Brian Harper, the Deputy Editor of Canada’s National Post newspaper, is a big fan of the legendary Mille Miglia race. Brian was reading the post that I made on this website on September 3, 2013 entitled “Some Very Good Mille Miglia Books” and saw the Carlo Demand painting image of Clemente Biondetti driving an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B in the 1947 running of the Mille Miglia. Brian was kind enough to share a great image from Alfa Romeo of Biondetti competing in the 1947 Mille Miglia in this car. I have included this Alfa Romeo image below.
Biondetti Wining The 1947 Mille Miglia In An Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B
It is interesting to see the notes on the image. The entry is referred to as “Romano – Biondetti”, despite the presence on the team of Clemente Biondetti, who had won the 1938 Mille Miglia. At the same time, I can not find Emilio Romano’s name in the top 10 finishers at any previous Mille Miglia races. It turns out that Biondetti had no money and did not have a car to drive in the Mille Miglia that year, so at the last moment Romano was able to get Biondetti to be his co-driver. Therefore all of scoring for the 1947 Mille Miglia refers to the entry of “Romano – Biondetti”, implying that Biondetti was the co-driver, not the main driver. However, I suspect that Biondetti did most of the driving in the 1947 Mille Miglia.
Biondetti had an epic battle with the then aging and deteriorating Tazio Nuvolari in a Cisitalia. Nuvolari had built up an early lead over Biondetti, but then the weather changed. There were high winds and torrential rains. The Cisitalia was an open car, while the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, as shown in the photo above, is a closed car. This meant that Romano and Biondetti were rather comfortable in the Alfa Romeo, while Nuvolari was fully exposed to the weather. The final result was that Romano – Biondetti finished first some 16 minutes ahead of Nuvolari, who having driven all 16 1/2 hours himself, finished second.
This was the second Mille Miglia win for Biondetti, who later went on to win again in 1948 and 1949, for a total of four wins in this legendary road race.
Thanks very much to Brian Harper and Alfa Romeo for sharing this great photo.