The Mille Miglia 2014 was held 15-18 May over 1,600 km of Italy’s most beautiful regions, starting and ending in Brescia. This year’s 1000 Miglia took participants along a breathtaking ride between historic villages, following an itinerary which although featuring some variations with respect to the previous editions, kept with the tracks of the twenty-four editions held from 1927 to 1957.
The field of 435 cars — selected from 619 applicants — represented 35 countries across five continents, with 62 teams composed of members of the same family. The cars that lined up at the start in Viale Venezia on the evening of Thursday 16 May belonged to 61 different marques, the lions’ share being that of Mercedes-Benz with 45 cars and Alfa Romeo with 41, followed by FIAT with 39, Jaguar/SS with 31 and Porsche with 24 cars. 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. As is the tradition, the first cars to start the 2014 Mille Miglia were the OMs, the make of car that won the first of Brescia Mille Miglia in 1927.
The 2014 race featured changes in the program and course: the Mille Miglia lasted an extra day, adding a 4th leg on Sunday morning. In addition to the traditional start and finish in Brescia, with the half-way mark in Rome, the 1st leg finished in Padova, with an overnight stay in Thermae Abano Montegrotto; the 3rd leg took the race to Bologna. Other places on the route included Riccione, Loreto, Ascoli, Teramo, L’Aquila, Volterra, Lucca and Pisa.
Another change for the 2014 Mille Miglia was the the number of time trials, rising to 74, that went towards the final ranking. After absence of over a decade, the course also included six pre-defined average speed navigation trials. This type of trial – in which drivers must maintain a constant average speed – is not well-known in Italy but is common abroad. Organizers said this new challenge was to allow foreign teams, and European ones in particular, to clock up more points, as a small gesture in the spirit of the healthy competition and sporting friendship that has permeated the Mille Miglia since its beginnings.
The crew of Giordano Mozzi and Stefania Biacca won the 2014 edition of the Mille Miglia in their 1928 Lancia Lambda Tipo 221 Spider Ca.Sa.Ro with points totaling 45,772. Alessandro Gamberini and Mirco Magni finished second in their 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato, 1,523 points behind, while the 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans of Giovanni Moceri and Tiberio Cavalleri came in third for the third consecutive year. Yet in the end, the Italian teams dominated the standings, taking 14 out of the top 20 and the podium.
Similar to 2013, photographer Julien Mahiels also documented the 2014 Mille Miglia Rally, offering the following stunning picture gallery that highlight the interesting field of entrants and the charming Italian landscapes. We split up Julien’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and rally results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Julien, visit julienmahiels.net.
Mille Miglia 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery
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