MILLE MIGLIA.

BACK IN 1993, I HAD THE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THE MM RETRO-RUN AS WALTER SCHÄFER’S NAVIGATOR. SINCE I HAD BEEN WITH HIM IN 1992 WHEN HE PURCHASED THE FERRARI 195 INTER, I HAD A VERY SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP TO THIS MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR AND I DIDN’T HESITATE FOR ONE MOMENT BEFORE ACCEPTING THIS UNIQUE AND OUT-OF-THE-ORDINARY OFFER. 

TO EXPERIENCE THE MILLE MIGLIA IN A FERRARI – WHAT A DREAM! 

AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED…   WHAT WE EXPERIENCED AFTER LEAVING THE STARTING LINE IN THE COURSE OF THE NEXT 1.600 KM FROM BRESCIA VIA FERRARA TO ROME AND BACK CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS PURE FASCINATION. A LONG LINE OF 330 FIRST-CLASS CLASSIC CARS SET OUT TO MASTER THE 27 TIMED SECTIONS. THE STREETS LINED WITH SPECTATORS RESEMBLED THE SCENE AROUND A WITCH’S CAULDRON, AND WE WERE GREETED WITH FRENETIC APPLAUSE AT EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL STOPS. OUR DRIVING PERFORMANCE WAS EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE, WE EVEN ENDED UP IN 47TH PLACE OVERALL, WHICH WAS A SPECTACULAR SUCCESS FOR TWO “NEWCOMERS” LIKE US. IT WAS ALSO NOTHING SHORT OF A MIRACLE THAT OUR “OLDTIMER” WAS SPARED ANY TECHNICAL DEFECTS AND BROUGHT US SAFE TO BRECIA. WE DID NOT WIN A TROPHY, BUT WE TOOK AWAY UNIQUE, UNFORGETTABLE IMPRESSIONS THAT CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED IN A FERRARI IN ITALY!

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