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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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The Passage Controls is a fundamental activity of the 1000 Miglia; it certifies the transit of cars at locations along the route. 
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Il Controllo Timbro è un'attività fondamentale della 1000 Miglia, certifica il transito delle vetture nelle località sul percorso.
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1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022, Thursday, Oct. 20, U.S. Cup Day 1: Driving approximately 350 km, the crews will move from Middleburg toward Montpelier, the town of 4th U.S. President James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution: from the southernmost point of the day's route, the return northward will be along the scenic Skyline Drive, the panoramic road through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park.
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.  1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022, Giovedì 20 Ottobre, Coppa USA Giorno 1: alla guida per circa 350 km, gli equipaggi si muoveranno da Middleburg in direzione Montpelier, la cittadina del IV Presidente USA James Madison, Padre della Costituzione Americana: dal punto più a Sud del percorso di giornata, il ritorno verso nord avverrà lungo la scenografica Skyline Drive, la strada panoramica attraverso le Blue Ridge Mountains nel Parco Nazionale di Shenandoah.
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The Passage Controls is a fundamental activity of the 1000 Miglia; it certifies the transit of cars at locations along the route.
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Il Controllo Timbro è un'attività fondamentale della 1000 Miglia, certifica il transito delle vetture nelle località sul percorso.
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1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022, Wednesday, Oct. 19, Training Day: theory in the classroom and practice on the Summit Point circuit. After the trials on the track, on the return trip to Middleburg, the Micro 1000 Miglia Trophy will be contested: about 60 km along which the crews will get to put into practice everything they learned regarding the equipment, rules and techniques of regularity racing. 
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1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022, Mercoledì 19 Ottobre, Training Day: teoria in sala e pratica sul circuito di Summit Point. 
Dopo le prove in pista, nel ritorno verso Middleburg, verrà disputato il Trofeo Micro 1000 Miglia: circa 60 km lungo il quale gli equipaggi avranno modo di mettere in pratica quanto appreso in materia di strumenti, regole e tecniche delle gare di regolarità. 
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Before participating in a race, it is essential to undergo a check of the car's compliance with what was declared during the entry process.
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Prima di partecipare ad una gara è fondamentale sottoporsi ad un controllo di conformità della vettura rispetto a quella dichiarata in fase di iscrizione.
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1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022 is the opportunity to prepare crews for the sporting and competitive side of the 1000 Miglia: days of training, trials and a final race to discover and delve into the secrets of regularity racing. There are two classes of accepted cars: 1000 Miglia Era Car Class, cars meeting the requirements to enter the 1000 Miglia and produced from 1927 to 1957, and Post 1000 Miglia Era Car Class, Sport, Gran Turismo and Supercar vehicles produced from 1958 to today. The crews are subdivided into the Novice and Veteran categories on the basis of the number of 1000 Miglia participations in the last ten years. At stake are 6 guarantees of acceptance to the 1000 Miglia 2023. To enter ➡️ www.1000miglia.it
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1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022 è l’occasione per preparare gli equipaggi ad affrontare il lato sportivo e competitivo della 1000 Miglia: giornate di training, prove e una gara conclusiva per apprendere e approfondire i segreti delle gare di regolarità. Due le classi di auto ammesse: 1000 Miglia Era Car Class, vetture in possesso dei requisiti per iscriversi alla 1000 Miglia e prodotte dal 1927 al 1957, e Post 1000 Miglia Era Car Class, vetture Sport, Gran Turismo e Supercar prodotte dal 1958 ad oggi. Novice e Veteran sono le categorie degli equipaggi, suddivisi sulla base del numero di partecipazioni alla 1000 Miglia degli ultimi dieci anni. In palio 6 garanzie di accettazione alla 1000 Miglia 2023. Per iscriverti ➡️ www.1000miglia.it
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Following in the footsteps of Tazio Nuvolari, winner of the 1000 Miglia Races held in 1930 and 1933, the 1000 Miglia 2022 passed through Mantua, a treasure trove of art and culture..
