Scrutineering for the Mille Miglia 2018 took place yesterday at the Brescia showground while the sealing and inspection, was held this morning in the lovely setting of Piazza della Vittoria, one of main squares of the city known as the "Lioness of Italy". The process involves two stages, one for the crews - permits, certificates and driving licences - and one which checks the car's technical features. Sealing involves the application of a lead seal to confirm that the inspection has been passed and that the car is as specified in the race documents and, above all, it constitutes final approval to take part in the event.
But above all, technical aspects aside, sealing and inspection is one of the times when fans have the opportunity to take a very close look at the historic cars taking part in the race, and in Brescia all eyes were on the 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport, with coachwork by Farina, which is celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of its memorable victory in the 1928 Mille Miglia. The car is carrying #30, also borne by the winning car driven by Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi.
There was also applause at the sight of the 6C 1750 Gran Sport, victorious in 1930 with Tazio Nuvolari and Giovanni Battista Guidotti, which is competing with #31.
Other major attractions included the 1954 1900 Super Sprint, a rare racing spider, and the 1900 Sport Spider coupé built in 1956. After the inspections, the cars were all ready for their engines to roar into life once more in a race that travels through some of Italy's most beautiful locations.