The 2023 edition of the 1000 Miglia has finally started. At 12:30 p.m. the first of the 417 cars in the race (15 of which on the Special List), a 1927 O.M. 665 SUPERBA , led the way to Brescia Castle, where the first block of Time Trials took place. After the Passage Control in Piazza Vittoria, the convoy then left Brescia to head towards the Ghedi Military Airbase, the first of the five symbolic places where the race will pass on the occasion of the Air Force Centenary.
On the first day of the race, the crews will cover some 360 kilometres, out of a total of more than 2000 for this unprecedented five-leg edition, towards Cervia-Milano Marittima. Over the next few days, drivers and co-drivers will have to test themselves in 34 Passage Controls, 23 Time Controls, 144 Time Trials and 8 Average Trials with 25 secret detections. The absolute new feature of this year’s route is the passage through Piedmont, which has two precedents only in the historic speed race in 1947-48.
Reigning champions Andrea Vesco and Fabio Salvinelli had this to say just before the engines started: “Almost thirty years’ experience will help in such a long race full of unexpected events. We are serene, the pressure is on our opponents. We will do everything possible to improve our performance of last year”. In their 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS ZAGATO they will try to win again this year and give Andrea Vesco the title of the first driver in history to have won four consecutive editions of the 1000 Miglia.
Also at the start there will be the fifth edition of the 1000 Miglia Green, reserved for Hypercars, Supercars and Brand Premium Fullelectric, and the fourteenth Ferrari Tribute 1000 Miglia, to which 119 cars from the Maranello marque built after 1958 have been accepted. Finally, this year a special vehicle will be present in the convoy: the Maserati MC20 Cielo from the Milan Politecnico’s 1000 Miglia Autonomous Drive project, which will drive, for the first time on open roads, some sections of the route in Autonomous Drive mode.