Guaranteed entries and reduced numbers for Mille Miglia 2019
Organisers of the massively oversubscribed Mille Miglia race have introduced a new tier of entry guaranteeing acceptance, with total entry numbers also reduced to 430
The Mille Miglia regulation rally – named after the iconic road rally which took place between 1927 and 1957 – is introducing a new tier of entry for 2019 that guarantees acceptance, while also reducing the number of total entries.
Two new types of entry have been added to the standard €8000 option offered in previous years. Along with a Gold tier which offers an “exclusive drivers’ kit” and pre-check-in at hotels en-route, a Platinum tier promises guaranteed entry to the fabled rally, so long as the vehicle entered is registered on the event’s recently established Registro 1000 Miglia.
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Two types of admission to the register are possible; ‘Participant’ and ‘Eligible’, for cars which directly took part in the original Mille Miglia, and examples of models whose counterparts participated in the Mille Miglia respectively.
While Gold entry is only a little pricier at €10,000, Platinum comes with a hefty €50,000 price tag, with hospitality and entry for up to six rotating drivers also included in the cost. From 2020 onwards, all vehicles submitting an entry under any tier will also be required to be listed with the Registro 1000 Miglia.
Long considered a blue riband event on the classic car calendar, competition for entries is fierce each year. With safety considerations in mind, organisers have reduced the number of cars competing by 20 – dropping from 450 to 430 – for next year’s edition.
“The decision to restrict the number of vehicles, 20 less than the previous edition, is dictated by the desire to make the race as safe as possible and respectful of the rules of fair play,” said Alberto Piantoni, 1000 Miglia CEO.
Two notable individuals have also joined the rally’s board of directors. Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is one of three new additions, along with Matteo Marzotto, whose uncle Giannino Marzotto won the 1950 and 1953 editions of the Mille Miglia.
Entries for next year’s event are open between Tuesday, October 23 2018 and 11:59pm on January 10 2019. Next years’ race will run between Wednesday May 15 and Saturday May 18, 2019, starting and finishing in Brescia as usual.
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