The route of the 2021 Mille Miglia followed the traditional track of “the most beautiful race in the world,” going counter-clockwise from Brescia to Roma and back. With overnights in Viareggio and Bologna, and scheduled stops for food and timing checks along the way, the 2021 Mille Miglia rolled along some of the same Italian roads as the original 1927 race.
The Mille Miglia is as much a rolling museum as it is a car race. 375 entered autos, manufactured between 1927 and 1957, covered 1,618 kilometers (1,005 Roman miles) over four days. The sporting and technical checks at Piazza Vittoria in Brescia, the day before the official start on the road, were the first opportunity to see these amazing classic cars in all their glory.
Red was the dominant color in Piazza Vittoria, the day before the official start of the Mille Miglia.
Italian police are there for security, but they’re also part of the scenery at Piazza Vittoria.
The gods of motor racing provided perfect weather for the departure from Brescia. After more than a year of suffering through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, northern Italy welcomed the return of the Mille Miglia to the traditional schedule in the month of May.
Italy’s iconic aeronautic demonstration team, the Frecce Tricolore, fly the colors of the Italian flag above Brescia’s Piazza della Loggia before the start of the 2021 Mille Miglia.
A 1938 BMW 328 cruises through a curve toward Passo della Cisa.
The final day of the 2021 Mille Miglia started in Bologna, with a stop in Verona to soak up the scenery of the Arena, rest the cars, and replenish the crews before the final push to the finish in Brescia.
#82, a 1934 Lancia Augusta owned and driven by Italian car collector and restorer Corrado Lopresto, has a history of racing success. This is the car that won the 1936 Targa Florio.
Crowds line the cobbled road as this 1954 Maserati A6 GCS/53 rolls along in Verona. This car competed in the 1955 Miile Miglia.
Arrivederci, Verona. Car #375, a 1956 Porsche 356 A 1600, rolls out of town toward the finish of the 2021 Mille Miglia.
375 automobiles started the race in Brescia. Four days later, 341 crossed the finish line. At the end, the driver and navigator with the fewest time deviations through the control sections is declared the winner of the Mille Miglia.
The team of Andrea Vesco and Fabio Salvinelli, in this red 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider Zagato, were the winners of the 2021 Mille Miglia. It’s the second consecutive victory for Vesco and the ‘29 Alfa, and his fourth win in the last six years. Can he do it again?
The 2022 Mille Miglia begins in Brescia on June 15.