2018 Mille Miglia – Final Standings Of North American Entries

The 2018 Mille Miglia has come to an end.  It is a very prestigious and challenging car rally covering a little more than 1000 miles in 4 days.  Some say that it is the most beautiful car rally in the world.  That claim is difficult to challenge.

The teams that finished at the top of the score sheet are highly skilled at these types of events.  Their minuscule timing errors are very impressive.  The winning team was Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini from Argentina in their 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C.

Tonconogy/Ruffini Won The 2018 Mille Miglia In A 1933 Alfa Romoe 6C

It is no surprise to me that an Argentina-based team won the Mille Miglia.  Practice is important and there is an event in Argentina, the 1000 Millas, which is very much based on the Mille Miglia and thus great practice for Argentine competitors for the Mille Miglia.

The Wine At The Mille Miglia Finish Line Looks Good

I have been following the North American teams that competed at the 2018 Mille Miglia.  The top finishing America was Shawn Till, who was navigating in a 1929 Chrysler 75 driven by Oriol Vilanova of Spain.  They finished in 31st position overall.  The top all-American team was Gessler/Gessler in a 1927 Bugatti Type 40 who finished 47th Overall.

The following table lists the North American teams that finished in the top half of the 450 car field.

Top Finishing  North American Teams At The 2018 Mille Miglia

Pos Car Num Crew Members Nationality Team Year Points
31 66 VILANOVA Oriol E CHRYSLER 75 1929 53281
47 33 GESSLER Kurt USA BUGATTI T 40 1927 47509
116 79 VILLA Marzio I FORD A 1931 33361
ABELLO Maria Cristina USA
120 269 HOUGHTALING John USA Manual Shift 1952 33080
129 410 SARGEANT Tom USA LANCIA APPIA GTZ 1957 32603
SARGEANT Mary Catherine USA
147 344 EVOLI AGUADO Victor H. MEX JAGUAR XK 140 OTS 1954 30619
149 342 BROOKS Stephen USA OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 1954 30372
153 404 BEHAEGEL Marc B ZAGATO FIAT 8V 1955 29951
161 419 DIXON Stephen GBM MG A 1955 28549
POOLE Richard GB
169 271 FOUNTAS Christopher USA Manual Shift 1953 27371
171 461 GERVAIS Guy CDN CITROEN DS 19 1957 27250
198 227 HELFRICH James USA JD Classics 1956 23960
205 285 BARBOUR John GB NASH HEALEY SPORTS 4143 cm3 1953 22922
209 355 WASEF Basem USA Mercedes-Benz 1956 22165
223 228 LOTMAN Jeff USA JD Classics 1954 19141

For a complete listing of the final standings of all the North America teams, click on the following Excel file.

Final Overall Standings 2018 (NA Teams Only)

For a complete listing of the overall standings for all of the competitors, then click on the following Excel file.

Final Overall Standings 2018

I’m sure that those who were fortunate enough to have been able to compete in this very prestigious event all had a wonderful adventure and I’m sure that they have enough memories to last a lifetime.

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The Original Watkins Glen Track

Two weeks ago I took part in the 2018 Rally Round The Erie Canal car rally in upper New York State.  Part of this rally was a lunch stop at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York.  Glenn Curtiss was one of America’s best engineers at the beginning of the 20th century.  He was a pioneering engineer, builder, and entrepreneur in the motorcycle, airplane, and automotive field.  The Glenn Curtiss Museum certainly covers this man’s varied interests.

While there I purchased a book about the racing at the nearby Watkins Glen race track in Watkins Glen, New York.  The cover of this book which was written by Kirk W. House and Charles R. Mitchell is shown below.

Great Pictoral History Of Racing At Watkins Glen

This book is an easy read consisting of some 130 pages of mostly racing pictures from the 1950s.  It also is a great record of racers and race cars on the east coast of the USA in the 1950s.

The book shows the original configuration of the Watkins Glen race circuit.  The original course was not a closed circuit, but a 6.6 mile route through the village of Watkins Glen and the surrounding countryside.  The illustration of the original course shown below is included in the book.

Sam Corbean’s Sketch Of The Original Watkins Glen Circuit

The countryside nature of the original circuit is shown on the aerial photograph is presented on Page 10 of House and Mitchell’s book.

