The 37th installment of the 1000 Miglia is at the starting line. Alfa Romeo, which holds the record for the number of races won having triumphed eleven times between 1927 and 1957, is ready to take pole position in this year’s Brescia-Rome-Brescia route, which is more than 1800 km long.
Among the 430 cars (milestones of design and automotive history) which will traverse Italy from north to south and back again, Alfa Romeo will be the best represented car manufacturer at the event, with 44 vehicles in the race. Millions of fans will lay their eyes on a host of the finest Alfa Romeo models from the collection of FCA Heritage, which are normally on display at the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum - The time machine, in Arese.
Firstly we have the wonderful Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport from 1928, a similar version to the model that won the 1000 Miglia in 1928 with Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi. The 6C 1500 Super Sport, with bodywork by the Farina Plants, is equipped with a 6-cylinder, 1487 cc engine, which delivers a maximum of 76 HP at 4,800 rpm and reaches a top speed of 140 km/h. 31 of these cars were built between 1928 and 1929. This car will be driven in the race by Giovanni Moceri, former Italian Grandi Eventi ACI Sport Champion and winner of some of Italy's biggest and most historic competitions.
The official Alfa Romeo line-up will also include the 1900 Sport Spider from 1954. It is an extremely rare racing spider - produced as a one-off - equipped with the 4-cylinder twin-cam dry sump "1900" engine, with maximum power boosted to 138 HP, enabling it to reach a speed of 220 km/h, thanks to a weight of just 880 kg and particularly efficient aerodynamics. This car has been awarded the exclusive role as the official car of the 1000 Miglia 2019, competing under race number 1000 and opening the parade of historic cars which are taking part in the event.
The trio of official Alfa Romeo cars in the event is completed by the 1900 Super Sprint from 1956. It is an elegant coupé with Touring bodywork, "the family car that wins races", to quote the advertising claim that made it famous in the 1950s. Since the 1950s, when the competitive race was still being held, it was the car of choice for many "gentlemen" drivers, on account of its superb performance and reliability. The all-woman team, composed of Prisca Taruffi and Savina Confaloni will compete for the prestigious Coppa delle Dame.
To make the 2019 edition of the 1000 Miglia even more unique, Alfa Romeo has in store a series of initiatives that will delight the public and participants: The presence of the F1 Alfa Romeo Racing Team driver Antonio Giovinazzi at the start and the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Alfa Romeo Racing special series in action along the entire route. There will be a host of Alfa Romeo vehicles on show and available for test drives at our main stand in Piazza della Vittoria in Brescia on the 14th and 15th of May, then in Lombard city, in Piazza Duomo from the 17th to the 19th. We will also be appearing in Bologna, in the Piazza Galvani, on the 17th and 18th of May respectively.