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The Finest Road Race of them All

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Stirling Moss called it the finest road race of them all. This unyielding 1,000-mile challenge through the Italian Countryside, sometimes literally, ran from 1927 through 1957. Playing host to greats such as Caracciola, Nuvolari, Varzi and Moss. Who did battle driving the cars from Mercedes, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and of course Ferrari. Where a Grand Prix cars with mudguards raced on the same roads, as would be aces in their Fiat Topolinos. A uniquely Italian affair that lives in legend and reenactment.

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The Mille Miglia
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If you have ever driven on Italian roads you wouldn't be asking that question.
I had the pleasure of visiting Brescia a couple of years back and did battle on some of the very roads of the Mille Miglia. My competition you ask? … lorries, Vespas and one seater pickup trucks and trust me they have no concept of lanes over there.
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This thread is basically to announce a new series of articles I am writing on the Mille Miglia that will include reports on each race plus articles on the major cars and drivers that took part in the finest road race of them all.

Take a look here

You're partially right. Up until 1940 they raced counter clockwise. In 1947 the race came to be run in a clockwise direction. Also in 1940 they did run laps, 9 in all on a triangular circuit. The infamous 13th Mille Miglia won by the BMW of von Hanstein.

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Thanks for the kind words there is actually a book out there on the Mille Miglia but with a different slant. It's a guide to all of the best restaurants along the route! I've been to Brescia and ran a very small portion of the route and the thought of being passed in the rain at 170 mph, the driver fighting to keep the car on the road even on a straight patch with nary a gravel trap to be seen … well it's why we're here talking about these toys isn't it?


Moss's car was allowed special dispensation to start from the road rather than the ramp due to the car's low ground clearance. That's why he's looking up to the starter who's on the ramp above him.
THat's why my website should be required reading.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so check these two out, one from 1927 and the next from 1947 and look at the arrows.

I rest my case.

But please any comments, corrections or additions is greatly appreciated. That's why I posted on this site first because I knew I would get some good feedback here. If you want to contact me directly please email me.
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I hope they do the Mille Miglia model rather then the one in the picture and add Norman Dewis.
THe "End of the Beginning" is now up...

The Beginning - Part 1
The Beginning - Part 2
For some extra fun answer my first quiz question here: Mille Miglia Quiz
Nothing, heard of scroll bars?

There ought to be some regulation on the overall size of your signature.
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Hey, hey there's a new quiz! Mille Miglia Quiz II
Part II is now available here
1928 will be up this weekend. You'll get to meet Giuseppe Campari.

...Many figured that Bugatti should be favored but somebody forgot to tell that to Alfa Romeo and their chief designer Vittorio Jano. Fresh from his successful P2 Grand Prix car, Jano created a new 1500cc sports car with which to compete at events such as the Mille Miglia. The star of the team was Guiseppe Campari, the Italian driver and would-be opera singer who at 241 lbs was literally larger than life. It's assumed that he and his co-driver Ramponi became "close" friends in the car's tight compartment! ...
Part IV, the 1929 race is now available here. The next article should involve either Alfa Romeo 1750 or O.M. depending on whether I can get my rear end up to Napa and purchase this wonderful book:

OM, una storia nella storia
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