1000 Miglia 2020
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1000 MIGLIA 2020
22 - 25 October 2020
The 1000 Miglia 2020, the thirty-eighth edition of the historical re-enactment of the race held from 1927 to 1957, will take place from 22 to 25 October. At the starting line there will be 400 cars, selected by a special commission from those previously registered on the website www.registro1000miglia.it, by the closing date for registrations for the 1000 Miglia 2020.
Back to the start of the historic race..
The race brought out an estimated five million spectators.
From 1953 until 1957, the Mille Miglia was also a round of the World Sports Car Championship.
Since 1977, the "Mille Miglia" has been reborn as a regularity race for classic and vintage cars. Participation is limited to cars, produced no later than 1957, which had attended (or were registered) to the original race. The route (Brescia-Rome round trip) is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure / arrival in Viale Venezia in Brescia.
Unlike modern day rallying, where cars are released at one-minute intervals with larger professional-class cars going before slower cars, in the Mille Miglia the smaller, slower displacement cars started first. This made organisation simpler as marshals did not have to be on duty for as long a period and it minimised the period that roads had to be closed. From 1949, cars were assigned numbers according to their start time. For example, the 1955 Moss/Jenkinson car, #722, left Brescia at 07:22 (see below), while the first cars had started at 21:00 the previous day. In the early days of the race, even winners needed 16 hours or more, so most competitors had to start before midnight and arrived after dusk - if at all.
Before World War II
The race was established by the young Counts Aymo Maggi and Franco Mazzotti, sports manager Renzo Castagneto and motoring journalist Giovanni Canestrini, apparently in response to the Italian Grand Prix being moved from their home town of Brescia to Monza. Together with a group of wealthy associates, they chose a race from Brescia to Rome and back, a figure-eight shaped course of roughly 1500 km — or a thousand Roman miles. Later races followed twelve other routes of varying total lengths.
The first race started on 26 March 1927 with seventy-seven starters — all Italian — of which fifty-one had reached the finishing post at Brescia by the end of the race. The first Mille Miglia covered 1,618 km, corresponding to just over 1,005 modern miles. Entry was strictly restricted to unmodified production cars, and the entrance fee was set at a nominal 1 lira. The winner, Giuseppe Morandi, completed the course in just under 21 hours 5 minutes, averaging nearly 78 km/h (48 mph) in his 2-litre OM Brescia based OM swept the top three places.
Tazio Nuvolari won the 1930 Mille Miglia in an Alfa Romeo 6C. Having started after his teammate and rival Achille Varzi, Nuvolari was leading the race, but was still behind Varzi (holder of provisional second position) on the road. In the dim half-light of early dawn, Nuvolari tailed Varzi with his headlights off, thereby not being visible in the latter's rear-view mirrors. He then overtook Varzi on the straight roads approaching the finish at Brescia, by pulling alongside and flicking his headlights on.
The event was usually dominated by local Italian drivers and marques, but three races were won by foreign cars. The first one was in 1931, when German driver Rudolf Caracciola (famous in Grand Prix racing) and riding mechanic Wilhelm Sebastian won with their big supercharged Mercedes-Benz SSKL, averaging for the first time more than 100 km/h (63 mph) in a Mille Miglia. Caracciola had received very little support from the factory due to the economic crisis at that time. He did not have enough mechanics to man all necessary service points. After performing a pit stop, they had to hurry across Italy, cutting the triangle-shaped course short in order to arrive in time before the race car.
The race was briefly stopped by Italian leader Benito Mussolini after an accident in 1938 killed a number of spectators. When it resumed in 1940 during wartime, it was dubbed the Grand Prix of Brescia, and held on a 100 km (62 mi) short course in the plains of northern Italy that was lapped nine times.
This event saw the debut of the first Enzo Ferrari-owned marque AAC (Auto Avio Costruzioni) (with the Tipo 815). Despite being populated (due to the circumstances even more than usual) mainly by Italian makers, it was the aerodynamically improved BMW 328 driven by Germans Huschke von Hanstein/Walter Bäumer that won the high-speed race with an all-time high average of 166 km/h (103 mph).
