routes and local attractions, and every participant will receive a commemorative gift and a photographic record of the tour. Although dinners include wines, soft drinks and tea/ coffee, gratuities to staff are not included! Please do tip appropriately. We are the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club after all, and meanness or ingratitude reflects badly upon us all.
There will be no official mechanical/technical back-up or vehicle recovery services provided. Specialist facilities along the route are readily available but participants are advised to subscribe to the AA, the RAC, or Green Flag organisations for the duration of the tour.
There is no formal dress code on any of our evenings but, out of respect for the ladies, gentlemen are kindly requested to dress in smart attire, casual or better. Those gentlemen who wish to dress formally in a black/white dinner jacket/ tuxedos will add their own tone to our evenings.
Participants must make their own arrangements for the conveyance of personal luggage between hotels on the tour, either by transporting it in their own vehicle, soliciting help from fellow drivers, or by employing other means. If enough participants want to pay for the hire of a luggage van and driver, this I will gladly arrange.
Hotels have been notified in advance of the names of any participants requiring wheelchair access and those with special dietary needs. Please, however, do remind staff of any special needs on your arrival.
Before checking-out from hotels participants must ensure they settle all personal expenses incurred during their stay (eg lunch, snacks, afternoon tea, newspapers, mini-bar, spa facilities, bar drinks). No drinks are to be ordered against the RREC account but should you require extra wine or soft drinks during your evening meal please just ask your organisers.
Overseas participants who require help with additional accommodation before or after the event need only to contact me and I will be only too pleased to assist in any way I can. Andy Courtney RREC Silver Ghost Registrar
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Tour Consultant For your Daily Assistance and Reassurance The Round Britain Tour is extremely grateful to Mrs Marilyn Hubbard, wife of Steve Hubbard, the Silver Ghost Register’s Publications Manager, who has offered to act as our Tour Consultant to ensure that your time with us is as free from worry and stress as we can make it. Marilyn, who has very generously given up her place as a participant on the Tour, will be offering a very useful service to everybody, by being able to help and assist in a suitable modern vehicle. The responsibilities she has kindly agreed to undertake are: To provide a close liaison between Tour participants, guests, hotels and the Tour organisers. To be the ‘Meet and Greet’ at each hotel reception for members and guests on arrival; to oversee their safe departure; and to provide any reasonable assistance or guidance whenever required. In the event of a motoring accident, emergency, or a car failing to proceed, she will arrange to collect passengers and their luggage and take them on to the next hotel, leaving the driver in charge of the repair or recovery. To provide a continual daytime contract by mobile telephone to help resolve any reasonable queries participants may have. To promote the RREC, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited and all the many generous supporters who have made this 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Club possible.
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Marilyn has considerable experience in this field, having been involved in liaison work and a professional chauffeur for many years, prior to meeting Steve, driving all types of luxury vehicles including long wheelbase Rolls-Royce motor cars, and has held a clean driving licence for 50 years. She is trained in Health and Safety and has been an active member of the RREC for over thirty years. Do remember though, that she has volunteered to help whenever she can, so, if you need to call upon her, please treat her with the politeness and respect she deserves. Marilyn’s mobile telephone number is 07801 561268
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INN ON THE LAKE ULLSWATER
“Our stay with you last week, and the motoring tours that you put on for us, without doubt, made for one of the best trips that we have ever experienced.” The Beano Boys and their Bentleys
MOTORING BREAKS IN THE LAKES Stop for a bite to eat or stay at the the award-winning 4 star Inn on the Lake. Set in 15 acres of grounds with lawns sweeping to the shores of Lake Ullswater, 47 comfortable bedrooms and a variety of dining options, it is ideal for touring the beautiful Lake District.
• Refreshment stops. Including morning coffee, lunches, afternoon teas and dinners • Tulip Routes. Fabulous routes (45-120 miles) through the Lake District with optional stops at interesting attractions and hostelries • Overnight Accommodation for those who value comfort and high quality • Ample, FREE, Car Parking • Flexible Mealtimes • Competitive Group Rates
Accommodation Offer! Stay on our Lakes and Tarns Break 3 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for the price of 2 nights from £310pp! This offer can be used on stays November 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017, subject to availability.
