Corse di mus, the donkey race in Fagagna/Friuli, Italy

 Mille Miglia – Most beautiful race in the world  
"Sansepolcro welcomed the "traveling museum

Sansepolcro/Italy (2018) Just as I was about to walk through an ancient arch of the fortified city walls into the historic old town of Sansepolcro in the southeast of Tuscany, bordering Umbria and Marche, the sound of loud howling engines suddenly grabbed my attention. I knew this sound, this had to be a Ferrari. Indeed there it was, one of Enzo Ferrari's treasures from Maranello, driving down the alley in all its beauty, red, shiny and roaring. And there was another one coming and another one, followed by a Maserati and a Jaguar, an old Lancia, a Porsche, a vintage Mercedes and an ancient MG. All passing through this gorgeous old town. What was going on here, a car parade? A glimpse on a sticker revealed it: without knowing, I just had stepped right into the famous "Mille Miglia" (thousand miles), according to the great Enzo Ferrari "the most beautiful race in the world". 

Brescia – Rome – Brescia: 1000 miles in vintage cars through breathtaking landscape

The Mille Miglia used to be an open-road car race which took place 24 times between the years 1927 and 1957. The race was established by Count Aymo Maggi (Conte di Gradella), Count Franco Mazzotti Biancinelli Faglia, both racing car drivers from Brescia, sports manager Renzo Castagneto and journalist Giovanni Canestrini in response to the Italian Grand Prix being moved from their home
town Brescia to a new facility in Monza, right outside ofthe northern city of Milan. The first 1000 Miglia started in 1927 with 77 starters, the first winner was Giuseppe Morandi. He drove the 1005 miles in 21 hours and 5 minutes. A terrible accident, which left drivers and spectators dead, had ended the era of this car race from Brescia in northern Italy to Rome and back.

The comeback of Mille Miglia as a regularity race for vintage cars

In 1977 the Mille Miglia was brought back, revived as a regularity race for vintage cars. Participation is since then limited to cars built before the year 1957 and at least one car of the same make and model must have taken part in the original Mille Miglia historical race.

750 crews (1.450 starters) from 44 different countries from all continents took part in the Mille Miglia 2018, representing 73 car makers. Even though there were so many more applicants, only 450 cars were allowed to participate this year in the vintage classics.

The 36th historical re-enactment of the Mille Miglia 2018 led the drivers over 1,743 kilometers through 200 municipalities in 7 Italian regions, including the Republic of San Marino, 112 time trials and 6 hourly average tests had to be completed. All in all the crews spent about 40 hours behind the wheel. Vehicles built after '58 participated in the "Ferrari Tribute to 1000 Miglia" and the "Mercedes-Benz 1000 Miglia Challenge", the two races reserved for the "modern cars".

Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini won this year's Mille Miglia race. The Argentinean crew, driving an Alfa Romeo 6C1500 GS "Testa Fissa" of 1933 (#85) scored winning 74108 points. In addition to 2013 and 2015, the Argentinean couple were once more the most precise racer and won the "most beautiful race in the world" for the third time.

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