Mille Miglia

The most beautiful race in the world

The Mille Miglia Race

The Greatest Drivers, Cars, Races & More

The Mille Miglia was an open-road, motorsport endurance race established in 1927 by the young Counts Francesco Mazzotti and Aymo Maggi, which took place in Italy twenty-four times from 1927 to 1957 (thirteen before World War II, eleven from 1947). The Mille Miglia roared into life in 1927, when Counts Aymo Maggi and Franco Mazzotti — with a little help from sports manager Renzo Castagneto, motoring journalist Giovanni Canestrini and a host of wealthy investors — held the first of their nationwide figure-of-eight endurance races. The course sped from Brescia to Rome and back, with 77 all-Italian competitors racing to cover just over 1,000 miles in the fastest time. 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. It is now known as the 1000 Miglia.

Mille Miglia - Motor Racing History

We take you in-depth for a full history of the most special race in the world. From its founding in 1927 up until the 1950s, the Mille Miglia remained the most famous and perhaps most important race car event in the world. The circuit, spanning from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia, measured exactly 1597 kilometers (that is approximately 992 miles).One had to race this entire loop to finish the race. There was one start per minute. The results from the Mille Miglia were scored for the World Cup and the Cup Franco Marzotti.

Mille Miglia - The Races

An in-depth review of the early years of the Mille Miglia races. Year by year coverage including race winners and all the important moments.

The 1927 Mille Miglia Race Results: 1927 Mille Miglia Results / Dates: March 26-27, 1927 / Winner: Minoia – Morandi...

The Mille Miglia Drivers

Enzo Ferrari said it best: "No driver could ever say that he had achieved his victor's laurels if he had not won at Brescia". Perhaps that is why Mille Miglia drew the best drivers from across the globe. Below, we tell you their stories. Perhaps the best known driver was Sterling Moss. His victory in 1954 became a defining moment in motorsports history: With the Mercedes-Benz SLR, the Englishman set a speed record that remains unsurpassed to this day. Moss became a driving hero and was granted knighthood by Prince Charles himself.

Luigi Villoresi Biography Luigi Villoresi was born in Milan, Italy on May 16th, 1909. Nicknamed “Gigi” he came...
Piero Taruffi Biography Piero Taruffi was born in Rome, Italy on October 10th, 1906. Like many of his...
Carlo Pintacuda Biography Born in September 18, 1900, Florence, Italy Pintacuda held a steering wheel for the first...
Giuseppe Campari Biography Born Cavaliere Giuseppe Campari near the city of Lodi southwest of Milan, as a teenager...
Antonio Brivio Biography Born in Biella, Italy to an aristocratic family on the 27th of December 1905 the...
Baconin Borzacchini Biography Baconin Francesco Domenico Borzacchini, born in Terni, Italy on September 29, 1898 was named by...
Clemente Biondetti Biography Born in Buddusò, Sardinia, into a working class family with Tuscan father and Venetian mother...
Stirling Moss Biography In the United States when you hear the name Mario Andretti the first image that...
Antonio Ascari Biography Antonio Ascari was born on the 15th of September 1988 in Bonferraro, Italy, the son...
Alberto Ascari Biography It was May 22, 1955, and the European and Monaco Grand Prix was reaching its...

The Mille Miglia Cars

For 20 years (1927 to 1947), the race cars from Alfa Romeo were virtually invincible. With a total of 11 victories, they dominated the Mille Miglia. Afterwards however, Alfa Romeo temporarily withdrew from the motorsport scene. This is when Enzo Ferrari stepped up and took over: He won a total of 8 victories with his own sports cars. Mercedes-Benz was the only other team that managed to beat Alfa Romeo twice during the early decades. The heroic Rudolf Caracciola managed to defeat the then superior Alfa Romeos in 1932. Meanwhile, Stirling Moss dominated the Ferraris in 1954. Every Mille Miglia fan should know about the incredible story about the race with Stirling Moss behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SLR at the 1955 Mille Miglia. The racing team Moss and Jenkinson mastered the 992-mile circuit in just 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds, which corresponds to an average speed of little less than 160 km/ h. With their victory, history had been written.

Ferrari 166 MM – Car Profiles Introduction Designed for long distance competition, the 166 MM took its name...
Lancia D24 – Car Profiles In 1937 Vincenzo Lancia passed away leaving his widow and teenage son Gianni...
Ferrari 290 MM – Car Profiles Introduction Designed for the 1956 Mille Miglia and as a replacement for...
Mercedes-Benz SSKL – Car Profiles The early twenties was a period of consolidation in the German Automobile manufacturing...
Lancia D24 – Car Profiles In 1937 Vincenzo Lancia passed away leaving his widow and teenage son Gianni...
OM Tipo 665 – Car Profiles The origins of Officine Meccaniche can be found along the shores of...

Mille Miglia & 1000 Miglia Updates

Since its relaunch as a classic car rally in 1977, the “Mille Miglia storica” has been held annually  with special stages since its tragic end in 1957. Today, showcasing unique race cars means more than speed at one of the most important and beautiful stages in the history of motorsports. 'La corsa più bella del mondo‘ – the most beautiful race in the world – takes place every year around mid-May and attracts celebrities as well as gear heads from all over the world. Below, we take you through the highlights of the recent 1000 Miglia vintage races as well as share some special features on the epic races of yesteryear.

The Mille Miglia permitted the birth of GT, or grand touring cars, which are now sold all over the world. The Mille Miglia proved that by racing over open roads for 1,000 miles, there were great technical lessons to be learned by the petrol and oil companies and by brake, clutch, transmission, electrical and lighting component manufacturers, fully justifying the old adage that motor racing improves the breed.

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