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May 23, 2007

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Alfa Romeo wins the 2007 edition of the historical Mille Miglia

History repeats itself. Alfa Romeo has won the 2007 edition of the Mille Miglia with one of its most prestigious models, the 6C 1500S, that won the second edition of the famous race in 1928 with Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi, the first of eleven victories in the thirty editions of the celebrated Italian road race.

Today the race is run as a revival regularity event for vintage cars, which does not detract in any way from the characteristics of speed and reliability that the cars must be able to demonstrate over 1600 km, along the roads that were taken by the original race until 1957, the last year that the Mille Miglia was run as a race.

Luciano Viaro and Luca Bergamaschi

The success of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500S of Luciano Viaro and Luca Bergamaschi is the result of Alfa Romeo Automobiles’ determination to create a museum and an organisation to celebrate its prestigious history. No fewer than five cars from the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum competed in the 2007 Mille Miglia.

In addition to the winner, they included the 8C 2300 Le Mans of 1931 driven by Marx – Verga, a sporty version of the 8C 2300 which won the Le Mans 24 Hours four consecutive times from 1931 to 1934; the Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport Spider of 1954 driven by Arceri-Di Mare, which came 35th, the 1900 C52 Disco Volante Spider of 1952, driven by journalists Francesca Grimaldi and Rossella Labate (147th), and the 750 Competizione of 1955, driven by Izquerdo-Azpilicueta.

As it did in 1928, Alfa Romeo managed to beat Bugatti, which had come to Italy in 1928 determined to win, but had to make do with the 6th place of Brilli-Peri, preceded by three Alfa Romeos, an OM and a Lancia.

The success of the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500S in the 2007 revival is all the more significant because of the large number of contestants: a total of 375 teams with the best cars from the growing number of makes that take part in the event each year. A total of 32 historical Alfa Romeos competed in the 2007 Mille Miglia, from all the periods in which the race was run. The unique context of the race, which crosses Italy, acclaimed by crowds of enthusiastic fans, is an important part of the history of vintage car racing, making this event unique.

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(May 21, 2007)

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