The “Turin-Rome-Turin” Race of 1913

In 1913, the sit organised a “Turin-Rome-Turin in a day” event, entrusting its success to their test pilot, the Frenchman Edmond Perreyon and his mechanic Dupuis. At 04.56 on the 28th of May, their Blériot powered by an 80 hp engine took off from Mirafiori heading for Pisa where it landed at 07.57. At 08.45 it took off again, destination Rome, where it landed at Centocelle airfield at 11.26. An enthusiastic crowd gave them a warm welcome.

The return flight, a reciprocal of the outward route with a refuelling stop at Pisa, began at 13.07 and saw them safely touch down at Mirafiori at 20.57 where they were carried in triumph by a cheering crowd.

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