FCA Heritage and Alfa Romeo lead the “1000 Miglia” 2019 event
From 15 to 18 May, the 37th historical re-enactment of the most famous road race of all time will take place: all eyes will be on the Alfa Romeo brand, "Automotive Global Partner" of the event and also the car manufacturer with the most participating vehicles (44 cars).
The Alfa Romeo Historic Museum
will be sending three exclusive vehicles that have made the history of the brand to the event: the 6C 1500 SS from 1928, the 1900 SS from 1956 and the 1900 Sport Spider from 1954.
The public lining the route that stretches from Brescia to Rome and back will be able to admire Stelvio and Giulia, the vehicles of the official convoy, also in the new limited "Alfa Romeo Racing" Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio special series, making their road début following their launch at the Geneva Motor Show.
Antonio Giovinazzi, our racing driver who currently competes in Formula 1 with the C38 single-seater of the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team, will be at the starting line to endorse the indestructible bond between the brand and the racing world.
A wide range of activities on location will give enthusiasts a chance to try out the Alfa Romeo range and they will also be able to remain tuned in to the emotions of the race on social media channels.
Once again, the scene is now set for the unique thrills provided by the historic re-evocation of the 1000 Miglia, the legendary competition described by Enzo Ferrari as the "most beautiful race in the world". Held for the 37th time this year, this travelling festival in honour of the most splendid of all road races will again be delighting spectators along the traditional Brescia-Rome-Brescia route. An unmissable event, once again involving Alfa Romeo "as Automotive Global Partner" the historic symbiosis of the brand - which holds the record for the number of races won, totalling eleven between 1927 and 1957- with the Mille Miglia has been renewed for a further three years. But that's not all: Alfa Romeo will also be the best represented car manufacturer at the event, with 44 vehicles in the race. These will include several exclusive Alfa Romeo models from the collection of FCA Heritage, the group department dedicated to protecting and promoting the historic heritage of the Italian FCA brands. These cars are normally on display at the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum - The time machine
, in Arese. The brand's crown jewels are joined by a fleet of thirty Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio vehicles, the cars chosen to make up the official convoy of the 1000 Miglia 2019, and by the "Alfa Romeo Racing" Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio special series presented at the Geneva Motor Show, here making their road début. At the starting line of the 1000 Miglia, Antonio Giovinazzi, driver of the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team will also be driving a Giulia Quadrifoglio sporting the special celebratory livery.
Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport
All eyes will be on the wonderful Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport from 1928, with bodywork by the Farina Plants: a similar version to the one that won the 1000 Miglia in 1928 with Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi. More recently, this car from the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum won the historic re-evocation of the Mille Miglia in 2005, 2007 and 2008. In 2007, it was also victorious in the "1000 Millas Sport" in Argentina, a success it repeated in 2008. The marvellous 1928 6C 1500 Super Sport is equipped with a 6-cylinder, 1487 cc engine, which delivers a maximum of 76 HP at 4,800 rpm, reaching a top speed of 140 km/h. 31 of these cars were built between 1928 and 1929. This car will be driven in the race by Giovanni Moceri, former Italian Grandi Eventi ACI Sport Champion and winner of Italy's biggest historic regularity competitions, from the Mille Miglia to the Targa Florio, the Gran Premio Nuvolari and the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti.
Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport Spider
The official Alfa Romeo line-up will also include the 1900 Sport Spider from 1954. It is an extremely rare racing spider - produced as a one-off - equipped with the 4-cylinder twin-cam dry sump "1900" engine, with maximum power boosted to 138 HP, enabling it to reach a speed of 220 km/h, thanks to a weight of just 880 kg and particularly efficient aerodynamics. With its innovative Bertone design, the 1900 Sport Spider comes with a 5-speed transmission and a De Dion rear axle: performance and handling worthy of a modern car, responsive and direct, with outstanding road-holding abilities. This car has been assigned the exclusive role of official Guest Car of the 1000 Miglia 2019, competing under race number 1000 and opening the parade of the historic cars taking part.
Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint
The trio of official Alfa Romeo cars in the event is completed by the 1900 Super Sprint from 1956, an elegant coupé with Touring bodywork in a "Gran Tourism" version of the 1900, "the family car that wins races", to quote the advertising claim that made it famous in the 1950s. The 1900 SS is no newcomer to the Mille Miglia, since in the 1950s, when the competitive race was still being held, it was the car of choice of many "gentlemen" drivers, on account of its superb performance and reliability. The all-woman team, composed of Prisca Taruffi and Savina Confaloni will compete for the prestigious Coppa delle Dame.
From past to future
The trio of historical vehicles represents the long-lasting, unbreakable historic bond between Alfa Romeo with four-wheel racing, also expressed in the queen of motorsports disciplines: Formula 1. It is no coincidence that the start of this edition of the 1000 Miglia, in the splendid setting of Piazza della Vittoria, where sealing will take place, will be attended by Antonio Giovinazzi, the first Italian driver for eight years to be assigned a permanent place at the wheel of a Formula 1 car. Giovinazzi will not be the only representative of the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team, which continues to sustain the unique Alfa Romeo tradition of Italian technical excellence and style in motorsports circuits. In fact, right along the route, spectators will be able to admire the new Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio "Alfa Romeo Racing" special series. The "Alfa Romeo Racing" Giulia Quadrifoglio will be driven by Giovinazzi in the first stage.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio "Alfa Romeo Racing" special series
This special edition, with exclusive paintwork, is a tribute to the Alfa Romeo Racing C38, packed with unique stylistic details, such as Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structure, the Mopar® automatic transmission knob with carbon insert, and the leather and Alcantara steering wheel, also with carbon inserts. A special celebratory badge with the Alfa Romeo Racing logo makes a statement inside. The cars feature exclusive contents: the 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo with power boosted by 20 HP thanks to specific ad hoc tuning by the Alfa Romeo engineers, Akrapović titanium exhaust, braking system with carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon shell seats by Sparco deliver a significant reduction in weight compared to the respective standard production trims.
Alfa Romeo for the 1000 Miglia
Fans will be able to enter into contact with the Alfa Romeo world throughout the 1000 Miglia. The institutional stand of the Brand will appear against the striking backdrop of Piazza della Vittoria in Brescia on 14 and 15 May, when the technical checks and sealing operations will occur. The public will be able to choose from the many official merchandising products on offer and admire the vehicles on display. Again on 15 May, in the same location, Antonio Giovinazzi will greet fans and participate in the exciting initial phases of the race. And while the caravan completes its tour of Italy, the Alfa Romeo institutional stand will move to Piazza Duomo and welcome the public of Brescia from 17 to 19 May, with test drives of the current range and an after-hours opening on Saturday 18, as part of the "White Night" event that will liven up the historical centre. Bologna will also host a number of Alfa Romeo vehicles, both on show and to test drive, in Piazza Galvani, on 17 and 18 May. There will therefore be many opportunities to admire the Brand's vehicles, as well as seeing them race in the imperial "1000 miles" of the route. Instead, those who prefer to follow the compelling events of the 1000 Miglia with their smartphone, tablet or personal computer can consult our official Facebook, Instagram and YouTube social media channels, the websites
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Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
"It was a disappointing weekend where we never managed to express our potential. It is difficult to find some positives, as the first stint of the race was just a nightmare, but at least the last stint was the best part of the weekend. Circumstances didn't help and with Antonio's grid position and Kimi falling to the back in the opening lap, our race was effectively compromised.
I would say that today's result belittles our real level: everything seemed to go against us this weekend, but it's important for the two days of testing ahead that we honestly assess our performance and get back to where we stood so far this season."
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 02/Ferrari) Result: 14th. Start on medium tyres, after 28 laps change to hard tyres and after lap 45 on soft tyres
"What can I say? Good that we have two days of testing ahead. We need that and hopefully we can figure out what the problems are. Overall it was not an easy weekend for us - having said that, at the end of the race we had the same speed as the guys in front of us but there was only so much we could do with that. Me going wide in lap 1 didn't help, but after the start I desperately tried to gain a few positions but it was slippery and I went wide. Pretty disappointing, but as I said, the test will hopefully help to turn things around."
