Category Mille Miglia

Ferrari, de Portago, Mille Miglia

Before the End…

It is May 12, 1957 at the Ravenna control during the last Mille Miglia. The car is a Ferrari 335 Sport driven by Alfonso de Portago with his American friend Edmund Nelson as his passenger. The 335 Sport was perhaps the ultimate front-engined Ferrari sports-racer with a 4.1 liter four-cam motor which put out about […]

Aston Martin, Lancia, Mille Miglia

Early Morning on the Road to Verona

In this wonderfully evocative image, the Lancia D24 driven by Gino Valenzano is overtaking the Aston Martin DB3S driven by Reg Parnell with Louis Klemantaski acting as navigator, and occasional photographer when he could catch a moment. Valenzano had started two minutes after the Aston. It is now probably about 6 AM with a lot of […]

Ferrari, Monza, Alberto Ascari, 625TF

A New Ferrari Sports Car

This small spider, seen in the Monza paddock on June 29, 1953, is an entirely new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Ferrari sports car designed at Ferrari by Aurelio Lampredi. It is without doubt a very significant departure in Ferrari history, being Ferrari’s first 4-cylinder sports car. This spider was called the 625TF and was one of three cars built with […]

Umberto Magliolo, Mille Miglia, Ferrari, 121LM

On the Futa Pass

The 1955 Mille Miglia, over April 30-May 1, was set to be a titanic struggle between teams from Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari, with Maserati set to dominate the 2-litre class with their little A6GCS. The German steamroller, led by its famed team manager Alfred Neubauer, had entered four of their new 300SLRs with several 300SLs running for the GT […]

Hugh Hunter, Alfa Romeo, 8C2900, Brooklands

A Rare Alfa Romeo

This stunning Alfa Romeo 8C2900B spider with bodywork by Touring began its life as an Alfa factory entry for the 1938 Mille Miglia and was reputedly the winning car driven by Clemente Biondetti with Alfa mechanic Aldo Stefani beside him. That at least is what Hugh Hunter, here racing his Alfa on the Campbell Circuit at Brooklands on April 10, […]

Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari, Mille KMiglia

The Ferrari Hotel

  It is the afternoon before the start of the 1956 Mille Miglia and the Ferrari team is gathering after scrutineering at the Marzotto brothers’ hotel in Manerbio along the Mille Miglia route between Cremona and Brescia. From the hotel’s roof the pattern of the stone yard is almost mesmerizing. Just returning to the hotel is Juan […]

Peter Collins, Louise Collins, Mille Miglia

A Mercury in Italy…

Peter and Louise Collins are sitting on the front bumper of their Mercury Station Wagon prior to the 1957 Mille Miglia. They are in the parking lot of the Marzotto brothers hotel used by Ferrari for the Mille Miglia and located at Manerbio, just south of Brescia. Louise Cordier King, as she was before her marriage to […]

Stirling Moss, Denis Jenkinson, Mercedes-Benz, Mille Miglia

The Fastest Mille Miglia

Here are Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson near the top of the Futa Pass in their Mercedes 300SLR on their way to winning the 1955 Mille Miglia with a time and speed that would never be attained by anyone else. Their winning time for the race was 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds which translated […]

Piazza Vittoria, Maserati, Mille Miglia, Ferrari

La Piazza Vittoria

The beginning of a great adventure: before the start of the Mille Miglia, all the competing cars and their drivers had to check in with the organizers at the Piazza della Vittoria in the center of Brescia to show their documents and licenses for inspection. Here a line of cars, mostly Maseratis in the highly competitive […]

Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien, Paul Frere, Le Mans

Three Le Mans Winners

Three happy former winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans have a quick reunion in the pits before the start of the 1971 race: Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien and Paul Frère. Between them they had eight Le Mans wins. Hill won, with Gendebien, in 1958, 1961 and 1962, while Gendebien won his second 24 […]