The thrill of discovery. The excitement that comes from making a thing come to life. The incredible passion that comes from doing something that nobody has done before. Humanity has come so far in the past couple of hundred years to the point where only little kids are the ones who get to experience those feeling on a regular basis now. We have done so much, that the victories tend to come in smaller increments and take years to come to fruition.
The early days of motoring must have been so exciting and satisfying, when the curious mind could use little more than his hands and his creativity to make a machine that could not only move, but could potentially go faster than some other inventor’s creation. That spirit led to the creation of monsters such as the Fiat S76, a monstrous machine that went on to become the fastest of the fast in 1911.
Following a 10 year restoration, the 28.4 litre 4 cylinder machine came to life in November for the first time in a century, in a scene that is nothing short of frightening. The momentum of the gigantic cylinders causes the big machine to almost topple over when it fires, as you can see in this short film by Stefan Marjoram that was released in December.
The car did not drive at that time however. The first drive didn’t happen until recently as part of the lead up to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, when owner Duncan Pittaway brought the S76 to the Goodwood Estate and ran it up the hill, with Lord March riding shotgun.
The vehicle itself is both mesmerizing and terrifying, but the best part of this video is watching March and Pittaway giggle like school boys as they set out up the estate driveway. Let’s face it, Lord March is constantly surrounded by the rarest of automobiles, so it could almost be accepted that he might be jaded, but no. The Lord of the Manor is absolutely caught up in the excitement of the day, much as the original crew must have been.
Source: Goodwood FOS