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How To Race The Mille Miglia

Updated on December 7, 2011

The Mille Miglia is a club belonging largely to the world’s richest and most powerful car lovers, but believe it or not, you don’t actually have to be a professional race driver or multi-millionaire to enter the Mille Miglia… Well okay, yeah, it helps, but it’s not a necessity.

Plenty of average, everyday petrolheads and car collectors have entered the race and gone the distance, but there are some strict rules regarding acceptance and qualification…

Mille Miglia Accepted Cars

Obviously, the first thing you need is a car. Not just any car, however. The Mille Miglia is restricted to the cars that have competed in at least one of the original Mille Miglia races, or at least exemplary vehicles of the same make and model.

Check the website www.1000miglia.eu for a full list of cars permitted, and make sure to check which category yours is in. Those in categories VU, T and GT are not allowed to have any significant mechanical or body work changes unless suitable documentation can be provided to show that the same changes had been made to that model in the original Mille Miglia races.

The list does not include any of the one-of-a-kind cars that competed in the original races, as such listings couldn’t help but be imprecise, however, these cars are eligible for the race so long as sufficient proof of the car’s participation in the original races can be provided.

Stirling Moss in 1955

How To Enter the Mille Miglia

You’ll need to apply with an entry fee of 5,775.00 Euros.

You’re required to register a driving team of either two drivers, or a driver and a navigator, and you will need either a sports license or a one-off CSAI regularity license valid for one event. Get a checkup before entering, as you’ll need to provide a medical certificate of good health before getting your license.

You’ll also need a crew to keep you in check in the pit lanes, of course, and make sure that your car is fully insured for sporting. It’s hard to calculate what these costs will add up to for each individual entrant… which is exactly why most drivers choose to find sponsorship with their car’s brand rather than finance their participation out of pocket.

Spectating The Mille Miglia

If you can make it to Italy for the next Mille Miglia, there’s not much you need to know besides; go have fun. However, you can also watch the race unfold via the wonderful invention of Google Earth. Look up the car you’re rooting for online, as a lot of the teams have members blogging on their car’s progress, including Google Map updates. Even if you go in person, bring your laptop, Blackberry or iPhone, and keep an eye on exactly where your guys are at.

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