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 03/Ferrari) Result: 16th. Start on soft tyres, after 6 laps change to hard tyres and after lap 41 back on soft tyres
"Not an easy weekend for us. We started the race from P18 and went with a bit of different strategy to try and gain some positions, in the end it didn't work because the pace just was not there. We need to work hard to have a better package in Monaco and achieve a better result. The midfield battle is tight and we have shown in the past we can be in this fight."
New Fiat 500 range: the iconic car renews itself and expands its line-up with the top-of-the-range Star and Rockstar versions
A renewed and expanded range of the Made in Italy masterpiece which now, twelve years after its second launch, continues to take Europe by storm with record-breaking figures.
Two completely new Top of the range versions are making their début: the sophisticated 500 Star, for drivers seeking elegance on the road in its purest form and the bold 500 Rockstar, for those who adore the car's sportier, wilder side.
To celebrate the brand's 120th anniversary, Fiat customers who purchase the exclusive versions of the new 500 range will get up to 6 months of Apple Music to stream over 50 million songs ad-free.
Better connected than ever before: in addition to the new Star and Rockstar vehicles, the Lounge and Sport versions also offer a Uconnect 7" HD LIVE touchscreen, which is Apple CarPlay compatible and Android AutoTMcompatible as standard equipment.
More elegant, stylish and technological: the new Fiat 500 range is coming to showrooms now with more than a few updates. These include the two top-of-the-range new versions, Star and Rockstar, designed for the young and sophisticated customer.
Launched back in 1957 and relaunched in 2007, the evergreen Fiat 500 first "motorised" Europe and then completely revolutionised the city-car category, offering, for the very first time, a level of style and technological never seen before in this segment. And today, 12 years on, the new 500 takes yet another step forward, showing off its intrinsic vocation as a trendsetter.
In short, all the ingredients that sealed the fortune of this symbolic Made in Italy vehicle are present. And its hold over the European market is still as strong today: just think that in 2018 it registered its best progressive total ever with almost 194,000 new vehicle registrations (Fiat and Abarth) and last March it confirmed its status as the best-selling vehicle in its category, and the second best-selling car for the whole quarter, coming runner-up only to the equally extraordinary Fiat Panda.
A completely new range for an even more personal and distinctive choice
Personality, style and exclusivity: the three unique characteristics of a car that continues to hit the headlines and is even easier to choose today. Indeed, starting from the 500 Pop - the "gate" that opens into the 500 world - the customer can immediately choose between two very different versions: one with a more elegant feel and the other with a sportier vibe. The first version comes in the stylish Lounge trim, expressing its personality most effectively in the new Star version, whereas the sportier spirit comes through in the bold 500 Sport and in the new and even more dynamic Rockstar. The range of standard equipment included with both new versions is plentiful and notably includes the Uconnect 7" HD LIVE touchscreen radio - which has Apple CarPlay support and is compatible with Android AutoTM - making every trip a unique, engaging experience. Additionally, from today, this sophisticated infotainment system is also supplied as standard on the 500 Lounge and on the 500 Sport, which also introduces new upholsteries.
All the trims of the new 500 are available in the hatchback and cabriolet versions while, depending on the markets, customers can choose the 1.2 69 HP petrol version (with Dualogic automatic transmission or manual gears), the 85 HP Twin Air engine and the 1.2 GPL version with 69 HP (both with manual transmission).
