Mille Miglia 2015!

May 17, 2015

in Events

Since we’ve been in Italy I’ve always wanted to see the Mille Miglia, but most years we’ve been caught up with the boys school, work and other commitments so have never actually planned to be able to go and watch it :(

But this year with our Saturday mornings a little freer, I decided to look up the route and see if we could catch the race going by somewhere near us.

As you’ll see on the Map, the Mille Miglia starts and finishes in Brescia and runs over 4 days. The route saw the race leave from Rome and go via Ronciglione and Viterbo on Saturday morning and this seemed the best option for us to be able to see the race this year.

Mille Miglia Map 2015

Ronciglione is another small village only about 30 minutes from Soriano nel Cimino and not as big as Viterbo so we figured we’d get a better view of the cars :)

Dane and I got up early Saturday morning and headed out the door just before 7 planning on getting to Ronciglione early enough to catch the cars as they came through the piazza.  But as usual, we didn’t allow enough time to get there, ended up being stuck behind some slow cars driving through the Cimino roads, because of a bit of fog, and didn’t quite make it to Ronciglione.

We ended up stopping just outside of the town where the race turned off to do the giro around Lago di Vico.  A good spot to catch the cars coming down the hill and round the bend.

It was an overcast morning, but thankfully not too cold.  Bubba videoed and I took photos, it was so wonderful to see these amazing old cars on the road.  The organisers were very efficient and made sure traffic was stopped to allow the race to continue uninterrupted and we got quite a few waves and honks from the drivers as we cheered them on from the side of the road.

We stayed for about an hour and saw a lot of the older cars come through, Dane took some great video and I got some nice shots of some of the cars.  Back home we decided we’d try and do a little video about the event so we could share it and you can see the results of our first ever iMovie project below.  I also thought I’d do a little more research about this race and have found out some pretty interesting facts:

– There are over 450 cars registered to participate in this years Mille Miglia, we probably only saw about a quarter of these.

– The first Mille Miglia was held in 1927 – Click here to see a great timeline of the event

– Only car models that had at least one model that took part in one of the speed editions of the race from 1927 to 1957 are eligible to enter the race – Eligible Cars

– Each car accepted into the race is allocated a coefficient which is then multiplied by the points obtained by its drivers during the competition.  The coefficients are calculated and assigned by taking into consideration the year of design and the technical, sporting and historical features of the model of the cars

– Brescia has a long history of motor racing which began about the end of the nineteenth century.  From 1895 to 1898 three motor racing competitions had taken place and by 1899 that number had gone up to twenty races

I also came across a great blog written by one of the drivers in this years race.  It shares his experience and  also has a lot of great photos from the start of the event in Brescia – Jalopnik

Our small insight into this years Mille Miglia has sparked an interest in this historical race and I think a trip up to Brescia for the start of the 2016 Mille Miglia may very well be in our plans for next year!

We hope you enjoy our little video and story about this years event, please let us know if you’ve heard of this race or know anything more about it, we’d love to hear from you :)

And if you like this story and video, please share and like it!

Alla prossima!

Peta

 

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