Travel: The Mille Miglia Comes to Town: A Roadside Look at Passing Classics

The Mille Miglia Comes to Town: A Roadside Look at Passing Classics

By Petrolicious Productions
May 21, 2015
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Photography by Christian Baumann

While we’ve already covered the 2015 Mille Miglia quite extensively, the ever-engaging photographer and videographer Christian Baumann reached out to say that he’d been able to capture something we hadn’t yet been able to: the parade of passing classics.

Realizing that the cars would be passing closely to his village quite late, Baumann decided to instead wait for the cars before they entered Bergamo, the last stop before Brescia—by the time he’d arrived at Bergamo, the police had blocked the road, anyhow!

He says it was a typical, beautiful Sunday: cyclists, old cars, and modern cars all sharing the same twisting roads. Enjoy these shots—and remember that it’s possible to get awesome classic car photos almost anywhere, even at the side of the road!

You can see more of Christian Baumann’s work on the Controluce website

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Marco Makaus
Marco Makaus
6 years ago

Sorry for stepping in so late…
No you can’t register a post 1957 car, and not all pre-1957s are eligible: only cars of the same type used in the original speed races will be considered for selection.
You see many modern cars in the photos because many enthusiasts drive their classics to watch the event. Unfortunately many of them lose all contact with reality and drive like there was no tomorrow: in many cases they create troubles to the convoy and participants, often they run very high risks for them and the public – with no respect for them, or the race and those who work to make it happen.
Some even make fake race numbers – which is incidentally a fraud, and a very stupid thing to do.
We have to fight this to keep delivering this great event.
1000Miglia s.r.l.

Pietro  Lo Fria
Pietro Lo Fria
7 years ago

I apologize if this has been mentioned before, but can anyone explain why there are post 1957 cars in the photos? Are they eligible to join now?

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
7 years ago
Reply to  Pietro Lo Fria

Thank you . I was about to ask the very same question ! That Testarossa topsides throwing me for a loop right off the bat .

From what I can tell from the photos the 911 , Testarossa , Alfa Romeo Spider and Alfetta do not appear to have participant numbers on them so they may be just course cars and pre-runners . But I’d really like to know for a fact what the answer is . Am I that out of touch with the current MM entry rules or is my hypothesis correct ?

Jono51
Jono51
7 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

The eligible cars are listed here:

http://www.1000miglia.eu/2015-edition/Eligible-Cars/

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago

Definitely a MGA also has a Twin-cam badge so quite a rare one

Clayton Merchant
Clayton Merchant
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Nope, not a Twin-Cam, it’s a 1600, wire spokes were never available on twinkies.
Still a very nice car.

Pascal A J Maeter
Pascal A J Maeter
7 years ago

It’s an MG A, not an Austin-Healey.

Patrick Peters
Patrick Peters
7 years ago

I wonder, which make is the car in the top photo? MG?

Todd Cox
Todd Cox
7 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Peters

If you’re referring to the green car in the upper right, it is an Austin Healey.

Fingers
Fingers
7 years ago

Thank you so much for the Mille Miglia articles and so many great photos. It’s an event that unfortunately never gets enough coverage. Hopefully you can give us a few pictures and a bit of a story every year.