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The Beast of Turin

By jocas
This unbelievable Fiat S76, the so-called Beast of Turin, is the one surviving example of a pair of speed-record contenders the Italian automaker built before WWI. Its gargantuan 28.5-liter inline-four was capable of providing an impressive 300 hp -- enough to propel the car to 116 mph, and a one-mile land speed record, in 1911. An even higher-speed run the following year was disqualified when the car couldnĀ’t make the required return run.

Even if you donĀ’t care much for history, though, the car itself is impossible to ignore. Its towering engine -- did we mention that it displaces 28.5 liters -- necessitates a comically high cowl, resulting in some truly bizarre proportions. ItĀ’s sort of like a road-going Gee Bee Model R and probably just as dangerous to pilot.

Plus, it spits hellfire and sounds meaner than anything an army of 10,000 Carlo Abarths could have ever dreamed up.( wikipedia quote- there is a great video on google "the beast returns to goodwood")
A special guest at the Bromyard festival of speed - this amazing old machine certainly lived up to its reputation - it is very loud .
thank you all for the votes and comments on the last upload and a very special thank you to Colleen and Trevour for their generous awards.
we have arrived in Bulgaria ( to snow) after a lovely journey passing through 9 countries in 8 days - got to get picture editing Grin otherwise it's going to be cars for a long time to come .
have a lovely evening everyone .

Tags: Transport Sports cars Bromyard festival of speed

Voters: georgiepoolie, Alan_Baseley, SauliusR and 35 more

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Comments


ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
21 Apr 2017 5:35PM
Thanks for all that write-up, Jo.
Must have been impressive to see and hear.
Good picture.

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dimalexa 3 3 Greece
21 Apr 2017 5:51PM
Impressive model, I had not seen ever, this one! Thanks Jo for your excellent photos and the notes above! Amazing work, congratulations!
Dimitris
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2017 5:58PM
A terrific set of that wonderful old motor
Ju
Excellent set
A great car and a super series of images Jo and with an informative write-up.
Must have been a great sight to see and hear.
Ray
capto Plus
7 6.1k 15 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2017 6:11PM
What a car! How gallons to the mile?Smile
ivor
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
21 Apr 2017 6:30PM
A glorious relic from the days when motoring was considered as fun rather than just as a means to get to A from B. Super shot.
Ron
21 Apr 2017 6:44PM
A super set Jo with a most informative write up.Smile
21 Apr 2017 7:07PM
Wow super shots Jo. Fantastic cars. Cathy
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2017 10:25PM
What a super looking car Jo, a great set of images of this beautyGrinGrinGrin

Cliff
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
21 Apr 2017 10:48PM
Such an unusual car. Looks funny to see him taking a selfie (I think) in such an old vehicle. A great set Jo.
Spkr51 3 United States
22 Apr 2017 4:37AM
Excellent street shot ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
22 Apr 2017 7:36AM
Very good , Jo , I just love those old automobiles ! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka. PS - Excellent narrative too , Jo! Smile
mistere Plus
6 6 3 England
22 Apr 2017 8:44AM
Marvelous set Jo and a great write up. Nice work.

Dave.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 9:43AM
Splendid "motorbillia" set Jo, excellent images presented!
Isabel GrinGrin
EMJAYCEE Plus
10 10 10 England
22 Apr 2017 11:10AM
Amazing - great set of images Jo.
Joan
22 Apr 2017 12:11PM
An interesting vehicle and very nicely photographed Jo'.
It could almost double as a boat with a bit of modification Wink

JohnSmile
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 14 England
22 Apr 2017 1:57PM
Love it! Think I'd rather be toddling along in it at 30 mph rather than 116 mph though! Grin Interesting write-up too, Jo Smile
Trev Smile
ade123 Plus
7 285 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 2:43PM
A brilliant set Jo

Ade
nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
22 Apr 2017 5:01PM
Great set and great fun and joy to see, Jo.
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
23 Apr 2017 2:34PM
Amazing vehicle!
Rende

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