New 500 Star, the epitome of elegance
Keen to build on the impressive success achieved by the Lounge version, the Fiat brand has decided to create an even richer, more elegant trim: the Fiat 500 Star. One of the main new features of the new version is the brand new metallic White Stella finish, embellished with nuances of pink, a perfect match for the chromed details, 16-inch alloy wheels and Skydome glass roof, all offered as standard equipment, including fog lamps. The 500 Star is also available in the following liveries: Gelato White, Carrara Grey, Vesuvius Black, Pompei Grey, Opera Bordeaux, Colosseo Grey, Epic Blue, Ice White. Whatever colour you choose, the new range confirms the importance of the colour combinations for the Fiat icon: indeed colour is not just a question of look but a key part of a product philosophy that offers the maximum in terms of personalisation as one of its founding elements.
The exclusivity of the exteriors is also mirrored inside, with the brand new interiors of the Star version, the ultimate expression of style for the 500 range, which are available in two colour combinations, white sand and black, and in the elegant, new Matelassé finish with details in eco leather and a bordeaux embroidered 500 logo. And from today, the dashboard fascia, which until now was supplied in the same colour as the bodywork, can now be chosen in one of the two new shades; White Sand with a pearly finish or matt Bordeaux. In the centre of the dashboard, the digital instruments present stand out, including a 7-inch TFT screen, the largest in the category.
New 500 Rockstar, true grit and innovation for a car that stands out in the metropolis
Dedicated to customers who want a vehicle with a bold personality, without forgoing an elegant look, the new 500 Rockstar version stands out from the pack with a style that combines the rugged aesthetic features of the Sport, visible in the front and rear bumpers and the side sills, with style details such as the fixed glass roof, 16-inch alloy wheels and the details on the bodywork in satin finish chrome. In addition, to enhance the sophisticated, dynamic soul of the new Rockstar version, a new colour for the exterior with a matt finish has been introduced: Green Portofino.
The new Rockstar is naturally available in other liveries too: Gelato White, Carrara Grey, Passione Red, Vesuvius Black, Pompei Grey, Opera Bordeaux, Colosseo Grey, Italia Blue, Ice White.
The interiors also mirror the elegant sporty feel of the exteriors and, as in the Star version, here too they are brand new. The central fascia of the seats makes a particularly striking impression, inspired by the pinstripe fabrics of the finest suits. All edged by the side panels, with grey or blue details and by the top part of the seat in black eco leather. Like the Star version, the new 500 Rockstar also offers the dashboard in two new colours: the brand new matt dark green shade and satin finish graphite. In the case of the dark green control panel, the details of the interiors are grey, whereas with the satin graphite version the interiors are blue. The passenger compartment is completed by the elegant chrome rocker panel and a 7-inch TFT monitor that provides all the information needed by the driver, including the data provided by the speedometer, tachometer and trip computer, which can all be read instantly and simultaneously. The monitor also displays the information provided by the UconnectTM system.
Fiat offers an in-car Apple experience with Apple Music and Apple CarPlay
To celebrate its 120th anniversary, Fiat customers in Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and in several other countries in the coming days, who purchase a vehicle from the new 500 range*, will receive a special gift: up to 6 months free of Apple Music**.
Fiat customers will be able to stream over 50 million songs ad-free and listen with premium BeatsAudio system***, giving drivers a never-ending playlist.
The in-car experience is also improved by Apple CarPlay, a smarter and safer way to use an iPhone in the car, enabling motorists to benefit from all the functions via the car's built-in display.
With Apple CarPlay, Fiat customers can also use Siri voice control to make calls, send and receive messages, play audiobooks and podcasts, get directions optimized for traffic conditions and more.
Finally, an exclusive Fiat playlist on Apple Music entitled "120 Years of Songs" has been curated to celebrate Fiat's 120th anniversary. Launched in March, the playlist will regularly refresh to reach a total of 120 songs by July, in time for the official anniversary of Fiat.
The 120 songs will span multiple countries and will include some of the soundtracks of Fiat's most successful advertising campaigns, such as Freedom by Pharrell Williams, Just One Lifetime by Sting & Shaggy, On An Evening In Roma by Michael Bublé and Dynamite by Nicky Blitz.
*Pop trim excluded.
**New Apple Music subscribers will receive six months free. Buyers already subscribed to Apple Music will receive three months free. Terms and conditions are available on local markets' Fiat website.
