Mille Miglia 2018: Celebrating Passion for Classic Cars

Ted Marcus

The Mille Miglia 2018 race saw 440 teams competing over a distance of one thousand miles (around 1,600km) on a historic route that runs from Brescia to Rome and back via Tuscany. This competitive event is only open to cars of the type that took part in the great race between the years 1927 and 1957.

The 36th edition of "la corsa la più bella del mondo” started under a sunny sky on May 16th. At 2.30pm sharp, the first car, a BMW 328 from 1938 departed from the famous ramp on Viale Venezia. In total 440 cars left Brescia for an incredible race of 1 000 miles through the greatest landscapes of Italy. The next three days, they passed through more than 30 cities and towns among San Marino, Roma, Siena, Parma, Milano and Bergamo before heading back to the starting point, the historical ramp, in the heart of Brescia.

The route of Mille Miglia
The route of Mille Miglia
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Enthusiastic locals and guests bid the drivers farewell during the first kilometres of the race, thousands of spectators lined the streets of the route and shouted out encouragement to the drivers. The high-decibel roar of well-tuned engines, the pungent smell of hot tarmac, dizzying speeds and bursts of adrenalin… Everybody enjoyed the vintage car atmosphere surrounded by the roaring engines. Mille Miglia is always a must for car enthusiasts from all over the world welcoming each year new nationalities. Drivers from 40 different nationalities from the 5 continents campaigned for victory this year.

On Saturday, May 19th, the first cars returned safely in the finish line on Viale Venezia. This year, the winning team with 74 108 points is composed of Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini. The Argentinian team started in 85th position driving an Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS "Testa Fissa" from 1933. For the couple Tonconogy-Ruffini it was the third victory of the "most beautiful race in the world" after 2013 and 2015 editions.

The second place of Mille Miglia 2018 went to Giovanni Moceri and Daniele Bonetti from Italy on an Alfa Romeo 65 1500 SS from 1928 with 73 714 points. And the third duo to reach the podium was Andrea Vesco e Andrea Guerini on an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato from 1929 with a total score of 73 327 points.

Franca Boni and Monica Barziza, on board a Lancia Aprilia 1500 in 1949, won the Ladies' Cup instead, obtaining the 45th place overall.

Photogallery of the Mille Miglia 2018

Photos by The Mille Miglia 2018