On the nineteenth anniversary of Alfa Romeo's first Mille Miglia win, the 2018 re-enactment edition, which saw a record-breaking 450 teams taking part, ended yesterday with Alfa Romeo cars claiming the top three places – confirmation of the brand's bond with "the most beautiful race in the world".
Alfa Romeo took centre stage on this milestone year, both as an entrant with its own team but also as one of the official “Automotive Sponsors”
The winner of the top prize on the Viale Venezia in Brescia yesterday afternoon was the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS Testa Fissa which was crewed by Tonconogy and Ruffini.
In second place, just eight penalty points behind, was a 6C 1500 Super Sport dating from 1928 with coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina, an official car drawn from the FCA Heritage collection, which is normally on display at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo.
The car carried the race number 30, also borne by its sister which won the first Alfa Romeo victory in the Mille Miglia with Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi in 1928.
It was driven in the event by Giovanni Moceri, with navigator Daniele Bonetti. Moceri is current holder of the Italian Grandi Eventi ACI Sport Champion title and already has victories in Italy's biggest historic regularity competitions to his name, from the Mille Miglia to the Targa Florio and the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti.
In third place, meanwhile, came the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato driven by Vesco and Guerini.
The Alfa Romeo cars entered by FCA Heritage finished in very creditable positions, and all its crews concluded the 36th historic re-evocation of the Mille Miglia by completing the traditional Brescia-Rome-Brescia course.
The fourth and final day of the event saw the race ‘caravan’ pay a special visit to Milan and to the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo at Arese, where time trials were held on the internal circuit.
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team drivers’ Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc were also present and demonstrated a 1932 Gran Premio Tipo B and a 1955 750 Competizione respectively. The pair later greeted the cars on arrival in Brescia.
So, all-in-all, this 2018 edition of the Mille Miglia has earned a place in Alfa Romeo's history.
Photos: Mille Miglia 2018: Alfa Romeo / FCA Heritage Photo Project: "The Mille Miglia in 90 Places"
Videos: Preview / Scrutineering / Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3