www.lakedistricthotels.net/motoring | For bookings call 0800 840 1245
Summary Of Hotels & Contact Details Night(s) of:
Tues 6 June
Oatlands Park Hotel, 146 Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9HB Tel 01932 847242
Wed 7 June
Springfield Country Hotel , Leisure Club & Spa, Grange Road, Wareham, BH20 5AL. Tel 01929 552177
Thur 8/Fri 9 June
The Thurlestone Hotel, Thurlestone, South Devon TQ7 3NN Tel 01548 560382
Sat 10 June
The Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport NP18 1HQ. Tel 01633 413000
Sunday 11 June
Ruthin Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Ruthin, North Wales LL15 2NU Tel 01824 702664
Mon 12, Tues 13 & Wed 14 June
Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, Penrith CA11 0PE Tel 017684 82444
Thur 15 June
Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Alexandria G83 8QZ Tel 01389 722561
Fri 16/ Sat 17 June
Atholl Palace Hotel, Perth Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5LX Tel 01796 472400
Sun 18 June
Hopetoun House, Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9SL Tel 0131 331 2451
Sun 18/Mon 19 June
Malmaison Edinburgh, 1 Tower Place, Edinburgh EH6 7BZ Tel 0131 2851478
Tues 20 June
Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD Tel 0191 386 5282
Wed 21 June
The Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate HG1 2SR Tel 01423 500055
Thur 22 June
Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Nr Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AB Tel 01572 757901
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Detailed Itinerary Tuesday 6 June Our tour convenes on Tuesday 6 June when participants are invited to assemble at the Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey, some twenty miles southwest of London. Oatlands Park is steeped in royal history and its magnificent grounds were originally the site of a grand Tudor palace built for Henry VIII in 1538. Other monarchs, including Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I, also resided at Oatlands Park during their reign. Over the centuries the house and grounds have been rebuilt and modified several times and in different styles. Oatlands Park opened as a hotel for the first time in 1856 and has since played host to an endless list of world-famous guests including writer Emile Zola, novelist Anthony Trollope and poet Edward Lear. Please arrive and check-in whenever you want during the afternoon. We have been allocated our own parking area immediately in front of the hotel reception and there will be a steward available to direct you to a parking space. Rooms will be available from 2pm onwards but the hotel will make a special effort to have your room ready if you turn up earlier. The hotel is surrounded by its own private golf course and clubs are available from reception, as too are racquets should you wish to play tennis. A walk around the lawns and down to the lake is recommended. Our stay at Oatlands Park will be for the one night and will include a champagne reception on the lawns at 6.30pm followed at 7.30pm by a three-course dinner in La Terazza dining room (an area convertible to al fresco if the evening is warm) with wines, tea/coffee and a guest after-dinner speaker. There is no formal dress code on this, or any other evening throughout the Tour. Please, out of respect for the ladies, gentlemen are kindly requested to dress in smart attire, casual or better.
Wednesday 7 June The following morning, after a ‘Full English’ breakfast, we leave Oatlands Park Hotel for a drive of just over two miles to nearby Brooklands, the historic home of British motor racing. This famous racetrack was opened in 1907, the same year that the original Silver
Oatlands Park Hotel Ghost AX201 set off north to secure its remarkable world-beating achievements which earned Rolls-Royce Ltd the reputation for supreme excellence which it has always maintained. We drive into Brooklands, by special arrangement, via the exclusive Campbell track (passing the base of Test Hill which is now used for uphill challenges but was initially used to test brakes on a downhill descent) and park up in the Paddock and tarmac racing straight in front of Brooklands Museum for a photographic record of the start of our eighteenday tour. Brooklands, in its day, was not only the first purpose-built racing track of its type in the world (and the very first major construction using Portland cement) but, as the high banked track gave shelter within from the prevailing winds, the still air encouraged the early development of British aviation. It was here that the country’s foremost aircraft companies set up shop and it was also here that Sir Alliott Verdon Roe made his initial flights and established the famous aviation company AVRO in 1910. A stone and bronze memorial to this event is to be found in the south side of the Paddock. The 1965 film ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ (which actually featured AX201) was based on the early days of Brooklands. During the Second World War the Clubhouse was allocated by Vickers to Barnes Wallace for his experimental work on the ultimately successful Dambusters’ Bouncing Bombs and the ‘Tallboy’ and ‘Grand Slam’ earthquake bombs, while the site also saw the production of over 11,000 Wellington bombers and some 3,000 Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft. Then, around 10:30am, we will be flagged off, at one-minute intervals, by a gentleman of high esteem. From there we must make our way down to Wareham
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in Dorset; a gentle journey of perhaps three or four hours, so there is no need to rush. You may choose to go via - and stop off to visit - the ancient cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, pass through the New Forest, which is a vast area of heath land established by William the Conqueror in 1079, or visit Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Alternatively if you want to experience the quintessential beauty of southern England and Hampshire in particular you might take the Meon Valley or divert down to the elegant Georgian town of Stockbridge, with its troutfilled tributaries (stop and feed breadcrumbs to the huge wild brownies where the crystal clear River Test is channelled across the southern pavement) and then proceed through the medieval towns of Romsey (past the long brick walls of the Broadlands Estate, once the home of Lord Louis Mountbatten, and where Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent their honeymoon) and through Ringwood to your destination . We shall spend the night at the impressively named Springfield Country House, Leisure Club and Spa in Wareham, East Dorset. Its location in Grange Road, Wareham, is not especially prominent, owing to a County Council ban on large commercial signs – so keep your eyes open so you do not miss it! There is ample safe parking, and dinner (with wines, tea/coffee, in a private dining room) will be at 7.30pm. To avoid any confusion every evening meal during our 17 nights will commence at this same time.
