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Mille Miglia crosses the Atlantic to compete in Washington D.C.

1000 Miglia Warm Up will adhere to rules, classes of modern Mille Miglia

Published: October 21, 2019, 2:30 PM
Updated: October 25, 2019, 11:50 PM

1000 Miglia racing

One of the world’s oldest and most prestigious road races is coming to the US, this coming weekend, as the Mille Miglia ventures outside of Italy for the first time to run the open roads around Washington D.C.

1000 Miglia Warm Up USA Logo

Patterned after the classic race first run in 1927, the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2019 will adhere to the rules and classes of the modern Mille Miglia Storica time-space-distance road rally for historic cars (the last Mille Miglia race was banned in 1957 following a couple crashes that claimed 10 lives, with the name resurrected in 1977 and run annually each spring since 1982). The Washington D.C. event is organized by the same promoters, 1000 Miglia S.r.l.

“1000 Miglia S.r.l. is making important and strategic organizational changes that are intended to broaden our brand awareness and excite a new generation of enthusiasts. The logical next step towards reaching this goal is 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA,” said Alberto Piantoni, CEO of 1000 Miglia S.r.l. “The US has the largest number of classic car and supercar owners in the world so we’re here to introduce them to The Most Beautiful Race in the World.”

1000 Miglia Warm Up USA sample of cars

The 3-day rally, featuring 22 cars in two classes, will be preceded by a day of rally training. It will end on what is considered Italian soil, at the Italian Ambassador’s residence, Villa Firenze.

As with the spring event between Brescia and Rome, the road rally will feature 1000 Miglia Era Class (race, sports and grand touring cars built between 1927 and 1957) and the Post-1000 Miglia Era Class (sports, grand touring and supercars built from 1958 to present).

1931 Mille Miglia winning Mercedes SSKL

As well, drivers will also be divided into two classes — veteran (those with experience of at least two 1000 Miglia events from 2013 to present) and novice.

The winner of the 1000 Miglia Era Class will be awarded the inaugural Coppa USA, and all entrants will vie for eight entries into the 38th edition of the Mille Miglia Storica in Italy, May 13-16, 2020.