The Mille Miglia Storica 2010 was conducted May 6-9, starting and ending in Brescia, Italy. The modern-day revival of the famed 1,000-mile race was won by Giuliano Cane and Lucia Galliani in a 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Coupe.
The win for a BMW came on the 70th anniversary of German marque’s win at the 1940 Mille Miglia, a connection not lost on the husband and wife team of Giuliano Cane and Lucia Galliani that won the event for the 10th time. Cane remarked, “We tried to keep close to first place and we eventually hooked the star. As seventy years ago, BMW conquered first and third. I want to thank my wife as co-driver, who with invaluable help allowed this victory.”
Second place went to a 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 driven by Luciano Viaro and Mark Gessler, while Enzo Ciravolo and Maria Leitner finished third aboard a 1937 BMW 328.
Per usual, 375 cars competed in the Mille Miglia, and they were selected by the committee using extremely rigid criteria to protect the traditions and characteristics of the event. The 2010 route went clockwise from Brescia to Rome and back, on the fabled Mille Miglia roads crossing seven regions: Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, the Marches, Umbria and Lazio on the way down, adding Tuscany on the way back.
The route went through some of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Other than Brescia and Rome, Mille Miglia passed by Bologna, Gambettola, Urbino, Spoleto, Rieti on the way to the capital while Siena, Firenze, Bologna again, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Cremona and Manerbio were visited on the way back. The historic passage through the Futa and the Raticosa Passes is similar to previous years, while new this year were extra time trials at the race tracks of Imola and Pista di Fiorano.
Weather played its part, with rain and snow both appearing during the race. The most dramatic stage was the mountain roads of the Terminillo, which saw drivers forced to overcome difficult conditions that included fog, snow and frigid temperatures.
2010 Mille Miglia – Final Results
1st place – Giuliano Cane and Lucia Galliani, 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia
2nd place – Luciano Viaro and Mark Gessler, 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500
3rd place – Enzo Ciravolo and Maria Leitner, 1937 BMW 328
4th place – Giordano Mozzi and Stefania Biacca, 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans
5th place – Juan Tonconogy and Alberto Tonconogy, 1936 Riley Sprite
6th place – Fabio Salvinelli and Giancarlo Rizzo, 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport
7th place – Andrea Vesco and Roberto Vesco, 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport
8th place – Carlo Ferrari and Bruno Ferrari, 1927 Bugatti Type 37
9th place – Roberto Gaburri and Luigia Tonolini, 1928 OM 665 Superba
10th place – Michele Cibaldi and Enzo Cibaldi, 1948 Gilco Mariani Fiat 1100
2010 Mille Miglia – Photo Gallery (click image for larger photo and description)