After World War II
The Italians continued to dominate their race after the war, now again on a single big lap through Italy. Mercedes made another good effort in 1952 with the underpowered Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, scoring second with the German crew Karl Kling/Hans Klenk that later in the year would win the Carrera Panamericana. Caracciola, in a comeback attempt, was fourth.
Few other non-Italians managed podium finishes in the 1950s, among them Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins and Wolfgang von Trips. In 1955, Mercedes made another attempt at winning the MM, this time with careful preparation and a more powerful car, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR which was based on the Formula One car (Mercedes-Benz W196), entirely different from their sports cars carrying the 300 SL name.
Both young German Hans Herrmann (who had a remarkable previous efforts with Porsche) and Briton Stirling Moss relied on the support of navigators while Juan Manuel Fangio (car #658) preferred to drive alone as usual, as he considered road races dangerous since his co-pilot was killed in South America. Karl Kling also drove alone, in the fourth Mercedes, #701.
Similar to his teammates, Moss and his navigator, motor race journalist Denis Jenkinson, ran a total of six reconnaissance laps beforehand, enabling "Jenks" to make course notes (pace notes) on a scroll of paper 18 ft (540 cm) long that he read from and gave directions to Moss during the race by a coded system of 15 hand signals. Although this undoubtedly helped them, Moss's innate ability was clearly the predominant factor. Moss was competing against drivers with a large amount of local knowledge of the route, so the reconnaissance laps were considered an equaliser, rather than an advantage.
Car #704 with Hans Herrmann and Hermann Eger was said to be fastest in the early s
tages, though. Herrmann already had a remarkable race in 1954, when the gate on a railroad crossing were lowered in the last moment before the fast train to Rome passed. Driving a very low Porsche 550 Spyder, Herrmann decided it was too late for a brake attempt anyway, knocked on the back of the helmet of his navigator Herbert Linge to make him duck, and they barely passed below the gates and before the train, to the surprise of the spectators. Herrmann was less lucky in 1955, having to abandon the race after a brake failure. Kling crashed also.
After 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds, Moss/Jenkinson arrived in Brescia in their Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the now famous #722, setting the event record at an average of 157.650 km/h (97.96 mph) which was fastest ever on this 1,597 km (992 mi) variant of the course, not to be beaten in the remaining two years. Fangio arrived a few minutes later in the #658 car, but having started 24 min earlier, it actually took him about 30 minutes longer, having engine problems at Pescara, through Rome and by the time Fangio reached Florence, a fuel injection pipe had broken and he was running on 7 cylinders.
The race was banned after two fatal crashes in 1957. The first was the crash of a 4.2-litre Ferrari 335 S that took the lives of the Spanish driver Alfonso de Portago, his co-driver/navigator Edmund Nelson, and nine spectators, at the village of Guidizzolo. Five of the spectators killed were children, all of whom were standing along the race course. Portago desperately wanted to win this race and waited too long to make a tyre change. The crash was caused by a worn tyre. The manufacturer was sued for this, as was the Ferrari team.
From 1958 to 1961, the event resumed as a rallying-like round trip at legal speeds with a few special stages driven at full speed, but this was discontinued also.
Since 1977, the name was revived as the Mille Miglia Storica, a parade for pre-1957 cars that takes several days, which also spawned the 2007 documentary film Mille Miglia - The Spirit of a Legend.
From 1927 to 1957, the race took the lives of a total of 56 people.
Mille Miglia winners
1939 no race held
1941/46 no races held
1st 1000 Miglia winners Ferdinando Minoia & Giuseppe Morandi with #14. OM 665 S
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1000 Miglia most successful car was Alfa Romeo with 11 wins. On this historic capture the "Myth" Tazio Nuvolari & Decimo Compagnoni with #98. Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Zagato on his last win at 1933.
