The Red Arrow returned to Switzerland with the 1000 Miglia Warm Up CH, the event organised by Scuderia Classiche that brought the spirit of the most beautiful race in the world to the Canton of Ticino from 5 to 7 May. In the prestigious location of Villa Castagnola, on Friday 5 May the crews took part in a training session on regularity racing, which ended with an aperitif based on Franciacorta sparkling wine.
The actual race started in the early morning of Saturday, when the cars set off in the direction of Lugano’s Lakeshore promenade. Seventeen crews competed in prestigious vehicles such as a 1926 Fiat 509 S, a 1930 Alfa Romeo 1500 SS Zagato, a 1954 Mercedes 300 SL and a 1955 Ferrari 166 MM. Particularly impressive were the Passage Controls in Chiasso and Riva San Vitale, where the convoy was warmly welcomed by the citizens and municipal authorities.
On Sunday, the cars made their way to the splendid UNESCO World Heritage dam in the Verzasca Valley, from which James Bond, on a mission for His Majesty in the film “Golden Eye”, took a thrilling leap. Time trials were held right there. Then it was off to Locarno’s Piazza Grande, the venue of the Film Festival, where the drivers parked their cars.
The crew made up of Paul and Edward Riddle in a 1956 Jaguar XK140 OTS won the race with the consequent guarantee of acceptance into the 1000 Miglia 2024. Second place went to Tony White, assisted by his co-driver Steve Harbut, in a 1955 Austin Healey 100 M. At the bottom of the podium was the 1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint of Gabriella Regis and Guy Hobbs.