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Brescia, city of the 1000 Miglia

The Lioness of Italy cradle of the Red Arrow

Since 1927, the 1000 Miglia has been identified with the city of its origins: Brescia. The place that is past, present and future, soul and heart of the race, starting point and finishing line since its first edition.

Brescia and the four musketeers

The Lioness of Italy owes a lot to Giovanni Canestrini, Franco Mazzotti, Aymo Maggi and Renzo Castagneto, the ‘Four Musketeers’ who gave life to an event that is still known today as the ‘most beautiful race in the world’.

A story that began in Milan with the lighting of the first spark in the winter of 1926, and grew over time through evolutions and extraordinary moments, to arrive at the present day. Thanks to the founders, since 1927 the places and the name of the city have been inextricably linked to the Red Arrow.

Renzo Castagneto, the Deus ex machina of the 1000 Miglia

Since the end of the 1920s, Renzo Castagneto, from his office as Director of the Automobile Club of Brescia, held the reins of a huge organisation, 1.600 km long, maintaining contact with car manufacturers and drivers from all over the world. In spite of having a character that was anything but easy, the organiser was held in high regard, maintaining good relations with everyone, and displaying a remarkable insight for the tastes of the general public.

Castagneto’s unquestionable organizational skills demonstrated with the 1000 Miglia led him, over time to the helm of the Targa Florio, the Grand Prix of Italy, the Giro d’Italia cycling race and the Tripoli-Tobruk, but is to Brescia and its race that his name remains tied.

The set-up and the public of Brescia

Castagneto had been active so that Brescia could offer collateral events in support of the Race, decorating the city with the colors of the Red Arrow, displayed on flags, banners, torches and lighting.
The setting up of Piazza della Vittoria, with its umbrellas and chatacteristic wooden barriers, was a great success, to the point that the square was the most photographed Italian in those years, adding lustre and fame to the city and to the 1000 Miglia.

The citizens could live the race from far away thanks to the loudspeakers that diffused the live coverage and to the scoreboards that showed the classifications on Corso Zanardelli. Over the years, other events took place in the city, from competitions to children’s parades, exhibitions, minting of medals, the issuing of postage stamps, even to the “1000 Miglia for carrier pigeons”. The atmosphere created by Castagneto, to which the international character of the city’s guests contributed, made Brescia, for a week, what the “director” wanted: the Capital of world motoring.

Sealing Ceremony between 1927 and 1931

One of the most representative places of the Red Arrow is Piazza Vittoria, where the sealing ceremony still takes place today.

Since work on the square only began in 1929, the first editions of the Race were prepared in the “enclosure of the Wührer Brewery”, not far from Viale Venezia, which has always hosted the start of 1000 Miglia.
In 1931, or perhaps already in 1930, probably due to the need for more space because of the higher number of participants, the sealing ceremony was moved to the Foro Boario, south of Viale Venezia.

The origin of Piazza Vittoria

It didn’t take too long for the sealing ceremony to find its final setting. The works on of Piazza Vittoria lasted less than three years and the intervention, which radically changed the face of the heart of the city, represented the final solution to problems of space related to the preparatory stages of the 1000 Miglia.

At the end of the works and without waiting for the official inauguration, held in November 1932 on the occasion of Benito Mussolini’s visit, in April Renzo Castagneto moved here the sealing ceremony, showcase and catwalk for the famous people, not only from the automotive world, who arrived in Brescia.

Bruno Boni: the Mayor of the 1000 Miglia

After World War II, the then Mayor of Brescia, realized the importance and usefulness of an event of worldwide interest for the community, thus becoming one of the most fervent supporters of the 1000 Miglia in Italy and working alongside Renzo Castagneto in the organization of the race.

So, while Castagneto, on the wooden platform of Viale Venezia, waved the checkered flag of the arrival, Boni waved the flag at the start. The Mayor of the 1000 Miglia, instead of the national flag, usually used for the start of the races, opted to wave a white and blue flag with the colours of the city.

Continue reading the history of the 1000 Miglia

Explore the next chapters to discover the main events that have made the 1000 Miglia car race known all over the world: from the origins to the latest editions of the regularity race.

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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 🥲🚗🏁
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 🥲🚗🏁
Whilst the 5th and last Leg is on its way, tell us in the comments which was your favourite moment of Leg 4🎥✨🚗
Mentre è partita la 5 ed ultima Tappa, racconta nei commenti qual è stato il tuo momento preferito della Tappa 4 🎥✨🚗
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6 days ago

L'emozione è ancora più forte quando è condivisa! 🚗❤️
Un ringraziamento speciale a tutti i Partner che ci hanno accompagnato in questa incredibile avventura.
The excitement is even stronger when it is shared! 🚗❤️
Special thanks to all the Partners who accompanied us on this incredible adventure.

