The best of… 1000 Miglia 2019
The extraordinary 1000 Miglia event of 2019 concluded with an Alfa Romeo triumph: in the wake of the Race’s top two finishes and its success in the Sponsor Team Trophy, unforgettable emotions and memories are engraved in the mind… already in expectation of next year’s edition, we remember everything from the historic FCA Heritage Alfa Romeos, which all finished the race, to the new ochre paintwork of the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the splendour of the “Alfa Romeo Racing” special series cars.
From Viale Venezia to Viale Venezia and from Wednesday to Saturday, a magic circle was completed as the days flew by. As always happens when wonderful events take place, time seemed to pass at twice the speed. A circle that is completed is a symbol of perfection and signifies continuity. The same continuity shown by the almost one hundred-year relationship between Alfa Romeo and the 1000 Miglia Race: the Brand holds an unsurpassable record number of eleven wins between 1927 and 1957, and in this edition Alfa Romeo had the highest number of competing cars – 44 – and above all the most victorious ones! First and second at the finishing line, with the winning duo of Moceri and Bonetti driving a 6C 1500 SS from the Alfa Romeo Museum, and a further triumph in the Sponsor Team Trophy. Also highly applauded were the Taruffi-Confaloni female team in their 1900 Super Sprint and the 1900 Sport Spider Guest Car from 1954. The latter was driven by Roberto Giolito, Head of FCA Heritage, who then ceded the wheel to Alberto Cavaggioni, head of Alfa Romeo EMEA, along with Federica Masolin, the most famous female voice of Formula 1.
Alfa Romeo Racing
This year’s 1000 Miglia was also linked to Formula 1 by the presence of Antonio Giovinazzi, the C38 driver from “Alfa Romeo Racing”. This rising young Italian driver was feted by the public in Piazza della Vittoria, posing beside the Giulia Quadrifoglio with its novel ochre paintwork, having begun the race in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV from the “Alfa Romeo Racing” special series. Also shining on the roads of the “Freccia Rossa” event was the “Alfa Romeo Racing” Giulia Quadrifoglio. Both models were part of a limited edition, boasting special colours and exclusive elements.
430 cars (of which 53 retired), circa 1,800 kilometres, 4 long days of driving, 40 hours at the wheel, 200 municipalities, 7 regions. Plus 16 “Time Controls”, 112 time trials, 7 compulsory average speed sections and 28 “Stamp Checks”. Just some of the numbers from 1000 Miglia 2019: the statistics behind the beauty and elegance. A perfect advertisement for Italy’s fascinating gifts, exalting its creativity, paying homage to the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci and the music of Verdi, promoting its art and its craftsmanship, seducing its guests with a unique cuisine and a quality of lifestyle in tune with nature. Now we’ll just have to wait another year to relish once again the thrills and Alfa Romeo passion of the most beautiful race in the world.
Turin, 21 May 2019