The typically Italian Mille Miglia

The typically Italian Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia is an Italian classic car race on long distances, around 1,000 miles, all on roads open to the traffic. The first  competition  was held in 1927, organized by the Count Aymo Maggi and it started from the city of Brescia and touched the major Italian cities.

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Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

4 days racing for 4 stages in 7 regions and San Marino 

Mille Miglia 2017 will continue to be run over four stages. It will start from Viale Venezia, at 14h30 on Thursday 18 May. Respecting the tradition started in 1927, the route starts and ends in Brescia, passing through half of Italy before and after the halfway mark in Roma. From Brescia, after the classic drive past Lake Garda and passing Verona, the cars will head for Vicenza, closing the first leg in Padova. The following day, Friday 19 May, the second leg will take competitors to Rome. In order to accept all the requests on an alternating basis, in 2017 Freccia Rossa will not travel south along the Adriatic coast but will move inland, through Umbria. The classic cars will leave Padova from 06h30 and will pass through Ferrara, Ravenna, San Marino, Urbino, Gubbio, Perugia and Terni. Arrival in Rome is planned at around 21h30, with the parade in Via Veneto and the customary tour of the eternal city at night. Saturday 20,  the route leaving the Capital will remain unchanged until Tuscany. The most traditional route of the race will include Ronciglione, Viterbo, Radicofani and Siena, where the spectacular parade in Piazza del Campo is not to be missed. From here, in answer to repeated requests, Mille Miglia 2017 will veer north passing Montecatini Terme and Pistoia, crossing the Appennines at the Abetone Pass, to then travel along the Po valley from Reggio Emilia to Modena. The third leg will end in Parma, which always offers a warm welcome to the participants. From here, on the morning of Sunday 21 May, the start will be at 07h30. From the Po Valley, the long Freccia Rossa convoy will drive through Cremona and Mantova. There will be a break for lunch in Rovato, where participants will be able to taste local delicacies such as the characteristic manzo all’olio (beef with oil). The final leg will see the teams reach the finishing line in Brescia. From 14h30 onwards, for the umpteenth time, Viale Venezia in Brescia will see the checkered flag coming down on the Freccia Rossa.

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

History of Mille Miglia race

Between 1927 and 1957 there were held 24 editions, with a break from 1941 to 1947 due to the Italian participation in the Second World War. The very first victories are certified by OM and Alfa Romeo. In 1958, 1959 and 1961 were introduced other kind of races, by the formula rally, mix of regularity and speed, cutting-edge in that period. After some tragic accidents, the race got back in  1977, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first edition. The Automobile Club of Brescia recovered the automotive exhibition as historical commemoration, which, by that time, was held every year until the current.

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

69 car brands and 430 participating cars

Among the cars enrolled to the edition 2017, the brands represented are: Alfa Romeo, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz with 38 cars,  then Fiat, Lancia, the Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Bugatti. Many of the names of car manufacturers most famous in the world, such as BMW, Ford and Lotus. Also “military vehicles” are accepted in a special list. In addition to the aesthetic appearance and to the engines, are also the drivers to make the real difference.

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

It is a sporting race, and the memory flies to some of the most famous names: Clemente Biondetti, who still holds the records of the victories, the legendary Tazio Nuvolari, universally recognized as one of the greatest drivers of the history of motoring, Gigi Villoresi, winning driver with Ferrari and ambassador of the Maserati house and of the Made in Italy in motorsport. In addition to the professional pilots, in the past years, the event presented also big stars like Jeremy Irons, Adrien Brody, Luke Evans, Jay Leno, who took part in the race.

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

Mille Miglia [Photo credits Mille Miglia Facebook]

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