Let’s face it, Mille Miglia without Mercedes is like heaven without God, these were the founding fathers of some of the greatest classic cars we have in history books today. Great cars such as the 1928 SSK racing car, 1934 500K, the 1938 W195 Speed Record-breaker, 1954 300SL “Gullwing” and the 1963 230SL Pagoda just to name a few. In that regard, they have always represented their models largely at the Mille Miglia.
The Mille Miglia started way back in 1927 and was closed in 1957 later to be revived in 1977 and has been considered to be one of the most challenging races of all time. Today, it’s organized as a safe rally, this year the participants passed through multi-stage rally places which ran over 1,000 miles from its start in Brescia, Northern Italy, passes cities through Verona, Ferrara, San Marino and Rome before returning to returning back to Brescia via Siena, Florence and Cremona.
This year Mercedes had quite a time of their life as they not only enjoyed driving through the different stages, they also shared the fun with the spectators on their way to the finish line. Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz Museum took care of all the photography work and hence the photos you see below. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is the only museum in the world that can document in a single continuous timeline over 125 years of automobile history from its very beginnings to the present day.
This was how Mercedes-Benz did it:
It started with the Mercedes-Benz Classic team has arriving in Brescia, the starting place of the rally. Here, they ensured everything was clear, unloaded the cars and did all the remaining ground work. In the evening, the team gathered together at the famous Museo Mille Miglia. They would then get ready to hit the road again for Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, and capital city of the Province of Ferrara.
This day would see them drive from Brescia to Ferrara through Sirmione, Verona, and Padova. Before that, the team and their brand ambassadors David Coulthard, Bernd Mayländer, Karl Wendlinger, Marcel Tiemann, and Jochen Mass gathered at the famous Teatro Grande and the Museo Mille Miglia. The starting grid was at the Viale Venezia and was filled with 422 classic cars in total. The rally was on!
The rain was the main challenge in day 1 but this day was more favorable as they drove under the sun. Those with the gullwings would raise their arms up, the Pagodas could take their top off as this was basically more fun-filled. They drove for 680km from Ferrara to Rome.
This was the final day of the rally; they drove back to Brescia from Rome. They got to see the beautiful scenery of Tuscany and cities like Siena and Florence, the latter being well known for being the birthplace of the Renaissance age. It’s said that a third of the world’s art treasures reside in Florence! The entire team including the mechanics, organizers and drivers want you to know that 2014 will even be bigger!