The Cars (and Culture) of Mille Miglia


One thousand miles of no-holds-barred racing through Italian cities and countryside.

Five million spectators.

Twenty-four races.

Fifty-six people killed.

This was the Mille Miglia, a legendary road race that brought the likes of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti to fame.

The original race lasted from 1927 until 1957, with a few years off due to war. The race was banned mostly because of a lack of safety precautions, which led to the tragic deaths of drivers and spectators.

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Racing: It’s for ALL the Idiots!

A new generation of speed freak!

I drove for the first time when I was about 9 years old.

That’s also when I crashed for the first time, slamming hard into a big blue dumpster after the brakes on my homemade go-kart failed.

Those early days behind the wheel of a go-kart I made with my dad are what sparked my love for cars and my desire for speed (not to mention a hearty appreciation for good brakes). Today, like most responsible adults, my driving is limited to shuttling the kids to school and piano lessons with the inevitable stop at Costco.

Not exactly the stuff of blood-pumping exhilaration, which is why I’m so thankful for two things: the thrill of the track and my son’s go-kart.

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