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1927: the first 1000 Miglia

The maiden voyage, the beginning of the legend

The excitement, the emotions, the thrill of the race. In rainy March 1927 the first Mille Miglia Cup shook the Italian roads. An inaugural edition that kicked off the great epic of the speed race, later loved all over the world.

«Among modern pleasures there is none that surpasses or equals that of a journey by car.»

Ada Negri “Secolo XX”

The first 1000 Miglia

After months of organizing the first Mille Miglia Cup finally arrived. It was 8 o’clock in the morning on March 26 1927, when Aymo Maggi and Bindo Maserati’s Isotta Fraschini inaugurated the legendary Red Arrow.

It was the debut of an event that amazed the whole of Italy. A long race amidst downpours of rain, banks of fog and whirlwind of dust along the unpaved roads that put the drivers to the test.

An unprecedented awakening

In Perugia the favourite Gastone Brilli Peri in his Alfa Romeo RLSS was forced to withdraw, but the best was yet to come. At dawn on March 27, the whole city of Brescia was awakened by word of mouth. Beyond all expectations, the long drive of 1.600 km through Italy was coming to an end.

At 4a.m. a telegram from Feltre reached Renzo Castagneto at the headquarters of the Royal Automobile Club of Brescia: the arrival was imminent.

On the finish line

Two minutes after 6 a.m., a large crowd welcomed the Lambdas of the Lancia team, followed by the O.M. 665 Superba of Nando Minoja and Giuseppe Morandi. They were the ones who triumphed, crossing the finish line in Viale Venezia in 21 hours, 4 minutes and 48 seconds, with an average speed of 77.238 km/h.

This was not the only record to cause a stir. With their tiny Peugeot 5 HP MM Cazzulani-Monferroni won the category of 750 cubic centimetre, taking just under 34 hours to complete the entire route, at an average speed of 48.087 km/h. The newspapers headline that a new era, that of a hitherto unknown freedom, had opened.

«Just over twenty hours, not even a day and a night to complete almost 1.700 km: an average speed that exceeds 77 km/h. The motorcar has passed through the streets of half of Italy as a ruler of time and space. The success of the mechanical vehicle therefore is amazing.»

“Corriere della Sera”, 1927

The winners of the first Mille Miglia Cup

Vehicle
O.M. 665 Superba

Travel time
21h 04’ 48”

Average speed
77, 238 km/h

«Among the aims of the 1000 Miglia is to demonstrate that, with the cars normally on sale, you can travel on existing roads in our country, at high speeds, certain of safety and regularity…
Our task is therefore to give the race a technical social and, why not, tourist function.»

Giovanni Canestrini, 1927

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#1000miglia
A rainy 1000 Miglia, a lucky 1000 Miglia 🌧 
Not even the rain could stop the crews, who continued their sporting activities with perseverance and determination 💪🏻
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1000 Miglia bagnata, 1000 Miglia fortunata 🌧 
Nemmeno la pioggia ha fermato gli equipaggi che hanno continuato ad affrontare le attività sportive con costanza e determinazione💪🏻

#1000Miglia2024
This is the #1000Miglia 2024 🫶🏻
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Questa è la #1000Miglia 2024 🫶🏻
After some 2200 km through some of the most beautiful places in Italy, the crews reached #Brescia 
Let’s review the best moments of Leg 5 🥲🚗🏁
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Dopo circa 2200 km attraversando alcuni tra i luoghi più belli d’Italia, gli equipaggi hanno raggiunto #Brescia 
Rivediamo i momenti più belli della Tappa 5 🥲🚗🏁
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17 hours ago

J.P. Morgan Private Bank si unisce per il primo anno alla leggendaria corsa automobilistica ✨
Conoscenza, tecnica e passione sono i valori fondamentali che il prestigioso marchio, sempre al fianco dei suoi clienti e delle loro passioni, condivide con la 1000 Miglia.
Per l’occasione la multinazionale ha dato la possibilità ai propri ospiti di provare l’ebrezza di un simulatore di guida che consente di gareggiare con auto d’epoca in un’esperienza davvero emozionante🚗
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J.P.Morgan Private Bank teams up for the first year with the legendary car race ✨
Expertise, technique and passion are the core values that the prestigious brand, always side by side with its clients and their passions, shares with the 1000 Miglia.
For the occasion, the multinational company gave its guests the chance to experience the thrill of a driving simulator that allowed them to race classic cars in a truly thrilling experience 🚗

#1000Miglia2024
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J.P. Morgan Private Bank si unisce per il primo anno alla leggendaria corsa automobilistica ✨
Conoscenza, tecnica e passione sono i valori fondamentali che il prestigioso marchio, sempre al fianco dei suoi clienti e delle loro passioni, condivide con la 1000 Miglia. 
Per l’occasione la multinazionale ha dato la possibilità ai propri ospiti di provare l’ebrezza di un simulatore di guida che consente di gareggiare con auto d’epoca in un’esperienza davvero emozionante🚗
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J.P.Morgan Private Bank teams up for the first year with the legendary car race ✨
Expertise, technique and passion are the core values that the prestigious brand, always side by side with its clients and their passions, shares with the 1000 Miglia. 
For the occasion, the multinational company gave its guests the chance to experience the thrill of a driving simulator that allowed them to race classic cars in a truly thrilling experience 🚗

#1000Miglia2024Image attachmentImage attachment
3 days ago

1000 Miglia bagnata, 1000 Miglia fortunata 🌧
Nemmeno la pioggia ha fermato gli equipaggi che hanno continuato ad affrontare le attività sportive con costanza e determinazione💪🏻
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A rainy 1000 Miglia, a lucky 1000 Miglia 🌧
Not even the rain could stop the crews, who continued their sporting activities with perseverance and determination 💪🏻

#1000Miglia2024
... See MoreSee Less

1000 Miglia bagnata, 1000 Miglia fortunata 🌧 
Nemmeno la pioggia ha fermato gli equipaggi che hanno continuato ad affrontare le attività sportive con costanza e determinazione💪🏻
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A rainy 1000 Miglia, a lucky 1000 Miglia 🌧 
Not even the rain could stop the crews, who continued their sporting activities with perseverance and determination 💪🏻

#1000Miglia2024
7 days ago

Ripercorriamo i luoghi della Tappa 1 della #1000Miglia2024

📍Brescia
L’11 giugno la gara è partita dalla città che le ha dato i natali: Brescia, luogo che è passato, presente e futuro, anima e cuore della Corsa, sede di partenza e arrivo sin dalla prima edizione.

