The Mille Miglia, the world’s symbol of “Made in Italy” and a timeless manifestation of Italian passion for engines and cars, will take place from May 16th to 20th 2012. What makes Mille Miglia so unique is its history: 80 impassioned, emotional and traditional years. Hundreds of famous champions and unknown heroes have raced in the Freccia Rossa, helping to write important pages in the history of motor racing, sport and traditions of our country. Fiat chairman John Elkann will be present at the starting grid of this years Mille Miglia in a rare Fiat 8V, together with his wife Lavinia Borromeo. The 8V (pronounced ‘otto vu’) is one of the finest and rarest pieces of Fiat’s underrated sports car history. Although at the beginning of the 20th century Fiat delivered some pioneer work in this field, brands like Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati and eventually Ferrari would become more successful and synonym for these cars. It will be possible to experience the scenery and emotions in real-time through the social network Twitter. In fact, during their trip through Italy, John Elkann and his wife Lavinia will post Tweets on their personal impressions of the race and the classic car they are driving. The route goes clockwise from Brescia to Rome and back, on the fabled Mille Miglia roads crossing six regions: Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Umbria and Lazio on the way down, adding Tuscany on the way back. The 2012 route will pass through some of the most beautiful cities of Italy. Along with Brescia and Rome, the Mille Miglia will be going through Verona, Vicenza, Padova, Ferrara, Gambettola, Sansepolcro, Spoleto, on the way, and Viterbo, Siena, Firenze, Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Cremona on the way back. New time trials will be scheduled for Umbria on the way, and also in Tuscany on the way back. Each road has its history, its anecdotes, its traditions. The eighty some years since the first Mille Miglia have seen changes along the roadside, as has Italy, but something unchangeable and unchanging remains: the passion inspired by the Freccia Rossa, symbol of the Mille Miglia. Read more

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