1000 Miglia 2022: the return of the most beautiful race in the world

After the difficulties of 2020 and 2021, the Mille Miglia is once again a summer and global event with the participation of crews from all over the world. Andrea Vesco and Fabio Salvinelli won on board a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato

Tommaso Marcoli

– Brescia

The record belongs to the crew made up of driver Stirling Moss (26 years old) and journalist Denis Jenkinson (35 years old) who in 1955, aboard a Mercedes-Benz 300 Slr, completed all 1,592 km in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds at an average speed of 157,650 km / h. From Brescia to Rome and back on a ring circuit. From the Adriatic to the Tyrrhenian coast and then up to the plain. On public roads. A crazy race organized from 1927 to 1957 which took the name of Mille Miglia (in reference to the British imperial unit of measurement: about 1,600 km, in fact). The impressive average of Moss-Jenkinson will never be exceeded, because today the “Red Arrow” relives as a regularity race in which historic cars produced between 1927 and 1957 and registered for at least one edition of the “classic” version participate. The most beautiful race in the world is an opportunity to meet, travel and discover the area. An open-air, traveling museum that still attracts thousands of enthusiasts, collectors and admirers today. Even just curious who, perhaps indirectly, find themselves along the route of the caravan, to find themselves catapulted back in time.

Regularity

The edition just ended will be remembered. Not so much for the results (the record of subscribers is 2017: 705) but for the return to an organization in line with the expectations and habits that have defined the rebirth of the 1000 Miglia. The Covid-19 protocols now allow greater freedom and the reopening of borders has also allowed foreign crews to participate. America, Europe, Asia are the great presences with an audience of members who know no borders or distances. The protagonists, however, remain the cars: historic produced from 1927 to 1957. Most of them belong to the categories of luxury, exclusivity and sporting competitions, because four wheels were a privilege of the few. In fact, even the manufacturers were very few, most of which survive today: Alfa Romeo (undisputed queen of the historic Mille Miglia), Ferrari, Mercedes, Bentley, Bmw, Mg, Triumph, OM. A museum team (in fact) ready to retrace an itinerary through villages, capitals and squares until returning to Brescia. A formula, that of regularity, which allows the crews to compete safely and the organizers not to incur particular or severe countermeasures to limit and avoid proposals where otherwise speed would lead to inevitable restrictions of time and space. On the contrary, it is precisely the calm, the slowness that revives the spirit of the Mille Miglia, which is (re) discovery, travel, passion, tradition along a path that brings you closer to the most appreciated and envied realities of our country, which have remained unchanged and unchangeable. in time. For this reason destined to (to) last forever. This is the recipe for the Mille Miglia to continue to exist.

Stop in Monza

The last stage had a stop at the Monza racetrack before arriving in Brescia. Here an area was set up where, in conjunction with the MiMo 2022, the crews were able to exhibit their vehicles to the curious and enthusiasts who came to the Temple of Speed ​​to attend the initiatives organized for the Milano Monza open air show. The more than 400 “historic” ones were parked in the paddock until after lunch, before restarting the engines to conclude the stage up to the Lioness of Italy. A truly unique experience that has made it possible to reunite the present with the past, allowing even the youngest to attend a parade that from the ancestors reached the contemporaries, even with some anticipation of the future. Whatever awaits us with the mobility of the future (electric, connected, autonomous), the 1000 Miglia will always have space in the collective imagination, as it has been the exclusive interpreter of the history of motorsport since its origins. When safety systems were not used to race, the pilots were brave leaders and a crazy round trip speed race from Brescia to Rome could even be organized. The winner is the one who goes back first in the shortest time possible: the Mille Miglia. What a story.



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