IN SEARCH OF THE HOLY RAIL
50 Years and Counting
IN 2004, I READ A STORY ON OLDRACE.COM BY BILL PITTS ABOUT HIS TRIP TO ITALY IN SEARCH OF THE HAWAIIAN FED. Through the ’70s and ’80s I made numerous trips to Italy to the Turin Auto Show, which was one of the world’s important auto shows because of the city’s coach-building heritage: Bertone, Pininfarina, Zagato, etc. For some time the show was held in the old Lingotto Fiat factory, the one with the test track on the roof immortalized in the first “The Italian Job” movie.
I’d seen the Hawaiian in what was then the Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia museum. At that time, the late-’70s, the dragster was not that old—20 years—so I didn’t give much thought as to why it sat there, forlorn and slightly out of place. Only when Pitts’ story appeared did I question its location, as had Pitts.