Rare autos turn back the clock at Mille Miglia endurance raceWorld | 31 May 2019 7:22 pm
This year's edition of the Mille Miglia endurance race attracted 430 cars with drivers from 37 different nationalities.
Giovanni Moceri and Daniele Bonetti driving an Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS with 74,752 points were declared the winners of the four-day race. Two Brescians, Andrea Vesco and Andreai Guerini in a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato gained 73,611 points. In third place of the podium wer the defending champions, with 72,786 points, Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini, in a Bugatti Type 40 of 1927, team members of the Scuderia Sports Zagato racing team.
All racers started from Brescia's tree-lined Viale Venezia.
Among them was Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele who was competing for the 30th time in the legendary race. Over the years, his co-pilots have included his wife (Christine), his father (Karl), and his close friend Jacky Ickx, the legendary six-time Le Mans winner.
This year, however, Scheufele's daughter Caroline Marie took the navigator's seat for the first time as the pair tackled the long, tough and demanding course in the distinctive, 'strawberry metallic' Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that has been a cornerstone of the Scheufele's classic car collection for many years.
Also flying the flag for Chopard were no fewer than 15 cars fitted with a beautiful, hand-made bodywork by the famous Milanese coachbuilder Carrozzeria Zagato.
Chopard is the official sponsor of the Scuderia Sports Zagato racing team and, to mark the coachbuilder's centenary this year, has produced a special, 100-piece limited edition anniversary watch to mark the occasion.
After passing through Sirmione on Lake Garda, the race moved to the artistic and cultural hub of Mantua and on to the Adriatic resort of Cervia before, on day two, heading through ancient towns such as Urbino and Perugia before reaching the half-way point in Rome.
Returning north on day three, drivers got to enjoy the sight of Lake Vico and drive by Siena's Piazza del Campo – site of the famous Palio horse race. From there
drivers took romantic section of the competition that passes through the heart of Florence before tackling the challenging Futa and Raticosa passes prior to stopping in Bologna.
On the fourth and final day the cars went through Modena, before heading to Parma, Cremona and Montichiari to reach the finish back in Brescia and the traditional parade in Viale Venezia.