The Mille Miglia is certainly not a cozy classic car tour. Rather an endurance-demanding reliability test, in which contestants drive fast and uncompromising in four days from Brescia to Rome and back. Tens of thousands of spectators watch the spectacle on the roadside. There is hardly any time to rest and the nights for the drivers are also short.
In former times, the Mille Miglia was still a race, while today – which many forget again and again – it goes to a uniformity test. In other words, there are times specified for the individual stages during which the vehicles have to pass at certain points – if not there are penalty points.
Among the most beautiful moments for spectators is the lineup before the start in the historic city of Brescia. Thousands of people line the streets of Brescia when it finally starts. Four days of effort on the way from northern Italy to Rome and back again are the Oldtimerfahrer before.
Nevertheless, there are also the quieter moments on the route. Beautiful landscapes are in front of the drivers. In the cities, the teams in the large squares receive euphoria. Whoever drives with the Mille feels like a hero – even if it’s only about the cars. The first stage leads via Sirmione at the foot of Lake Garda to Padua. In Verona, the backdrop of the opera and the arena is a first highlight. Late in the evening, the first vehicles arrive in Padua.
Not only the length of the track has it all. Also the given times, which must be complied with, the additional tests and the vehicles, which follow out of enthusiasm the oldtimer-train just like that become for some to the challenge. On the way, the enthusiasm of the audience contributes to the elation. In all villages, the vintage cars are received rejoicing. But stop: “The jubilation is not yours,” explains the experienced Dutch participant. “The Italians cheer the car.”
Who finally arrives in Brescia has won anyway. Not all vehicles have grown to the rigors on the road. Not all of them have service teams with them who quickly change gears at night. Whoever arrives in Brescia has won anyway. Not all vehicles have grown to the rigors on the road. Not all of them have service teams with them who quickly change gears at night. Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini took home the winner’s cup of the Mille Miglia 2018 in the 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS “Testa Fissa”. Second place went to Giovanni Moceri and Daniele Bonetti in the Alfa Romeo 65 1500 SS of 1928 and the third Paltz reached last year’s winners Andrea Vesco and Andrea Guerini in the 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato.
1600 kilometers are behind the drivers when they arrive back in Brescia. The efforts are written on their faces. But: being there is everything.