***Beats-Audio is available as optional.
Alfa Romeo passion at fever pitch: the 2019 1000 Miglia is under way
The 1000 Miglia has just set off from Brescia: at the head of the group the 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport Spider, the event's official Guest Car with race number 1000.
Also at the start was Antonio Giovinazzi, the young "Alfa Romeo Racing" team driver: from Formula 1 to the Giulia Quadrifoglio special edition of the same name, receiving a rapturous reception from the crowds.
In fact, the new Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio "Alfa Romeo Racing" limited edition special series are making their first appearance on Italian roads.
Before the parade along Viale Venezia, Piazza della Vittoria hosted the rite that sets the scene for the thrills of the race: sealing and inspection.
Fans thronged the square to admire the stars of the event and the Alfa Romeo models in the special convoy, Giulia and Stelvio.
The 1000 Miglia has been the supreme manifestation of the universal appeal of motorsports for more than ninety years, and it was in this very race that Alfa Romeo wrote legendary pages in its history, with unforgettable victories and records that can now never be bettered. In fact, the brand tops the table with 11 wins, 7 of them consecutive, from 1932 to 1938, with all the most important models leaving their mark on this classic event based in Brescia. This year Alfa Romeo, Automotive Global Partner and the constructor with the largest number of cars taking part, is in Brescia with magnificent cars from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo. Also present is the peak of current output, providing an authentic showcase for the brand's excellence, in the form of the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio "Alfa Romeo Racing" limited edition special series, making their very first on-road appearance, and the official convoy cars.
14:30 hrs: first car starts
The cars left viale Venezia a few minutes ago: the 2019 1000 Miglia is off. Heading the group, with race number 1000, the 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport Spider, the event's official Guest Car.
There was eager applause from the crowds for the 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS, bearing number 59, driven by Giovanni Moceri with navigator Daniele Bonetti: this experienced pairing are aiming to build on their second place in 2018, just eight penalty points behind the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS Testa Fissa which won last year's re-enactment. The trio of official cars is completed by the Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint, number 237, carrying Prisca Taruffi and Savina Confaloni, also in competition for the coveted Ladies' Cup.
Fans embrace Alfa Romeo cars of past and present
The cars have now become a throbbing, magnetic roar, heading South East to Desenzano and to be heard all along the race route to Milano Marittima, but they were already delighting participants and spectators yesterday. The technical inspections at the fairgrounds were the usually fraternal gathering point for teams from all over the world, immediately transformed in Brescia into a body of old friends, ready to look back together over the events of past editions before appearing before the crowds at the sealing in Piazza della Vittoria this morning. The process involves two stages, one for the crews - permits, certificates and driving licences - and one which checks the car's technical features. It involves the application of a lead seal to confirm that the inspection has been passed and that the car is as specified in the race documents and, above all, it constitutes final approval to take part in the event. However, sealing is first and foremost one of the times when fans enjoy a close look at the historic cars taking part in the race.
"Alfa Romeo Racing": Antonio Giovinazzi on board the Giulia Quadrifoglio
It is also an opportunity to experience the unique allure of Alfa Romeo, which exerts the same appeal with both its historic cars and the modern models in the official convoy. Fans were delighted to welcome Antonio Giovinazzi, and the Italian driver from the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team also set off with the race on board the "Alfa Romeo Racing" limited edition special series Alfa Romeo Giulia. The limited edition embraces both Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio and celebrates Alfa Romeo's ever-deepening participation and involvement in the Formula 1 world championship, in partnership with Sauber.
These amazing cars combine exclusive paintwork that pays tribute to the Alfa Romeo Racing C38 with unique stylistic details. They incorporate exclusive technical contents: the 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo with power boosted by 20 HP thanks to specific ad hoc tuning by the Alfa Romeo engineers, Akrapović titanium exhaust, braking system with carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon shell seats by Sparco deliver a significant reduction in weight compared to the respective standard production trims.
