25th Mille Miglia Storica, may, 17 - 20

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    25th Mille Miglia Storica from May 17 until 20, 2007

    * Lively tradition with a future

    * DaimlerChrysler Heritage: Chief sponsor for the 17th time

    Stuttgart/Brescia, May 17, 2007
    80 years after the first Mille Miglia in 1927 and 50 years after its last staging as a high-speed race in 1957, the Mille Miglia Storica will take place from May 17 until 20, 2007. Organized as a regularity race, the modern event has become a classic in its own right: this year, it will be staged for the 25th time since 1977 and will thus exceed the number of races between 1927 and 1957.

    Once again, DaimlerChrysler AG will act as the chief sponsor. A total of ten Mercedes-Benz cars will tackle the thousand miles (some 1,600 kilometers) from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia. Jochen Mass will be driving a 300 SLR from the year 1955 – in such a car, the team of Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the Mille Miglia race at an average speed of 157.65 km/h (97.96 mph) – a record unbroken to this very day. And Juan Manuel Fangio, also driving a 300 SLR in 1955, finished in second place.

    The other participating cars from the Mercedes-Benz collection make up a diversified picture: a 300 SL prototype dating back to 1952 won the Carrera Panamericana in that year and finished second in the Mille Miglia. It does not always require powerful engines to score success: this year, Mercedes-Benz will also enter a 180 D (W 120 series) with 40 hp (29 kW) – in 1955, three cars of this type clinched victory in their class in the Mille Miglia, thus testifying to the performance and reliability of diesel engines in passenger cars.

    A Mercedes-Benz 220 a of 1955 will be driven by an editor of the German “Motor Klassik” journal – the front passenger’s seat will be occupied by a reader, winner of the journal’s raffle. Six Mercedes-Benz 300 SL models will round off the fleet of factory cars. In addition, numerous private teams will line up at the start with Mercedes-Benz cars, among them several pre-war SS and SSK racing cars. Only models having competed in the original Mille Miglia may participate in the Mille Miglia Storica. A team of online editors from the “Spiegel” journal ( www.spiegel.de) will accompany the rally and report live via cell phone TV.

    2007 Mille Miglia: 700 applicants for 375 starter slots

    In keeping with the tradition of the races, the 2007 Mille Miglia consists of three stages. Both the program and the route follow the pattern of the original races in bygone times. The number of participants in the Mille Miglia is restricted to 375. As many as 700 applications were submitted for this year’s event. And never before has the field of participants been more international: 221 teams do not come from Italy. Nevertheless, the majority of the cars – 154 in all – come from the host country of course. Italy is followed by Germany (80 cars), the United States (31), Switzerland (23), the UK (19) and the Netherlands (18). There will also be teams from Argentina, Japan and Qatar, to name but a few other countries.

    Every year, the Mille Miglia Storica is a unique popular party in a motor sport atmosphere. Thousands of classic-car enthusiasts will travel to Brescia where on the Thursday before the race, all the classic cars will show up for registration and scrutineering, this time in Piazza Loggia. This procedure intrigues the spectators time and again; there is no other place where the original racing atmosphere is as tangible as it is here – and where the setting is so fascinating.

    The first car will then set off from Viale Venezia at 8 p.m. – a moment which is preceded by the spectators’ complete – respectful – silence on the square. All the other classic racing cars will then start into the night at short intervals. Before the convoy leaves the town, it will drive a lap through its streets and complete the first two regularity tests in which the teams are able to practice their virtuoso, finely coordinated use of stop-watch and accelerator pedal. The route then takes the convoy in an eastern direction via Rezzato and Lonato to the day’s destination, Ferrara, which is reached after midnight.

    At 9 o’clock on Friday, the cars will set off in the direction of Rome. The historical racing cars pass through Ravenna, for instance, the Republic of San Marino and Assisi before the first cars arrive in Rome after 9 p.m. The route always leads through dazzlingly beautiful landscapes because the Mille Miglia Storica is meant to provide all-out enjoyment. In addition to the pleasure of driving classic cars, the participants will see the most scenic parts of Italy, while exquisite meals and wines stand for the country’s culinary culture.

    The teams will have to get up early on Saturday: from 6.30 a.m., the first participants will set out on the longest leg, driving through Viterbo, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Modena and Cremona before they arrive back in Brescia from 9.30 p.m. And again, large crowds of classic-car enthusiasts will await the teams who will then have covered 1,000 miles in their cars in three days. Circumstances may be more moderate today but it’s still not an easy exercise to drive this route in a classic automobile.

