The loop is complete, the Mille Miglia ended this past weekend in the starting city, Brescia. It was the first participation in a pre-war automobile for Herbert Diess, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group, who was at the controls of the superb Bugatti Type 35B.
“I am pleased to have taken part at this year’s Mille Miglia. Since 1927 the Mille Miglia has been the most challenging classic car rally in Europe”, stated Herbert Diess. “In honor of the 110th anniversary of Bugatti I drove a Bugatti Type 35B, a true racing machine.”
So the “most beautiful race in the world” ended with the participation of more than 450 cars – 22 out of which were Bugatti vehicles –, with drivers from a manifold of nationalities, with many success stories and some withdrawals. A Bugatti Type 40 climbed the podium, reaching the 3rd position of the Mille Miglia 2019. Although the results were secondary to the elegance of the competing automobiles and the fascination of the hundreds of thousands spectators along the one thousand miles of road.
This fascination for sports cars is deeply rooted in the Italian culture, especially in the region of the so-called “Motor Valley” passed on this last stage of the Mille Miglia, where not only Lamborghini and Ferrari are based, but also 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.