The Mille Miglia Race

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The Mille Miglia Race is one of the oldest races, that starts every year in May, in Brescia where it also ends after 4 days, around Italy on the way to Rome and back. At the beginning it was an open-road endurance race that became very dangerous; it took the lives of a total of 56 people from 1927 to 1957. In the 1957 after two fatal crashes, the race was banned. From 1958 to 1961, the event resumed as a rallying-like round trip at legal speed with a few special stages driven at full speed, but this was also discontinued. Since 1977, the name was revived as the Mille Miglia Storica, a parade for pre-1957 cars that takes about 3-4 days to be completed.

In 2014, the race touched Bassano del Grappa (the town where I live) so I had the opportunity to document it with my camera. The cars arrived in Bassano at evening/night as you can see looking at the pictures. Some of the best and most expensive classic cars take part in this parade and some of them are also driven by famous people like actors and singers. Jeremy Irons, the famous actor, is one of the celebrities that attend the parade almost every year and he was also present at the 2014 parade. If you have the chance to be in Italy in May in the next years, I really recommend you to try to attend this parade: it is totally worth!

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