esplanade of the seaside town of Weymouth whose chief sponsor, George III, can be seen, on horseback, carved in chalk on a hillside on your right just a few miles before you reach his favourite resort. Again you may wish an hour’s detour around the windswept Isle of Portland but why not follow the twenty-mile world-heritage Chesil Beach coast road along through Abbotsbury with its unique Swannery (literally thousands of mute swans in a protected environment) and into the pretty port of West Bay - since televised as ‘Harbour Lights’ and ‘Broadchurch’? If you want lunch, park outside The George and walk over the footbridge of the River Brit to the renowned fish restaurant. Then it’s off towards Lyme Regis (renowned for fossils and the Meryl Streep film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’) which you will bypass on the A35 unless you ignore the inducements to follow ‘All other routes’ and take the trouble to divert left into this ancient town. You will be down and back up from this pretty town’s centre in twenty minutes but if you want a real motoring experience take the 4-in-1 hill down to the famous Cobb. The left turning for this is as you have almost finished ascending from the town and easy to miss but – if you have the nerve - go down in bottom gear, keep your foot over the brake and your fist on the handbrake but experience a true gem of Dorset. Afterwards work your way laboriously all the way back uphill in low gear, telling your passengers neither to worry nor look behind, and then turn left and pick up the A35 heading west.
Thursday 8 & Friday 9 June The Thursday morning sees us leaving Wareham for what will be a most spectacular day touring along England’s south coast. If you wish to visit the nearby Bovington Tank Museum - an incredible place which is well worth a visit - you may miss out on other things, but there are only so many hours in the day so you must decide. If your route takes you around Dorchester, you will pass the ancient iron-age hill fort of Maiden Castle to your left and - to your right - the new Poundbury Estate, built on Duchy of Cornwall Land to architectural principles laid down by Charles, the Prince of Wales. Ahead and slightly to the south you should see Hardy’s Monument, a stone tower erected to commemorate Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy, who was Admiral Horatio Nelson’s captain on HMS Victory at Trafalgar in 1805. Otherwise set your Silver Lady (or Flying B) west towards Weymouth; decide whether to resist, if you can (again, time is limited) a detour to the beautiful Lulworth Cove, nearby Durdle Door, and aim for the
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Thurlestone Hotel Continue west across the River Exe, head down through Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, Paingnton and over the ferry into Dartmouth. From there one ought to make a pilgrimage along the coastal solitary road of Slapton Sands where thousands of allied soldiers – mostly Canadians – tragically lost their lives in a dreadful rehearsal of D-Day that involved the unexpected night-time infiltration of several German E-Boats. Whole villages and hundreds of residents had
been evacuated prior to these military exercises but Churchill, understandably, covered up the subsequent disaster to protect public morale. At the western end you will be able to see a rather corroded US Sherman Tank, dragged up out of a sunken wreck and mounted as a memorial to the disaster. But then, I hope you will wind your way up and over the hills through Kingsbridge and find your way to the wonderful Thurlestone Hotel; an obscure gem set in South Devon that is patronised by some of the top car clubs in the world. It is reached down a narrow single track road with passing places but it is a delightfully quiet haven with stunning views across the English Channel. Parking, both in front and to the rear of the hotel may become a little cramped but there is an overflow car park across the road which should more than suit our needs. Our two nights there mean you have a full day to explore South Devon and venture all the way down to Penzance where CJ took his friends and ladies in AX201. If you don’t fancy that, there is Agatha Christie’s nearby Burgh Island reached, when the tide is in, on a tractor on stilts; the secluded Oyster Shack which lists the daily catch of lobsters in half-pound increments, the beautiful Salcombe estuary or a hundred other venues along the English Riviera. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely day at the Thurlestone when you have only to ask at Reception for tennis racquets, golf clubs, snooker cues or whatever you need to enjoy all the facilities the hotel provides. The hotel also has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and is a ten minute walk down to the beach. Picnic lunch bags, with choice of sandwiches and soft drinks, will be available for collection on the Friday morning.