    Inseparably associated: Mille Miglia and Mercedes-Benz

    The first race on the Brescia – Cremona – Mantua – Brescia route was staged on September 10, 1899, but the Mille Miglia proper goes back to the year 1927. In the early days, a handful of enthusiastic motorists had competed against each other in long-distance races in the greater Brescia area. They eventually opted for a longer route and divided the race into three successively longer legs; the turning point was to be Rome, and the total distance was to be 1,000 miles – a reference to ancient Rome. Since 1930, the name Mercedes-Benz has been inseparably associated with this famous racing spectacle. In that year, Rudolf Caracciola drove his SSK to sixth place, and only one year later, he clinched the first overall victory for Mercedes-Benz in an SSKL – to the accompaniment of thunderous applause by many fans. After the Second World War, the brand celebrated more historical successes with great drivers, among them Rudolf Caracciola, Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, John Cooper Fitch and Helmut Retter.

    Today, the teams may cover the traditional Mille Miglia routes more peacefully in their venerable legends on wheels – routes on which the drivers used to fight for victory with no holds barred in the old days. The old racing cars nevertheless revive the overwhelming fascination of the tough battles of yesteryear. Their immortal appeal is first and foremost attributable to the fact that they stand for the outstanding technical competence in their day and age. And with this aura, each individual car – be it power-pack or refined lightweight – renders its contribution to the Mille Miglia’s exceptional legend.

    Program

    Thursday, May 17, 2007: First stage

    9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.:
    Technical scrutineering of the cars in Piazza Loggia, Brescia
    8.00 p.m.:
    Start of the first car in Viale Venezia
    12 midnight:
    Expected arrival of the first car in Ferrara

    Friday, May 18, 2007: Second stage

    9.00 a.m.:
    Start of the first team
    9.00 p.m.:
    Expected arrival of the first car in Rome

    Saturday, May 19, 2007: Third stage

    6.30 a.m.:
    Start of the first car in the direction of Brescia
    9.30 p.m.:
    Expected arrival of the winner in Brescia and crossing of the finishing line in Viale Venezia

    Sunday, May 20, 2007: Winners’ ceremony

    11.00 a.m.:
    Winners’ ceremony
    1.00 p.m.:
    Festive lunch
     
  2. 17/05/2007
    The "Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo" team lines up for the prestigious Mille Miglia 2007

    Alfa Romeo Automobiles is participating in the 25th edition of the Mille Miglia revival, scheduled from May 17 to 19, with the official "Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo� team of five cars made available by the Alfa Romeo Vintage Car Museum.

    Participating with the oldest car is the Viaro � Bergamaschi team with an Alfa 6C 1500 Super Sport (1928), the same model that won the 1928 Mille Miglia with Campari � Ramponi and went on to win the 2005 revival 77 years later. Also taking to the road in this fascinating Mille Miglia 2007 is the duo of Marx � Verga in the 8C 2300 Le Mans (1931), the sports version of the 8C 2300 that made its debut in 1931, winning the Eireann Cup in Dublin driven by Birkin, before winning the Le Mans 24-hour event for four consecutive years from 1931 to 1934.

    Another two Alfa Romeos participating in this revival of the legendary "Freccia Rossa" will arouse a great deal of curiosity: an Alfa 1900 Sport Spider (1954), with the team Arcieri � Di Mare, and the famous 1900 C52 Disco Volante Spider (1952) driven by Grimaldi � Labate. These two cars are unusual because neither of them actually went into production: the first car is one of the prototypes prepared for Sports category events, which were then shelved to make room for production cars like the 1900 SS and Giulietta Sprint. The same fate befell the 1900 C52 Disco Volante Spider, even though it must be said that many of the technical and stylistic innovations adopted on this car were applied in later Alfa Romeos.

    Last member in the �Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo� line-up is the crew Izquerdo � Azpilicueta on board the 750 Competizione produced in 1955 to participate in 1500 cc Sports category events. It is powered by a souped-up Giulietta engine with the capacity increased to 1488 cc.

    Now 80 years on from the first edition of the "world's most famous race", the Mille Miglia revival this year is celebrating its 25th edition with a record number of non-Italian entries, 221 out of the 375 teams participating. With over 700 applicants this year, the task of screening them by applying strict criteria in terms of quality and frequency of participation proved extremely difficult. There are a good number of Alfa Romeo models in the line-up of what is held to be the "world's most prestigious travelling museum". This year sees the participation of cars of inestimable value that have written some of the most magnificent pages in international motoring history. It should also be mentioned that Alfa Romeo holds the record for number of victories, fully 11 successes between 1928 and 1947. In later years Alfa Romeo cars were victorious in various categories with models like the Giulietta Sprint Veloce, 1900 TI, 1900 Super Sprint or the Matta, which came first in the military vehicle category. And let us not forget the 6C 3000 CM that, in 1953 with Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel, came very close to chalking up the 12th victory for Alfa Romeo in this classic event.

