The 2020 1000 Miglia, the thirty-eighth edition of the historical re-enactment of the race held from 1927 to 1957, will start from Brescia on May 13th returning on Saturday the 16th. At the starting line of the most important vintage car regularity race in the world, this year there will be 400 cars, thirty less than last year, in order to guarantee greater safety and quality in services to the crews in the race.
The cars will be selected by a special commission among those registered on the site www.registro1000miglia.it, within the closing date of registration for the 1000 Miglia 2020. As every year, the race will be preceded by over one hundred modern cars.
On Wednesday May 13th, from Brescia, the procession of vintage cars will cross the picturesque towns of Lake Garda, Desenzano and Sirmione, and will continue through Villafranca di Verona, Mantua, Ferrara and Ravenna to conclude the first day of competition at Cervia - Milan Marittima.
From Cesenatico, the next day the cars will drive to Urbino, Fabriano, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno to enter the areas that still bear the signs of the 2016 earthquake, passing through Macerata, Fermo, Ascoli Piceno and Amatrice. From Rieti, vintage cars will arrive in Rome where, after the usual parade through the streets of the Eternal City, the second stage will end on the ever exciting via Veneto catwalk.
On the third day, Friday May 15th, at the start of the early morning of the third and long leg, the cars will reach in succession Ronciglione, Radicofani, Viterbo and Castiglione d’Orcia to then stop again in the magnificent Piazza Il Campo di Siena. Going up from Lucca, the cars will leave Tuscany crossing the Cisa Pass, to then stop in Parma, the 2020 Italian Capital of Culture city, which will welcome the crews for the last night of the race.
Saturday, May 16th the fourth and final day will see the passage from Salsomaggiore Terme, from the village of Castell'Arquato (Piacenza), from Cernusco sul Naviglio, the town in the province of Milan recently named the European City of Sport 2020 and then from Bergamo, before concluding the competition on the arrival ramp of Viale Venezia in Brescia, where it all began 93 years ago, in 1927, with the first Coppa delle 1000 Miglia.
"The edition of the 2020 1000 Miglia,” said Franco Gussalli Beretta, President of 1000 Miglia Srl, “will be full of news and certainly will not betray that feeling of wonder and deep emotion that Italians have always reserved for jewels in the race and who has the ability to lead them. We have decided to further lower the number of racing cars so as to guarantee greater safety, exclusivity and an increase in the quality of the services offered to participants.
“Seeing that over the years the need for transparency and the guarantee of historicity of the cars registered for a global event such as 1000 Miglia have increased, we have decided to accept the applications for registration of the cars who have completed, by the closing date of the registrations for the 1000 Miglia 2020, the registration to the Registro 1000 Miglia created as census, and to classify and certify the cars that ran in the twenty-four editions of the 1000 Miglia run between 1927 and 1957.”
Enzo Ferrari called the 1000 Miglia “A traveling museum unique in the world” and since 1927, the year of the first edition, the race has kept its propensity for innovation and above all it has never been just a race but a mix of history, a look at the future and journey through the incomparable beauty of Italy.
For these reasons also, the President of ACI Brescia, Aldo Bonomi, announced that a candidacy procedure has been launched with the aim to register the Red Arrow in the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of UNESCO. This procedure, which began in 2019, will see the intense participation of communities and institutions that will team up with the aim of registering 1000 Miglia with UNESCO in 2022; among those who will work in synergy with ACI Brescia and 1000 Miglia Srl there will be the Municipality of Brescia that has made its fundamental resource of experience in the matter of the Brescia Museums Foundation available. The application submission procedure is complex and is required to use the expertise of LINKS Foundation of Turin, an expert on UNESCO processes.
"We strongly believe,” added Alberto Piantoni, CEO of 1000 Miglia Srl, “in the value of this competition that has always been synonymous of progress, technological research and dynamism in a sector, the automotive sector, of pride and ambassador of Made in Italy in the world. To defend and protect this heritage, we have made important organizational changes starting this year, starting with the introduction of precise vehicle registration restrictions. This effort is both by 1000 Miglia Srl and enthusiasts who want to participate in the race that, once fully operational, will not only simplify registration but will above all guarantee the authenticity of the participating cars, thanks also to the collaboration with ACI Historian, ACI Sport and FIVA - Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens.”
Currently, there are already 620 car application in the Registro 1000 Miglia. From the experts who have to examine cars, the boards of 1000 Miglia Srl and ACI Brescia have asked to select with the utmost attention and rigor, entailing that the selection procedure is very scrupulous and requires more time. In addition, as the opening date for registration for the race approaches, the requests to join the Registro are increasing. For these reasons, 1000 Miglia Srl has decided to allow the registration to the 2020 1000 Miglia also to the cars not yet accepted by the Registro, provided that for the same the registration has been completed on the site www.registro1000miglia.it by the closing date of registration of 1000 Miglia
Due to this procedure, the examination for acceptance to the Registro will take place simultaneously with the selection of the cars that will participate in the 2020 1000 Miglia. The work of examining the cars will continue in the next few months, offering the owners of cars already accepted by the Registro the advantage of registering for the 1000 Miglia simply by quoting the registration number, without having to enter data, documents and photographs of their vehicle.
The certifications issued by the Registro 1000 Miglia are of two types:
“Participant Car 1000 Miglia 1927/1957”, reserved for the individual cars, identified by number plate or chassis, which were originally registered for at least one edition of the 1000 Miglia from 1927 to 1957.
"Eligible Car 1000 Miglia" which certifies eligibility for the modern commemoration of the Race of the cars belonging to a model registered at least one edition of the 1000 Miglia from 1927 to 1957.