"Mille Miglia" 2016
Ivan Powell (SA) shares his visit with us in pictures.
"In May I was fortunate to be in a position to visit Italy for the running of the 2016 Mille Miglia historic car race.
The Mille Miglia is a 1000 mile (yes miles)event that is run each year as a recreation of the original race that ran between 1926 and 1957.
Cars start the event in Brescia and travel as far south as Rome and back to Brescia in a rough figure eight course on public roads.
The cars travel at speeds far in excess of local speed limits (even through cities) on secondary public roads, so it is quite a display with the delicious smell of Castrol R heavy in the air.
Cars are escorted where possible by Police on Motor cycles and in Cars who stop other traffic as required (only in Italy). The race has the support (with much vigour) of what seems like the entire Italian community.
The event is open by invitation to any of the original cars that competed during the period (guaranteed) and any of the same model of car that competed (not guaranteed). As such TR2 and TR3 cars are eligible.
This year’s race had 546 entrants of which there were two TR2s and five TR3s including the ex-works TR3 race #393.