Except it wasn’t that simple. Not even for a wizard like Pittaway. So difficult, in fact, that the project took 10 years. The glorious moment when the S76 was finally fired up for the first time took place at Goodwood House in 2015, with Pittaway chauffeuring Lord March on the Festival of Speed hillclimb course.
Now, this incredible machine, dubbed affectionately ‘The Beast of Turin’, is set to race for the first time since its reawakening. And Pittaway chuckles mischievously when asked what he’s expecting during the S.F. Edge Trophy, which he won by a few yards in a diminutive GN Curtiss at last year’s 74th Members’ Meeting.
“It’ll be a huge scream,” he says. “Turning into Madgwick will be quite something; in fact so will turning into any of the corners come to think of it! She’ll gather speed nicely on the straights but we’ll have to see about all the important bits that join the straights together.”
The car’s biggest handicap when it comes to quick lappery is its height, as Pittaway explains: “The centre of gravity is ridiculous. It’s about a foot above the centre line of the chassis, so not ideal. The weight of it is pretty dramatic, too; the cylinder block alone weighs 250kg.”