    This year certain changes have been introduced to the formula. For instance, there will be as many as 40 time trials, although these will continue to use the routes covered in the twenty-four editions held between 1927 and 1957. The regularity race will cover 1,600 kilometres, winding through the centre of some of Italy's most fascinating towns, ancient villages and uncontaminated nature reserves. As is traditional, the Mille Miglia revival will get underway from Brescia on Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m. After passing through Peschiera del Garda and the historic centre of Verona, the first car is forecast to arrive in Ferrara at midnight. Next morning the first car will start out at 9 a.m. One and a half hours later the cars will pass through Ravenna, at midday they will climb up towards San Marino and then on to Urbino, where they will begin to arrive at 2.15 p.m. At 5 p.m. the cars will make their way through Assisi and later, at around 8 p.m., they will get their first glimpse of Rome where, after passing through the centre, the second leg comes to an end.

    Saturday 19 will be a really tough day, driving all the way from Rome back up to Brescia. The first car is scheduled to leave Rome at 6.30 a.m. then after a section passing through many places of historic interest, at 10 a.m. the race will continue on through Radicofani, the countryside around Siena, and arrive at around 2.30 p.m. in the centre of Florence. One hour later the cars will reach the summit of the legendary Futa Pass and the caravan will then make its way to Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Cremona and finally reach Brescia.

    So every edition of the Mille Miglia is part race, part adventure, but no edition is ever the same as the one before. This is the secret of this event, one that every year receives the admiration and warm enthusiasm of a vast public: a clear sign that these cars still manage to evoke strong emotions today, even among the younger spectators who throng the piazzas along the route.


    Turin, May 17 2007
     
  3. A legendary Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza sports car has hit the circuit of the Mille Miglia, which got underway last night, in a return to European competition.

    The Alfa Monza, which is owned by the Fratelli Auriana team, is believed to be the model raced by Tazio Nuvolari in his winning bid in the 1932 Monaco Grand Prix. It later was entered in the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix and French Grand Prix and, in 1934, placed second in the British Empire Trophy Race, when it was driven by Charles Brackenbury.

    The Fratelli Auriana 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza is being driven by an admiral of the Italian Navy, Giovanni Vitaloni, former Military Advisor to the United Nations Italian Mission. Admiral Vitaloni was the co-driver of Fratelli Auriana's rare 1952 Cisitalia 202 D coupe in the 2005 Mille Miglia. Joining Admiral Vitaloni as co-driver is Joseph Colasacco, of Connecticut, who in 2004 won the Formula Junior Historic Grand Prix of Monaco while driving a 1959 Stanguellini for Fratelli Auriana.

    The Fratelli Auriana racing team is owned by Lawrence Auriana, Senior Portfolio Manager and founder of the Federated Kaufmann Fund. He is also Chairman of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which organises New York's annual Columbus Week Celebration, the world's largest series of events that pays homage to Italian-American friendship, cooperation and culture. Mr. Auriana's partner in Fratelli Auriana is his brother, Mark. "Our entry in this year's Mille Miglia is a tribute to the strong, historical and cultural ties that unite in friendship two great nations � Italy and the United States," said Mr. Auriana.

    From 1931 through 1937, Alfa Romeo Monza sports cars dominated road racing. The 8c 2300 featured a 2300 cc in-line eight-cylinder engine and was designed by Vittorio Jano and it was crowned a supreme feat of engineering by the foremost drivers of the day.

    These included Nuvolari, Borzacchini, Varzi, Campari, Brivio and Trossi � all of whom raced the Monza. The Alfa Romeo 8c 2300 acquired the "Monza" designation after Nuvolari drove the car to his 1932 Italian Grand Prix win in a race in Monza, Italy. Only a handful of the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 sports cars are known to have survived the gruelling demands of road racing in the mid-20th century. They are among the most highly sought after cars in the world.

    The 2007 Mille Miglia features 325 cars built between 1927 and 1957 and takes place in three stages. The first leg yesterday took the drivers from Brescia to Ferrara, the second leg today will see the cars reaching Rome (May 18), while the third leg will finish back at Brescia (May 19).
     
  4. Alfa Romeo won its third edition of the Mille Miglia re-run on Sunday. 65 year-old businessman from Trieste, Luciano Viaro, and his 50 year-old co-driver from Mantua, Luca Bergamaschi were the winners of the 2007 Mille Miglia historical regularity race, arguably the most famous car-race in the world when it was run from 1927 to 1957.

