June 21, 1947 – The first post WWII Mille Miglia

The Mille Miglia was an open road endurance race the took place in Italy 24 times from 1927 to 1957. It was on this day in 1947 the first post WWII race took place. The race was won by Italians Clemente Biondetti and Emilio Romano driving an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring. The races began in 1927 when Aymo Maggi and Franco Mazzotti along with a group of investors established the race because they were upset about the Italian Grand Prix being moved from their home town of Brescia. The designed a figure-eight type course that ran approximately one thousand miles, which translates in Italian to Mille Miglia. The first race was actually 1,005 miles. It started with 77 racers, of which 51 made it to the end of the race and it won by Ferdinando Minoia and Giuseppe Morando driving an OM 665 S. The race helped make cars such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, BMW and Porsche famous for their racing capabilities. From 1941 to 1946 the race was not held due to World War II. In 1957 two fatal accidents in the race led to being it indefinitely canceled. One accident took the lives of the driver and navigator as well as 9 spectators. The last race was won by Piero Taruffi driving a Ferrari 315 S.
Photo: An Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring similar to the one that won the 1947 Mille Miglia.

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