Hot on the heels of the Giro d’Italia came the Mille Miglia…Thousand Miles. The original Mille Miglia was run in Italy 24 times from 1927 to 1957, with a break during the war years.
The race was reborn in 1977 as a race for classic and vintage cars. Participation is limited to cars produced no later than 1957. The route is similar to the that of the orignal race, from Brescia – Rome round trip. Luckily for us the route this year included Bagni di Lucca.
The weather was not as kind to the cars as it was to the bicycles earlier in the week.
It was raining when the first cars came through.
Hardy souls gathered regardless.
The first cars to come through Ponte a Serraglio were the new Ferraris and other modern sports cars.
These were great and the noise they made as they sped off up to La Villa was amazing. But the cheers really went up for the beautiful old cars. We would be here all day if I showed all of them…around 400, so I will just show you a selection.
There was a special treat when a beautiful blue Bugatti driven by a beautiful boy stopped for a while in the piazza.
He drove off with the sound of deep sighs in his wake.
…and they all drove off to Parma for the night. Wouldn’t it be fun to be in this race? You just need lots and lots of money, and a fair bit of dedication.
See Bella Bagni di Lucca for more on the Mille Miglia.