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The Beast of Turin

October 19, 2023

Originally conceived in 1911, the FIAT S76, better known as the Beast of Turin, is one of the most outrageous cars ever built. Its colossal inline-four engine displaced 28.4 litres and produced 300 hp at just 1000 rpm. The chassis featured a rigid axle suspension system with leaf springs. Brakes were only installed on the rear axle.

Only two were built, and Fiat sold the second Beast to a wealthy Russian Prince named Boris Soukhanov, who hired racing driver Pietro Bordino to drive it at Brooklands and attempt to break the land speed record. But when Bordino took it onto the track, it was so terrifying that he refused to go over 90 mph.

After many changes of ownership, the Beast was acquired by Duncan Pittaway in 2003, and a lengthy restoration process began. Duncan discovered that the original engine from the first S76 had survived and managed to acquire it. After several years of hard work that saw the double chain-drive gearbox, body, and many other components being rebuilt using the original Fiat drawings, the Beast of Turin was brought back to life.

We are delighted that Duncan has agreed to bring the Beast back to Brooklands and to tell the story of this extraordinary 112 year old motor car.

This event will be in person in the Clubhouse and broadcast on BM.tv Livestream

The Members' Bar will be open from 6pm and hot food will be available.

Plan your visit

Date

October 19th, 2023 7.30pm - 9:00pm

Tickets

In person event sold out - LiveStream still available

LiveStream £5.00

Book your LiveStream ticket now

 

Getting Here

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN

For evening talks, please use the Campbell Gate (signposted Campbell Gate) on Brooklands Road using the above postcode. Do not follow brown signs to the museum. Parking is free.

Accessibility

Stepped access to the Napier-Room

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Contact

To book your tickets click the book links in the ticket information block or email talks@brooklandsmembers.co.uk

Livestream bookings will be sent the web link in advance of the talk.