1000 Miglia 2020
"The History of 1000 Miglia"- is a description of the memorable incident that occurred on December 2, 1926, the day that has since been officially recognized as the birth of the Mille Miglia. Canestrini, tinged with a hint of ill-conceived irony, narrates how a group of Brescians arrived to his home in Milan on Via Bonaventura Cavalieri, which included Franco Mazzotti, Aymo Maggi, Renzo Castagnet, (the other three musketeers) and his friend, Flaminio Monti. The rest of the story is history, until Franco Mazzotti declares the words: "Mille Miglia Cup".
FIRST STAGE LIVE RANKING UPDATE
Brescia – Cervia-Milano Marittima
22/10/2020 - After the departure from Brescia and the crossings of Desenzano, Sirmione and Villafranca di Verona, the 356 vintage cars in the race passed through Mantua and then headed towards Ferrara where the race dinner awaits them. At 10:00 p.m. the crews will cross the finish line in Cervia-Milano Marittima, from where, at 6:10 a.m. on Friday, October 23rd, they will leave for the second stage towards Rome.
At the top of the ranking at the precision test 11 - Sergio Sisti and Anna Gualandi on board of a Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro of 1929, with 7326 points. The duo composed by Andrea and Roberto Vesco on the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato of 1929 follows with 54 points. At the third place with 7087 points, the crew composed of Gianmario Fontanella and Anna Maria Covelli in board of a Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro VII Series of 1927. At the fourth place with 6741 points, the crew composed by Matteo and Martina Belotti on board of a 1927 Bugatti T37A.
At the fifth place the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato of 1929 driven by Alberto Aliverti and Stefano Valente. Two positions behind there’s the car number 49 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Young of 1929 driven by Luca Patron and Elena Scaramuzzi, followed by the crew composed by Lorenzo and Mario Turelli on board of the car number 4 OM 665 SMM Superba of 1929.
At the thirteenth position the car number 44 of Andrea Belometti and Massimo Bettinsoli on a Lancia Lamda Spider of 1929.
We also point out the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato of 1931 by Osvaldo Peli and Susanna Mola at the twenty-sixth position.
At the thirty-third position there’s the first all-female crew in the ranking, composed by Silvia Marini and Francesca Ruggeri driving a Bugatti T40 of 1929.
THE CHALLENGE FOR THE SECOND STAGE OF THE 1000 MIGLIA 2020 FROM CERVIA-MILANO MARITTIMA TO ROME IS ONGOING
PROVISIONAL RANKING AT THE END OF THE FIRST STAGE
23/10/2020 – The challenge between the crews started this morning during the second day of the race. The first cars left at 6:10 am from Cervia-Milano Marittima immersed in fog. However, it only took a few kilometers, crossing Cesenatico, Gambettola, to reach San Marino with the first rays of the sun and then Urbino with a clear sky.
The 356 cars are now passing through Parco delle Cesane, Gola del Furlo, Pergola and Acervia and then will stop in Fabriano, where the crews will have lunch. After passing through Macerata, Fermo, Montotto and Offida, the 1000 Miglia will arrive at 5pm in Ascoli Piceno, passing then through Amatrice, driving along Strada della Romanella to Rieti and will finally arrive in Rome.
The second stage saw the debut of Tomaso Trussardi, for the first time in the race as a participant of the 1000 Miglia with the expert driver GianMaria Aghem on board of the guest car n. 105.
Great attention must be given to safety, as the President of 1000 Miglia srl Franco Gussalli Beretta reiterates: "The Mille Miglia has always been an important business card for Italy and all the countries we pass through. We want to show that - taking all the necessary precautions - it is possible to move forward and look to the future. Thanks to everyone's collaboration we will have brought a positive stimulus".
In order to avoid unnecessary contacts, for this edition the cars will not stop at stamp control stations, which will be verified instead in transit.
At the moment, the favourites are Andrea and Roberto Vesco travelling on their 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato. They were in fact at the top of the classification of the first stage with 13779 points. "We are very combative, and we are in the lead, we hope to keep the position" declared the two drivers.