Saturday 10 June After two nights at The Thurlestone we are off again, heading for the prestigious Celtic Manor set high on the hills over the Usk Valley near Newport where we shall spend the night of Saturday 10 June. Choose which route you prefer to take but, if navigating by Sat-Nav, be prepared to end up driving through some extremely tight roads, which abound in this part of the country. If worried, plot your route through to signposted towns and ignore the Sat-Nav. Probably the most scenic way is north across Dartmoor with its famous rocky ‘tor’ outcrops and the opportunity to visit the magnificent Buckfastleigh Abbey, Widecombe-in-the-Moor - made famous by an old English folksong – and vast moorlands intersected by clear water streams. From there head further north to Bideford, Westward Ho! (the only
Celtic Manor Resort place-name in the UK that features an exclamation mark) and Barnstable then cut across Exmoor and follow the Severn estuary coast skirting Bristol to the bridge crossings into the principality of Wales. There is a toll charge (currently £6.60 per car) to cross into Wales but, for some reason, no charge to come back out. You are then just a few miles from the worldfamous Celtic Manor Resort, which is a magnificent if rather intimidating monolith (you will see it towering to your right, as you approach it along the M4) but no matter. Work your way uphill, ignoring the smaller Celtic Manor Hotel, up to the main resort at the top. There is ample safe and secure outside car parking, but the Resort has an underground car park at £15 per night for those who wish to pay extra. Dinner that evening will be at 7.30pm in the Beaumaris Suite and will comprise three courses, with wines and soft drinks, followed by tea/coffee. The Celtic Manor Resort is renowned for its international golfing facilities, but alas we have only one night’s dinner and perhaps a brief sojourn to one of its two swimming pools or the spa before we are on our way again after a ‘Full Welsh’ breakfast.
Sunday 11 June Our itinerary allows one full day to discover the sights of Wales which should be sufficient time as you are already starting in Newport and finishing up north in Denbighshire. Local advice is that the coastal route, with the exception of the area around Harlech, is not particularly interesting. The route along the A449 through Ross-on-Wye and Ludlow is pretty in parts but bedevilled with heavy traffic. The recommendation
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lunch. On Wednesday 14th, everyone will receive a day pass to use the steamers that ply the Lake as often and wherever they choose. This will also give the flexibility to those who want to spend time preparing their cars for the onward journey.
Thursday 15 June
Ruthin Castle for the best route after leaving the Celtic Manor is through Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Builth Wells and up the A470.Then fork right at Dinas Mawddy over Bwlch y Groes which was used by RR pre-war as a test hill, and join the A494 to Bala, Corwen and direct to Ruthin. This route goes past the Brecons, up through the Cambrian Mountains, gives views of Snowdonia and is a great drive. Our stop for the night is at Ruthin Castle where a Medieval Banquet with period entertainment awaits us. The earliest parts of the Castle date back to the 13th century with the remainder dating from 1826.
