For the first time ever, the 1000 Miglia brought its legendary open-road motorsport endurance race outside the Italian borders and to the United States from Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, 27.
The 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA was organized in conjunction with the Italian Embassy and the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA), that is dedicated to preserving and sharing America’s automotive heritage.
On Saturday the classic car rally covered more than 150-miles of some of the most scenic areas in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. before finally crossing the finish line at Villa Firenze, the official residence of the Italian Ambassador to the United States of America.
There were only 18 classic cars participating in this exclusive event, 3 of which were the “1000 Miglia Official Cars” out of the race.
Driving a 1952 Jaguar XK120 M, John Houghtaling and his navigator Franco Valobra crossed onto Italian-soil at Villa Firenze as winners, finishing first in the speed-distance-time rally.
Participating teams celebrated the first-ever 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA with a special awarding ceremony hosted by the Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio at his residence in Washington D.C.
During the award ceremony, the Ambassador mentioned that: «The first Warm Up Usa represents the beginning of the 1000 Miglia American adventure that will enhance further the reputation of our Country in the USA».
The inaugural event launches the beginning of future USA activities and as Franco Gussalli Beretta, President of 1000 Miglia srl said: «The 1000 Miglia represents all things iconic of Italy, its history, traditions, elegance and automotive passion. With programs like the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA, we intend to share our spectacular event with enthusiasts and fans around the world».