Let the eye candy begin. Yesterday the “world’s most beautiful race” got underway and judging from the photos that have emerged from the first day of the 2015 Mille Miglia, it has not disappointed. At this time I don’t have any competition results, therefore I have included some photos from the first day.
Mercedes-Benz is a major sponsor of the Mille Miglia and as 2015 is the 60th anniversary of Sir Stirling Moss’ legendary 1955 victory in the Mille Miglia, Mercedes-Benz has gone all out in bringing many of their museum cars to this year’s Mille Miglia.
As most of the people who would read this post would know, Toto Wolff, along with Nicki Lauda, is the head of the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 Team. It is interesting to note that Toto Wolff’s wife, Susie Wolff, is a test driver for the Williams Formula 1 Team. So while she is on the Williams payroll, marriage does have its privileges, so I was not really surprised to see that Susie Wolff is driving the Mercedes-Benz SLR that Juan Manual Fangio drove to a second place finish in the 1955 Mille Miglia. “Happy wife = happy life.”
Susie Wolff, Williams’ F1 Team Test Driver, Obviously Enjoying Driving a 1955 Mercedes-Benz SLR
In the Mille Miglia, in general, most of the older cars start near the front. The photo below shows a line up of some of the older cars waiting to go over the starting ramp.
Oskar Meier/Katerina Batouskova’s 1927 Bugatti T37A Leaves The Start Ramp
It seems that people must line the entire route of the Mille Miglia. And why not! What a great moving car show! Plus the sound and smells from the vintage race cars would make the experience even better.
Marc Lenert/Paul Welbes’ 1951 Lancia B21 Berlina In A “Parade” Along The Harbor
The picture below “takes the cake” or should I say “takes the pizza”! These have to be some of the top seats along the route. Imagine you can sit there in the pizzeria and have your fill of wine and pizza while the Mille Miglia cars pass by just a few feet away. Awesome!
Quirina Louwan/James Wood’s 1952 Aston Astin DB 3S
Some of the cars that are participating in the 2015 Mille Miglia also are actual cars that took part in the full race version of the Mille Miglia between 1927 and 1957. This is the case for the Aston Martin DB 3S shown above and the Fiat Colli 110 Sport shown below. When selecting cars to compete in the Mille Miglia, these cars are in a preferred position for selection.
Rik Ruebens/Sylvie Dekien’s 1951 Fiat Colli 1100 Sport
The 2015 Mille Miglia still has three days to run before it ends, back in Brescia, on Sunday afternoon. I am sure that the flow of eye candy from this event will continue. I can only imagine what a pleasure it must be to be there in person, or ultimately, to take part in the Mille Miglia itself.