Enzo Ferrari called the Mille Miglia “a unique traveling museum”: museum that is currently – until Sunday 21st May – on its traditional Brescia-Padova-Roma-Parma-Brescia route. The “most beautiful race in the world” is at its 90th edition, the 35th since it became a reliability trial.
The cars accepted to run the four stages of the race are 440 (out of 705 applications received by the selection board), all built between 1927 and 1957, from 41 countries from 5 continents. The only models that can entered the race are those of which at least one exemplar has taken part – or enrolled – to one of the races that took place between 1927 and 1957.
In particular, 92 specimens will return to Brescia after having run at least one edition of the Mille Miglia in those years. The track goes through more than 200 municipalities in 7 Italian regions. This edition features also “show trials” in squares in Verona, Castelfranco Veneto, Ferrara, Pistoia, Busseto and Canneto sull’Oglio, on top of 112 timed trials.
As an official note of Mille Miglia 2017 reads: “Among the many reasons for which the Mille Miglia is incomparable for refinement, exclusivity and prestige there is the fact that it is the only way to admire, all together, invaluable masterpieces that wrote the most beautiful pages of international motoring. Among the museums that will send their cars to Brescia there are the ones of Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche.”
The most popular brands in this year’s edition are:Alfa Romeo (46 cars), Fiat (36), Lancia (35), Mercedes-Benz (35), Bugatti (23), Jaguar (21), Porsche (21), Ferrari (15), Aston Martin (14), O.M. (13), BMW (12), and Maserati (11).
Ilona Catani Scarlett