Monday 12, Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 June We leave Ruthin Castle after breakfast on the morning of Monday 12 June and head for the Lake District. When planning your route we suggest you try and avoid the numerous and uninteresting motorway links that surround Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, and St Helens by heading first to Chester (the old city centre with its Roman and later defensive walls is well worth a visit) and then take the quieter roads to Preston and on through Blackpool - with its two mile (3km) promenade and smaller version of the Eiffel Tower – and Morecambe Bay into the enchanting Lake District, one of the most dramatic and picturesque national parks in the British Isles. Head through Windermere over the Kirkstone Pass via the A592 to Glenridding at the southern tip of Ullswater. Our hotel for the next three nights is the beautiful Inn on the Lake. The West Midlands Section will be there to welcome and host us. You will now have done around 700 miles so you and your cars may welcome a little relaxation for a couple of free days. On Tuesday 13th a visit has been arranged to the ancestral home of Lord & Lady Inglewood, who hope to be there to greet us. We will enjoy a private viewing of house and gardens together with a light
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After breakfast on the Thursday morning we head north from the Lakes heading across the border to our next night at the superb Cameron House Hotel overlooking Loch Lomond. On the way drive through Keswick, situated alongside Derwent Water, then up through Carlisle and across the border with perhaps a brief detour to Gretna Green, one of the world’s most popular wedding venues hosting nowadays some 5,000 weddings a year. It all began in 1754 when the introduction of the English Marriage Act prevented couples for marrying under the age of 21 without parental consent. But in Scotland marriage was still permitted between boys of 14 years of age and upwards and girls of just 12 so many love-struck couples wishing to tie the knot, fled to Gretna Green, the first village across the border where marriages could be conducted. Scottish law required little more than a consenting couple and a couple of witnesses so the local blacksmith took over the role of officiating. From Gretna you may choose to follow the north coast of the Solway Firth to Dumfries – known as the Queen of the South and situated on the beautiful River Nith and where the inhabitants are still known as Doonhammers. It has enjoyed the patronage of Robert the Bruce, the Young Pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie and was home to Robert Burns until his death in 1796. From Dumfries there is a long haul north through Kilmarnock, Paisley and across the Clyde, along the route of AX201, to the Cameron Hotel on the ‘Bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond’. Alas we have just a single night at the five-star Cameron – with dinner in the Lomond Suite overlooking the Loch - and then we are off again.
Friday 16 & Saturday 17 June Leaving behind the Cameron on the Friday morning our destination is the magnificent Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry, where we shall stay for two nights. Our route there takes us along the western shores of Loch Lomond and then we can either follow through the Trossachs National Park, along Loch Tay to Aberfeldy and to Pitlochry or – infinitely more preferable - enjoy the road through to Inveraray, via the famous and challenging ‘Rest-and-be-Thankful’ pass along the way. Inveraray is on the western side of Loch Fyne and the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, the Chief of Clan Campbell. Its ancient castle was demolished in 1744 and rebuilt as a vast and imposing mansion, open to visitors. Pitlochry is a largely Victorian town, thanks to the advent of the steam railway and patronage of Queen Victoria and her Royal Consort, Prince Albert. The Atholl Palace, a huge and resplendent Scottish baronial castle is set above the town with views over the valley of the Tummel River and the surrounding mountains. Our first night will be Scottish themed with a banquet and dancing. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the whole Round Britain Tour. The following day - Saturday 17 June - is a free day, so please take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities or venture out along more of AX201’s Scottish Trial routes. There are local whisky distilleries at nearby Edradour and Blair Atholl which offer tasting opportunities and the chance to link up with fellow Scottish members of the RREC.
Sunday 18 & Monday 19 June After a Sunday morning breakfast our Round Britain Tour turns south towards a further two-night stay in Leith, a suburb of Edinburgh on the banks of the Firth of Forth. You may choose to make your way south to Perth, once the ancient capital of Scotland and known as The Fair City after Sir Walter Scott’s poem ‘The Fair Maid of Perth, and home to Scone Abbey wherein sat the ‘Stone of Destiny’ used for untold royal coronations. Perth, set on the River Tay, is arguably the most beautiful city in all of Scotland, Edinburgh included. From Perth head south through Dunfermline and to take the worldfamous 1,000 metre long Forth Bridge to Queensferry or – if it is in operation by the predicted completion date of May 2017, take the new Queensferry Crossing to the south side of the Forth.
