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Impromptu Mille Miglia

I was in Bangkok when a friend rang me on Wednesday morning to ask if I would like to be replacement co-pilot in his Mercedes 300SL Roadster as guest car to a Fraser Nash in the Mille Miglia... without much consideration, I took the midnight flight to Milan and straight to Brescia on Thursday to start in the evening. It was such a gruelling but FUN drive, especially in a great classic, visiting (and driving through) many historic sites and cities. The rest is explain in the following photos...
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WOW. Now that's the kind of call you don't want to miss!

Great pics Gus. And beautiful car...

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and some more photos... courtesy of my friend's camera
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Gus, congratulations and full of envy !

What a spectacular event ! So I presume you have your memento watch along with other goodies ?

That 300SL looks fabulous. Never seen one myself in person tho.

Looks like you are still a natural globe trotter. Wish I were in that position to fly like a crow, if not an eagle.

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Lucky man! Good to hear that you were more succesful than myself in 2011 (broke down first morning...)


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Wow

Congrats. Glad you answered the phone, eh?
I need friends like that. It's on my bucket list. Im afraid the cost of eligible cars will be beyond my reach.

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WOW Gus, what a great Chance. Glad, you had the Chance to join. Must be a spectacular way to explore a classic car !

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What a great experience.

Definitely worth hoping on a plane.

How was the car to drive?
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Fantastic!


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Having been driving my 612 and 458 in the past years and have not driven classic for this kind of distance, this Roadster is really giving me a lot of good surprises.
She is a great 'boat' to drive on narrow and twisty Italian roads...I even drove her into a one way road in the wrong direction due to malfunction navigator.

She is from the 1962 manufacturing year, so she has lighter weighted alloy engine block with disc-brake originally installed, it really helps me negotiating my way. My friend is only the second owner of the car, so she is very original in all sense (the door paint was peeling off when we stick the Mille Miglia sticker). I am surprised that everything worked 'perfectly', as perfect as a classic car could be.

The steering was 'relatively' precise and I enjoyed a reasonably comfortable ride throughout the thousand miles. However, her rear side could be treacherous at high speeds or on bumpy roads (which is common in Italy), she likes to wiggle her backside like a Brazilian girl in the Rio festival. The giant fuel tank capacity (almost 200 each refuelling) can also create different handling feel, depending on the quantity of fuel left in the car. We certainly enjoyed the fun of steering her on those twisty roads.

I referred to her as a 'boat' because after riding her for 3 days with open top (well, mostly in the southern part when not raining), it certainly felt like you have been on a boat for that period.

Anyway, here are more photos of the rest of the journey for your pleasure...
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Wonderful Pictures Gus, thanks for those impressions. Especially love the 750 Monza, the 225 S and of course the light blue 500 Mondial coupe (if it's that one its a one off)

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...more photos from the event...
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Gus, what an experience! what a event! enjoy it! it looks like its not hard to enjoy anyway!

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The Range Rover is used by our German mechanic team preparing for the journey... there is a welding kit in there, just in case we need it, he said...

The SLR was driven by David Coulthard. I never knew the Mercedes SLR has the clutch on one side and the brake pedal and gas on the other side of the middle 'hump'
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...and more of the scenic routes...
-hundreds of fans lined up the Siena centro to greet and high-five all of us...
-the main road of this village is cleared of traffic for the racers...
-driving in the centre of Asisi was amazing experience... not sure the catholics were amused by us though...
-on the way up San Marino rockies...
-speed camera and traffic lights are to be ignored... that was the message given to us at the start... "Italians are no heroes, if they see the race cars, they will give ways, and if they don't...tough luck!"
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Thank you all for the positive notes! It was really exhilarating and, at the same time, exhausting experience. We are now determined to get ourselves a race eligible car for future Mille Miglia... maybe an OSCA or Ermini is good looking and reasonably priced...
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Really appreciate your taking the time to share all the pictures and story.

I think I would be far to intimidated by a car that age to push it hard on an event like the Mille Miglia.
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Gus- Hopefully you are buying lottery tickets because you sure are lucky. A disc-braked 300SL had to be tons of careful fun. Some really gorgeous cars, especially the 300SLR.

Erminis might be affordable (do not know), but OSCAs are not.

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Gus- Hopefully you are buying lottery tickets because you sure are lucky. A disc-braked 300SL had to be tons of careful fun. Some really gorgeous cars, especially the 300SLR.

Erminis might be affordable (do not know), but OSCAs are not.
If I had a choice to own any car in the world my first choice would be Stirling Moss' #722 300SLR - provided the rich uncle who acquired it for me also agreed to have the factory maintain it. Of course, I am aware that there are several 300SLRs wearing #722. But only one that he actually drove in the race. Somewhere in my mess of stuff I have the original MotorSport magazine in which appeared Dennis Jenkinson's article describing his ride with Stirling in that '55 Mille Miglia.

When I was racing my little TR-3 in the late 1950s the one car I really lusted after to race was the OSCA, the 750 or the 1100, either one. What's the market today Taz?

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Rolf - The light blue I believe is 250GT TdF LWB, owned by a guy from Florida.

Boxer - My two friends in the 1954 Frazer Nash Targa Florio survived the entire journey and only suffered flat tyres twice. Our Roadster was suffering from flat battery, because I forgot to switch the light off while having our midnight spaghetti somewhere before Padova. Our German mechanic just pulled his spare battery and installed it in 30minutes...
I think Mille Miglia is fun if you are not there to win it... anyway, this event is always won by Italians. Their cars are tracked by computer to time specific to minimize penalties. We just drove and enjoyed being in the midst of it.

Terry - You are right, the OSCAs are more expensive (I think you can get one around $200K)... but they are beautiful beast, although the braking was a little dodgy, according to the driver. Ermini has more appeal in terms of price.
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