New coefficients for the Mille Miglia 2016. Come back the Futa and Raticosa passes.
November 9, 2015
The thirty-fourth revival of the Mille Miglia, the most famous road race of all time, will be held from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May 2016. The event, as is tradition, is scheduled a week before the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco. For the fourth year running, this celebration of vintage cars will be organised by 1000 Miglia Srl, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the Automobile Club of Brescia which founded the company for this purpose in 2012. Remaining faithful to a tradition that dates back to 1927, the race will start and finish in Brescia, crossing half of Italy before and after it touches on Rome.
Every year changes are made to the route so the Mille Miglia can go through towns which have not seen it for a couple of years. A number of changes have been introduced for 2016, in keeping with this philosophy. And once again this year, the Mille Miglia will be raced over four legs in four days. The first leg, starting in the early afternoon of Thursday 19 May, is scheduled to go through Ravenna and Ferrara, ending in Rimini. The following day, Friday 20 May, after a stop in Macerata for lunch, the second leg will take the competitors, as is tradition, to Rome in the evening. The Jubilee will involve some changes to the traditional nighttime procession through the city. On Saturday 21, the route from the capital will remain more or less the same as far as Tuscany, with a stop in Poggibonsi: in response to the requests of the many fans who line the winding route, cheering the drivers on, the Mille Miglia 2016 will once again climb the Futa and Raticosa Passes, the scene of epic feats of crack racing drivers. The third leg will end in Parma again, where the competitors were given such a warm welcome last year: from here, on Sunday morning, the drivers will head back to Brescia where they will arrive at lunch time once again, a decision which has garnered great approval over the past two years. Upon leaving Parma, the long Red Arrow procession will go through Cremona, heading north. To the great pleasure of the crews and crowds alike, the Mille Miglia will then stop at Monza Race Track where it will take to the circuit for a number of races. After they leave the Brianza track, conceived and founded in 1922 by Arturo Mercanti from Brescia, the cars will cross Bergamo and Franciacorta, promoting the Brescia area as it goes.
One of the new features of the 2016 event will be the new coefficients that will be applied to the points obtained by each car in the race. They will be calculated, bearing in mind the period and sporting features of the over nine hundred models eligible for the Mille Miglia, namely those cars which took part in at least one of the speed races between 1927 and 1957. The new coefficients, published on the website www.1000miglia.it, have been completely recalculated to give the more sporty cars, those which have made races so memorable over the years, a better chance of bringing home a prize. The new coefficients should also help close the gap between pre-war models and the postwar sports cars which, up until last year, had no chance whatsoever of picking up a prize. Lastly, to favour the models which played a key part in the Mille Miglia from 1927 to 1957, two bonus points have been introduced: the first, used up to two years ago, is allocated to those cars (chassis number) which took part in at least one of the original races. The only difference is the value is now 5%, compared to 10% in the past. The second bonus, also 5%, will be allocated to all those models which, in the twenty-four speed races, won in their own class or category. This change to the coefficients, which came into force in 2008 and were used up to last year, is designed to help promote those vintage cars with a glorious past and will also further increase the historical and sporting importance of what Enzo Ferrari, as he watched the reenactment in 1988, called an “extraordinary travelling museum”. Combining everything that Italy holds dear - its traditions, innovation, creativity, elegance, beautiful landscapes and lifestyle - in 2016 the Mille Miglia will continue to stand out as a symbol of Italian excellence throughout the world.
AUTOMOTIVE MASTERPIECES shares this new approach in the calculation of the coefficients and hopes that collectors from around the world will take part in the Mille Miglia with more cars that ran the historic race or with similar models that won the classes.
AUTOMOTIVE MASTERPIECES is working on a census of all the cars that participated to the historical speed race and of all the cars that ran the revivals:
90th Anniversary of the Mille Miglia (1927-1957) – 17 cars on line / 50 work in progress / 500 goal
1977-2017: 40 years of Mille Miglia Revivals – 48 cars on line / 150 work in progress / 1000 goal