The 2016 Mille Miglia Is Underway

The 2016 Mille Miglia is now underway in Italy.  This is advertised as “the world’s most beautiful race” and it might be.  Certainly there are large number of very special cars.  From some of the pictures that I have seen, it appears that the weather has not cooperated all of the all time.  Some of the open cars have had the extra challenge of dealing with the rain.

One of the cars that I have been following is the 1951 Ferrari 340 America crewed by Richard Rawlins and Jim Helfrich.  This is the actual car that Villoresi drove to victory in the 1951 Mille Miglia.  I have been in contact with these fellows before the rally and I know that they are striving to do very well.  While they are putting in great effort to do well, they know how hard it is to finish well in this event due to the quality of the top teams.

Their car is shown below with the number 405 written on the door, which was the number that Villoresi had in 1951.  In those days the number on the door was the actual time of day that the car was to start.  Therefore in 1951 Villoresi started at 4:05AM.  By using this numbering system, spectators along the 1000-mile route of the Mille Miglia could tell which cars were running well, if car went past out of sequence.


This Ferrari Won The 1951 Mille Miglia

Richard and Jim are doing well and I expect them to continue to move up the standings.

The car shown below is another example of the many nice cars in the Mille Miglia.  This 1950 Cisitalia 202 SC is crewed by the Dutch team of Christian van Bruggen and Rene Schelvis. I recently post a report focusing on this pretty milestone car.  Despite the rain, there are still many people standing out to watch the cars go by.


1950 Cisitalia 202 SC

The picture of the Allard below shows that the weather has not been wet all of the time at this year’s Mille Miglia.  In addition to the Allard, you can see a large number of other open cars lined up waiting to enter the Passage Control.


This Allard Heads Into A Passage Control 

At this time the 2016 Mille Miglia is about half way over and I hope that the weather improves.  One other American entry that I am following is Car 247 crewed by Michael Kaleel and Marc Cendron  They are driving a 1952 SIATA Daina Gran Sport.  Marc came out to my house for some rally advice, as this is his first rally.  The Mille Miglia is quite a way to start rallying!

These pictures are compliments of the Mille Miglia organizers.  If you want more information about the 2016 Mille Miglia, then check out their website at

If you have any comments or questions about this post, then either leave a comment below or send me a private email at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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