Beast of Turin to appear at new Argyll Festival

1910 land-speed record car set to join array of F1 legends at first-ever historic vehicle event at Inveraray Castle on June 2-3

The fire-breathing Beast of Turin is set to appear in Scotland for the very first time, where it will headline a brand-new event. The legendary Fiat S76 will be one of the star cars at the inaugural Argyll Festival of Performance at Inveraray Castle on June 2-3.

Fiat’s ‘Beast’ was specifically constructed and designed before World War One to challenge the land-speed record. Employing a mammoth 28.5-litre four-cylinder powerplant – the largest-ever purpose-built car engine – the Turin monster was capable of producing 300bhp. That was a seriously impressive figure for 1910. Its top speed of nearly 116mph was an experience purely for the brave, and the car set a one-mile speed record the following year.

It was raced by Felice Nazzaro, who considered the vehicle ‘uncontrollable’. AutoClassics took Nazzaro’s own creation to a rally in France last year.

A further 100 years passed before the Beast was back in running order. It was unveiled by owner Duncan Pittaway after he’d completed an intensive and meticulous restoration project. The current incarnation is made up from segments taken from the two examples originally crafted by Fiat; the chassis is from one of the S76s, with the engine from the other.

‘We are incredibly privileged that Duncan will bring the legendary Beast to Scotland for the first time for the Argyll Festival of Performance,’ said event director Bill Telford.

‘Not only will visitors to the Festival be able to see this unique car up close, but they will also hear the Beast roar as she will be one of the star cars being demonstrated at the event.’

‘We have ambitious plans for the Festival, and bringing unique and interesting cars to Scotland for the first time is a key factor. The Beast is a fantastic example of the cars that will be on show, and we can’t wait to welcome her to Scotland.’

  • Bill Telford, event director

The stellar cast of cult machinery will also include Jim Clark’s Lotus 18 showcased alongside Ken Tyrell’s first racing car, as campaigned by Jackie Stewart. An iconic Porsche 917k, Ferrari F40, Cooper-Bristol T-51 and Maserati Tec-Mec can be viewed up close in the grounds of the historic Campbell Clan’s home as well.

To mark 50 years since the untimely death of motorsport superstar Clark, a one-off Lotus 32B – constructed for Jim to race in the 1965 Tasman Series – will also join the line-up.

The Jim Clark Trust is the event’s charity partner. A donation from every ticket sold will go towards the Trust’s development plans for a heritage centre that will celebrate the great Scot’s contribution to motor racing.

Other brands signed up to support the Scottish event include McLaren, Ferrari and Classic Team Lotus, as well as Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati and Porsche among others.

Naturally, being a Scottish event, national brands such as Tunnock’s Tea Cakes, Highland Spring, Kintyre Gin, Loch Fyne Oysters, Arnold Clark and Bridge of Weir Leather will also be present. There may even be some deep-fried Mars bars on the go…

Further event announcements will be made in the coming months, covering the full list of exceptional cars and drivers set to grace the Festival. It’s sure to be a classic car event not to be missed.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are currently on sale through the Argyll Festival of Performance website.

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