The duo composed by Gianmario Fontanella and Anna Maria Covelli on board of a Lancia Lambda Casaro VII Series of 1927 follows with 39 points. At the third place with 13691 points there is the crew composed of Sergio Sisti and Anna Gualandi on board of a Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro of 1929. At the fourth place with 12598 points, the crew composed of Alberto Aliverti and Stefano Valente on board of an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato of 1929.
At the fifth position there is the O.M. 665 S driven by Alberto and Federico Riboldi. At the sixth place the Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro of 1929 driven by Andrea Belometti and Massimo Bettinsoli. Right behind, with 12407 points, Lorenzo and Mario Turelli on board of the car number 4 OM 665 SMM Superba of 1929.
At the ninth position there are Luca Patron and Elena Scaramuzzi on board of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Young of 1929. At the sixteenth place we find Osvaldo Peli and Susanna Mola on board of the 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato.
The first all-female crew in the ranking is composed by Silvia Marini and Francesca Ruggeri, at the 32nd position driving a 1929 Bugatti T40.
Second day of the race for the 356 cars running at 1000 Miglia 2020. After a short passage through the center, the crews stopped for the usual race lunch in Fabriano at the Loggiato di San Francesco. After the quick stop, all of them left for Rome to finish the second stage of the race.
The 1000 Miglia cars greet Amatrice before heading to Rome
Shortly after 6 p.m. the first cars of the 1000 Miglia reached Amatrice. The pilots paid homage to the town severely affected by the 2016 earthquake after almost 10 hours of driving and after having crossed over 100 Italian towns. This is a very significant passage for the 1000 Miles that this year is proposed as a showcase for the city in Lazio.
The drivers are getting ready for to the last stage of this second day when they will finally reach the Eternal City Rome, passing through Rieti.
Again today, everything has been in the name of safety and without lowering the guard: more than 5000 thousand masks have been distributed until now to the participants of the event and over 10400 daily temperature tests have been done.
At the end of the second day the Lancia Lambda Casaro VII Series, driven by Gianmario Fontanella and Anna Maria Covelli, leads the ranking, with 35165 points.
At the second and third position there are respectively the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato driven by Andrea and Roberto Vesco, with 35040 points and the Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro of the couple composed of Sergio Sisti and Anna Gualandi, with 34363 points.
At the end of the second stage we find at the fourth place Alberto Aliverti and Stefano Valente with their Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato (32277 points), followed at the fifth position by Andrea Belometti and Massimo Bettinsoli on board of a Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro (32056).
LAST NIGHT ARRIVAL IN ROME: A PARADE OF HISTORIC CARS AND MASKS IN VIA VENETO
THE THIRD STAGE OF THE 1000 MIGLIA STARTS FROM ROME IN THE RAIN: THE CREWS RETURN TO THE NORTH
24/10/2020 – The arrival in Via Veneto in Rome last night has been very unusual compared to the 1000 Miglia tradition: even if the weather was springtime, the sun had already set for hours and the masks on the faces of spectators and drivers hid the smiles of the one and the tiredness of the other. Surely not the usual crowd of the past years but anyway a warm welcome to the crews who arrived shortly after 9pm after leaving Milano Marittima at 6.10 am.
This morning, in Rome at 6.30 am, it has officially started the third stage of the 38th Freccia Rossa for 306 cars. The vehicles will travel today over 550km to reach Parma, through the Val d'Orcia, Siena and La Cisa. More than 40 special stages in which the protagonists will have to try their hand. The climate today is autumnal, with dark skies and rain, to make the day even more challenging for the crews.
Cav. Aldo Bonomi, President of ACI Brescia, commented: "Today it starts the longest stage of the route, passing once again through many beautiful cities in our country. We hope that our passage can be an important showcase for the places involved and a symbol of that restart that we all desire”. “I also want to thank everyone for the continuous attention to safety, and in particular the authorities for the valuable collaboration along the way", added President Bonomi.
It must be mentioned the passing of the baton in the car 1000: Cristina Parodi got off this morning and on board of the car there is now Chiara Giallonardo, journalist and TV face of Linea Verde.