The Malmaison Alternatively, for those who are prepared to travel further, the day offers a wonderful opportunity to drive down the minor roads through Crieff and Dunblane to Stirling (with its spectacular 15th century castle on an impenetrable crag and the distant haunting monolith dedicated to Sir William Wallace) and past the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where Scottish armies defeated those of the English King Edward II in 1314. From there head east where we have a special venue to visit, no distance from either route. Hopetoun House is reputedly the finest stately home in Scotland, and the Committee and members of the RREC Scottish Section have invited us to join them there in a celebration of the Club’s Diamond Jubilee. We have been granted entry to the grounds and a photographic opportunity to record all our cars in front of the magnificent visage of the House. From Hopetoun House we head due east to The Malmaison in Leith where we shall be staying for the nights of Sunday 18 and Monday 19 June.The Malmaison, built in 1883 was originally a house of ill-repute (as its name suggests and need I say more?) then became a seaman’s mission but has now been converted into a luxury hotel second to none in all of Edinburgh and its environs and with the most fabulous waterside views. The size of our party means we will have to split in two separate dinning rooms each evening but that is the only drawback of this stunning hotel. After awakening to breakfast on the morning of Monday 19 June we have a free day and several options. Within a short walk is the Ocean Terminal Leith, in which is moored the Royal Yacht Britannia. Built on the Clyde as a yacht for Queen Elizabeth II, it was commissioned
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in 1954 and sailed over a million miles around the globe before being retired in 1997. It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in southern Scotland. The City of Edinburgh is but a short bus or taxi ride away from the Malmaison. Parking can be difficult so it is best to make use of public transport.The outstanding feature is of course Edinburgh Castle set high on a rocky promontory over the city and connected by the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, more generally referred to as Holyrood Palace. It has been the official Scottish residence of the ruling British monarch since the 16th century and HM The Queen spends one week in residence there every summer to perform civic duties. The sharply sloping ground on either side of the Royal Mile gave rise to a style of building quite peculiar to the City. The façades facing onto the Mile are usually only two or three stories high but the backs of these buildings follow the fall of the ground and therefore accommodate many more floors. Then, the need to find even more accommodation on this granite ridge led to the narrow passageways between buildings being built over, so ending up with a maze of what were effectively underground passages and dwellings. Most notorious of these is Mary King’s Close. It was said that when plague broke out there in the 17th century, the city officials bricked up the entrance and exit to the Close to prevent any resident leaving and spreading the disease. As a result the place is said to be haunted with the entrapped souls who died of starvation, but Edinburgh has a history of ghosts and ghouls and was of course the home of the infamous bodysnatchers, Burke and Hare. This pair of murderous scoundrels spent ten years in the 1820’s, supplying dug-up corpses to the medical trade for research and then, when the demand for dead bodies exceeded supply, connived to send living souls prematurely to their Maker, via the dissection table.
Tuesday 20 June The next morning we leave the Malmaison in Leith and follow the 1907 route of AX201’s endurance route east to Dunbar then continue along the coast down to Berwick-on-Tweed. This fortified town is the most northerly in England, now lying just 2.5 miles (4km) south of the Border, yet over the centuries is has changed hands between the kingdoms of England and Scotland several times. It finally fell to England in 1482 and remains a traditional market town surrounded by medieval ramparts. Just south of Berwick is Lindisfarne, a tidal island
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otherwise known as Holy Island. It has a history of Celtic Christianity dating back to the 6th Century and is overshadowed by a prominent and quite haunting 16th century castle. Access to the island by foot or car is possible for a few hours either side of low tide. Then, still in the tyre tracks of AX201, we proceed south through Alnwick, Morpeth and Newcastle-uponTyne to our Tuesday overnight stay at the Ramside Hall Hotel just to the east of Durham. If you have time to venture the few miles into Durham it is well worth the visit as the cathedral, dating from 1093 is one on the finest and most beautiful examples of perfectly preserved Norman architecture and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our venue for the night is only marginally less impressive! The Ramside Hall Hotel is set in exclusive landscaped 350-acre grounds just outside of the city of Durham.The hotel boasts a 30 metre swimming pool, a spa, sauna and two 18-hole Championship golf courses. What a shame we shall have to leave early the next morning.
Wednesday 21 June So, on Wednesday 21 June after breakfast at Ramside Hall, we depart for our next overnight stop in Harrogate, still following the 1907 route of AX201 through Darlington. Our destination for the night is the famous Old Swan in Harrogate, an establishment dating back over two centuries with splendid rooms, bars and restaurants and only a short walk from the centre of the town. Harrogate is a spa town situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and since 2013 polls have consistently voted the town as ‘the happiest place to live’ in Britain. It was also, in that year, declared to be the third most romantic destination in the world, surpassing Paris, Rome and Vienna.
The Old Swan
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moors is not to be missed when passing that way) then it’s on to Derby with a chance to see the old RollsRoyce factory in Nightingale Road, and follow on to Rutland.
