Jump to content


Photo

Fiat factory roof-top test track, 1921


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 USA Diligence

USA Diligence
  • Member

  • 47 posts
  • Joined: December 07

Posted 28 September 2011 - 17:08

I recently read an article about a rooftop test track at Fiat in Turin in 1921. Pictures included banked turns and everything. I found this fascinating and wondered how long this was used and whether anyone was killed (looked very dangerous)

Regards,

Chad Struer

Advertisement

#2 Alan Cox

Alan Cox
  • Member

  • 7,845 posts
  • Joined: March 03

Posted 28 September 2011 - 17:23

One or two references on previous threads, Chad.
http://forums.autosp...w...t=0&start=0
http://forums.autosp...amp;hl=lingotto


#3 chdphd

chdphd
  • Member

  • 1,443 posts
  • Joined: October 03

Posted 28 September 2011 - 17:27

You may enjoy this:

#4 USA Diligence

USA Diligence
  • Member

  • 47 posts
  • Joined: December 07

Posted 28 September 2011 - 20:20

Thanks for the links. I love this forum! Never fail to answer the questions I stumble across...

You may enjoy this:



#5 macoran

macoran
  • Member

  • 3,989 posts
  • Joined: August 05

Posted 28 September 2011 - 20:38

Have you Googled "FIAT Lingotto plant" ?

#6 GMACKIE

GMACKIE
  • Member

  • 2,019 posts
  • Joined: January 11

Posted 28 September 2011 - 22:01

One of my most memorable driving experiences, was a drive around that [Lingotto] track, in a Lancia Lambda.

It was during the 75th Anniversary of the Lambda in 1996. Special permission was granted for us to drive around the historic FIAT track, situated on the roof. Even the drive up the spiral concrete roadway, which lead to the roof, was an wonderful experience.

#7 fbarrett

fbarrett
  • Member

  • 1,048 posts
  • Joined: January 08

Posted 29 September 2011 - 00:40

Wasn't the Milan Auto Show held there? I seem to recall being there in about 1998 and finally realizing where I was!

Frank

#8 David McKinney

David McKinney
  • Member

  • 14,156 posts
  • Joined: November 00

Posted 29 September 2011 - 05:56

The Milan auto show held in Turin? Seems unlikely

#9 fbarrett

fbarrett
  • Member

  • 1,048 posts
  • Joined: January 08

Posted 29 September 2011 - 16:45

OK, brain fade. Must have been the Turin show...

Frank

#10 geoffg

geoffg
  • New Member

  • 24 posts
  • Joined: April 09

Posted 05 November 2011 - 02:41

From a visit and a walk upstairs:

http://gallery.me.com/geoffreyg#100117

#11 GMACKIE

GMACKIE
  • Member

  • 2,019 posts
  • Joined: January 11

Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:08

Great photos, geoffg! Brought back memories of 15 years back [see post #6].

#12 geoffg

geoffg
  • New Member

  • 24 posts
  • Joined: April 09

Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:30

Great photos, geoffg! Brought back memories of 15 years back [see post #6].


Any photos? Must have been a wonderful event.

#13 D-Type

D-Type
  • Member

  • 8,229 posts
  • Joined: February 03

Posted 15 April 2014 - 14:27

I know this was primarily a test track but were any races held there?  I vaguely remember seeing photos of racing cars circulating, but they may have just been bare chassis being tested.



#14 312f1

312f1
  • Member

  • 43 posts
  • Joined: December 08

Posted 13 February 2015 - 16:32

It seems that part of the Lingotto plant has been converted to a hotel.

"And up on the roof you’ll find an exclusive jogging area – it’s the former car-testing track made famous in the movie The Italian Job."



#15 kayemod

kayemod
  • Member

  • 7,511 posts
  • Joined: August 05

Posted 13 February 2015 - 16:53

It seems that part of the Lingotto plant has been converted to a hotel.

"And up on the roof you’ll find an exclusive jogging area – it’s the former car-testing track made famous in the movie The Italian Job."

 

Yes, if it hadn't been for that thoroughly average film, none of us would ever have known about it, a bit like saying that the Empire State building was made famous by Sleepless in Seattle.



#16 BRG

BRG
  • Member

  • 12,280 posts
  • Joined: September 99

Posted 13 February 2015 - 20:14

Yes, if it hadn't been for that thoroughly average film

Go to your room and think about what you have done!



#17 Mallory Dan

Mallory Dan
  • Member

  • 2,726 posts
  • Joined: September 03

Posted 13 February 2015 - 21:16

Benny at his finest. "Big Women......"