The Mille Miglia 2019 ended this weekend and the 110th Bugatti anniversary has been honoured by Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Herbert Diess.
Glorious backdrop and winding roads gave the “most beautiful race in the world”, the Mille Miglia, yet another chance to please the thousands that turned out to support those behind the wheel of the many classic cars present.
Dating back to 1927 and covering a massive 1,000 miles (about 1,600 km) from Brescia to Rome and back, It was the first participation in a pre-war automobile for Herbert Diess, who was at the controls of the illustrious Bugatti Type 35B.
Herbert Diess said of his experience in the Bugatti:
“I am pleased to have taken part in this year’s Mille Miglia. Since 1927 the Mille Miglia has been the most challenging classic car rally in Europe”
“In honour of the 110th anniversary of Bugatti, I drove a Bugatti Type 35B, a true racing machine.”
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Mission accomplished, the race ended with a participation of more than 450 cars – 22 of which were Bugatti vehicles. Drivers of a multitude of nationalities told their individual tales of success and strife as a plethora of spectators witnessed the dramatic event.
Results and final standings are of course irrelevant and second to the charm and pure nostalgia this historic outing delivers. A rather special Bugatti Type 40 did, however, reach 3rd position proving once again the French marque can hold its head high on the most cultured of podiums.
This fascination for sports cars is deeply rooted in the Italian culture, particularly in the region of the so-called “Motor Valley” negotiated on the final stage of the Mille Miglia, where almost ten years of Bugatti history are still remembered. In Campogalliano near Modena, Romano Artioli built the legendary Bugatti EB110 until 1995 before the French hyper sports car manufacturer moved back home to Molsheim.