Chopard, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Vredestein, Villa Trasqua, The Fastlane Club, The Houtkamp Collection, Retro Rally Group, Way2Drive, Franciacorta
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Festeggiamo anche le vincitrici della Coppa delle Dame della #1000Miglia2024 e, con loro, tutti gli equipaggi al femminile che quest’anno hanno preso parte alla Corsa. 🚗🏆
A trionfare sono state Silvia Marini e Irene Dei Tos che, a bordo di una Cistalia 202 S Mm Spider del 1947, hanno chiuso la gara al 27 posto assoluto🥇
We also celebrate the winners of the Ladies' Cup of the #1000Miglia2024 and, with them, all the female crews who took part in the race this year. 🚗🏆
The winners were Silvia Marini and Irene Dei Tos who, in a Cistalia 202 S Mm Spider from 1947, finished the race in 27 place overall🥇
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6 days ago

Sulla pedana di Viale Venezia si è conclusa la #1000Miglia2024 🔚🥲
Ecco i nomi dei vincitori🏆:
🥇Andrea Vesco e Fabio Salvinelli a bordo di una Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Ss Spider Z del 1929
🥈 Gianmmario Fontanella e Anna Maria Covelli a bordo di una Lancia Lambda Casaro VII Serie del 1927
🥉 Alberto Aliverti e Stefano Valente a bordo di una Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Ss Spider Z del 1929
I vincitori si sono aggiudicati la Coppa 1000 Miglia 2024, un’opera d’arte realizzata dall’artista olandese Sabine Marcelis, metafora perfetta della vittoria in Team:
la scultura, infatti, è composta da due parti che, unite, la compongono nella sua interezza. Due pezzi complementari, pensati per essere autonomi e destinati a pilota e copilota, che solo con la loro unione trovano completezza💫
The #1000Miglia2024 finished on the Viale Venezia platform 🔚🥲
Here are the names of the winners 🏆:
🥇 Andrea Vesco and Fabio Salvinelli in a Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Ss Spider Z from 1929
🥈 Gianmmario Fontanella and Anna Maria Covelli in a Lancia Lambda Casaro VII Serie from 1927
🥉 Alberto Aliverti and Stefano Valente in a Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Ss Spider Z from 1929
The winners were awarded the Coppa 1000 Miglia 2024, a work of art created by Dutch artist Sabine Marcelis, a perfect metaphor for a Team victory:
the sculpture, in fact, is composed of two parts that, when joined together, make up a whole. Two complementary pieces, designed to be autonomous and intended for the driver and co-driver, which only through their union find completeness 💫
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6 days ago

Anche quest’anno torna il passaggio sul Lago di Garda: le auto in gara hanno sfilato lungo la sponda bresciana del Benaco attraversando #Peschiera, #Sirmione e #Desenzano🌊
fino ai comuni rivieraschi della Valtenesi: #Padenghe, #Moniga, #Manerba e #SanFelicedelBenaco hanno salutato la Corsa prima di giungere a #Salò e proseguire verso l’arrivo di #Brescia 🚗🔜📍
Once again, this year the passage on Lake Garda returns: the competing cars paraded along the Brescian shore of the Benaco passing through #Peschiera, #Sirmione and #Desenzano🌊
all the way to the coastal towns of the Valtenesi: #Padenghe, #Moniga, #Manerba and #SanFelicedelBenaco saluted the race before arriving in #Salò and continuing towards the finish in #Brescia 🚗🔜📍
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Seventh edition of the regularity race dedicated to the first Chairnan of 1000 Miglia srl🚗

Classic cars from the #1000Miglia and post-1958 cars entered in the Ferrari Tribute competed for the
Trofeo Roberto Gaburri 🏆 on the circuit in the city centre of #Brescia.

The #1000Miglia2024 week kicks off, just two days to go 😍

Confident that this unique edition of the #CoppadelleAlpi2024 has left an indelible mark in the hearts of all those who participated with passion, dedication and joy, a special thanks go to our Partners who chose to be at our side 😍🚗 🏔️

A 1000 thanks to you all!

At the official closing of the #CoppadelleAlpi2024, the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains given by the Mont Blanc hall of the Courmayeur Congress Centre hosted the “Journey in the Alpine platform in the making” conference
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🥇Stefano Ginesi and Susanna Rohr in a Fiat 508 S ''Balilla'' Coppa D from 1934 win the #CoppadelleAlpi2024 and the St. Moritz Trophy 🥈

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Race activities: ☑️⏱️ 3 Time Controls, 2 Average Trials, 10 Time Trials and 3 Countries crossed 🇨🇭🇫🇷 🇮🇹
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