Phan­tom tourer rolls back into home town af­ter grand tour of Britain.

Vin­tage Rolls-Royce, a for­mer hearse, re­turns to An­gus

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - Front Page - Gra­ham brown gbrown@the­courier.co.uk

A grand old lady of the road has re­turned home to An­gus af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing a sum­mer tour of Britain as part of a con­voy of mar­vel­lous mo­tors.

David Robert­son’s im­mac­u­late 1930 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom II Tourer is a fa­mil­iar sight on the high­ways and by­ways around his For­far home, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer months and at events such as the re­cent Glamis Ex­trav­a­ganza.

The one-time hearse has also par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral in­ter­na­tional ral­lies and has added to its pedi­gree with par­tic­i­pa­tion in an 18-day clock­wise tour of the coun­try cel­e­brat­ing a brace of no­table mile­stones for the Rolls-Royce mar­que.

The event was or­gan­ised by the Rolls-Royce En­thu­si­asts’ Club as a di­a­mond an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the found­ing DAVID ROBERT­SON of the group and drew par­tic­i­pants from across the UK and as far afield as Canada, Aus­tralia and the USA.

Head­ing west from Wey­bridge in Sur­rey, it took in Wales and the Lake District be­fore Scot­tish stop-offs in Glasgow, Pit­lochry and Ed­in­burgh ahead of cross­ing the fin­ish line at the club’s an­nual rally.

The tour was also a trib­ute to the achieve­ments of the orig­i­nal Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Ghost, 110 years on from it en­ter­ing the record books with an epic feat of en­durance on the roads be­tween Lon­don and Glasgow.

Re­tired farmer and busi­ness­man David said: “It was a re­ally en­joy­able event. I’ve done many tours and ral­lies in the car, I love to use it as much as I can and she per­formed ab­so­lutely fault­lessly.”

“Each morn­ing it was just a case of com­ing out, push­ing the but­ton and off it went — not one prob­lem on the en­tire jour­ney.”

David has owned the car for many years af­ter res­cu­ing it from a shed in a sorry state and restor­ing the for­mer tri­als car.

I love to use it as much as I can and she per­formed ab­so­lutely fault­lessly.

David Robert­son with his 1930 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom II Tourer.

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