Postcards of Italian beauty in a race between past and future
Today, the unbreakable bond with Alfa Romeo's unique heritage is expressed in the new Ochre paintwork of Alfa Romeo Giulia: the modern reinterpretation of a historic colour.
Yet another way of renewing the Alfa Romeo legend on the roads of the 1000 Miglia, more than ninety years after the first win.
430 cars in the event: 44 are historic Alfa Romeos, from the best-represented constructor, which also provides Giulia and Stelvio for the official convoy.
Yesterday's first stage took the caravan from Brescia to Milano Marittima, 322 km, accompanied by the crowds of enthusiastic spectators always drawn to this event.
At the end of the day, the standings were headed by two Alfa Romeos: the 6C 1750 SS number 81, driven by the Vesco-Guerrini team and, close behind, the 6C 1500 SS number 59 FCA car driven by Moceri and Bonetti.
After the sealing and racing and technical inspection procedures, the first stage of the 2019 1000 Miglia got under way yesterday. A memorable edition with 430 crews taking part: almost 900 people, with every continent represented. Alfa Romeo is the automotive constructor with the largest group, including 44 official and private entrants, as well as an impressive fleet of current production cars in the official race convoy. Quite fittingly, since the one thousand imperial miles of the "world's finest travelling museum", as Enzo Ferrari defined it, are the ideal backdrop for appreciating the Alfa Romeo brand's peerless history and its future-focus that never forgets a glorious past.
Alfa Romeo Giulia shows off its new Ochre paintwork
Every one of the brand's cars has always incorporated the five ingredients that make it one of the world's most desirable brands on the automotive stage: distinctly Italian styling; innovative, state-of-the-art engines; impeccable weight distribution; unique technical solutions; and an outstanding power-to-weight ratio. What's more, the cars' design also features clear references and tributes to the timeless lines of Alfa Romeo's greatest successes, starting from the unmistakable front cloverleaf and the badge, both iconic and immediately recognisable. One significant reworking of a historic characteristic is the Ochre paintwork that delighted the fans at the start of the 1000 Miglia.
Indeed, one Alfa Romeo Giulia model on show in Brescia bore the distinctive colour that appeared on its predecessors and other models in the Sixties and Seventies. This shade underlines the Alfa Romeo Giulia's very short overhang and large front mudguards, the set-back cockpit resting over the drive wheels and the muscular rear mudguards. A combination of taut lines and sleek, dynamic proportions that was a feast for the eyes of the fans present at the starting line.
First touch on the throttle in Brescia
The cars left Viale Venezia at 14:30 hrs and in half an hour were on the shores of Lake Garda, for the first regularity trials with the first stamp inspections. In fact, the journey towards the final destination of Cervia-Milano Marittima includes a series of timed checkpoints and stamp inspections. At the start, every competitor receives a timesheet which must be stamped at specific times, which vary depending on the car's starting position. Apparently complex, this system becomes more and more natural as the race progresses. The route, set by a roadbook, also includes time trial sections. These have to be covered in a given period of time, at a specific average speed. Which is more fun, pure speed or regularity? There is no one answer and opinions differ, although of course every driver shares the will to win that takes over once the competition starts.
Postcards of Italian beauty
One of the secrets of the 1000 Miglia's almost a century of success is the perfect integration of four-wheeled masterpieces into lovely landscapes and roads often well off the beaten track. Instead of the motorways full of hurrying commuters and holidaymakers, the race uses state, regional and provincial highways, where participants can savour the beautiful Italian countryside and fully appreciate the proverbial pleasure of driving Alfa Romeo cars. The sheer power of the "Alfa Romeo Racing" Quadrifoglio momentarily shattered the rural quiet and the elegant rose gardens of Parco Giardino Sigurtà at Valeggio.
Then came the town circuit through Mantua, an urban museum that welcomed the travelling museum, after which the route ran along the border between the Lombardy and Veneto regions and beside the banks of the Po River, sun-drenched but rather cool. The cars reached Ferrara as the sun was starting to set. The streets were crowded and as evening approached, more and more people thronged the pavements and verges to watch the cars pass, almost falling silent as they paraded past the Castello Estense. From Comacchio southwards, the route took the cars through a succession of seaside villages, the sunset bathing the stork colony near the town of Fosse Ghiaia and the drivers began to tire during the last dash towards Ravenna..
