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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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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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