Waiting for the Mille Miglia
The Mille Miglia is the Italian vintage car’s rally par excellence. The story of this rally is fascinating since it is connected with the city of Brescia (Lombardy) and its motoring tradition. The Mille Miglia left a mark in the way people conceived cars and limits. The first edition took place in 1927. It was the time of D’Annunzio’s Mutilated Victory (after WWI), it was the time of Marinetti’s Futuristic Manifesto, Milan was rising as economical center and electricity was starting to enter everyone’s house.
In that period of recovery and wealth racing competitions lost their appeal and many approvals. In 1923 the Italian Grand Prix was moved from open roads to a closed racetrack (Autodromo of Monza) for safety reasons. This change that excluded Brescia to all the competitions propelled four young men to plan a new racing project on their own. Franco Mazzotti, Aymo Maggi, Renzo Castagneto and Giovanni Canestrini (one of the editors of La Gazzetta dello Sport) are the founders of the Mille Miglia.
The name of the rally was unanimously elected by all the four friends. Despite of the common belief the name of the rally is not a way to recall Anglo-Saxons, it’s a tribute to the Romans that used to measure distances in miles. The first edition of the Brescia-Rome-Brescia race was run in 1927 and it obtained a huge success. 77 cars took part to the rally that was won by the O.M. 665 Superba driven by Ferdinando Minoja and Giuseppe Morandi in 21 hours. At the beginning the Mille Miglia was a normal velocity competition, but everything changed in 1957 when Marquise Alfonso Cabeza de Vaca and his co-driver had a mortal accident that killed ten spectators. The rebirth was only in 1987 when it became a regularity rally for vintage cars thanks to the efforts of the Automobile Club Brescia, which is the current organizer.
The 2015 edition will take place between 14th and 17th May 2015 and it is divided in four main milestones. Follow the official hashtag #PakeloClassics on our social channels to get informed about the rally.