Aerial Photograph Of The Original Watkins Glen Circuit

The origin of many well known race tracks is based on using public roadways.  But what is surprising to me is the railway crossing, marked as location 5 in the aerial and identified on the Sam Corbean’s sketch.  Imagine a race track with a railway crossing!

An MG TD After Crossing The Railway Track!

Look at the effect on a MG TD after crossing the railway tracks as shown above.  Imagine what this must have been like in the very fast cars!  I am somewhat surprised that racers would bring their cars to a race track that had such a major bump.

Despite the railway crossing, the original Watkins Glen course seems to have been very well supported and many major races took place there in the 1950s.  The photo below shows John Fitch taking part in the 1951 Watkins Glen Grand Prix driving a Cunningham C-2.


John Fitch In A Cunningham C-2 At The 1951 Grand Prix

In 2013 I photographed a Cunningham C-2R at the Lime Rock Historic Festival.  The Cunningham cars are very impressive cars and would have looked very impressive on the rural Watkins Glen circuit.

A Cunningham C-2R

The Watkins Glen circuit evolved and changed significantly into a closed race course over the years and was the location of many Formula 1 Grand Prix races over the years.  Formula 1 races are no longer held at Watkins Glen, but the current dedicated, closed race course is still a busy race venue.

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An American Entry Car Damaged At The 2018 Mille Miglia

Unfortunately one of the American entries into the 2018 Mille Miglia has been involved in a serious accident.  Philip Sarofim and Randy Simon in their 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE were involved in an impact with a Ford Focus.  Philip and Randy are OK, but obviously their car is not.  Thanks to Nigel Cousins of GaugePilot for the pictures in this post of the Jaguar.

When A Jaguar Meets A Ford Focus

Philip And Randy are part of a significant American team, called Manual Shift, who are competing together in the 2018 Mille Miglia.  Some of the Manual Shaft team cars are shown below, before the start of the Mille Miglia.  Nice cars indeed!

Some Of The Manual Shift Team Cars

The impact must have been quite significant.  Philip and Randy were using a GaugePilot rally computer for navigation and timing and even that was damaged as a result of the impact.

Damage To The GaugePilot Rally Computer

After 2 days of competition, the Mille Miglia is led by the Argentine team of Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini in their 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C.  Their total timing error after two days is less than 2.5 seconds!  The highest placed American is Shawn Till who is the navigator in a 1929 Chrysler 75 which is currently in 37th place overall.

At the Mille Miglia, the timing errors are so small that the actual accumulated timing errors are not used to score the results, but rather they award points for how well a car did in the field.  The car with the best time for that control is awarded the most points with diminishing points awarded the further down the field a car finishes.  The team with the most points wins the Mille Miglia!  As a result, there can be vast difference in points awarded between cars with a timing difference of only 1 second depending upon how well the other teams do.

The interim standings after Day 2 of the 2018 Mille Miglia are presented in the following file.

Interim Results May 18

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A Post-Baden Classic Sunday Afternoon Drive

As I have posted before, Harald von Langsdorff and I recently competed in the 2018 Baden Classic car rally.  The Sunday after the rally Harald and I along with some friends from Germany went for a very nice Sunday afternoon drive through the German countryside near Baden-Baden.

Harald is a member of a “time share for cars” type of organization that allows him to rent various classic cars during visits to Germany.  This time Harald was able to rent a 1974 Jaguar XKE roadster with the V12 engine.  This rental car is shown below.

Nice Rental Car!

This was a great day for driving a roadster.  The weather was sunny and warm and the leaves had just came out.  The design of the Jaguar XKE was exactly the type of car that matched the day.

The Jaguar XKE With The V12 Engine Was Very Impressive!

We went for a drive through some of the vineyards near Baden-Baden.  Some of these roads were roads that we had traversed the day before while taking part in the 2018 Baden Classic car rally.  In the photo Harald is explaining some issue to Klaus and Thomas about the Jaguar XKE V12.

When You Come To A Fork, Take It!

The most of the local vineyards are on the side of hills which provides a great deal of light and sun for the grape vines.

