Held annually between 1927 and 1957, this road race unique in its kind took competitors from Brescia to Rome and back. It is considered the world’s most beautiful competition. Organising a Mille Miglia was a wild yet fascinating idea that emerged when Europe was in the grips of an economic crisis and almost all car manufacturers had withdrawn from the major races.
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In 1947, after the war, the Mille Miglia re-emerged in its usual form and continued until 1957, when a new accident took place near Guidizzolo, this accident put a definitive end to the great road race. The ever more powerful and faster cars – some of them reaching peak speeds of 260 km/h – had put an end to the Mille Miglia.
Twenty years after the tragic accident in 1957, the Mille Miglia was revived as a regularity rally reserved for cars that had made history in the “corsa più bella del mondo” between 1927 and 1957. After a first attempt in this format in 1977, a second and then a third edition of the “Mille Miglia storica” were organised in 1982 and 1984. Since 1986, the race has started annually from the ramp in Brescia and the Mille Miglia has become the world’s most popular event of its kind.