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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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2 months ago

Domani alle 12:00 nei giardini del Rebuffone il Tributo ai fondatori della 1000 Miglia: Aymo Maggi, Renzo Castagneto, Franco Mazzotti e Giovanni Canestrini, i “Quattro Moschettieri” che hanno dato vita a quella che, ancora oggi, è conosciuta come “la Corsa più bella del mondo”.
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The Tribute to the founders of the 1000 Miglia will take place tomorrow at midday in the Rebuffone gardens: Aymo Maggi, Renzo Castagneto, Franco Mazzotti and Giovanni Canestrini, the “Four Musketeers” who gave life to what is still known today as “the most beautiful race in the world
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Domani alle 12:00 nei giardini del Rebuffone il Tributo ai fondatori della 1000 Miglia: Aymo Maggi, Renzo Castagneto, Franco Mazzotti e Giovanni Canestrini, i “Quattro Moschettieri” che hanno dato vita a quella che, ancora oggi, è conosciuta come “la Corsa più bella del mondo”.
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The Tribute to the founders of the 1000 Miglia will take place tomorrow at midday in the Rebuffone gardens: Aymo Maggi, Renzo Castagneto, Franco Mazzotti and Giovanni Canestrini, the “Four Musketeers” who gave life to what is still known today as “the most beautiful race in the world
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2 months ago

Un'auto iconica che nel 1938 ha sostituito la TA in casa MG (Morris Garages). Il motore 4 cilindri da 1.250 cc. alimentato da carburatori doppiocorpo e la produzione di soli 379 esemplari, rendono questa MG TB del 1939 la più rara tra tutte le T-Type.
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An iconic car which replaced the TA in MG (Morris Garages) in 1938. The 1,250 cc 4-cylinder engine fed by twin-body carburettors along with the fact that only 379 were produced make this 1939 MG TB the rarest of all T-Types.
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Unauto iconica che nel 1938 ha sostituito la TA in casa MG (Morris Garages). Il motore 4 cilindri da 1.250 cc. alimentato da carburatori doppiocorpo e la produzione di soli 379 esemplari, rendono questa MG TB del 1939 la più rara tra tutte le T-Type.
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An iconic car which replaced the TA in MG (Morris Garages) in 1938. The 1,250 cc 4-cylinder engine fed by twin-body carburettors along with the fact that only 379 were produced make this 1939 MG TB the rarest of all T-Types.
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2 months ago

Una Rally ABC Grand Sport del 1928 che sfila tra gli sguardi meravigliati del pubblico, attraversando borghi e città fra le eccellenze italiane.
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A 1928 Rally ABC Grand Sport drives in between the rows of amazed spectators as it passes through villages and towns of Italian excellence.
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Una Rally ABC Grand Sport del 1928 che sfila tra gli sguardi meravigliati del pubblico, attraversando borghi e città fra le eccellenze italiane.
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A 1928 Rally ABC Grand Sport drives in between the rows of amazed spectators as it passes through villages and towns of Italian excellence.
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2 months ago

26 Marzo 1927 - 26 Marzo 2022
Buon Compleanno 1000 Miglia, sei bella come il primo giorno!

1927, March 26 - 2022 , March 26
Happy Birthday 1000 Miglia, you look as beautiful as the first day!
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26 Marzo 1927 - 26 Marzo 2022 
Buon Compleanno 1000 Miglia, sei bella come il primo giorno!  1927, March 26 - 2022 , March 26 
Happy Birthday 1000 Miglia, you look as beautiful as the first day!

The award ceremony ends this extraordinary, evocative and incredibly emotional adventure.
Many thanks to those who participated and to you who followed us step by step over these fantastic four days!
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The Coppa delle Alpi 2022 has its winners: Gianmario Fontanella e Anna Maria Covelli on board a 1939 Lancia Aprilia. In second place comes Roberto Crugnola and Francesco Mosconi with a 1937 FIAT 508 C and then Francesco Di Pietra and Giuseppe Di Pietra on a 1938 FIAT 508 C.

All the cars have crossed the finish line in Brixen!
After the Time Control at the end of the race the crews wait for the final classification.
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The final destination is getting closer: the competing cars cross the Sella Pass and Val Gardena after competing for the City of Brixen Trophy in the Time Trials in Canazei.
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After climbing the Marmolada, right after the Average Trials, the cars headed towards the Fedaia Pass, an alpine pass on the border between Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto which is one of the most tourist destinations of the mountain chain known as the Queen of the Dolomites.

After stopping for lunch in Caprile, the crews faced the Average Trial that will take them to the Fedaia Pass.
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