German Vineyard

Most of the villages and small towns in Germany have a very sharp divide between the farm land and the village area.  In North America, the developed area of a village or town gradually gives way to the rural or farm land as you leave town with the houses becoming fewer and farther apart.  Not in many areas of Germany.  Farm land is farm land and villages are very well defined.

The Vineyards Came Up The The Edge Of The Village

We went to a castle located on a major hill overlooking the Baden area countryside.  The view below is looking toward the Rhine Valley with France in the background.

View Of The German Villages And Vineyards From The Top Of A Castle

From the top of the same castle, when I looked in the other direction, I got a look at the famous Black Forest.  In the far distance we could see people paragliding above the Black Forest.  We could also see another castle where we have stayed at many times during past versions of the Baden Classic.

The Black Forest

Later that day we went into Baden-Baden to look around and enjoy some “spaghetti ice cream” and a coffee in a street cafe.  Baden-Baden has a long history of being a European playground.  There is a major casino in Baden-Baden that is only second to the casino in Monaco in the European casino scene.  It is a very elegant casino where in some of the years that I have competed in the Baden Classic we had a very enjoyable rally dinner in the casino.

The Casino In Baden-Baden

This day was a nice relaxing day after the Baden Classic.  The next day I got up early to go to Frankfurt and return home.

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2018 Mille Miglia Gets Under Way

One of the world’s most prestigious car rallies, the Mille Miglia, is now underway in Italy.  This rally covers a 1,000-mile route through Italy that starts and finishes in Brescia while passing through Rome.  It is very difficult to get even get accepted into this rally, as the allowable cars are only those cars that could have competed in the Mille Miglia race between 1927 and 1957.  And within those parameters, if the actual car did compete in the Mille Miglia during those years, then it would have entry priority. These days about 1000 cars apply for entry, but only 450 cars are accepted.

I have included some images in this post of cars that are competing in this year’s Mille Miglia.  The image below shows some of the cars, prominently shown is a row of Alfa Romeos, in Brescia waiting for the start.  There certainly are lots of very nice cars to see.

A Gaggle Of Alfa Romeo Cars In Brescia

As one of the major sponsors of the Mille Miglia, Mercedes-Benz brings along a number of their cars from their museum.  Mercedes-Benz’ best customers and corporate friends get to drive these cars in the Mille Miglia.

Mercedes-Benz Brings Out Some Of Their Museum Cars

While most of the Mercedes-Benz cars at the Mille Miglia are 300SL cars, recently the Mille Miglia organizers designated the Mercedes-Benz 190SL cars as being eligible for the Mille Miglia.  As a result, the Museum has also sent a 190SL to the rally.

A Few Years Ago The Mercedes-Benz 190SL Was Accepted As Being Mille Miglia Eligible

As a rally navigator I find the picture below rather interesting.  The Bugatti is heading toward the camera while the red car (an Alfa Romeo?) is headed away from the camera.  It seems that the navigator in the red car is questioning just who is headed in the wrong direction.

The Navigator In Red Car Appears To Be Wondering Which One Of Them Is Traveling In The Wrong Direction

I have included the current interim results at the time of posting in the following Excel file.  Click on the following file to see these results.

Interim Results May 17

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2018 Baden Classic Car Rally

At the 2018 Baden Classic Harald von Langsdorff and I finished fourth in a our class, but did manage a win as part of the top team.  The picture below shows our team.  On the photo left are Sarah Bittmann and Bernhard Hornung, Harald and I in the middle, with Fred Schmeiser and Karin Gentry on the right.  The three fellows on the right in the dark grey shirts are some of the rally officials.

We Won The Overall Team Prize

Our teammates Fred Schmeiser and Karin Gentry competed in the MGB GT shown below.  Fred and Karin have competed in the Baden Classic many times.  Karin worked for BMW in the USA for several years and speaks perfect English.

Fred Schmeiser And Karin Gentry’s 1970 MGB GT

Our other teammates Bernhard Hornung and Sarah Bittmann also competed in a MG product, but in their case it was an older 1959 MGA 1500.  Bernhard and Sarah did very well with a win in our class.

1959 MGA 1500

There were a number of other interesting cars competing in the Baden Classic.  One that I liked was the red 1966 Triumph TR4A shown below.

