2005 Mille Miglia
Once the traditional envelopes bearing the Red Arrow
emblem have been sent out, the twenty-third retrospective edition of
the Mille Miglia can officially start.
Inside them, the entire world’s enthusiasts will find the program
and the entry forms to apply for participation. Entry opened on September
From the text written by the President of the Organizing Committee,
Giuseppe Lucchini, to illustrate the program, we can read:
…the memory of the edition of fifty years ago has remained vivid
in the mind of all enthusiasts, also thanks to the amazing record set
by English Moss and Jenkinson, who averaged 157.65kph.
On reporting on it, journalist and driver Manuel Vigliani, known as
"the minstrel of the Mille Miglia”, wrote: «1st May,
1955, the day of the finest Mille Miglia. Glorious weather and an extraordinary
line-up of marques and drivers. The city of Brescia crowded with guests
from all around the world. Outstanding record-breaking victory of the
Mercedes driven by Stirling Moss, who said at the arrival: I think I’ll
never be able again in my life to win such a beautiful race in such
an exciting atmosphere.»
The only unrepeatable element of that terrific edition is Moss’s
record. We wish all the rest to be exactly as Manuel Vigliani described.
It will be a great honor for us to welcome “an extraordinary line-up
of marques and drivers, with guests from all around the world”
in Brescia once again. The first of them will be Sir Stirling Moss himself.
Since the Eighties, the program of each edition of the Red Arrow has
been revealed during the extraordinary historic motorsports events held
in August in Laguna Seca, famous for circuit races, the Monterey Historic
Racing and the “Concorso Italiano”, and in Pebble Beach,
where the well-known elegance contest is held.
In this very exclusive and fashionable context, the guests of the Mille
Miglia had the opportunity to meet on a roof terrace overlooking the
whole event and reserved for Mercedes-Benz, one of the most long-standing
sponsors of the Brescia race.
Thanks to the collaboration with the “Amici Americani della Mille
Miglia” club, the emblem of “the world’s most beautiful
race” appeared on two stands in Laguna Seca and in Carmel Valley,
which made it easier for the visitors to gather any information on the
To form an idea of what major role these Californian events play in
the world of historic motorsports overseas, just take note of the attendance
of 21 Ferrari GTOs out of 36 built in all, or also the 550 Ferraris
entered for the “Concorso Italiano”.
These events were then followed by two parties for the presentation
of the 2005 Mille Miglia.
Thanks to David Craig, a great enthusiast of the Brescia race, a meeting
was arranged in Carmel Valley on Saturday 14th August, within the Elegance
Contest and the Tour d’Elegance.
On Sunday 15th August, the American friends gave a party for the Red
Arrow in the magnificent mansion of Martin Swig, president of the “Amici
Americani della Mille Miglia”, the club organizing the “California
Of course, the special guest of these events was Sir Stirling Moss,
who after attending last year’s edition sent the organizers these
words: «….what a great joy you have brought, not only to
those who have competed, but also to the simple spectators. And what
a great effort you made to remove this amazing race from history books
and bring it to the present, into the heart and mind of so many people.
We'll meet again at next year's Mille Miglia, though it’s hard
to realize that it will be the fiftieth anniversary of my race…
how time flies! »
The memory of Moss and Jenkinson’s exploit in the 300 SLR, the
“Silver Arrow”, will live on for ever. The great English
champion will be able to relive his victory, not only along Viale Rebuffone,
but also a little more than one kilometer further, in the halls of the
Museo della Mille Miglia Città di Brescia, housed in St.Eufemia
Along with Stirling Moss was Max von Pein, president of the Mercedes-Benz
Museum, who announced that the 300 SLR with number 722 will sweep along
Italy’s roads again. At the wheel, of course, will be just the
man who drove it to victory in 1955. For the first time, another “silver
arrow” will be at the start: the one entrusted to Juan Manuel
Fangio in 1955.