Ranking at the end of the second stage
At the first position there is the crew composed by Andrea and Roberto Vesco on board of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato car of 1929 with 43837 points. It follows immediately after the duo composed by Gianmario Fontanella and Anna Maria Covelli with 42913 points on the Lancia Lambda Casaro VII Series of 1927. At the third place the Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro car of 1929 driven by Sergio Sisti and Anna Gualandi with 42672 points. At the fourth place the crew composed by Andrea Belometti and Massimo Bettinsoli on the 1929 Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro car with 40961 points.
At the fifth position there are Alberto Aliverti and Stefano Valente in the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato car of 1929 with 40287 points and at the sixth position, the duo Alberto and Federico Riboldi driving an O.M. 665 S of 1926 with 40049 points.
The 1000 Miglia crosses Tuscany, with its fascinating autumn landscapes. Leaving Rome, the cars of the Freccia Rossa crossed Radicofani and the Val d'Orcia under pouring rain to stop in Siena for the race lunch. A short break and then back behind the wheel towards Lucca and then Viareggio. The drivers will enter Emilia Romagna through the Cisa Pass to reach Parma, Italian Capital of Culture 2020+21. Arrival expected from 9.30 pm.
THIRD STAGE: THE 1000 MIGLIA CROSSES TUSCANY IN THE RAIN
Lots of Tuscany in the third stage of the 38th 1000 Miglia. And a lot of rain. Started from Rome, the crews skirted Lake Vico and crossed the Val d'Orcia, a land rich in history and food and wine culture.
The cars arrived in Radicofani under the rain, passing under the famous Rocca, the highest peak of the entire Val d'Orcia and ancient control point of the border between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal State, visible tens of kilometers away.
The pilots have thus retraced an itinerary beaten by famous people of the past, from Boccaccio to Casanova, from Stendhal to Charles Dickens and Goethe.
The race then reached Siena for lunch, in one of the symbolic places of Italy in the world: Piazza del Campo, defined by UNESCO as "a perfect and ideal example of a medieval city". A city full of charm and legends, like the one that sees the devil himself pushing Santa Caterina da Siena making her fall on one of the first steps of the Stairs of Piazza San Giovanni, which connects the Baptistery of Siena and its square to the Piazza del Duomo.
For the pilots there was just enough time for a quick meal and to change the mask and it was immediately time to leave Siena, its art and its legends to go up to Lucca, with a spectacular passage on the walls that surround it, almost completely intact.
At the end of the time trial n°80 the ranking sees at the first position, with 54171 points, the crew with the n°46 composed by Andrea and Roberto Vesco on board of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato of 1929. It follows immediately after the duo composed by Sergio Sisti and Anna Gualandi with 53053 points on the Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro of 1929 with the n°45. At the third the Lancia Lambda Casaro VII Series of 1927 n°28 driven by Gianmario Fontanella and Anna Maria Covelli with 52187 points. At the fourth position the crew composed by Andrea Belometti and Massimo Bettinsoli on the Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro of 1929 n° 44 with 51298 points. At the fifth position, with 50530 points, the car n°51 of Alberto Aliverti and Stefano Valente: an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato of 1929.
At the sixth position, the duo Roberto ed Edoardo Miatto, driving an O.M. 665 SS del 1929 with the n°5, with 48278 points. Seventh place with 49153 points for the car n°4 of Mario e Lorenzo Turelli, an O.M. 665 SMM SUPERBA of 1929, followed by the O.M. 665 S n°3 of 1926 of the couple composed by Alberto and Federico Riboldi with 48996 points. At the ninth and tenth position we find respectively the ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 SS YOUNG n°49 of 1929 driven by Luca Patron and Elena Scaramuzzi with 48181 points and the BUGATTI T37 A n°26 of 1927 driven by Matteo and Martina Belotti with 47549 points.
The first all-female crew in the ranking is composed by Silvia Marini and Francesca Ruggeri at the 27th position driving the 1929 Bugatti T40 n°43 with 40244 points.