At the same time as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and the Italian Futurist movement praised the progress towards the new world shaped by machines, they rejected all adoration of the past and encouraged the destruction of libraries, museums and academies. The movement fought moralism, feminism and utilitarian cowardice‚ it glorified war and hymned the beauty of speed, best represented in the roaring racing car.2 By millions of machines ‘already roaring’,

the Italian nation, regarded as dead, would be new-born; in the age of the machines technology could help to overcome the ‘cult of the past’.3