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THE home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood is to welcome home a centenary cavalcade of historic Rolls cars.

The first 100mph Rolls-Royce motor car will lead the cavalcade of 17 historic Silver Ghosts on Sunday from the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, to Edinburgh.

The car dates back 100 years to 1911, and was known as 1701, the Experimental Speed Car.

The historic cars, all built between 1911 to 1922, will be accompanied a new Ghost, hand built at Goodwood.

The event, run by the 20-Ghost Club, will re-enact the 1911 London to Edinburgh Top Gear Trial.

The trial rules meant that only top gear could be used throughout the journey, including pulling away from standstill.

Rolls-Royce cars excelled in the original trial, sealing the firm’s reputation for producing the finest quality vehicles.

The 2011 re-enactment will recreate the original trial as faithfully as possible, including gear change gates being authentically sealed to show any use of intermediate gears.

The event will start at 6am and will follow as much of the original route along the Great North Road as possible, taking two days to get to Edinburgh.

The return journey will end at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars base at Goodwood on Thursday, and the cars will join the Goodwood Revival opening lap on the September 17.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said: ‘We are delighted to support our friends at the 20-Ghost Club in this remarkably authentic re-enactment and look forward to welcoming them to the home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood after a successful Centenary Trial.’