| The first race resulted in a 1-2-3 for OM cars built in Brescia. Over the years there were many great races featuring Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Mercedes, Maseratis and Ferraris driven by famous names such as Nuvolari, Carraciola, Fangio and Moss. |
One of the most famous races was in 1955 when Mercedes entered a team of 300 SL's driven by Fangio, Moss, Kling and Herman. Moss was partnered by journalist, Dennis Jenkinson. They devised a system which involved mapping the entire circuit and recording the information on an 18 foot roll of paper from which "Jenks" read instructions during the race. Following tradition they left at 7.22 am in the now famous, number 722, 300 SL.
They reached speeds in excess of 170 mph on dusty public roads lined on both sides with enthusiastic Italian spectators, conditions unthinkable in todays era of armco and run off areas. They won the race in 10 hours 7 minutes and 48 seconds setting a new average speed record nearly 10 mph better than the old one.
(Mille Miglia info and pics courtesy of Dennis David www.ddavid.com/formula1/)