2016 Mille Miglia Is Now Open For Entries

In 2016 the famous Mille Miglia rally will be held from Thursday May 19 to Sunday May 22, starting and finishing in Brescia, Italy.  As in 2015, the Mille Miglia has transitioned from a three-day event into a four-day event to cover the approximately 1000 mile long route.  This rally is based on the original speed event that took place from 1927 to 1957.

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A Maserati In The 1955 Mille Miglia

The first leg of the 2016 Mille Miglia, starts in the early afternoon of Thursday 19 May, and is scheduled to go through Ravenna and Ferrara, ending in Rimini that evening. The following day, Friday 20 May, will take the competitors to Rome for the evening.  On Saturday 21, the route from Rome will take the competitors to Tuscany and once again climb the Futa and Raticosa Passes to end the day in Parma.  On Sunday morning, the drivers will head back to Brescia with a stop at the legendary Monza race track before getting back to Brescia to celebrate the completion of the rally.

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Route Of The 2016 Mille Miglia

It is not easy to have your entry accepted into the Mille Miglia, as many more entries are submitted each year than the available space in the Mille Miglia.  This year 450 cars will be selected by the organizers to take part in the event.  The successful selection process will give precedence to the following cars:

  • Cars which have participated in original Mille Miglia speed races (documentary evidence must be provided)
  • Cars with a sporting history, on the basis of results achieved
  • Cars which have been officially entered in previous original Mille Miglia speed races, (documentary evidence must be provided)

 

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Competitors’ Cars In The 2015 Mille Miglia

In order to try to level the competitive field the organizers assign coefficients to each car.  This year the organizers have revised the coefficients that they will be using.

The coefficients are determined after considering the year of design and the technical, sporting and historical features of each individual model.  The total coefficient of each model is calculated using the mathematical formula below, adding up the partial coefficients related to period, class and category:

Coefficient = 1 + { Period + Class + Category} + { MM Factor (event.) + MM Bonus (event.)}

I looked through the explanation of how the coefficients are determined and trying to present a simple explanation here is quite a task, so I have attached a file that has the Mille Miglia organizers’ explanation of the coefficient logic.  Determinazione Coefficienti MM 2016

The new coefficients should help close the gap between pre-war models and the postwar sports cars which, up until last year, had a difficult time to win a major overall prize in the Mille Miglia.

For more information on the 2016 Mille Miglia rally, including entry information, check out the event’s website:  www.1000miglia.eu

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