Giordano Mozzi, with his wife Stefania Biacca alongside as his navigator, drove his 1928 Lancia Lambda Tipo 221 to victory Sunday in the 2014 edition of the 1000 Miglia.
The event celebrates the historic Mille Miglia road race, which was run 24 times on Italian highways (that remained open to the public) between 1927 and 1957 – until being stopped for safety concerns. It starts in Brescia and goes to Rome and back over much of the original course, through four festive days that bring much of northern Italy to a stop to celebrate it.
Mozzi, a businessman from Mantua, also won the event in 2011, driving a 1933 Aston Martin. “During these sports events,” Mozzi wrote in a post on his website (www.giordanomozzi.com), “I firstly compete with myself and against the chronometer, trying to lower my average timing, and then I compete against my rivals. I only look for victory in a fair and clean way, with no tricks or unsporting behaviour in case of mistakes.”
He adds, “Car racing is about shaking hands, giving my compliments and clapping who did better than me, just in case they did it in a fair way. And then it’s about going back home on Sunday evening, tired but after another beautiful experience lived in good company and with my beautiful historic car.”
Beautiful sentiments! No wonder the 1000 Miglia is called the “world’s most beautiful race.”
The 1000 Miglia features pre-1958 cars that would have been eligible to run in the original race. It attracts hundreds of entries from around the world, with a vast array of immaculate classic cars, and a fascinating lineup of drivers. Timed sections at various closed-course sessions determine the winning points.
This year’s field included entertainer Jay Leno paired with Jaguar designer Ian Callum in a 1951 XK120. Actor Jeremy Irons also competed, as did several auto industry executives like former Tata Motors CEO Carl-Peter Forster, designer Andrea Zagato and former grand prix racers Jochen Mass, Jacky Ickx, Martin Brundle and Bruno Senna.
May 19, 2014