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Mille Maglia

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Start of Race at Prato Della Vale

Joy and I were blessed by being at the right place at the right time in Padua, Italy. The Mille Miglia was an open-road endurance race which took place in Italy from 1927 to 1957. There were 24 races with the most wins by Alfa Romeo and by driver Clemente Biondetti. Currently, the race is limited to vintage cars produced no later than 1957. The current route from Brescia to Rome and returning had its initial stop in Padua the day before Joy and I were leaving. The cars entered the city as the sun was setting less than a block from our apartment, and the tour started the following morning about 2 blocks away.

To say this event, the first in 60 years, was epic almost describes it. There was so much excitement and fanfare as the cars entered Padua. After dinner, Joy and I joined the mass of people and were equally enthusiastic about the arrival of the cars. We were greeted by no less than 80 modern-era Ferrari's which came ROARING into Padua before the vintage cars.


Then vintage automobiles began to arrive and raced into town as the roads had been cleared and closed for only the entrants.


The next morning at 5:30 I attended the opening and start of the race. The drivers and crew checked their vintage cars.


There were over 460 vintage cars in the event, including American, British, French, German, and of course Italian.


Now, watch this short video of the start of the race, Keystone Cops style.

Posted by steven1600 01:20 Archived in Italy Tagged cars padova

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