Mille Miglia, 1000 beautiful miles trough northern Italy
Hi to everybody,
last saturday I was in a beautiful Villa in Florence, close to Piazzale Michelanegelo, waiting for the most famous open-road endurance race: the 1000MIGLIA.
The Mille Miglia, or thousand miles, was organized 24 times between 1927 and 1957.
Participants raced with their Gran Turismo cars over the open roads of northern Italy from Brescia to Rome and back on an 8-shaped route.
Due to frequent fatal crashes the race was banned in 1957, but since 1982 it was revived as a touring trip for old-timers.
Mille Miglia is one of the highlights in the calendar of classic car enthusiasts the world over, from the northern Italian town of Brescia to Rome and back.
In 1926, two Italians had the idea to hold a motorsport event in and around their hometown of Brescia. They decided to organize an endurance race of about 1500km (1000 Roman miles) trough Italy. To show participants where to go, they designed the now famous red arrow with white letters. The first edition of the Mille Miglia was held on March 26 in 1927 with 77 cars participating.
Since then, the race became a yearly event (with a break during the Second World War) attracting lots racing legends and public. However, with the cars becoming faster and more powerful, open road racing became very dangerous. After a Ferrari crashed into the public in 1957, killing 12 people, the race was banned.
In 1982 the race was revived as a 4-day road rally for cars built between 1927 and 1957, the golden age of the Mille Miglia and Gran Turismo racing. We will follow the original 8-shaped route from Brescia to Rome and back.
It was a super lovely day with friends, great Wine & Food, vintage car and a little bit of rain because spring is still coming!