📍Palazzolo sull’Oglio
Proseguendo, gli equipaggi sono stati accolti con grande entusiasmo dalla città conosciuta per la bellezza della sua Torre, vero e proprio simbolo di Palazzolo, che con i suoi 92 metri d’altezza è la torre civica campanaria a base circolare più alta d’Europa.

📍Torino
E, infine, la prima novità della #1000Miglia2024: per la prima volta la rievocazione della corsa ha fatto tappa a Torino. Il passaggio in via Roma fino a Piazza San Carlo, dove le vetture sono state presentate al pubblico, è stato speciale, con il colpo d’occhio della Mole Antonelliana che, per l’occasione, si è illuminata della Freccia Rossa.

Scopri tutti i luoghi della Tappa 1 al link 👉 1000miglia.it/eventi/1000-miglia/1000-miglia-2024/i-luoghi-della-1000-miglia-2024-tappa-1/
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Let’s look back on the locations of Leg 1 of the #1000Miglia2024

📍Brescia
The race started on 11 June from the city of its origins: Brescia, a place that is the past, present and future, the soul and heart of the Race, the start and arrival since the first edition.

📍Palazzolo sull’Oglio
Continuing on, the crews were welcomed with great enthusiasm by the town known for the beauty of its Tower, a true symbol of Palazzolo, which at a height of 92 metres is the tallest round-based civic bell tower in Europe.

📍Turin
And finally, the first novelty of the #1000Miglia2024: for the first time, the re-enactment of the race stopped in Turin. The passage through Via Roma to Piazza San Carlo, where the cars were presented to the public, was special, with the glimpse of the Mole Antonelliana which, for the occasion, was illuminated by the Red Arrow.

Discover all the places of Leg 1 at the link 👉 1000miglia.it/en/events/1000-miglia/1000-miglia-2024/i-luoghi-della-1000-miglia-2024-leg-1/
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1 week ago

Chopard🤝1000Miglia dal 1988
Insieme, portano avanti una tradizione di eccellenza con uno sguardo sempre rivolto all’innovazione nel mondo dell’automobilismo e dell’haute orologerie.

Anche quest’anno la maison ha omaggiato gli equipaggi con l’orologio dedicato all’edizione 2024, il Mille Miglia GTS Chrono Limited Italian Edition, e ha riservato un premio alle vincitrici della Coppa delle Dame.
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Chopard🤝1000Miglia since 1988
Together, they continue a tradition of excellence with an ever-present eye for innovation in the world of motor racing and haute horlogerie.

This year, the Maison once again honoured the crews with the watch dedicated to the 2024 edition, the Mille Miglia GTS Chrono Limited Italian Edition, and reserved a prize for the winners of the Ladies’ Cup.

#1000Miglia2024
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Chopard🤝1000Miglia dal 1988
Insieme, portano avanti una tradizione di eccellenza con uno sguardo sempre rivolto all’innovazione nel mondo dell’automobilismo e dell’haute orologerie. 

Anche quest’anno la maison ha omaggiato gli equipaggi con l’orologio dedicato all’edizione 2024, il Mille Miglia GTS Chrono Limited Italian Edition, e ha riservato un premio alle vincitrici della Coppa delle Dame.
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Chopard🤝1000Miglia since 1988
Together, they continue a tradition of excellence with an ever-present eye for innovation in the world of motor racing and haute horlogerie.

This year, the Maison once again honoured the crews with the watch dedicated to the 2024 edition, the Mille Miglia GTS Chrono Limited Italian Edition, and reserved a prize for the winners of the Ladies’ Cup.

#1000Miglia2024Image attachmentImage attachment

After some 2200 km through some of the most beautiful places in Italy, the crews reached #Brescia
Let's review the best moments of Leg 5 🥲🚗🏁

After the Time Trials in Baschi, #Orvieto welcome the Red Arrow: continuing through the Terni area, there were the Time Trials in Montegabbione, the last sporting activity before the break 📍
The lunch break of the fourth leg was #Solomeo💫

The longest day has begun: 590 kilometres will be covered by the cars in Leg 4.
The crews left Rome to reach the towns of #Civita Castellana and #Amelia for the first two Passage Controls of the day.
The wonders of our country continue to provide the backdrop to the #1000Miglia

The cars of the #1000Miglia2024 plunged into the unmistakable Tuscan landscapes that once again welcomed the Red Arrow this year.
What a wonderful show! 🤩

Before reaching Tuscan soil, the crews tackled the Average Trial of the Bracco Pass, then reached #LaSpezia, the last Ligurian city to host the transit of the #1000Miglia2024 with a Time Trials inside the Maritime Military Arsenal ⏱️🚗
Then #Massa welcomed the event.

The 2024 edition of the most beautiful race in the world arrived in #Genova, European Capital of Sport 2024, for the first time in its almost 100-year history.
The Ligurian capital welcomed the Red Arrow with an incredible view of the city from the Belvedere dei Dogi 😍

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