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A Rooftop Racetrack

Written by: George Chittenden : 18 Jul 2019

This unusual photo was taken in 1923 and features an actual racetrack on top of a roof. The track was built on the roof of a Fiat factory that opened in Turin's Lingotto district back in 1923. It’s an interesting idea, and it made for a fantastic assembly line. Production of the vehicles began on ground level and ended on the top level, where cars were taken for a test run around the track, before being driven down a ramp and into showrooms.

Sadly, the factory closed in 1982, but you can still visit the track. The factory was converted into a huge public space with a shopping centre, cinemas and even a theatre. The track now has a helipad up on the roof to keep it company, which is evidence of how times change. Interestingly you’ve probably seen this track before as it featured in the Michael Caine version of ‘The Italian Job’.

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