The 37th re-evocation of the 1000 Miglia is at the starting line. Alfa Romeo, which holds the record for the number of won races, having triumphed eleven times between 1927 and 1957, is ready to play again the role of the absolute protagonist in this year’s Brescia-Rome-Brescia route, for more than 1800 km.
Among the 430 cars, milestones of the design and automotive’s history, which will cross Italy from north to south and back, 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 the several fine Alfa Romeo models from the collection of FCA Heritage, normally on display at the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum - The time machine, in Arese.
First of all the the wonderful Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport from 1928, a similar version to the one 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, reaching 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 Italy's biggest historic regularity 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 assigned the exclusive role as official car of the 1000 Miglia 2019, competing under race number 1000 and opening the parade of the historic cars taking part.
The trio of official Alfa Romeo cars in the event is completed by the 1900 Super Sprint from 1956, 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 in the 1950s, when the competitive race was still being held, it was the car of choice of 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; the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Alfa Romeo Racing special series in action along the entire route; the institutional stand of the brand in Piazza della Vittoria in Brescia on the 14th and 15th May and, again in the Lombard city, in Piazza Duomo from the 17th to 19th. Bologna will also host Alfa Romeo vehicles, both on show and to test drive, in Piazza Galvani, on the 17th and 18th May.