Few races in the world were as difficult and dangerous as the Mille Miglia. The race took place on public roads through Italy, starting in the northern town of Brescia and making its way down the western coast to Rome, before crossing over to and running back up the eastern coast to finish again in Brescia.
It ran non-stop over the length of the day, and for 1956, totalled 992.332 miles (1597 kilometers) in full distance. Historically, with no more than a few exceptions, the race was mostly won in Alfa Romeos. Alfa Romeo’s reign over the race changed in 1948 when Ferrari finally won.
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