The Mille Miglia might very well be the most appealing historic rally we know. This year it is exactly 90 years since the Brescia Automobile Club organised its thousand mile race for the very first time.
When hearing the words ‘Mille’ Miglia, many a righteous classic car enthousiast will prick up his ears. Nothing appeals to the imagination as much as the legendary Italian 1000 mile race that in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s was dominated by Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. Who doesn’t know names like Nuvolari and Moss? Racing car drivers that many worshipped as true heroes. Well deserved I might add. Between 1927 and 1957 Europe’s best known endurance race was organised 24 times.A disastrous accident leaving numerous casualties announced a radical change. Throughout Europe a growing awareness that public roadswere no longer the right place to compete the ever faster racing cars meant the end of an era. 10 Years later, in 1967, the 1000 Miglia returned to the international calendar honouring the fortieth birthday of the original event. Now transformed into a regularity rally for classic cars from the era of the original race. A sweet trick they repeated for the fiftieth anniversary, before putting the rally on the historic racing car calendar regularly from 1982 on. This year for the 35th time already.
Although the laureates of the original 1000 Miglia do not contain any Dutchmen, the reincarnation of the rally has been a major favorite on the wishlist of many a Dutch racing driver or celebrity. With a yearly growing number of Dutchmen lucky enough to acquire the coveted spot on the starting grid. Way behind home country Italy, this year the Dutch are, with 104 participants, for the first time the largest foreign delegation. In front of Germany and the United Kingdom even.Countries that have always been very well represented. It total this year 440 teams from 36 countries and 5 continents will participate in the 1000 Miglia. Those who are lucky enough to find a spot along the route of the rally between the 18th and 21st of may will be able to enjoy what Enzo Ferrari himself called the largest rolling museum in the world, the 1000 Miglia. Cause don’t forget, the 1000 Miglia is still only applicable for cars who’s heritage has a close connection to the original race. No outsiders, no modern bling, but a magnificent collection of Alfa Romeo’s, Ferrari’s, Cisitalia’s, Talbot Lago’s and so on.
This is the participant list: Accepted teams and cars Mille Miglia 2017
Like every year, the 1000 Miglia will attract attention worldwide. Next to the enormous popularity in Italy, the footage will undoubtedly be shared into every corner of the earth in no time. Not in the least in The Netherlands, where, next to the 50 teams that didn’t make the starting list this year, a large number of fans will want to follow the achievements of ‘their’ drivers from close range. We can’t blame them.
Marc GF Zaan