From the ancient spa town of Harrogate our last day’s drive takes us to our Final Closing Banquet at the Barnsdale Hall Hotel on the watery shores of Rutland Water. Which road you take is entirely at your own choice; either take the more westerly route down through Hebden Bridge, Glossop and Buxton, with perhaps a circuit around the stunning heights of the Peak District (a visit to the Cat and Fiddle high on the
Alternatively take a more easterly route via York and then down through Gainsborough, Lincoln and Grantham. Whichever route you take you will see some beautiful countryside, providing of course, you ignore the blue signs forever tempting you onto our national motorway system. Our last night together promises to be rather special.
Durham Cathedral Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium. At the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, this spectacular building is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. It is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede. Durham Cathedral also boasts the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK. The fourteenth-century Cloister sits at the heart of this medieval complex, which is now home to Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s world-class visitor experience. From the magnificent Monks’ Dormitory to the spectacular Great Kitchen, Open Treasure reveals the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections through temporary and permanent exhibitions. To complete your visit, why not indulge in delicious homemade food in the Undercroft Restaurant, browse a selection of gifts in the Cathedral Shop, or enjoy a relaxing walk along the heritage woodlands and riverbanks for unforgettable views of Durham Cathedral. You’ll soon discover why Bill Bryson described Durham Cathedral as ‘the best Cathedral on planet earth’! Opening hours: Open every day from 8.00am – 6.00pm Admission: Free, with donations welcome. Charges apply for guided tours.
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Maps l Pitlochry 16 June
l Lake District
l Harrogate 21 June
l Ruthin Castle 11 June
l Annual Rally 23 June
l Newport 10 June l Weybridge 6 June Dorset 7 June
l South Devon 8 June
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1 • Wednesday 7 June
Oatlands Park Hotel Weybridge KT13 9HB to Brooklands Museum Weybridge KT13 0QN
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Oatlands Park Hotel Weybridge KT13 9HB to Springfield Country Hotel Leisure Club & Spa, Grange Road, Wareham, BH20 5AL (via Brooklands Museum)
Wednesday 7 June • 2
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Springfield Country Hotel Leisure Club & Spa, Grange Road, Wareham, BH20 5AL to The Thurlestone Hotel, Thurlestone, South Devon, TQ7 3NN
3 • Thursday 8 June
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Saturday 10 June • 4
The Thurlestone Hotel, Thurlestone, South Devon, TQ7 3NN to Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, NP18 1HQ
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5 • Sunday 11 June
Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, NP18 1HQ to Ruthin Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Ruthin, North Wales, LL15 2NU
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Monday 12 June • 6
Ruthin Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Ruthin, North Wales, LL15 2NU to Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, Penrith, CA11 0PE
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7 • Thursday 15 June
Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, Penrith, CA11 0PE to Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Alexandria, G83 8QZ
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Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Alexandria, G83 8QZ to Atholl Palace Hotel, Perth Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5LX
Friday 16 June • 8
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9 • Sunday 18 June Atholl Palace Hotel, Perth Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5LX to The Malmaison, Edinburgh, 1 Tower Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7BZ (via Hopetoun House, Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9SL)
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Tuesday 20 June • 10 The Malmaison, Edinburgh, 1 Tower Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7BZ to Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD
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11 • Wednesday 21 June Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD to The Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SR
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Thursday 22 June • 12
The Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SR to Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Nr Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AB
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Penny Vintage Carriage Bodies
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Participating Motorcars and Drivers Driver (Passenger)
Graham Mead (Barbara Mead)
Silver Ghost Tourer
Silver Ghost Wagonette
Graham Adams (Gill Adams)
Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Silver Ghost Tourer
Andy Courtney (Rita Courtney)