A Very Nice Triumph TR4A

The Triumph was fitted with nice wide rim wire wheels with oversized tires.  The dual exhausts sounded good as well.

The 1966 Triumph TR4A Was A Very Well Prepared And Presented Car

Another regular competitor in the Baden Classic is Roland Schmidt in the Ford GT40 replica shown below.  It looks great and sounds great with the Ford V8 engine.

A Very Impressive GT40 Replica

What would a classic car rally be without a Mini Copper?  From the rally stickers on the side of the 1967 Mini Cooper S shown below it is clear that this car is actively rallied.  The number “37” on the side of this Mini Cooper S is an honored number in Mini Cooper lore.

1967 Mini Cooper S

I have a fondness for Volvo PV544 cars due to having competed in one in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  The 1961 Volvo PV544 shown below is a very nice rally car.

A Very Well Prepared 1961 Volvo PV544

After the Baden Classic car rally was over, I saw a new Fiat 124 that was parked at the Hotel Krone in Forch, Germany where I was staying.  I was very impressed by this car.  If you are considering a modest new two-seat sports car, then I would include this on your potential list.  It looks great!

A New Fiat 124

After the car rally was over we spent the next day sight seeing in the Black Forest area.  I will be posting some pictures from that trip in the next few days.

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Some Photos From The 2018 Baden Classic

Due to a very busy schedule I have got way behind on the things that I want to post on this website.  From April 19 to 21, Harald von Langsdorff and I competed in the Baden Classic, based in Michelbach, Germany.  Harald and I have competed in this event many times in the past.  This year we used Harald’s 1951 Mercedes-Benz 220 sedan.  The picture below shows Harald and I at the Baden Classic starting arch for the rally.

Harald von Langsdorff And Myself At The 2018 Baden Classic Start

Harald & I competed in the Classic Division of this rally.  The Classic Division competitors are given the times to pass each control and these times are measured to the 1/10 second.  No stopping within site of the control is permitted.  A typical start is shown below.  Cars start on even minutes.  The time is displayed on a clock at the start line.

Typical Starting Line

The timing at all controls is determined by light beam switches and clocks that read and record the time to 1/10 second.  I noted that some cars have an added vertical surface affixed to the front bumper to provide a consistent light beam trigger that is unaffected by the height of the light beam.

Typical Light Beam Control Set Up

On Friday night of the rally we had a delicious dinner at the Unimog Museum in Gaggenau in Germany.  This is a wonderful place to be.  I had previously visited this museum a few years and highly recommend it if you are in the area.  The Unimog is four-wheel drive, go anywhere, “Swiss Army Knife” type vehicle that can and is used for innumerable functions.  The classic original Unimog vehicle is somewhat similar to the classic cab-forward Jeep vehicle.  In the photo below, the center Unimog has been fitted with a snowblower device.  Unimog is a division of Mercedes-Benz.

Friday Dinner At The Unimog Museum In Gaggenau

At the dinner, there was a lucky draw for a free ride around the Unimog demonstration track and I was very pleased when Harald & I won the draw!  The ride was in a large crew-cab Unimog over a short, but very difficult course.  The photo below shows us in the Unimog on the down side of a 70% slope.  Shortly after this photo was taken, the driver put the Unimog in reverse and we backed up the slope!

Our Unimog Ride On A 70% Slope

It was quite a ride and hard to capture in a picture.  The photo below was taken from inside the cab on the downside of a 70% slope.  Tickets for the ride are available at the museum and it is a great way to experience the capabilities of these machines.

This Is What It Looked Like From Inside The Cab, Hanging By The Seatbelts!

Getting back to the Baden Classic car rally, there were a number of very nice cars taking part in the rally.  One of the nicest was the Alpine shown below.

This Alpine 1300 Was Baden Classic Rally Participant

The Alpine is understandably one of the premier classic rally cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s.  For example, an Alpine won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1973.  This Alpine 1300 had a 1300cc Renault engine producing 105 to 120 horsepower in a car that weighed only about 1,200 pounds.  Yes, they are quick!

The Alpine Was Supplied With A Rear-Engine Renault Power Plant

I will have more photos from the 2018 Baden Classic over the next few days.  If you have any comments or questions about this post or the Baden Classic, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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