The V-Class and the 1,000 mile service at the Mille Miglia 2014.
Safe escort vehicle.
There is excited anticipation in the early-morning air of this summer’s day in Brescia, Italy. The locals are full of curiosity as they observe the colourful goings-on in front of the Teatro Grande, where the automobile stars of the show and their dedicated drivers wait for the starting pistol of the Mille Miglia 2014. The members of the organisation team work flat-out to make this year’s historic event a complete success as usual. They add the finishing touches, going through the stages once more and answering any last questions.
Over the following four days, their job will be to accompany the keen classic car drivers on the 1,700 kilometre drive from Brescia to Rome and back, and to announce the impressive line of cars with the appropriate style and pomp as they enter each town or village. But the events team is not alone: Eight new V-Class vehicles are standing by as reliable escorts, making an important contribution towards ensuring that the eventful days spent travelling through the picturesque lanes of northern Italy run smoothly.
Full steam ahead.
The Mille Miglia was started back in 1927 as the toughest race in motor sports, and since 1977 it has been held as an annual reliability race of classic vehicles. Here it is not speed that counts, but smooth steady driving. The four days in May are the scene of a spectacular parade through Italy, and the participants in the parade are impressively restored high-performance cars that bring joy not only to the hearts of true fans of historic cars but to all who manage to catch a glimpse. As a major sponsor of the event, Mercedes-Benz has provided eight new V-Class vehicles to lead the line of historic cars and also to make sure that the last cars reach the finishing line of each stage safely. Over the entire course, the MPVs prove their worth as reliable, safe companions. Thanks to its generous, spacious and flexibly fitted interior, the V-Class is an excellent team vehicle at the Mille Miglia and also a shuttle vehicle for celebrities.
When historic meets contemporary.
Crowds of people line the sides of the roads in the towns and villages. The expectant, eager looks turn to expressions of joy as soon as the parade, led by the V-Class, drives in.
Even the most passionate lovers of historic cars cannot hide their pleasure when they see the luxurious miracle of spaciousness. Although the V-Class as a modern vehicle is quite in contrast to the classic cars taking part in the Mille Miglia, it is greeted by the spectators with equal enthusiasm.