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1926: the idea takes shape

Canestrini, Mazzotti, Maggi, Castagneto: the Four Musketeers and the 1000 Miglia

Just like every myth, an air of mystery surrounds the origin of the 1000 Miglia.
Among the many reconstructions as to how the extraordinary epic adventure of “the most beautiful race in the world” began, the best known and most reliable version comes from the testimony of one of this founders: Giovanni Canestrini.

The origin of the Mille Miglia Cup

On December 2, 1926, Giovanni Canestrini received a visit from a group of people from Brescia at his home in Milan in Via Bonaventura Cavalieri. They were Franco Mazzotti, Aymo Maggi and Renzo Castagneto who, accompanied by their friend Flaminio Monti, explained to him the idea of what would later become the 1000 Miglia.

It was on this occasion that for the first time Mazzotti had the intuition to called it “Coppa della Mille Miglia”, introducing the unit of measurement of miles instead of kilometers.

Between reality and legend

Many sources tell of the event that ignited the spark of the 1000 Miglia. Canestrini wrote about it in the book “Mille Miglia” of 1967, later taken up by Giovannino Lurani in his book “La Storia delle Mille Miglia” of 1979.

However, an article published in 1930 in the “single issue” of the 1000 Miglia, offered a more complex vision. The author was the same Canestrini who, free from conditioning, gave a narrative adherent to the reality of that late autumn of 1926.

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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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