The crews were sustained in this final leg by boundless, universal passion, and it was dark when the first car passed the Parco della Salina at Cervia and finally arrived in Milano Marittima. However, the 1000 Miglia never rests, even in the shade of the pine woods:, while the drivers and navigators went to eat and rest, knowing that they had only a few hours of sleep ahead of them, the mechanics got to work to tend the cars. A fine sight, a blend of hard work, dedication and authentic passion for the wonderful cars which today set off at 06.15, travelling south across Italy on their way to Rome.
Yesterday the 1000 Miglia caravan threaded its way down the Italian peninsula from Milano Marittima to Rome, to the halfway point in its 37th re-enactment.
The warm welcome from spectators was generously repaid by the beauty of the cars from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo and the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio models in the official convoy.
The pace of the event gave participants time to soak in the beauty of the landscapes along the route, Italy's most beautiful medieval towns and the timeless appeal of the capital itself.
At the head of the standings, the all-Alfa Romeo duel between the Vesco-Guerini and Moceri-Bonetti teams continues
Even before a hazy sun rose over the Adriatic Sea, the caravan was already on the move. The weather was mild and fatigue was not yet starting to bite: ideal conditions for the drive to Rome, the halfway point of the 1000 Miglia. A glance at the road book reminded us that the distance in itself - 571 kilometres - was not daunting, but the average speeds required were slow: drivers spent many hours at the wheel, from the sunrise start to the sunset finish. However, the thrilling beauty of the sunset over Rome was ample reward for a long, tiring day.
Propelled by spectators' enthusiasm and the Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo
All roads lead to Rome and along the roads of the 1000 Miglia the enthusiasm of the onlookers never ceases to surprise. People eagerly await, thrill to and celebrate the cars' passage at any time of day, as the caravan seems to be propelled from one mediaeval town to another by onlookers who sometimes just gaze in wonder and are sometimes more active in their response. At traffic lights, drivers are quite often asked to up the engine revs and roar the engine in the name of a spectator's loved one: this year this applied not only to the historic collection but also to the official convoy of Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio cars, also in the Quadrifoglio trim, including the "Alfa Romeo Racing" special editions. While the paintwork inspired by the C38 competing in Formula 1 was recorded in photos taken by thousands of smartphones and cameras, the roar of the 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo excited and delighted even the least expert.
Creativity and beauty in ancient towns and on four wheels
Active participation is found, on the other hand, at junctions and roundabouts, where groups of people point out the route, which is already well signed, as if eager to become more involved in a show that passes through enchanting locations every year. How could anyone not be inspired by Urbino, one of the most important centres of the Renaissance? Time was very short, but there were also few regrets, because Urbino ushered in the fourth sector and Corinaldo, one of Italy's loveliest towns, and Fabriano, a UNESCO creative city. This creativity is an Italian heritage, also expressed in the Alfa Romeo cars of past and present which drive along via Cavour to piazza Garibaldi.
The magic of the 1000 Miglia
In Umbria, as always, natural beauty prevailed: after Assisi, drivers could see green countryside through their windows and hear a silence only broken by the gentle rustle of vegetation and the roar of engines. Time-keeping was a constant but did not prevent participants from enjoying the views and appreciating the beauties of the landscape. The caravan paid its respects to Todi and reached Terni before the sun went down. It entered the Lazio region in the twilight, passing through Rieti and on to Rome in the sixth sector. There was traffic on the roads, but the traffic police and wardens escorted and directed the competitors with patience and courtesy. The 1000 Miglia is a big party for everyone, and overtime is worked with a smile. After all, it is not every day that the 1928 6C 1500 SS, the 1956 1900 SS and the 1954 1900 Sport Spider are on parade at Villa Borghese: another stroke of 1000 Miglia magic.