Widely regarded as the most beautiful auto-mobile race in the world the Mille Miglia is one of the most famous and historic events in the auto-mobile calendar.
For the uninitiated, Mille Miglia is an Italian name which translates to ‘thousand miles,’ and is, as one might guess, a 1,000 mile endurance race across Italy.
Taking place this year on May 17th – 20th the race will see 375 teams driving just over 1,600 km along the historic route from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia.
While the first Mille Miglia races ran from 1927 to 1957 today’s race as we know it really began in 1982.
The original race started on 26th March, 1927, with 77 all Italian starters, of whom 51 made the finish line. Entry was strictly limited to unmodified production cars. The race was and still is widely celebrated as one of the most important auto-mobile events ever, and continues to attract some of the most prestigious cars in the world to compete. However it was banned in 1957 after two car crashes which resulted in fatalities of both drivers and spectators.
Today, in honour of the original race, entry is restricted to cars from the 1927 – 1957 era.
Being an endurance race, it is not speed that makes the grade, but timing, tuning and some smart planning. The winning competitors are the ones who know how to pace themselves, keeping their vehicles in check along the way so as not to risk a blown cylinder or a busted tire on the final stretch.
This unique gathering of prestigious cars from all over the world is one of the best displays of engineering greatness ever likely to be seen.
*Photo’s by – Bruno Guerrini (Own collection) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
– Registro bandino [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons