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The race was established by the young Contes Aymo Maggi and Franco Mazzotti, apparently in response to their home-town of Brescia 'losing' the Italian Grand Prix. Together with a group of wealthy associates a race from Brescia to Rome and back was chosen, a figure-of-eight of roughly 1,600 km - a thousand miles. Later races followed twelve other courses. The first race was on March 26-27, 1927 with around seventy-five starters - all Italian. The winner completed the course in just under 21 hours, 5 minutes.
The race was stopped by Mussolini after an accident in 1938 killed a number of spectators.
Stirling Moss set the course record in 1955 in under 10 hours, 8 minutes, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing roadster. Moss and navigator Denis Jenkinson ran a reconnaissance lap beforehand, and Jenkins made course notes on a scroll of paper 15 feet long that he read from and shouted directions to Moss during the race.
After a fatal crash in 1957 that took the lives of two drivers and eleven spectators, the race was banned.
Since 1977, the name was revived as the Mille Miglia Storico, a parade for pre-1957 cars.
Mille Miglia winners
- 1957 : Piero Taruffi - Ferrari
- Charlie Lohmander /Harald Kronegård - Saab 93 (Turismo Preparato 750cc)
- 1956 : Eugenio Castellotti - Ferrari
- 1955 : Stirling Moss / Denis Jenkinson - Mercedes-Benz
- 1954 : Alberto Ascari - Lancia
- 1953 : Giannino Marzotto / Marco Crosara - Ferrari
- 1952 : Giovanni Bracco / Alfonso Rolfo - Ferrari
- 1951 : Luigi Villoresi / Pasquale Cassani - Ferrari
- 1950 : Giannino Marzotto / Marco Crosara - Ferrari
- 1949 : Clemente Biondetti / Ettore Salani - Ferrari
- 1948 : Clemente Biondetti / Giuseppe Navone - Ferrari
- 1947 : Clemente Biondetti / Giuseppe Navone - Ferrari
- 1940 : Huschke von Hanstein / Walter Baumer - BMW
- 1939 : Ercole Boratto / Consalvo Sanesi - Alfa Romeo
- 1938 : Clemente Biondetti / Aldo Stefani - Alfa Romeo
- 1937 : Carlo Pintacuda / Paride Mambelli - Alfa Romeo
- 1936 : Antonio Brivio / Carlo Ongaro - Alfa Romeo
- 1935 : Carlo Pintacuda / Alessandro Della Stufa -Alfa Romeo
- 1934 : Achille Varzi / Amadeo Bignami - Alfa Romeo
- 1933 : Tazio Nuvolari / Achille Compagnoni - Alfa Romeo
- 1932 : Baconin Borzacchini / Amadeo Bignami - Alfa Romeo
- 1931 : Rudolf Caracciola / Wilhelm Sebastian - Mercedes-Benz
- 1930 : Tazio Nuvolari / Battista Guidotti - Alfa Romeo
- 1929 : Giuseppe Campari / Guilio Ramponi - Alfa Romeo
- 1928 : Giuseppe Campari / Guilio Ramponi - Alfa Romeo
- 1927 : Ferdinando Minoia / Giuseppe Morandi - OM
See also: List of major automobile races in Italy
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