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Mille Miglia - The most famous classic car race in the world

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S tart and destination of the Mille Miglia is traditionally Brescia in Lombardy. The first Italian Grand Prix was held here. When the latter switched to the newly built track in Monza in 1922, motorsport enthusiasts from the Brescia Automobile Club launched the Mille Miglia, which was first driven in 1927. The initiators include a number of young racing drivers such as Franco Mazzotti Bianchelli, Count Aymo Maggi di Gradella and the parliamentary member Alfredo Giarratana.

The first race over 1,628 kilometers was won by Ferdinando Minoia and Giuseppe Morandi in OM (Officine Meccaniche) with an average speed of 77.238 km /h. Since then the start number '1' has been reserved for an OM. Just three years later, the average speed was more than 100 km /h. In 1940, Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer set the all-time record with 166.69 km /h on a BMW 328 Touring Coupé. The turning point of the three-day classic car race is Rome, where roughly half of the total of 1,000 miles - around 1,600 kilometers - has been reached.

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