The next day we returned to the Convention Center to get ready to hit the road and it was certainly much busier than before. Strangely enough it felt very german dominated. Not by german car brands, but germans participating. Great to see people from all over the world though preparing their wonderful cars to get this thing started. Call it being unlucky… fate… or whatever but my old friend “bad weather” caught up with us, just as everyone got ready to leave for the Teatro Grande in Brescia.
As I mentioned before I wouldn’t really agree with the people saying that the Mille Miglia has lost its “racing spirit”. Sure its not a race anymore, but it also is not a sunday afternoon coffee drive either. Its just fantastic to see how a lot of the drivers/owners push their really expensive and rare classic sportscars really hard through bad weather, narrow streets and small towns. One of the coolest moments for sure was trying to catch/keep up with Jochen Mass in his pre-war Merc. These guys are having a lot of fun and that is vibe you certainly feel. Most people are in a good mood, eager to get back on the road, drive proper times and just enjoy themselves. Not more I would ask for. Or add.
One thing I am not too sure about at the Mille were the onslaught of modern cars, mostly Ferraris, that were participants and not support or media vehicles. Don’t get me wrong, I like modern cars and also Ferraris, but the Mille should be all about classic cars. and of course the focus for a lot of people shifts when suddenly one or even two brand new Paganis drive by. Ah well. Maybe something that will change next time around or so, I certainly would hope so.
More on it next time I guess. Enjoy!