Mille Miglia is an unusual race. Much can be said about its atmosphere, prestige and exceptional participants who stand at the famous ramp in Brescia every year. However, racing is also connected with speed. It was key especially in the years of the historic "Red Arrow".
The 1,000 mile race was launched for the first time in the morning of March 26, 1927. From the beginning, it aroused great emotions and interest in speeding cars. Already in the third edition of the race, in 1930, the first speed record was set. Tazio Nuvolari traveled from Brescia to Rome and back at an average speed of 100km/h, which was an unbelievable result for those days.
Over the next few years, there were many more speed records, but the one from 1955 gained the greatest fame. That year, Stirling Moss traveled a thousand-mile route (1,600 km) in less than 10 hours and 8 minutes. The average speed of this trip shocks even today - it is as fast as 157 km/h! Let us remind you: on public and open roads! This means that in certain spots, the record holder drove - as he says himself - at a speed of nearly 300 km per hour.
At present, the participants have turned maximum speed into something regular. However, despite this, the emotions accompanying Mille Miglia remain the same as they were in the years when they raced against time.