Mille Miglia

  • Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR W 196 R

    Even in an era when autosport was frighteningly dangerous, the Mille Miglia was known to be a particularly perilous race. But in 1955, Sir Stirling Moss—along with embedded journalist Denis Jenkinson—climbed into a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR W 196 R, and managed to traverse the course's 1,000 miles in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds. It was a legendary performance, and truth be told, one of the reasons for the "Sir" in front of his name. ALSO SEE: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Preview And Prototype First Drive And while the Mille Miglia ceased being a proper race in 1957—after an...

  • Jaguar 2015 Mille Miglia
    Legendary Cars, Distinguished Drivers To Comprise Jaguar's 2015 Mille Miglia Team

    While Jaguar took a rather lengthy—meaning nearly half a century—break from the business of making sports cars, in the post-war years, the marque was as synonymous with performance as it was with prestige. DON'T MISS: Tesla's New Battery Can Power Your Home So to celebrate its 80th...

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL Mille Miglia 417
    Mercedes Celebrates 1955 Mille Miglia With Special Edition SL

    Mercedes-Benz is celebrating this year the 60th anniversary of its historic win in the 1955 Mille Miglia, where Sir Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson heroically crossed the finish line in their 300 SLR ahead of all others. This represented the automaker’s second win in the dangerous...

  • Ian Callum and Jay Leno at the 2014 Mille Miglia
    Jay Leno Looks Back At The 2014 Mille Miglia: Video

    The Mille Miglia should be on any gearhead's bucket list. While today's event is merely an homage to the original race that ran each year from 1927 to 1957—stopping only for the second World War—it's still a race of impossible romance and deep appeal. MUST SEE: McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti...

  • 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL wrecked during 2014 Mille Miglia
    Mercedes-Benz 300SL Wrecked After Mille Miglia Crash: Video

    A Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing was wrecked in a crash at the 2014 Mille Miglia in Italy over the weekend. The black 300SL, built in 1956, was being driven at the time by one of the heirs of German rental car giant Sixt. MUST SEE: New High-Performance 2015 Ford Mustang Spied: Possible SVO? According...

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    Automakers Gear Up For 2014 Mille Miglia

    The original Mille Miglia was a point-to-point race on public roads in Italy, held annually from 1927 through 1940, then again from 1947 through 1957. Many now famous race cars ran the course, from Brescia to Ferrara to Rome and then back to Brescia, and many drivers made their name in the grueling...

  • Jaguar Mille Miglia, 2013

    Though all of the historic open-road automobile races have now become exhibitions--if they haven't disappeared altogether--they do manage to recapture at least something of the look of the iconic originals. Jaguar's entry into this year's Mille Miglia is a perfect example of the experience, capturing the glory of the cars that once set world records and awed the world. Though many of those cars are now in better shape than they were even when new, the hand-painted driver names on the doors, the classic racing numbers, and, of course, the lines and sounds of the cars themselves, gives a sense...

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    Blower Bentley Burbles Up To Mille Miglia Starting Line

    Taking a modern car on a 1,000-mile journey is not exactly a quick trip. You need to get the car ready by making sure everything is in proper working order, the tires are at the right pressure, and all fluids are filled to their appropriate levels. Now imagine that the 1,000 miles you cover are...

  • Mercedes-Benz at the Mille Miglia
    Mercedes-Benz Becomes Official Sponsor Of Mille Miglia

    Probably the best-known of all the classic long-distance road races, the Mille Miglia ran from 1927 to 1957, using 1,000 miles of public roads from Brescia to Rome and back. Many now famous race cars ran that course, including those from Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ferrari and Porsche. And of course there...

  • Ferrari at the Mille Miglia, 2012
    Ferrari Pays Tribute To The Mille Miglia With 140 Cars: Video

    If you're a fan of classic Ferraris, modern Ferraris, historic events, or smooth Jazz, then this is the video for you. Replete with the lush sounds of some funky fresh guitar and saxophone, not to mention the occasional snippet of V-8, V-12 or flat-12, this video shows off some of the best Prancing...

  • The 2012 Mille Miglia - winning 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS
    Argentinean Duo Wins 2012 Mille Miglia

    Anyone who thinks vintage rallying isn’t serious competition should try explaining that to Claudio Scalise and Daniel Claramunt, the driver and navigator of the 2012 Mille Miglia-winning 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS. As Italian site 0-100 explains, the Argentinean team fought off a serious...

  • Classic Porsches from Mille Miglia history.
    Porsche Sending Classics To The 2012 Mille Miglia, Too

    Just last week, BMW announced that it would send a selection of cars from the BMW Classics collection to participate in the 2012 Mille Miglia. The vintage car rally is scheduled from May 16 through May 20, and the route will run from Brescia to Rome and back again. Not to be outdone by BMW, Porsche...

  • The 328 Mille Miglia Roadster in the 2010 event.

    The original Mille Miglia was a point-to-point race on public roads in Italy, held annually from 1927 through 1940, then again from 1947 through 1957. The event was banned following the 1957 running, as two separate crashes claimed the lives of three participants and nine spectators. In 1977, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Mille Miglia (Italian for “1,000 Miles”), the event was re-staged in modified form, and continues to be run today. Modern cars compete in the “Rally 1000 Miglia,” while vintage entries celebrate the event’s glory days in...

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    Classic Mille Miglia Road Race Coming To America

    The famous Mille Miglia endurance road race might have finished as a competitive event back in 1957 in its Italian home, but tribute and historic events have kept the name alive for several decades now. Between October 25-29 this year competitors in America will get a taste of the format as the...

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    Chopard Celebrates Alfa Romeo Centenary With Exclusive New Watch Range

    Alfa Romeo celebrated its centenary anniversary earlier this month but you’d have hardly noticed as the automaker’s poor financial state meant there wasn’t the expected new model launchor any significant celebration to speak of. Nevertheless, luxury French watch company Chopard didn’t...

  • 2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia Edition
    BMW Unveils Limited Edition Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia

    70 years ago, BMW’s motorsport department had a single aim in mind: the 1st Gran Premio Brescia delle Mille Miglia. A total of five racing cars from Munich had registered for the big event and despite preparations not going entirely as planned, when the silver BMW racers crossed the finish...

  • Alfa Romeo builds special edition 'Mille Miglia' Spider
    Alfa Romeo builds special edition 'Mille Miglia' Spider

    Alfa Romeo has created a special edition of its Spider convertible in order to commemorate the historic Mille Miglia 1,000 mile race that takes place in Italy annually. The carmaker will build just 11 examples of the 'Spider Mille Miglia' to mark the 11 victories it's had in the famous Italian...

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