The Fiat S74


If you are not familiar with,  do yourself a favor and check it out. Beautiful photography of cars, many of which are vintage machines dating back to the earliest years of automobiles and racing. One of my favorites from the early days is the Fiat S74 that was driven to victory in the 1911 American Grand Prize in Savannah, Georgia. This car is not to be confused with the Fiat S61 Corsa like the one David Bruce-Brown drove to third place in the first Indianapolis 500. It is my understanding that the frame and wheel base of the machines were the same with the big difference being engine size. The Grand Prize had no restriction on engine size, where the Indianapolis 500 cars were held to 600 ci. Note (from the link) the big snout covering the 863 ci engine. A Fiat S61 is on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. If you would like more information on these charismatic early Fiat racers, check out this article.