196 MILLE MIGLIA PART I

According to Wikipedia, the Mille Miglia was an open road motorsport endurance race, which took place in Italy from 1927 to 1957 – from 1953 until 1957 as part of the World Sportscar Championship. Mille Miglia means thousand miles – the synonym for the distance, meaning at least a good ten hours in the car, or much longer.

In 1955, Sterling Moss and Denis Jenkinson, were setting the record at an average of 97,96 miles per hour. Jenkinson gave directions to Moss during the race by a coded system of hand signals; although this undoubtedly helped them, the driver’s innate ability was the predominant factor.

The race was banned after crashes; in 1957, a team waited too long to make a tyre change and continued driving instead. Too long was too late, too: a worn tyre caused a very tragic crash, the driver and the navigator in the car and nine spectators died.

Since 1977, the Mille Miglia has been reborn as a regularity race; participation is limited to car models, which had attended the original race. The route is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure and arrival in the city of Brescia.

Less words, more pictures (from recent times) – please have a look at them; a picture is worth a thousand words.

Part II will be about an adventure of two sportsmen, an aristocrat and The Castiron as co-driver, participating in the Mille Miglia 1995 – a quarter of a century ago.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

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