    After an exhausting battle against the 1927 Bugatti T37 driven by Bruno and Carlo Ferrari, Viaro, still driving the 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 S, with which he won the race in 2005 with Maurizio De Marco alongside, he repeated that success. Last year he was second behind Giuliano Cané (nine victories from 1992 to 2006). The second triumph for Viaro and the third for the Alfa (the car-maker won in 1977 with the 1927 RL driven by Hepp-Bauer) are the result of a competition always run in attacking mode, without making mistakes, with great concentration and perfect resoluteness. The crew, representing the Alfa Romeo Register of Members, has shown an exemplary determination, even in facing the most difficult events such as in Urbino, where they had to skip the refreshment, being afraid of a possible breakdown in the middle of the second lap because of problems with the gas-pump. Once they solved the technical problem which bothered the crew on the hills of Montefeltro, “the red” has marched at full speed, giving Viaro a victory which will go down in history: 80 years after the birth of the Red Arrow, this triumph acquires great sports and historical significance since the 25th Mille Miglia is also the last one of a long and successful series of achievements for Marva.

    Worth mentioning are the golden turtle - the winners’ lucky charm - pinned to the suits, and the perfect partnership between Viaro and his new navigator Luca Bergamaschi (director of the Museo Nuvolari and organizer of the homonymous historical race). The driver from Trieste explains: “I want to dedicate my victory to Alfa Romeo, to my wife Maria Giovanna and our son Antonio, who works with me producing stopwatches. Mille Miglia was conceived in Brescia and still in Brescia it was brought back to life, but it is an Italian inheritance."

    To the 56 year-old architect Bruno Ferrari from Brescia, winner in 1995 (Abarth 750 Zagato), the second position should not sound as a defeat: his Bugatti T37 n. 41 flawlessly competed, running regularly as clockwork were it not for a moment’s carelessness during the last trial in Scaldsole/Radicofani. Ferrari dominated the race both after the first and the second trial in Rome, thus ending the race with honour, after only 1031 points from the winner.

    The third position goes to the lawyer Flaminio Valseriati and his young co-driver Andrea Guerini in extremis. Their 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans has allowed them to step up to the podium thanks to the wonderful performance during the last trails in Modena.

    The Bolognese Giuliano Cané, coupled with his wife Lucia Galliani, came home fourth in their BMW 328 Touring, which led them to victory in 2002. They have not seized the tenth achievement, in spite of the general expectation. The Mille Miglia record-holder was hindered during the first part of the race due to some troubles with the carburettor. He solved them in Rome and was able to move from the seventh to the third position before arriving in Modena, but was finally defeated by Valseriati. Ezio Perletti, fifth in the cockpit of his Fiat 514 Coppa Alpi, was able to face the troubles to the engine together with Andrea Vesco. Salvinelli Fabio came sixth after succeeding in defending his position from the attacks of Sisti Sergio, who was seventh in an Aston Martin. The Argentinian Manoel Elicabe was eighth (Bugatti) and first among the foreign drivers. Franca Boni and Monica Barziza (BMW) won the Ladies’ Cup with their thirteenth position. Luca Bizzarri and Paolo Kessisoglu, anchormen of the satirical TV show on Italia Uno Channel, ended the race in the 110th position.

    MILLE MIGLIA, FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION (after 40 time trials):
    1. Viaro-Bergamaschi (1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 S n. 26) 15452;
    2. Ferrari-Ferrari (1927 Bugatti T37 n. 41) 14421;
    3. Valseriati-Guerini (1933 Aston Martin Le Mans n. 112) 13080;
    4. Cané-Galliani (1940 BMW 328 Touring n. 138) 13021;
    5. Perletti-Vesco (1930 Fiat 514 Coppa Alpi n. 50) 12761;
    6. Salvinelli-Rizzo (1936 MG PB n. 121) 12630;
    7. Sisti-Sisti (1932 Aston Martin International n. 84) 12302;
    8. Ecalibe-Varalla (1926 Bugatti T37 n. 30) 12276;
    9. Sielecki-Hervas (1926 Bugatti T35 A n. 34) 11941;
    10. Accerenzi-Bettoncelli (1936 Riley 12/4 n. 117) 11184;
    11. Redaelli-Moceri (1929 Aston Martin International n. 60) 11099;
    12. Per bellini-Perbellini (1950 Jaguar Biondetti S n. 369) 11065;
    13. Boni-Barziza (1937 BMW 328 n. 118) 10260.
     
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