The most beautiful rally of the world
Mille Miglia 2015: Bugatti number 33 wins the 33rd edition
DAY 1: Brescia-Rimini
14th May 2015, Brescia. This year Mille Miglia appealed 438 of the finest classic cars in the world. Everyone was ready to taste the brand new emotions of the 33rd edition of this legendary rally. As the tradition required the first car to begin was an O.M. in honor to the car that won the first Mille Miglia in 1927. By that time nobody believed that it could be possible to run 1000 miles in 21 hours. The O.M. 665 Superba driven by Minoja-Morandi proved it wrong. Nowadays the rally gained an international allure. It’s a rendez-vous calling the attention of vintage car amateurs and the general public alike. During the first day the rally touched Desenzano, Sirmione, Verona, Ferrara and Ravenna before getting to its final destination: Rimini.
DAY 2: Rimini-Rome
15th May 2015, Rimini. The second day aimed at the capital city, Rome. In the morning the temporary ranking showed a Brescia-native team on top: Andrea Vesco and Andrea Guerini dominated the rally with their 1930 FIAT 514. Second place was held by a 2000 O.M. Sport Superba led by Giordano Mozzi and Stefania Biacca while the third place was defended by the Argentinian team Tonconogy-Berisso on their 1927 Bugatti T40. In Loreto, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno people filled the streets to greet the parade of the beauties that set the history of motorsport. In the stretch between Rieti and Recanati cars had to sustain many time trials that helped to pinpoint the general ranking. Although it was a rainy day the average speed was 62 mph (even in the Apennines!). After a couple of hours cars arrived in Rome and passed through Castel Sant’Angelo from 8.30 p.m. on. At the turning point the ranking changed: the Argentinian team of Juan Tonconogy and Guillermo Berisso strayed in pole position with their 1927 Bugatti T40, overshadowing the others.
DAY 3: Rome-Parma
16th May 2015, Rome. The back journey passed through stunning scenarios between Lazio and Toscana touching the historic cities of Siena, Pisa, Lucca and Parma, which was the final destination of the day. The first car entered Parma at 9 p.m. while the general ranking showed no big changes. The Argentinian’s dominance became more and more solid.
DAY 4: Parma-Brescia
17th May 2015, Parma. The last day of the rally was full of emotions. After a brief passage through Piacenza the rally approached Monza and the cars entered Monza Racetrack for the first time in the Mille Miglia history. It was a very touching moment for all the contestants that enjoyed the thrill to ride into the track. Bergamo was the next step, just before the finish line in Brescia. It was a lucky year for Bugatti. The Mille Miglia 2015 was won by a 1927 Bugatti T40 driven by the Argentinians Juan Tonconogy and Guillermo Berisso. The second place went to Andrea Vesco and Andrea Guerini in their 1930 FIAT 514 while the third place went to Ezio Martino Salviato and Caterina Moglia in their 1928 Bugatti T40. A funny coincidence is that the 33rd edition of the rally was won by car number 33. Beautiful cars, respect for tradition as well as the introduction of a few novelties made the rally competitive and exciting. It would be hard to get better next year. Let’s see!