Italy’s Famous 1000 Miglia Vintage Car Rally Comes to the U.S.

Oct 23, 2018 747

BY: Brett Berk

The Mille Miglia is coming to America. One of the most famous car races in the world, the original Mille Miglia was held quasi-annually in the 30 years between 1927 and 1957 on a 1000-mile circuit that formed a bent loop between Brescia, Bologna, Rome, and Milan. Italian cars such as Alfa Romeos, Maseratis, Lancias, and Ferraris dominated the race, as did Italian drivers, but famed marques like Jaguar, Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes also participated, as did some American brands. 

After a pair of spectacular and lethal crashes in the late-1950s, the race was ended. It was reborn in the late 1970s as a vintage car rally along a similar route. Open only to vehicles that competed, or would have been eligible to compete, in the original races, it now draws an annual field of hundreds of vehicles, including classics, ranging in price from five to eight figures, with a racing, and winning, pedigree. 

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