13 May 2019
The Mille Miglia in its time was one of the greatest open road endurance races, bringing in over 5 million spectators. Taking place between 1927-1957 it was part of the world sports car championship. So, even formula one greats such as Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss and Hans Herman would compete. The competition made the grand tourers like BMW, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Mercedes famous.
The race was brought to a tragic end in 1957 due to all too common racing fatalities but was reborn in its current format in 1977. All the cars entered can be produced no later than 1957 and had to have participated or have been registered for the original races. You can imagine as the years have passed the rarity and these cars have truly made the Mille Miglia one of the most glamorous and exclusive races with even the wealthiest, famous and most connected people scrambling through their little black book to either borrow a car or be fortunate to ride as a navigator for somebody racing.
It's not just the fantastic cars such as the Mercedes 300 SLR, Ferrari 340 MM Spider Vignale and Britain’s own Healy 100s that make the classic tour so enigmatic, it’s the drive itself. A 1000 mile round trip to the northern city of Brescia via the eternal city of Rome.
This year’s race, as ever, starts at the Viale Venezia in Brescia on the 15th May with drivers departing from 14.30 making the drive to Cervia Milano Marittima via Lombardy’s capital Mantova, Comacchio with its Venice like canals and the Byzantine empire's former Italian capital, Ravenna. Day two, the drivers race down to Rome via the great Cathedral in Assisi and the Umbrian capital Perugia, then down through the most beautiful of mountain drives to Rieti, before heading to the gates of the eternal city. Day 3, it's back to a northward bearing and onto Bologna via the beautiful cities of Siena and Florence.
Day 4, and the final dash to glory is back to the Viale Venezia in Brescia. There won't be much time to take in the sights of Parma and Cremona as these Petrol heads push their machines to the limit to try and get as high up the leader board as possible.
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