Alfa Romeo celebrations set for 2018 Mille Miglia
Alfa Romeo museum set to host Mille Miglia time trials and a special '11 volte campione' exhibition in recognition of eleven historic victories for legendary Italian marque
More than 450 veteran and classic cars will visit the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo on Saturday May 19 to compete in time trials as part of the 2018 Mille Miglia.
Taking place 90 years after Alfa Romeo secured their first victory in the world-famous event, courtesy of Giuseppe Campari & Giulio Ramponi in a 6C 1500 Super Sport, the time trials will kick-off celebrations that commemorate eleven victories for the marque throughout the Mille Miglia's dramatic history.
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Competitors of this year’s event will be warmly welcomed by the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo museum, affectionately referred to as ‘The Time Machine’ by motoring enthusiasts due to its impressive collection of historical Alfa Romeo models, comprehensive marque-orientated archive and an Alfa Romeo themed café. The museum’s time trials will make up part of the 36th Mille Miglia event in which participants will drive a traditional Brescia-Rome-Brescia route between Wednesday May 16 and Saturday May 19.
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team drivers Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc will also be present at the museum’s Mille Miglia time-trials. Speaking on the up-coming event, Marcus Ericsson said: ‘I am very happy that I will be taking part in the Mille Miglia. It is such an iconic event and it will be a special experience for me to attend it for the first time. Representing Alfa Romeo at this kind of event is something I am very proud of and I look forward to seeing all of the historical cars there.’
Spectators will be able to observe the time trials on the museum’s internal track and gain access to the venue’s outdoor circuit alongside the ’11 volte campione’ exhibition, which has been organised by the Italian Alfa Romeo Register and is designed to highlight key moments for Alfa Romeo, in what is regarded as ‘the most beautiful race in the world’.
This includes the extraordinary run by the 6C 1500 Super Sport, which in 1928 secured Alfa’s first victory in the event; achieving a remarkable average speed of 84km/h over a 1618km course before Alfa claimed seven consecutive wins in the event between 1932 and 1938. This fascinating exhibition opens on Saturday May 19 and will remain open to visitors until December 2018.
Not all of the most relevant vehicles will initially feature in the ’11 volte campione’ exhibition, for several that are normally exhibited at the museum have been entered into the 2018 Mille Miglia courtesy of the Heritage project by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Among the entrants are a 6C 1500 SS, 6C 1750 GS, 1900 SS and a 1900 Sport Spider.
The project is dedicated to protecting and valuing the past of four Italian marques - Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth. The project aims to narrate the past of these notable manufacturers through participation in major international events and honouring the various successes that have been accumulated by the four brands.
Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo themselves will act as both Automotive Sponsor and ‘Guest of Honour’ at this year’s Mille Miglia.
Alfa will provide a fleet of 30 Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio cars, to be used as the official vehicles for the 2018 event, linking the latest expressions in the marque’s ambitions and design to their most historically significant vehicles of the past.
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 driver Charles Leclerc will be among those driving in the 2018 Mille Miglia, saying ‘It will fun to drive the Stelvio Quadrifoglio through the city of Milan on this special occasion.’
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