Mille Miglia in Senigallia

May 28, 2015 / Events
Senigallia, Le Marche

Italians have a few distinguishing characteristics coursing through their veins. Innate charm. An appreciation of good food. Style. And an unabashed attraction to race cars.

Love of racing is what “drove” people to take part in the Mille Miglia, an open-road endurance 1000-mile race which took place in Italy from 1927 to 1957.

Sadly, the race was suspended because of two fatal accidents in the 1950s. Since 1977, the “Mille Miglia” has become a regularity race for classic and vintage cars, with drivers from around the world. Participation is exclusive, expensive, and limited to cars produced no later than 1957, which had attended (or were registered to) the original race. The route has remained the same: Brescia-Rome round trip.

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This year we had the honor of hosting a “pit stop” in Senigallia. Onlookers were slack jawed as they wondered how those 400+ antique race cars were able to make it all 1000 miles, in four days no less. And how the drivers and the co-pilots were able to fit in the tiny seats!

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As they parked their cars in front of the famous Rotonda a Mare, shouting at people to kindly and quickly move because back in the 1930s brakes aren’t what they are now, we all took in the sight of satisfied drivers. And not just because they had made it in one piece. Because they were off to a catered lunch in the Rotonda (from what I hear, it was delicious)!

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Congratulations to winners Juan Tonconogy and Guillermo Berisso, with their 1927 Bugatti T 40 (see attached image). Second place went to Brescia’s own Andrea Vesco and Andrea Guerini in their 1930 FIAT 514 MM. In third place Ezio Martino Salviato and Caterina Moglia, crossing the finish line in their 1928 Bugatti T 40.

For more information about the history of Mille Miglia..)

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Enrica Frulla

by Enrica Frulla

Enrica was born in Italy, raised in the United States and is now living in Senigallia, on the coast of the beautiful Le Marche region. A marketing consultant in a past life, Enrica is now a freelance translator. Recently, her creativity and passion for telling people what to do has also  “translated” into an event planning business. www.besteventlab.com

4 Responses to “Mille Miglia in Senigallia”

  1. joanne

    we had the privilege of being in tuscany during the 2015 mille miglia — we saw the cars in san quirico and then drove to buonconvento along the route in the midst of the drivers waving to bystanders lining the roads — in buonconvento what a thrilling site to see the cars up close driving thru the walls of the town and down the main street thru the town — people cheering and hanging out windows to watch — what a privilege it was —

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    • Enrica

      It truly is a sight, for both car enthusiasts and regular people like me. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. marianna raccuglia

    Such a wonderful article with great photos, thank you!

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  3. Gianna Janet Carr

    Buongiorno Enrica!
    Anch’io di miei antenati erano tutti Italiani sebbene sono nata negli Stati Uniti! Io abito a Siena in 2013 per quasi 6 mesi!! In fatti, sulla 19 maggio ho visto parrechi di auto d’ epoca quando ho guardo a Firenze!!! Io ho avuto un tempo meraviglioso. Quando sono arrivata io non ho saputo qualsiasi italiani tuttavia ho soltanto fatto 30 giorni di classe all’Università Per Stranieri a Siena prossimo alla stazione. Lo sai? Comunque nel futuro voglio abitare in Italia e magari puoi aiutarmi di trovare alcune assitenza. Conosci un’agenzia di immobiliare dove abiti? Da quanto tempo hai abitato in Italia? Che cosa hai deciso abitare in Italia? Ok aspetterò per il tuo email. Il mio nome su Facebook è: Gianna Cynthia Janet Carr. Presto cambierò il mio nome al Italiani cognome..Caraci!! Buona giornata!! Ciao Enrica,Gianna

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