The Thrill of the 2018 Mille Miglia: Recap of the 90th Year of Excitement


There were many enthusiastic onlookers on site last week to view the spectacle that takes place every year from Brescia to Milano Marittima, in Ravenna, Italy. A record-breaking 440 crews took part in part in the legendary race, in addition to ten in the “Military category”, totaling 900 people from 36 countries across every single continent. The 450 cars that made the cut to acceptance were made up of 72 different brands, and our famed Alfa Romeo namesake consisted of 47 cars entered from both official brand, and private teams. We have always been proud of the fact that we have put more names on the winners' board than any other in the race's duration, nailing down 11 victories, eleven silver medals, ten third place finishes, and nine instances were cars were victorious in three top spots.

There were a few reasons why this year's event was so special. Coinciding with the 90th anniversary of Alfa's first monumental victory, the “Alfa Romeo: Mille Miglia in 90 Places” project was conceptualized to retrace the steps of this one-of-a-kind story. 90 different photos of the most memorable locations were on display, with some of them located on this year's action-packed circuit. At 2:30 P.M. Sharp on Brescia's Viale Venezia, the first bits of anticipated pressure was put on the various accelerators. Back in 1927, Journalist Giuseppe Tonelli lamented that this famed race was “something undefined, with a touch of the supernatural, recalling old fairytales”.


One of the most unique aspects of this challenge is the human daring that takes place, along with the amazing achievements of vehicle design. Especially within the Stelvio and Giulia models, the technical progress is amazing, and the exciting aspects of distinctive Italian flavor evoke some of the most alluring and exciting drives anyone could ever experience, off or on the track. Top-notch features to keep you safe such as Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and pedestrian recognition are all on board to assure that every single drive is able to be completed with complete confidence, and aided with the best that technology has to offer.


The local restaurants set out their tables on the curb during this exciting display, and the breathtaking backdrop of the Lago Diaz lakeside promenade sets the tone for the contest. At the start, every competitor receives a timesheet that needs to be stamped at specific intervals, which all differ in relation to the car's starting position. Every designated trial section needs to be covered in a given period of time, and while at a specific average speed. The setting was beginning to be under the cast of nightfall when the first car reached Milano Marittima, and all of the contestants were given a sense of relief when they reached the scene of one of the Adriatic Coast's most lavish resorts, cloaked in beautiful Cervia pinewood. 


The overall champions of the 2018 1000 Miglia were the team of Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini, in their third overall victory during the “Traveling Museum”, after snagging the victory in both 2013 and 2015. They were at the helm of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS, and walked away with an active score of 74,108 points. Second place this year went to Giovanni and Moceri Danielle Bonetti, at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo 6C, 1500 SS, reaping 73,714 points. Photographs from showed the diversity and flavor of the race: every careful stroke of polish and curve in the road etched new memories of a ninety-year tradition on one of Alfa Romeo's best-loved victory grounds.

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