This year is the 90th anniversary of Alfa Romeo‘s historic 1928 win of the Mille Miglia – a 1,000-mile endurance race held 24 times on Italian roads between 1927 and 1957, and revived in 1977 as a regularity race for period-correct vintage cars. The 2018 edition of the Mille Miglia is now officially underway, and this running is a very special edition meant to pay homage to that 1928 race, when Alfa Romeo won both the individual and team titles, all eight of its cars completing the grueling event.
Yesterday’s tech inspection gave fans the chance to see the 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport competing in the 2018 edition of the race in the flesh, wearing its Farina coachwork proudly. The car is being driven by Derek Hill – a racing driver, and the son of the late, great Phil Hill – and Guy Berryman – the bassist from the band Coldplay, and an avid car collector. It wears the number 30, just like the race-winning Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Sport Spider Zagato that won the 1928 Mille Miglia nearly a century ago.
To commemorate the event, Alfa Romeo has embarked upon a special web project – Alfa Romeo: Mille Miglia in 90 places – that brings together 90 photos that retrace some of the race’s most iconic locations.
Some other historic Alfa Romeo sportscars are attracting fan attention at the event, too. An Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport is competing with the No. 31 this year, just like the example that won the 1930 edition of the race. A supremely-rare 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint and a 1956 1900 Sport Spider coupé are also participating.
This year’s Mille Miglia is slated to run from Wednesday, May 16th through Saturday, May 19th. It will pass through the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese – a first – and cut right through the heart of Milan for the first time in 70 years.