"Mille Miglia" The most beautiful race of the world

At the start of the 38th edition of the historic re-enactment Mille Miglia race, from the 22 October to 25 October, in this article we will retrace the history of this exciting race

As described in the pages of the book "Mille Miglia" published in 1967 and written by one of the founders of the race, Canestrini, the official moment of the birth of the "Mille Miglia" is 2 December 1926.

Canestrini together with Castagneto, Mazzotti and Maggi conceived a car race that started from Brescia, passed through Rome and then ended again in Brescia. The total course was 1600 kilometers, the equivalent of 1000 miles, thus the most beautiful and fascinating race of the world was born.

The success was immediate and in the 1930 edition Nuvolari and Guidotti exceeded the average speed of 100 km / h on board the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gs. The pilots were the most reckless in the world, still famous today for their feats such as Nuvolari, Varzi, Campari and Biondetti.

During the Second World War the race stopped, but already in 1947, not even the destroyed bridges and dismal roads were able to stop the drivers and the cars of the Mille Miglia that started again from that year.

Car manufacturers and drivers from all over the world came to Brescia to race the Mille Miglia, and the event assumed a such international importance that it contributed to the reconstruction of the Italian extra-urban roads, and to the recovery of the automotive sector.

From 1948 Ferrari won all the races, except the edition of 1954 won by Ascari with the Lancia D24 Spider and the 1955 edition that saw Moss as the protagonist on board his Mercedes Benz 300 SLR who crossed the finish line in 10 hours 7 minutes and 48 seconds, at a monstrous average speed of 157.65 km / h, record still unbeaten today.

But the race had become so dangerous that the road speed races were banned after the edition of 1957, thus ending the era of the most beautiful and probably crazy race in the world. There were still three editions, in the 1959, 1960 and 1961 with speed tests on circuits or roads closed to traffic, but they did not have the same success.