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2003 Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia
Maybe the most famous road race ever. It is one of those events you just have to see at least once in your life. Although the revival version now is a regularity race, the speed, the noise and smell of the cars make you feel quite well how it must have been like in the past.

Want to learn more? Wikipedia - Official Mille Miglia site.

I've witnessed the 'new' Mille Miglia five times. Here are some pics from the 2003 edition.

If you are a first timer, just go to Brescia on Thursday, see the scruteneering, the cars parked all over the city and watch the celebs from close by. In the evening they leave from a starting ramp, into the night for the first part.
Saturday evening they returm after 1000 miles, the drivers and navigators exhausted but happy, cheered up by the crowds. It's Italy at its best.

A second or third time see them pass by in rural villages or ancient cities more to the south. Get into your car (a classic Alfa?) and follow them for a couple of miles, then wait for some other participants and do it again. A great way to spend your vacation!