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The Mini Mille Miglia

Updated on May 19, 2010

The Mini Mille Miglia

For serious petrolheads, the Mille Miglia is the endurance race. The World Series, the Superbowl, the World Cup and the Olympics all in one. But… if you don’t have the time for the Mille Miglia, or if you just want to get a warm-up race in before the big game starts, you could always check out the Mini Mille Miglia.

The Mini Mille Miglia is a sort of companion race to the big one. Rather than a several day endurance race, the Mini is focused on… well, slot cars!

2009 Mini Mille Miglia

Yep, it’s a full, miniaturized version of the big race itself. The idea hit founder Graham Lane when he was watching the 2008 Mille Miglia, seeing all those classic Italian cars racing through the main square of Assissi, and he thought, essentially, “Wouldn’t it be cool to recreate this out in the stables of our villa?”

The Mini Mille Miglia isn’t just a little hobbyists get together, either. Starting in 2009, they’ve been using replicas of the cars actually driven in the full scale Mille Miglia. Competitors have come to the event in Castello delle Forme all the way from the US and Australia, so what may look to an outsider like a “toy car race” is, in fact, a competition that can be every bit as serious and as exciting as the real thing.

This year the event will begin on the same weekend as the Mille Miglia in hopes of getting some crossover attendance, with competitors and attendees of the big race stopping by to check out the Mini Mille Miglia.

For the 2010 race, Sir Stirling Moss will serve as the patron, with guest drivers including the Consumer Products Manager for Scaletrix. Other drivers are coming from a far away as Oregon.

This year, the Mille Miglia’s theme will be the Ferrari, with around one hundred twenty cars of all ages preceding the MM showing up for the big race. The Mini MM is following suit, with a Ferrari themed stock car competition.

Mini Mille Miglia track

Taking place over the same weekend as the real thing, the MM will start on the first Saturday of the race with time trials, followed by the big race on Sunday.

A big part of the appeal of this race is actually that it lets all sorts of people become a part of MM history. Not all of us can afford to maintain a classic Ferrari, and if we do, not all of us have the ability to drive it safely through the greatest endurance race of all. But, slot car racing? All you need to get involved there is passion.

Heck, the first car entry fee is fifteen euros! Secondary cars are seven euros, and support cars such as emergency response cars, official’s cars and camera cars are only four euros each for entry. If you have a qualifying slot car and you think you have what it takes to drive it, you can enter this race for the change in your pocket.

You may like to watch this short video of the pursuit final to get an idea of what it is all about. These were a series of knock-out races where the cars started half a lap apart and went on until one car overtook the other. In this case Adrian Norman, the Consumer Promotions Manager of Scalextric is being beaten by Tom Lane (the organiser's son)! They were driving two almost identical Scalextric Mercedes 300SLRs of Stirling Moss (our patron) and Juan Manuel Fangio. The cars are digital and can change lanes on the two-lane section but have to follow each other through the single lane part.

The event was a round of the Scalextric World Championship and the winner of the MMM itself, Dave Capelen from the Isle of Mann, goes on to compete in the final.

The MMM is adequately reported here on our slot forum (from posting #116 through to #145). Please pick out whatever you like for a report on your website. I really hope you will be able to come next year.

The event was a round of the Scalextric World Championship and the winner of the MMM itself, Dave Capelen from the Isle of Mann, goes on to compete in the final.

Even if you can’t make it to the race yourself, you can submit your car for someone else to drive and have it shipped back to you, so if you’re a hardcore slot racer, you honestly just plain don’t have an excuse not to look up the entry details.

Best of all, it’s all in the name of a good cause. A portion of the earnings for the race will go to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust. If you’re still not convinced, go check out the photo gallery and see if you can convince yourself that that doesn’t look like a hell of a good time.

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    • Shinkicker profile image

      Shinkicker 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      What a great idea. love it

    • ethel smith profile image

      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      And for a good cause too. Nice job

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      They really put two great ideas together. Thank youfor sharing.

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      lightning john 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting! Thank you Julie-Ann. I did not know about this, and I think anything that gives for alzheimers research is a great thing.

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