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Sulle orme di Tazio Nuvolari, vincitore della 1000 Miglia del 1930 e del 1933, la 1000 Miglia 2022 ha attraversato Mantova, scrigno d’arte e cultura. ________________________
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There are three weeks to go before entry closes for the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2022, the event thats offers 6 acceptances to the 1000 Miglia 2023! Full details at www.1000miglia.it 
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Mancano tre settimane alla chiusura delle iscrizioni a 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2022, l'evento che mette in palio 6 accettazioni alla 1000 Miglia 2023! Tutti i dettagli su www.1000miglia.it
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Simply change perspective to appreciate different details: the 1922 O.M. 469 with the co-driver to the rear left of the driver. 
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Basta cambiare prospettiva per cogliere dettagli diversi: la O.M. 469 del 1922 porta il codriver alle spalle del pilota. 
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The Passage Controls is a fundamental activity of the 1000 Miglia; it certifies the transit of cars at locations along the route.
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Il Controllo Timbro è un'attività fondamentale della 1000 Miglia, certifica il transito delle vetture nelle località sul percorso.
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The Passage Controls is a fundamental activity of the 1000 Miglia; it certifies the transit of cars at locations along the route. 
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Il Controllo Timbro è unattività fondamentale della 1000 Miglia, certifica il transito delle vetture nelle località sul percorso.
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1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022, Thursday, Oct. 20, U.S. Cup Day 1: Driving approximately 350 km, the crews will move from Middleburg toward Montpelier, the town of 4th U.S. President James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution: from the southernmost point of the day's route, the return northward will be along the scenic Skyline Drive, the panoramic road through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park.
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. 1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022, Giovedì 20 Ottobre, Coppa USA Giorno 1: alla guida per circa 350 km, gli equipaggi si muoveranno da Middleburg in direzione Montpelier, la cittadina del IV Presidente USA James Madison, Padre della Costituzione Americana: dal punto più a Sud del percorso di giornata, il ritorno verso nord avverrà lungo la scenografica Skyline Drive, la strada panoramica attraverso le Blue Ridge Mountains nel Parco Nazionale di Shenandoah.
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1000 Miglia Warm UP USA 2022, Thursday, Oct. 20, U.S. Cup Day 1: Driving approximately 350 km, the crews will move from Middleburg toward Montpelier, the town of 4th U.S. President James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution: from the southernmost point of the days route, the return northward will be along the scenic Skyline Drive, the panoramic road through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park.
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The Passage Controls is a fundamental activity of the 1000 Miglia; it certifies the transit of cars at locations along the route.
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Il Controllo Timbro è un'attività fondamentale della 1000 Miglia, certifica il transito delle vetture nelle località sul percorso.
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#1000miglia #1000miglia2022
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The Passage Controls is a fundamental activity of the 1000 Miglia; it certifies the transit of cars at locations along the route.
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Il Controllo Timbro è unattività fondamentale della 1000 Miglia, certifica il transito delle vetture nelle località sul percorso.
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#1000Miglia #1000Miglia2022
1 week ago

What an amazing adventure it was!
As the Official Tyre Partner, team Vredestein is once again looking back to a beautiful drive in June. Have you spotted their limited edition Mille Miglia Sprint Classic tyres on their participating cars?
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Che avventura fantastica è stata!
Nel team di @Vredestein, Official Tyre Partner, è ancora vivo il ricordo del bellissimo viaggio fatto a Giugno.
Hai notato gli pneumatici Mille Miglia Sprint Classic in edizione limitata sulle loro auto in gara?
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All the winners of 1000 Miglia 2022!
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After nearly 2000km the Crews finally arrived in Brescia. The arrival was sportingly closed in the parking lot of the former OM in Via Volturno. The Crews were then escorted to the arrival platform in Viale Venezia to receive their participation medals.
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In Bergamo the first Passage Controls of the afternoon. Great enthusiasm for the passage of the Race and for the celebrations of Brescia-Bergamo, Capital of Culture 2023.
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The Monza Circuit hosted the last Time Trials of the Race: the Participants competed between the Lesmo curves and the Variante Ascari. The winner will receive the Trophy dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Circuit.
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The fourth leg of the Race passed through the Heart of Wisdom in the Oltrepò, Pavia. The Visconteo Castle, Piazza della Vittoria with Passage Controls and the crossing of the Coperto Bridge to finally embrace the Certosa complex.
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The first sector of the day ended in the villages of Oltrepo Pavese surrounded by vineyards after the Time Controls scheduled in the historic center of Stradella.
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