On both occasions, the Secretary-general of the Mille Miglia, Costantino
Franchi, presented the program of the next Mille Miglia, as usual divided
into three laps, to the guests and the press:
Thursday 19th May, check-in and start at 8 p.m. for the first lap Brescia-Ferrara;
Friday 20th May, second lap, Ferrara-Rome;
Saturday 21st May, third lap, Rome-Brescia;
Sunday 22nd May, in Brescia, the prize giving.
The main novelty of this edition regards the second lap: a quicker,
more direct route towards Rome has been devised, so that the start from
Ferrara will take place an hour and a half later than usually scheduled.
Competing in the 2005 Mille Miglia will be 375 cars built between 1927
and 1957 and belonging to Sport, Grand Touring and Touring categories.
They shall be in possession of F.I.V.A. Identity Card or F.I.A. Fiche
and attend the Race Officials’ scrutineering in the Piazza della
Vittoria in their original livery.
Entry for the 2005 Mille Miglia opened on September 1st. The cars will
be chosen from the entry applications put in by December 31st 2004.
The route of the 2005 Mille Miglia, arranged as usual by Gino Danieli,
presents a few changes though basically respecting the traditional itinerary
of the twenty-four editions held between 1927 and 1957.
Here follows the route of the 2005 Mille Miglia in detail.
The first lap will take off from Viale Venezia, in Brescia, on Thursday
19th May. The cars will tour through the city center, head for Verona
and Ostiglia and finally close the first day’s race with the joyful
and welcome arrival in Ferrara.
The following day, Friday 20th May, the Mille Miglia will leave Ferrara
and make for the Adriatic coast. The convoy will pass through Ravenna
first, and then move inland towards Gambettola and the Republic of San
Marino. From there, the cars will begin the crossing of the Apennines,
pass through Urbino and cruise along the breathtaking Furlo Gorge and
through Osteria del Gatto. Then, southwards again, touching the small
towns of Spoleto and Leonessa, and climbing up Mount Terminillo.
The Capital will be reached via Rieti and Monterotondo Scalo. On making
their entry into the very heart of Rome, all the competitors –
not only the foreign ones – will be given the extraordinary opportunity
to admire the “Eternal City” at close quarters.
On Saturday 21st May in the morning, the cars will leave Rome for the
third and final lap, on the traditional route along the Via Cassia towards
Ronciglione, Vico Lake, Viterbo, and Radicofani. Past the small towns
of Pienza, San Quirico and Buonconvento, one of the most thrilling moments
of the whole Mille Miglia will be experienced: the passage amidst the
cheery crowd in the Piazza del Campo in Siena.
A most famous road in the Tuscan countryside will frame the route, via
Poggibonsi, as far as Florence, maybe the city the competitors of the
Mille Miglia love best and the hometown of Clemente Biondetti, four-time
winner of the race, while a few kilometers further, on the Futa and
Raticosa Passes, the most faithful enthusiasts will be eagerly waiting
for the Red Arrow, all gathered in clusters on the exacting hairpin
bends that belong so far to the legend of the Mille Miglia.
Just past Bologna, the meandering Apennine route will turn into a long
straight road, the Via Emilia, along which the cars will speed towards
Modena, where the last difficult series of Time Trials will settle the
final results. From there, they will proceed towards Carpi, Brescello,
Viadana and Casalmaggiore.
The long straight stretches across the Plain of the Po will lead the
Mille Miglia convoy into Cremona, where the competitors will be given
the usual warm welcome.
The cars will make their final parade along the Quinzanese main road
before their long-awaited arrival in Brescia.
Once again, it’s a real joy for the organizers to offer the entire
world what has become so far a much longed-for and long-standing invitation:
for the fiftieth time since 1927, the rendezvous is on Thursday, 19th
May 2005 in the Piazza della Vittoria in Brescia, the City of the Mille
Mille Miglia 1955 multicolor commemorative poster by Dennis Simon
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