The Mille Miglia Storica 2012 was staged May 16-20 on the scenic roads of Italy. This year’s route traveled clockwise from Brescia to Rome and back, on the fabled Mille Miglia roads crossing six regions: Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Umbria and Lazio on the way down, adding Tuscany on the way back.
The 2012 route went through some of the most beautiful cities of Italy. Along with Brescia and Rome, the Mille Miglia traveled through Verona, Vicenza, Padova, Ferrara, Gambettola, Sansepolcro, Spoleto, on the way, and Viterbo, Siena, Firenze, Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Cremona on the way back.
Participation in the Mille Miglia is limited to makes and models of cars, manufactured between 1927 and 1957, that took part in at least one of the original Mille Miglia races. The cars must be exclusively original, as replicas, even partial ones, are not permitted to enter. The field for the 2012 Mille Miglia was limited to 385 participants to allow organisers to select cars that are the most significant in the context of race history, in addition to offering spectators a cavalcade that portrayed thirty years of the evolution of motor racing, from 1927 to 1957.
The Argentine duo of Claudio Scalise and Daniel Claramunt drove to overall victory at the 2012 Mille Miglia in a race that saw the two top ranking cars battle it out on the thousand miles (1600 km) of historic route that goes from Brescia to Rome and back. The Argentines, who had already come in first on the Rome leg, finally left their rivals in the dust after the last trial in Fiorano. In a battle without precedent, accompanied by a warm welcome given by the public along the roads of Italy, car number 68, a 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 kept itself at the top of the classification – in the top two positions – for all of the three legs.
Second place went to ten-time champions, Giuliano Canè and Lucia Galliani. The husband and wife team from Bologna competed in a 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster. Third place went to car number 61 driven by Giovanni Moceri and Tiberio Cavalleri, a 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans. Another one of the favorites did not make it this time: the winner of the last Mille Miglia, Giordano Mozzi of Mantua, who with his wife, Stefania Biacca, drove a splendid 1938 Lancia Astura, the only existing car of its model.
Mille Miglia 2012 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)
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Mille Miglia 2012 – Top Ten Final Results
1. 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS, Claudio Scalise and Daniel Claramunt
2. 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Coupe, Giuliano Cane and Lucia Galliani
3. 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans, Giovanni Moceri and Tiberio Cavalleri
4. 1938 Lancia Astura, Giordano Mozzi and Stefania Biacca
5. 1927 Bugatti Type 40, Juan Tonconogy and Guillermo Berisso
6. 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS, Fabio Salvinelli and Maurizio De Marco
7. 1930 Fiat Siata 514 Mille Miglia, Andrea Vesco and Andrea Guerini
8. 1926 Bugatti Type 35 A, Carlos Sielecki and Juan Hervas
9. 1926 Bugatti Type 37, Michele Cibaldi and Andrea Costa
10. 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans, Manuel Elicabe and Mark Gessler