In any era, there are always romantics who cherish the idea that some previous technology was the true test of “real men,” which insultingly implies that today’s men are somehow false. In the years leading up to 1913, racing cars were basically a chain-drive ladder-frame chassis, rolling on wood-spoke artillery wheels, with the very largest possible 4-cylinder engine shoehorned into it. Engines had displacements in the range of 16 to 20 liters (976 to 1,220 cubic inches). Those giant racers had pistons like water buckets and revved no higher than 1,300 to 1,600-rpm, making up to 200 hp. The “Beast of Turin,” Fiat’s S.76 record car of 1,728 cubic inches (that is a cubic foot!) developed 300 hp.