ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bugatti and the Mille Miglia

Updated on February 20, 2012
Bugatti in Mille Miglia 2007
Bugatti in Mille Miglia 2007 | Source

The original Bugatti company was legendary for producing some of the finest, fastest, and most exclusive cars in the world, only beginning to falter when their vehicles simply became too luxurious and pricy for Europeans reeling from the economic crisis that occurred during World War II. At one point they had actually created a limited series of cars to market to royalty, and found that even royalty could scarcely afford such privileges.

As such, the Bugatti has always been an important part of the Mille Miglia endurance race… however, many have argued that that’s only because every sport needs an underdog. The fact is that, throughout the history of the race, the Bugattis have rarely done very well.

1930 Bugatti Type 43
1930 Bugatti Type 43 | Source

Ettore Bugatti’s own team participated in the Mille Miglia from 1927 to 1932, but would usually fail to take any of the top spots. In 1928, a Type 43 Bugatti did take the sixth place, but Bugatti would then fail to top or even meet that achievement in any of the years following in those original twenty four races. Bugatti has always remained a respected car brand, but many Mille Miglia fans simply believed the car to be out of its element in the thousand mile endurance race.

The general consensus was that the Bugatti simply wasn’t quite up to par with the Alfa Romeos and Ferraris that won the majority of those early races, and when the Mille Miglia was resurrected in 1982… Bugatti did little to prove its critics wrong…

Between 1982 and 2002, the Bugatti continued to fall well behind the top spots, with the races largely being dominated by BMWs, Alfa Romeos, Mercedes-Benzes and Ferraris.

2003 Bugatti wins Mille Miglia!
2003 Bugatti wins Mille Miglia! | Source

Until twenty one years later, in 2003, when the Bugatti finally established itself as Mille Miglia royalty by seizing first place with a 1923 T 23 Brescia driven by the Argentinean team of Carlos Sielecki and Juan Hervas who had held the lead in a vice like grip for the final hours of the race, defying all expectations and proving once and for all that the Bugatti wasn’t just here for a “participant” credit.

Mille Miglia 2009

And again, in 2009, Bugatti took the top spot with a 1927 Type 37 driven by Bruno and Carlo Ferrari, just barely beating out their rivals and team mates, the 2003 Bugatti winners Sielecki and Hervas, by two points. Sielecki and Hervas took second place in a 1926 Bugatti Type 35 A.

It is exactly because of the brand’s bad luck in the earliest races that their recent wins have been such a monumental piece of Mille Miglia history. For decades, Bugatti has been regarded in the same way as the kid on the football team who “has a lot of spirit”, so these two recent wins have served as the true Rudy story of the Mille Miglia.

It remains to be seen whether or not Bugatti can keep the momentum going and remain a serious contender in the coming Mille Miglias, but the fact remains that they’ve broken an unlucky streak dating back to 1927, and they’ve established themselves as more than the mere underdog of the race.

This hub brought to you...

by Julie-Ann Amos, professional writer, and owner of international writing agency

Why not create your own HubPages? It's fun and you can make revenue from Adsense and other revenue streams on your pages. JOIN HUBPAGES NOW - SIMPLY CLICK HERE...

This work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this licence, visit or send a letter to CreativeCommons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California94105, USA.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • savanahl profile image


      6 years ago

      I did not realize that the Bugatti did so poorly in the Mille Miglias. Great information. Thanks for sharing.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)