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Anyone come across The Beast of Turn. A 1911 Fiat S76. 110 years ago it held the land speed record at 185 mph. over 28 liter engine, four cylinders each one more than 7 litres.

The guy that restored it bough the only two that were ever made, in rusted out total basket cases. He then spent ten years making a complete car, totally original in all respects. Watch the flames from the exhaust.

 

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I've seen it on some show or youtube video but never in person.  What amazing machines we build back in the day!  In many regards the technology created so many decades ago has not evolved all that much when you look at some of the high end vehicles of the day...

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driving back from Nantahala today on the dragon, I saw a cobra doing laps.  I didn't realize they cornered that well, so it's possible it's a modern reproduction with good suspension, but it was amazing.

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I think I may be getting a bit obsessed with the idea of buying a Dodge Viper...  Gen 2 or the Heritage version they put out on a limited basis in 2013.  Really like the blue with white stripes...

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I prefer the fifth generation, but the curves on the first generations were killer.

I didn't like the ergonomic issues I've heard about with the early Vipers though (lack of footroom, leg-burning exhaust, interior build quality).

The Viper ACR still beats the Corvette ZR1 around the Nürburgring Nordschleife with an unofficial record of 7:01.67 (the Corvette ZR1 did 7:04 and the new C8 did 7:29.9).

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