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Saturday 19 May: the Mille Miglia at the Alfa Romeo Museum

Mille Miglia

An unmissable occasion for anyone who loves classical cars. On 19 May 2018 the historic Mille Miglia race will be at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo Arese, where the participants will take part in timed trials on the internal circuit at what used to be the Alfa Romeo plant. It will also celebrate an anniversary: on 1 April 1928, Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi won the Mille Miglia with the 6C 1500 Super Sport, the first of Alfa Romeo’s 11 victories in the race, of which 7 were consecutive, setting a record that remained unbeaten throughout the history of the event. That car will be present in the 2018 Mille Miglia, along with other Alfa Romeo Cars such as the 6C 1750 Gran Sport which won the race in 1930. That edition entered the realm of legend, for the epic battle between Tazio Nuvolari and Achille Varzi, both of whom were driving Alfa Romeos. The struggle between the two drivers – friends in life, rivals on the track, in perfect Gentleman Style – continued for all the 1,600 kilometres of the race from Brescia to Rome and back. At one point, during the night, Nuvolari found himself behind Varzi, who manoeuvred so that there was no way that Nuvolari could overtake. Ater a few kilometres, Nuvolari’s co-driver, Giovanni Battista Guidotti, had the idea of switching off the headlights, and the two of them continued at 150 kilometres an hour in the dark countryside near Vicenza. Varzi, who could no longer see the headlights of the car behind him, imagined that he was a long way in the lead and relaxed. This enabled Nuvolari to overtake and eventually to finish in first place in Brescia. That year, Alfa Romeo took the top three places, with Nuvolari, Varzi and Giuseppe Campari.

On Saturday 19 May we will be able to savour the spirit of this and other motor racing epics, admiring the cars taking part in the 2018 Mille Miglia, along with new Alfa Romeo models such as the Giulia and the Stelvio, and the historic cars exhibited inside the museum.

Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
Viale Alfa Romeo
20020 Arese (MI)
museoalfaromeo.com

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