The history of a legendary race
90 years of the Mille Miglia
Reserved for models where at least one had taken part in the original race between 1927 and 1957, the Mille Miglia today is synonymous with exclusivity, since only 450 handpicked teams can take part. The race nonetheless remains a dream event that is the biggest date on the Italian sports calendar and attracts impressive crowds lining the sides of the roads.
In 1947, after the war, the Mille Miglia re-emerged in its usual form and continued until 1957, when a new accident took place near Guidizzolo, which put a definitive end to the great road race. The increasingly powerful and faster cars – some reaching peak speeds of 260 km/h – had put an end to the Mille Miglia. Twenty years after the tragic accident in 1957, the Mille Miglia was revived as a regularity rally reserved for cars that had made history in the “corsa più bella del mondo” between 1927 and 1957. After a first attempt in this format in 1977, a second and then a third edition of the “Mille Miglia storica” were organized in 1982 and 1984. Since 1986, the race has started annually from the ramp in Brescia and the Mille Miglia has become the world’s most popular event of its kind.