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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.
All Photos: Alfa Romeo
(May 21, 2007)