Behind the scenes at Mille Miglia 2013.
“We’ve crossed the Rubicon!” is shouted out in the car speeding down to Rome, our spirits lifting with the dissipating clouds. Yes, we’ve thrown down the gauntlet against the chucking rain attacking Mille Miglia 2013, and it seems the battle is steadily turning in our favour. Red poppies pepper the sea of yellow-green fields, now cheerfully flagging the one thousand mile long route from Brescia to Rome and back.
On day two of the race, we will of course be salivating at the sight of legendary cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz SSK (W 06) and the “Ponton” (W 180) – the latter of course representing the long-standing tradition of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. A whole array of 300 SL “Gullwings” (W 198) will also whet our appetites. But this year, we investigate the magic beneath the tarmac that makes this race through Italy such a spectacular event. Even as we bolt forward, I recount on our earlier hours in Ferrara, the first scheduled stop of this infamous and historical race.