Kingston-uponThames, Surrey, UK
Silver Ghost Tourer
David Morrison (Charlotte Morrison)
Long Beach, California, USA
Silver Ghost Race Car
Greg Gill (Graham Gill) (Joan Laybourn)
Long Beach, California, USA
Silver Ghost Piccadilly
Gerald Davies (Frances Fuzzey)
Phantom I Tourer
Terence Ward (Janice Ward)
Bentley Motors Ltd
Gwen Page British Columbia, (Warren Gabrielle) Canada
Michael Sierra (Cynthia Sierra)
Silver Ghost Roi des Belges
Tampa, Florida, USA
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Marc Molenaar Zingem, Belgium (Chantel Molenaar)
Mk VI DHC
Mel Knight (Diana Knight)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Keith Wherry (Marie Harland)
Silver Ghost LondonEdinburgh Tourer
Mike Whitfield (TBA)
St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands
Colin Watson (Lynda Watson)
Houghton Conquest, Bedford, UK
Silver Shadow II
Martin Brown (TBA)
Blackmore, Essex, UK
Phantom II Tourer
Robin Sherwood (Martin Mason)
Upper Bodington, 20/15 AllNorthants, UK weather Tourer
Salmon & Sons
John Arundel (Naomi Arundel)
Walton-onThames, Surrey, UK
Rodney Marples (Jean Marples)
Sherborne St John, Hampshire, UK
Sutton Coldfield, Ken Jackson West Midlands, (Catherine Jackson) UK
Carsten Olver (Gitte Lunde Jorgensen)
Mulliner Park Ward
Miles Preston (Jane Preston)
20/25 Sedanca de Ville
H J Mulliner
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Renan Biro (Elenore Biro)
Silver Cloud III
Torsten Birlem (Mrs Birlem)
Silke Blau (Mrs Blau)
Jack Henley (Aiman Al-Rabea)
Tonbridge, Kent, UK
John Matheson (Jean Eve)
Darling Point, NSW, Australia
Bentley Motors Ltd
Armin Raffalski (Guest)
Colchester, Essex, UK
Mulliner Park Ward
Clayton Banks (Helen Banks)
Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK
Silver Ghost Tourer
Donald Longmore (Pat Longmore)
Continental Flying Spur
BC139CZ H J Mulliner
Dorothy Maunder (Various)
Wirral, Merseyside, UK
Eric Bijnens (Carine Bijnens)
Tongeren, Belgium Ghost
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
Neil Gibbs (Andrew Gibbs)
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK
Silver Ghost Tourer
Robert GainesCooper (Jane GainesCooper)
c/o P&A Wood
Silver Ghost Roi des Belges
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John Hanford (Anne Hanford)
Taplow, Maidenhead, UK
AUH14533 Motor Cars
Veasey B Cullen Jr (Carol Freer) (Frank Horn) (Connie Horn)
York, Pennsylvania, Springfield USA Phantom I
Roger Paul Leon (Reggie Leon)
Elstree, Silver Cloud III Hertfordshire, UK Convertible
Dr John Tudor (Sandie Tudor)
Port Solent, Portsmouth, UK
Mulliner Park Ward
John Heck (Jan Heck) (Guest)
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK
Phantom I Tourer
Chris Larson (Betsy Larson)
Seattle, Washington, USA
Silver Ghost Open Tourer
Albert White (Margaret White)
Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK
Silver Ghost Roi des Belges
Gamble of Belfast
Michael Hilditch (Linda Hilditch)
Welshpool, Powys, Silver Ghost UK Torpedo Tourer
Tim Sierra (Pia Sierra)
Silver Ghost Roi des Belges
Denis Duyck (Soejati)
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James Black Restorations
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Acknowledgements The Board of the RREC and the event organisers wish to record their grateful thanks to the following companies, groups and individuals for their invaluable help and support, without whom this Round Britain Tour would not have been possible. The Atholl Palace, Pitlochry The Automobile Association The Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Rutland, Leicestershire Bentley Motors Ltd James Black – James Black Restorations Ltd, Northern Ireland Jonathan Wood Vintage and Thoroughbred Restorations Ltd Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey Elizabeth Brown & fellow members of the Yorkshire Section Richard Charlesworth Esq Richard Charnley – Charnley Publishing The Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond The Celtic Manor Resort, The Usk Valley, South Wales Destination Events Limited John Field Esq & fellow members of the RREC South Western Section A J Glew Ltd, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. The Inn on the Lake, Ullswater Stephen & Diane Davidson-Kinghorn, ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, Glencroe, Argyll, The Malmaison, Leith, Edingburgh Messrs Chris Marshall & Nicol Cleland & fellow members of the RREC Scottish Section Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, Yorkshire P & A Wood Ltd Penny Vintage Carriage Bodies Ltd, Banbury, Oxfordshire Miss Ailsa Plain, RREC The Ramside Hall Hotel and Gold Club, Durham Richardson Hosken Ltd Michael Ridley Esq & fellow members of the RREC West Midlands Section The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Ltd Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd Ruthin Castle, North Wales The Springfield Country House Hotel and Spa The Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge, South Devon Vintage & Auto Rebuilds, Ohio, USA Volkswagen AG
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l Pitlochry 16 June
l Lake District
l Harrogate 21 June
l Ruthin Castle 11 June
l Rutland Water 22 June
l Annual Rally 23 June
l Newport 10 June l Weybridge 6 June Dorset 7 June
l South Devon 8 June