Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 18, 2015

The most beautiful road race…Mille Miglia

Hot on the heels of the Giro d’Italia came the Mille Miglia…Thousand Miles. The original Mille Miglia was run in Italy 24 times from 1927 to 1957, with a break during the war years.

The race was reborn in 1977 as a race for classic and vintage cars. Participation is limited to cars produced no later than 1957. The route is similar to the that of the orignal race, from Brescia – Rome round trip. Luckily for us the route this year included Bagni di Lucca.

The weather was not as kind to the cars asย it was to the bicycles earlier in the week.

Mille Miglia

It was raining when the first cars came through.

Mille Miglia


Hardy souls gathered regardless.

Mille Miglia

The first cars to come through Ponte a Serraglio were the new Ferraris and other modern sports cars.

Mille Miglia

These were great and the noise they made as they sped off up to La Villa was amazing. But the cheers really went up for the beautiful old cars. We would be here all day if I showed all of them…around 400, so I will just show you a selection.


There was a special treat when a beautiful blue Bugatti driven by a beautiful boy stopped for a while in the piazza.

Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia

He drove off with the sound of deep sighs in his wake.

Mille Miglia

…and they all drove off to Parma for the night. Wouldn’t it be fun to be in this race? You just need lots and lots of money, and a fair bit of dedication.

See Bella Bagni di Lucca for more on the Mille Miglia.



  1. Love these old cars! Any celebrities driving this year?

    • There were, but I didn’t know who they were.

  2. Oh my my …. all those vintage cars. No wonder you weren’t photographing from your balcony!

    • I needed to be much closer this time.

  3. Paul is so jealous……if he had lots and lots of money he would again love to own an antique car……before marriage he had a 29′ Cadillac sedan. Unfortunately sold to buy us some of our first marriage furniture. We saw similar road rally in Ferrara two years ago…..

    • What a pity you had to sell the car!

  4. It would be lots of fun to be in that race. There are many beautiful boys in Italy. The cars are also beautiful

    • I would love to take part in that race, but I can’t see that ever happening. Watching will have to do.

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  6. Aren’t they lovely – some of them are very ‘Isadora’. Those were the days when one ‘motored’ in style.

    • So do of them are beautiful. Apart from Bugatti I really like number 164.

  7. What a wonderful mix of vintage cars !!

    • Aren’t they beautiful? It must be fun to own one.

  8. Is that Stoker, with a permanent glass of wine stuck to his hand ??

    • Yes, it is Paul admiring the Bugatti.

  9. Jim also wishes he had been standing next to Paul with a glass a wine!

    • It was great fun to be a tiny part of the race.

  10. Garry has been through these photos one by one twice loves them all how great to see them all cheers

    • There were so many beautiful cars. I hope we see the race again somewhere.

  11. What a pity the weather changed with so many open sports cars in the parade: not much fun sitting in a water bath!! *smile* But methinks I’ll stay with my cyclists: see the countryside much better that way!!

    • I’ll have the cars thanks. Cycling uphill is not for me ever.

  12. Looked fabulous and colourful – wish I was there ๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

    • It was great fun to see and hear them come through Ponte.

  13. Great photos of some fabulous cars – wish I was there too!

    • I fell very lucky to be at Ponte for the race.

  14. congratulations Deb this is what we car lovers love to see years ago I was a spectator at the Mille Miglia – how amazing are your photographs… Excellent – can hear the noise of the engines as they corner and go up those winding roads .

    • They really liked that little stretch up the hill. The noise from the new cars was incredible.

  15. Lovely photos Debra – you had an excellent spot and captured some terrific shots! It was much nicer once the rain let up. I am disappointed that no one offered a ride in their lovely vehicle ๐Ÿ™

    • Yes, I’m sure it would have hurt to take us for a spin.

  16. It was a fantastic event! We had a lot of fun. Great photos!

    • You actually got to be part of it…17minutes from Lucca to Ponte!

  17. Ahh Italians and their cars! There are some real beauties there too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. A few years ago we accidently found ourselves caught up in the raceat Poggibonsi . The police thought our old Merc was a classic and waved us through! We had no idea what was going on until we had been overtaken by several amazing cars!

  19. John would go ballastic over these vintage cars! He would love to be in your place up close and personal with those beautiful old cars. Great photos, Deb. Did I detect your sigh when the ‘beautiful boy’ left in his Bugatti?

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