|"The Beast Of Turin" rides again!|
Thanks to The Chicane Blog for linking to the videos re-linked to here:
When I was a youth, Road & Track had a strong technical bent (it was founded by an ex-Studebaker engineer and his wife, John R. and Elaine Bond). From it I learned all kinds of useful concepts like slip angle and polar moment of inertia. It tried to explain to me the difference between an internal and an external combustion engine, but I never could grasp the distinction. It seemed to me, wrongly, that a steam engine had no combustion at all. Let's call The Beast Of Turin an internal combustion locomotive. If you were after the Land Speed Record in the Edwardian era, you just threw as much power as you could at it. Come to think of it, that's still pretty-much true.