The MILLE MIGLIA is back in 2019 for its thirty-seventh edition and, like every time, elicits a thousand emotions as the participants cross half of the country, through art heritage cities and breath-taking landscapes.
Passing through more than 20 cities and with over 400 cars taking part: these are just the bare numbers relating to the famous historic car race which is now in its thirty-seventh year. Taking place from 15th to the 18th of May, the 2019 edition of the Mille Miglia will be, as usual, much more than just a motor race: in addition to being an incredible event not to be missed, the race is – and wants to be – above all, a catwalk of classic cars capable of turning heads every year. We’re talking about the most prestigious classic cars – witnesses of history and design. It is no coincidence that a special certifying body has been established- the Mille Miglia Register – with the specific purpose of selecting and certifying the classic cars depending on the model and their various certifications. But what is it? – and when exactly was the Mille Miglia established? The car race took place for the first time in 1927 departing from the city of Brescia and was held for a good 24 years until 1957. The long awaited Mille Miglia event returned in 1977, although it had turned into a parade of historic cars meeting the certifying body’s rigorous regularity tests, travelling half the length of the country to the capital and back to Brescia. An opportunity not only for the public to see these beautiful cars being driven, but also an opportunity for the drivers – and their entourage – to cover the approximately 1,600 kilometres of the route through art heritage cities and breath-taking landscapes in a splendid mix of history, sport and culture. Our country’s beautiful cities and landscapes are not just for those who are present to enjoy, but also for those around the world watching videos of the event which are readily available on the internet. It’s a world-class event, with competitors coming from all over the world: the well-known names of 2018 included the bassist of the rock band “Coldplay”, Guy Berriman, the Dutch prince Van Oranje (cousin of the King of Holland), the Italian singer-songwriter Piero Pelù and Walter Rohrl, the former rally driver champion. The most beautiful race in the world or “The most beautiful race of the planet”, as the foreign press says, will fire up the engines on Wednesday 15th of May in Brescia, where the race first started, and head towards Desenzano, Sirmione, Valeggio sul Mincio, Mantua, Ferrara, Comacchio, Ravenna arriving in Cervia-Milano Marittima in the evening. It’s a real “museum exhibition on 4 wheels” which will begin at dawn on day 2 of the event on Thursday 16th of May, heading in the direction of Cesenatico, Senigallia, Fabriano and Assisi towards the capital where the first leg of the race will conclude at sunset giving fans a fabulous show. The time will come on Friday 17th of May for the return journey: the spectacle will pass through Viterbo, Siena, Vinci, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia up into the heart of Emilia Romagna and Bologna for the stop-over before the final leg of the race. On Saturday 18th of May, the cars will pass through Modena, Parma, Montichiari and Travagliato and make their triumphal entry to Brescia for the traditional catwalk in Viale Venezia.
An excellence of our motoring tradition, the race is an opportunity for meeting participants from different countries and cultures, as well as showcasing the beauty of our country – an event full of adrenaline, history and fun.