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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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12 hours ago

La città di Verona, romantica ed elegante, è la prima tappa dell'Italia della 1000 Miglia.
A bordo di una Fiat 514 Spider Sport MM del 1931, un suggestivo percorso tra le vie del centro storico conduce al cuore pulsante della città, l'Arena di Verona simbolo di storia, cultura e spettacolo.
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The city of Verona, romantic and elegant, is the first leg of Italia della 1000 Miglia.
On board a 1931 Fiat 514 Spider Sport MM, an evocative route through the streets of the historic centre leads to the beating heart of the city, the Arena di Verona, a symbol of history, culture and entertainment.
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2 days ago

Una rara e ricercata Rally ABC Grand Sport del 1928.
Un telaio ribassato che si alza di pochi centimetri dal terreno: dettaglio talmente significativo da dare il nome all'auto. L'acronimo ABC, letto in francese, significa infatti "abbassata".
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A rare and sought-after 1928 Rally ABC Grand Sport.
A lowered chassis just a few centimetres from the ground: such a significant detail that it gave the name to the car. The acronym ABC, read in French, means "lowered".

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Una rara e ricercata Rally ABC Grand Sport del 1928.
Un telaio ribassato che si alza di pochi centimetri dal terreno: dettaglio talmente significativo da dare il nome allauto. Lacronimo ABC, letto in francese, significa infatti abbassata.
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A rare and sought-after 1928 Rally ABC Grand Sport.
A lowered chassis just a few centimetres from the ground: such a significant detail that it gave the name to the car. The acronym ABC, read in French, means lowered.  ________________________
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5 days ago

L'Italia della 1000 Miglia è una dichiarazione d'amore della Freccia Rossa per il territorio. Un viaggio tra arte, tradizione e cultura alla scoperta delle bellezze ed eccellenze d'Italia. Il primo appuntamento è fissato per mercoledì prossimo a Verona...stay tuned!
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L’Italia della 1000 Miglia is a declaration of love by the Freccia Rossa to the territory. A journey through art, tradition, and culture, on a discovery of the beauty and excellence of Italy. The first appointment will be next Wednesday in Verona... stay tuned!
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LItalia della 1000 Miglia è una dichiarazione damore della Freccia Rossa per il territorio. Un viaggio tra arte, tradizione e cultura alla scoperta delle bellezze ed eccellenze dItalia. Il primo appuntamento è fissato per mercoledì prossimo a Verona...stay tuned! 
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L’Italia della 1000 Miglia is a declaration of love by the Freccia Rossa to the territory. A journey through art, tradition, and culture, on a discovery of the beauty and excellence of Italy. The first appointment will be next Wednesday in Verona... stay tuned!
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1 week ago

Giovedì 16 giugno 2022, durante la seconda tappa, le auto in gara partiranno da Cervia attraversando il meraviglioso Stato di San Marino, prima di scendere lungo le coste del Lago Trasimeno e concludere la tappa nella capitale.

Scopri come partecipare alla 1000 Miglia 2022 al link👉🏻 bit.ly/1000Miglia__2022
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On Thursday 16 June 2022, during the second leg, the competing cars will set off from Cervia, travelling through the beautiful State of San Marino, before descending along the shores of Lake Trasimeno and ending the leg in the capital.

Find out how to take part in the 1000 Miglia 2022 at the link👉🏻 bit.ly/1000Miglia__2022
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Giovedì 16 giugno 2022, durante la seconda tappa, le auto in gara partiranno da Cervia attraversando il meraviglioso Stato di San Marino, prima di scendere lungo le coste del Lago Trasimeno e concludere la tappa nella capitale.  Scopri come partecipare alla 1000 Miglia 2022 al link👉🏻 bit.ly/1000Miglia__2022 
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On Thursday 16 June 2022, during the second leg, the competing cars will set off from Cervia, travelling through the beautiful State of San Marino, before descending along the shores of Lake Trasimeno and ending the leg in the capital.  Find out how to take part in the 1000 Miglia 2022 at the link👉🏻 bit.ly/1000Miglia__2022 
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A race that manages to preserve the past, the present and the future. The 1000 Miglia Green will take place also this year: a competition for alternative fueled cars that will drive beside the cars of the 1000 Miglia, from Brescia to Rome and back.
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Here are the roadmaps of the 1000 Miglia 2022 and the second edition of the Coppa delle Alpi. Entries open at 12.00 p.m.!

Ecco i percorsi di 1000 Miglia 2022 e della seconda edizione di Coppa delle Alpi. Dalle 12:00 aperte le iscrizioni!

Only a few hours left before entries open to the 1000 Miglia 2022 and the Coppa delle Alpi.
They will open at 12 p.m. https://1000miglia.it/

Mancano poche ore all'apertura delle iscrizioni della 1000 Miglia 2022 e della Coppa delle Alpi. Via alle ore 12 https://1000miglia.it/

1000 Miglia 2022, Coppa delle Alpi, 1000 Miglia Green, 1000 Miglia UAE Jubilee Edition and Sorrento Roads by 1000 Miglia: all the Freccia Rossa events will be presented tomorrow at 12 noon in live streaming.
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Ti aspettiamo alla Fiera d'auto e di moto d'epoca di Padova, dal 21 al 24 ottobre, dove racconteremo i nostri prossimi appuntamenti.
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On the occasion of the sixth edition of the Poltu Quatu Classic Elegance Competition, the Spirit of 1000 Miglia trophy was awarded to this 1948 Fiat 1100 Sport Barchetta MM of the Museo Nicolis in Villafranca Verona.

Find out all the details here: https://bit.ly/SpiritOf1000Miglia_

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