Oatlands Park Hotel welcomes the Round Britain Tour 2017

Yesterday (Tuesday 6th June) at Oatlands Park Hotel, we were pleased to welcome the Round Britain Tour 2017, organised by The International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts.

The Round Britain Tour is a joint celebration of two important Rolls-Royce events. Firstly, it celebrates the remarkable achievements, 110 years ago, of the original Silver Ghost, AX201, in establishing a new world record of running without involuntary stops for a distance of 14,371 miles, almost 14,371 miles, almost twice that previously set by a motorcar.

This epic journey, in which some 52 Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars (including 16 Silver Ghosts) spent 18 days 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. Cars were shipped from as far afield as the USA, Australia and New Zealand to take part.

Oatlands Park Hotel welcomes the Round Britain Tour 2017 - Oatlands Park Hotel

Oatlands Park Hotel welcomes the Round Britain Tour 2017 - Oatlands Park Hotel

AX201 at Oatlands Park Hotel

Oatlands Park Hotel welcomes the Round Britain Tour 2017 - Oatlands Park Hotel

The other reason for the tour was 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. Formed in 1957, the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club has resulted in a worldwide organisation in its Diamond Jubilee year.

Oatlands Park Hotel welcomes the Round Britain Tour 2017 - Oatlands Park Hotel

Oatlands Park Hotel welcomes the Round Britain Tour 2017 - Oatlands Park Hotel

The Round Britain Tour is not intended slavishly to replicate the entire surviving routes covered by AX201 in the 1907 Scottish Trials, however will be driving many of those actual roads, as well as other routes on which the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost travelled in 1907.

Oatlands Park Hotel welcomes the Round Britain Tour 2017 - Oatlands Park Hotel

Oatlands Park Hotel welcomes the Round Britain Tour 2017 - Oatlands Park Hotel

As the first venue of this magnificent 14 day tour, once checked in to bedrooms, guests were welcomed by a champagne reception on our lawns, followed by a three course dinner in La Terrazza.

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