British Motor Museums

14th July 2015

Visitors to the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed saw some fantastic cars both on the track and on display.My favourite was the “Beast of Turin”, this flame spitting 300 hp Fiat S76, a 28.4litre Edwardian earth shaker ran in public for the first time in 100 years driven by its owner, Duncan Pittaway. In 1911, Pietro Bordino drove it to Saltburn Sands and broke the World Flying Mile Land Speed Record there. The “Beast” also ran at Brooklands Museum during the Transport Trust’s annual awards ceremony. Prince Michael of Kent, Patron of the Trust presented the awards. Owner of “The Beast” Duncan Pittaway, was presented with the Preservationist of the Year award for his immense efforts in getting the mighty Fiat back on the road. Other winners included two people who had restored Fire Appliances. David McManus, of East Lothian, for his 1935 Dennis “Big Four” engine and Tony Marriott for his restoration

of a 1940 Leyland Cub. News of another fascinating vehicle, a Bedford Vintage Mobile Cinema which has been bought by Ben Moorhouse and will be based at Bicester Heritage Park. Ending this latest news item a snippet from the Lakeland Motor Museum which has acquired the world’s only surviving 1949 “Tri-Van”. Made by Turner Manufacturing of

Wolverhampton, it had the capacity of a small van but the running costs of a motor cycle.

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