Competition At The Mille Miglia Rally

In my previous post, I have noted that there is a tremendous amount of eye candy at the Mille Miglia, but while that is true, it is also a very competitive road rally, requiring rigorous timing, and to finish near the front of this large field of cars it takes a great deal of car control and timing input.  This aspect of the event often gets overlooked, but as a competitive road rally navigator who would like to compete in the Mille Miglia someday, it is of interest to me.  At the end of the first day of the 2015 Mille Miglia, the top 10 cars in the Mille Miglia rally are listed below.

 Top Ten Cars After Day One Of The 2015 Mille Miglia

Position Car # Crew Car
1 66 Andrea Vesco/Andrea Guerini 1930 Fiat 514 MM
2 2 Giordano Mozzi /Stefania Biacca 1927 O.M. Sport Superba
3 33 Juan Tonconogy/Guillermo Berisso 1927Bugatti T40
4 29 Riccardo Cristina/Sabrina Baroli 1927 Bugatti T40
5 40 Ezio Salviato/Catherine Moglia 1928 Bugatti T40
6 86 Daniel Erejomovich/Gustavo Llanos 1933 Aston Martin LeMans
7 140 Sergio Sisti/Anna Gualandi 1938 MG TB
8 38 Ezio/ Andrea Ronzoni 1928 Lancia Lambda Torpedo
9 31 John Moceri/Lucia Galliani 1927 Chrysler
10 61 Pablo Stalman/Fernando  Zinny 1929 Bugatti T40

I did not have the actual scores after the first day, but I have no doubt that the competition among these cars was quite close.

Car 2 OM Superba

This OM Superba Was In 2nd Place After Day One Of The 2015 Mille Miglia

One interesting note about the Mille Miglia, is that the OM cars were built in the host city of Brescia.  These cars are held in high regard in Brescia and each year, the OM cars entered in the Mille Miglia are given the privilege of starting at the front of the field.  Hence the reason that the OM Superba, shown above and in second place after Day One, was assigned as Car #2.

The route of the Mille Miglia rally is very well outlined in the route book provided to all of the competitors.  I have included a sample page from the route book below.  As can be seen from this page, the route is clearly outlined.  The use of colors is good and the quality of the presentation of the route is a reflection of the quality of this event and the entry fee.

Route Book Example

Sample Page From The 2015 Mille Miglia Route Book

The timing requirements for the Mille Miglia are also provided in the route book.  The page below shows the timing goals for Day One of the 2015 Mille Miglia.  While it seems simple, remember that the car’s time at the timing lines is measured and points awarded based on timing errors of 1/100 of a second!

Timing Sheet

Timing Requirements For Day One

As can be seen from the timing sheet, the first day consists of one section as the cars travel from Brescia to Ferrara.  The cars have 4 hours 45 minutes to make that trip.  Within that trip there will be 4 “CT” controls or passage controls where the competitors must get their score card stamped, but there are no specific timing requirements at these Passage Controls.  The real competition is at the 15 “PC” controls.  Cars arrive at the start of each PC grouping and are started at a time assigned by the marshals at the start.  Note that the travel time between PC controls is provided.  These times are not cumulative, but are what they are shown to be – the time between controls.  The end of one control is the start of the next.  Therefore no matter what time you arrive at PC 3, you must arrive at PC 4 exactly 25 seconds later.

The route between PC 3 and PC 4 is presented in the route book in map form as shown below.

Example PC 4

The Illustrated Route From PC 3 To PC 4

From the timing page in the route book it can be seen that the total distance from PC 3 to PC 4 is only 0.35 kilometers or 350 meters and to meet the required travel time of 25 seconds, then the cars must have an average speed of 25.71 kilometers per hour between these controls.

This provides a brief look at the competition side of the Mille Miglia.  I have posted more extensive notes about navigation and timing requirements for the Mille Miglia focusing on rookie or first time entrants.  If anyone has any specific questions about the navigation or timing requirements for the Mille Miglia, then feel free to contact me by email at and I’ll try to answer them.

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