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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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Well, at the risk of extreme embarrassment, with those louvers it MIGHT be a C Jag. Didn't he drive one of those before hitting fame and fortune with Jenks in '55? No idea how he finished.

Now I'm confused. This is all from memory, but I think the Jag in your picture is the '53 Le Mans winner which was driven by Rolt & Hamilton. Moss and Whitehead shared the #17. Or did Moss later drive the Rolt/Hamilton car in the MM?

For Dennis and others interested in the Mille Miglia, there is an in-depth article on the '55 race in the latest issue of Vintage Motorsport. Rather than the typical Moss/Jenkinson story, the article focuses on John Fitch's ride in a stock gull-wing to fifth place overall. Lot's of detail & period pics, plus (in a separate feature) a photo spread on the most beautiful sports racer of all time, the 330P4.

A few years ago VM also ran a first-person article by a driver in the last MM race in 1957 (driving an MGA). Great article and pictures, really atmospheric.

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