F40 on Ferrari Mille Miglia Tribute
F40 on Ferrari Mille Miglia Tribute

Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia 2013 – Report and Photos

The 2013 running of the Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia was staged May 16-19, starting and ending in Brescia, Italy. After three days of competition, nearly 115 of the 140 post-1957 Ferraris entered crossed the finish line in Brescia on the night of Saturday, May 19th. Historical cars like the 330 GT 2+2 and modern GTs like the latest F12 drove through Italy on the rally.

The original Mille Miglia race was last held in 1957 and this is also the cut-off year of manufacture for cars entering the contemporary race, thus excluding owners of more modern Ferraris from 1958 and beyond. Beginning with the inaugural Tribute in 2010, however, post-1957 Ferraris have their own dedicated event.

The Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia 2013 saw the cars competing on many important stages, such as the one passing Florence, where tourists welcomed the Ferraris on Piazza della Signoria. After Florence the cars from the Prancing Horse were on their way to the most important section of the tour, including the Futa and the Raticosa pass: the F40s, F599 GTB Fioranos, 458 Italias and all the others thrilled the spectators on the side of the road. Thanks to the enthusiastic welcome – similar to the one usually reserved for the Giro d’Italia bicycle race – the participants gave it their all.

Another highlight for the Ferrari Mille Miglia Tribute was the cars passing the Ferrari Works in the heart of Maranello. One car after the other passed the factory to reach the Fiorano circuit, where they went for several laps, delivering a marvelous sight. The supercars from the Prancing Horse from past and present on the track, where the new Ferrari models and the F1 single-seaters driven by Alonso and Massa usually take their first steps, was a unique experience.

Final classifications were decided by regularity trials over specific sections. The Ferraris taking part came from more than 20 different nations worldwide and were divided into two separate categories: Classic for cars built between 1958 and 1984, and those built between 1984 and the present. In the end the 2013 Ferrari Tribute to 1000 Miglia arrived in Brescia in the late evening, where the spectators were already waiting for the grand final: a team from Brescia, with Giovanni Luca and Alessandro Mingotti Giovanni, driving their Ferrari 458 Italia, was the first to pass in front of the enthusiastic crowd, while overall victory in the Classic Car category went to the 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 of Peter Straub and Madeline Willinger.

Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia 2013 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

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[Source: Ferrari SpA]