The 2015 running of the famed Mille Miglia rally took place 14-17 May in Italy starting in Brescia. The Mille Miglia has been held as a regularity and reliability trial for historic cars since 1977. Only models that took part in the 1,000-mile event between 1927 and 1957 are eligible to compete, with original racers from that era enjoying an especially exclusive status.
The opening stage of the Mille Miglia 2015 began Thursday afternoon and went through Verona, Ferrara and Ravenna to Rimini. The destination of Friday’s second stage was Rome, then the field continued its journey the following day to take in Siena and Pisa before rolling up into Parma. During the final stage on Sunday, the historic racing cars negotiated the Autodromo di Monza race track, among other points en route, before finishing at the event’s starting point in Brescia.
Mercedes-Benz made the biggest splash at the Mille Miglia with the 1955 race-winning 300 SLR W 196 S. The racing cars made unique guest appearances in Brescia, Sirmione, San Marino, Rome and Siena during the course of the historic regularity race, driven by Sir Stirling Moss, Hans Herrmann and Ralf Schumacher. The Mercedes line-up at the Mille Miglia 2015 also included the supercharged SS and SSK touring sports cars from the late 1920s plus the 300 SL (W 198) and 220 “Ponton” (W 180) models unveiled in 1954.
Team Bentley took on the 1,000 endurance challenge with its 1930 4.5-litre supercharged Blower, featuring an original Vanden Plas Open Sports Four-Seat body, BMW Group Classic entered the BMW 328 Berlin-Rome Touring Roadster from 1937 and a BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster hailing from 1939 and Alfa Romeo brought two cars from Museo Storico Alfa Romeo — the 1900 Sport Spider from 1954 and the 750 Competizione from 1955.
Jaguar Heritage competed in the Mille Miglia 2015 with nine of Jaguar’s most celebrated Heritage models from the 1950s: three C-types, three D-types, an XK120, an XK140 and a MK VII. Highlights included the C-type ‘NDU 289’, which competed in 2015 event some 62 years after it raced in the original Mille Miglia, the D-type ‘Long Nose’ Ecurie Ecosse, which finished in second-place finish at the 1957 Le Mans and the works team D-type that won the 12 Hours of Reims in 1956.
Given the strong field of more than 435 historic cars at the 2015 Mille Miglia, we ended up with not enough time to post all of the images provided by Julien Mahiels in our original stories. Therefore, in addition to Julien’s initial Photo Gallery and ‘Behind the Scenes’ Gallery, we offer the following selection of images that are simply too good to not share. 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 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 2015 – Featured Picture Gallery
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