430 cars (53 withdrawn), 1801 kilometres, 4 days of driving, 40 hours at the wheel, 200 town halls, 7 regions. These are the numbers of the 1000 Miglia 2019, always the hallmark of beauty and elegance. The most represented auto manufacturer at the race is Alfa Romeo, with 44 cars, followed by Jaguar with 35, Fiat with 33 and Mercedes-Benz and Lancia with 29. The most represented country continues to be Italy, with 303 crews (34% percent of the registered participants). The Netherlands come in second place with 133 citizens (133 Netherlands, 52 Belgians, 12 from Luxembourg), followed by Germany with 86 partecipants and the UK with 74 partecipants.
The 430 cars of the Freccia Rossa, after the official control in Piazza Vittoria, took off at 2:30 pm from Viale Venezia heading towards Desenzano, to then proceed towards Sirmione, the Parco Giardino Sigurtà of Valeggio sul Mincio, Mantua, Ferrara, and then Comacchio and Ravenna to reach Cervia-Milano Marittima in the evening.
Of great fascination the passage in the sky above Viale Venezia, just before the beginning, of the Frecce Tricolori, with the Aermacchi MB 339 A/PAN MLU of the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (PAN) of the Italian Air Force, flying over the city of Brescia.
right after the start from Brescia, the fourhundred and thirty 1000 Miglia cars crossed Desenzano, Sirmione and Parco Giardino Sigurtà of Valeggio sul Mincio heading then to Mantua and Ferrara. The cars then rode through Comacchio and Ravenna and, at 9.55 p.m. the teams will cross the finish line at Cervia-Milano Marittima. The second leg is scheduled to depart at 6.30 a.m. directed toward Rome.
The classic cars are expected to be in Rome as the sun sets, around 8:30 pm, after having crossed Cesenatico, Gambettola, Urbino, Corinaldo and Senigallia. At 1:00 pm, a brief pit-stop lunch in Fabriano (Loggiato of San Francesco), to then continue the route towards Perugia, Assisi, Terni, Rieti, and the arrival in the Capital for the picturesque motorcade in Via Veneto.
The 1000 Miglia 2019 has reached Fabriano for the intermezzo of the second leg that goes from Cervia-Milano Marittima to Rome. After lunch at the Loggiato of San Francesco, the teams of the four-wheeled “jewels” of timeless beauty and charm will resume the regularity race towards Perugia, Assisi, Termi and Rieti, before crossing the finish line in Rome at 8:30 pm.
The spring that is arriving late, with temperatures below the seasonal average and with a variable of the sky over the event, has not held back the curiosity and enthusiasm of many women and men, young and old. Several school children lined up along the roads of the route. “The first part of this second leg was very demanding from all points of views, both for the team and for the cars. This was a new route for the 1000 Miglia, it has several hairpin bends and very extreme technical checks, even extreme ones. We have struggled to meet the deadlines but despite this we have given a lot of trouble to get the car working hard. In the management of the 1000 Miglia it is in fact necessary to preserve the car, to arrive this evening in Rome but above all Saturday in Brescia ”. This is the comment of the leading duo Moceri-Bonetti, leading the momentary classification.
The third leg of the 1000 Miglia opened this morning at dawn: the 430 cars of the Freccia Rossa wormed up their engines and left Rome at 6:30 a.m. heading to Bologna. After the departure, the cars will cross Viterbo, Radicofani, Castiglione d’Orcia to then the arrive in Siena is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., here they will stop for a quick lunch break at the Palazzo Pubblico. The journey will then resume heading to Vinci. Here the crews will pay homage to the village where the genius of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo, was born. The 1000 Miglia will continue crossing Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, Florence, Futa and the Raticosa passes before arriving in Bologna at 9:15 p.m.
Mild temperature, with a beautiful spring sun to kiss the bodywork of vintage cars. A lot of enthusiasm along the streets of the historic center of Siena, crowded with onlookers, enthusiasts and tourists. Lunch will be at the prestigious Palazzo Pubblico, the municipal hall of Siena, and the race will resume only after that the time check has been carried out. The return journey will then resume headed towards Vinci, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, Florence, and after crossing the Futa and the Raticosa passes, will end in Bologna, where the cars are expected by 9.15 p.m.
After the last lunch at the Palazzo Ducale in Parma, the cars resumed the race heading toward Brescia. Starting from Bologna under a gloomy sky, the vintage cars crossed Emilia Romagna to Parma, where they left after lunch for Busseto and Cremona, Carpenedolo, Montichiari and Travagliato. These are the last and decisive kilometers of this exciting thirty-seventh historical re-enactment of the 1000 Miglia.
Giovanni Moceri and Daniele Bonetti of the Team Alfa Romeo won the 1000 Miglia 2019. The duo in a 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS – owned by the Alfa Romeo Museum of Arese – won the 37th historical re-enactment, with 74752 points. Moceri, a doctor from Palermo, and Bonetti, a journalist from Brescia, beat the Villa Trasqua team, composed by two Brescians, Andrea Vesco and Andrea Guerini who, in a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato, gained 73611 points. In third place the last year title holders, with 72786 points, Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini, in a Bugatti Type 40 of 1927. In fourth place, close to the podium are Alberto Riboldi and Paolo Sabbadini, in a 1926 O.M. 665 S Superba 2000. “We are happy for this great achievement, this 1000 Miglia was very challenging – says Moceri and Bonetti with satisfaction – we have been trying it for several years and now we made it. This also thanks to the support of the FCA Heritage team which has granted us a wonderful car belonging to the Alfa Romeo Museum of Arese. We are proud to associate our names to this car”. Vesco and Guerini swallowing a bitter pill, declared: “We are not completely satisfied, it is a second place that burns. We competed with very strong teams to which we would like to congratulate. In the greets we would like to include Tonconogy and Ruffini, who have already won three editions of the 1000 Miglia”. The Argentinian couple Tonconogy and Ruffini turn on the spotlight on the umpteenth experience of the Freccia Rossa: “1000 Miglia is a fantastic race and it was, once again, wonderful to cross the incredible places that Italy offers”.