“In all of Europe, there is no race like the Mille Miglia. For months the crews worked hard on their cars, went through strict training and the hopes, fears and expectations of each driver are shared with the friend who also shares the steering wheel.
It’s easy to see why: for the first time in 1927, it was an epic endurance race around Italy, from Brescia to Bologna, Siena and Rome, then east to Ancona, to Bologna, east to Treviso and west to Brescia – about 1000 miles in total.
Alfa Romeo was the favourite, having won the previous year with its new 8C. She had dropped out of the race due to financial difficulties, but a privateer named Scuderia Ferrari had taken over her sporting efforts, and her four cars were indeed dominating the MM.
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The 86 cars took off at breakneck speed, hurtling down winding country roads, mountain lanes and village streets, with Baconin Borzacchini’s 8C going at a record pace that teammate Carlo Trossi crashed trying to copy .
A broken cylinder head unfairly forced him to retire, Tazio Nuvolari’s 8C now leading until the finish, flying to an enthusiastic welcome after 3:11 p.m. at an average speed of 110.45 km/h.
And to the delight of the Brits, the 1100cc class was won by an MG.
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