The Mille Miglia is an open road race between the town of Brescia in Lombardy, and Rome – and back again, a distance of approximately 1000 miles. Enzo Ferrari famously called it “the most beautiful race in the world”It originally ran between 1927 and 1957 but following two fatal crashes in 1957 it was banned until, in 1977 the name was revived and the original route was adopted again.
Today, the Mille Miglia is a regularity race run on open roads attracting entrants from across the world
Taking place each May, the entry is limited to marques that took part in the race between 1927 and 1957
Attracting approximately 450 cars each year it is one of Italy’s premier classic car events.
History of The Mille Miglia
The race was first started by Franco Mazzotti and Aymo Maggi when the city of Brescia lost the Italian Grand Prix to the town of Monza. Along with a few wealthy families and friends they decided to start a race from Brescia to the city of Rome and then back again. The race course was figure-eight shaped and was 1500 km or around 1000 Roman miles long. In the later years of the race, as many as twelve other routes were used, all of them with different lengths.
The first Mille Miglia race took place in 1927 on 26th March with 51 of the over 70 starters reaching Brescia, the finishing post by the end of race. Giuseppe Morandi was the winner of the first Mille Miglia, and he completed the race in 21 hours and five minutes. In 1930, Tazio Nuvolari won the race in his Alfa Romeo by defeating teammate and rival Achille Varzi.
Some spectators were killed during the 1938 Mille Miglia and so the race was briefly stopped by Benito Mussolini, resuming in 1940 during World War II. The race was then given the name of Grand Prix of Brescia.
I was really surprised by how many beautiful cars were running through the streets of Bergamo. Many were the brands and the most famous, of course, could not miss in this race: Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche, Jaguar Alfa Romeo and Fiat.
Mille Miglia was definitely something I enjoyed watching and I hope you found this post interesting!