Report and photos by Julien Mahiels
The Mille Miglia 2013 was held 16-19 May on the scenic roads of Italy. This year’s route traveled clockwise from Brescia to Rome and back, on the fabled Mille Miglia roads to cross through Vincenza, Ferrara, San Marino, Roma, Firenze, Siena, Maranello, among others.
Of the 415 crews that embarked on the 31st running of the retrospective Mille Miglia, 340 successfully returned to Viale Venezia in Brescia and the remaining 75 cars either withdrew from the race or dropped out.
In the end, the Argentinian crew of Juan Tonconogy and Guillermo Berisso won the 2013 edition of the Mille Miglia in their 1927 Bugatti Type 40 with points totaling 35,417. Giordano Mozzi and Mark Gessler came in second in their 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport, only 576 points behind. Giovanni Moceri and Tiberio Cavalleri came in third in their 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans, the same finish as last year.
Juan Tonconogy was understandably excited to win the Mille Miglia in only his fifth attempt, “I raced with the best co-pilot in the world and we are extremely satisfied with the outcome we reached, especially since this edition was packed with talented drivers and extremely competitive vehicles. The Mille Miglia is a unique race of its kind, which requires great physical stamina and constant concentration, but it gives us emotions that are so difficult to verbalize and virtually impossible to forget.”
Marco Makaus, 1000 Miglia Srl Chief Executive Board Member, echoed the satisfaction, saying, “Everyone has always said that for the Mille Miglia to be lucky, we need to get a bit of rain. So surely this has been an extra lucky edition! But jokes apart, it was really a phenomenal success. I spoke to many of the participants, even last night as they were arriving. After three grueling days, they were all ecstatic with an enormous smile on their faces. Even the ones who had cars issues, or other problems – they all came back to be a part of the great festivities. The magic of the Mille Miglia has been renewed.”
Photographer Julien Mahiels documented the 2013 Mille Migla Rally, offering the following exceptional picture gallery that shows the strong and varied field of entrants, in addition to the dazzling scenery found on the Italian countryside and cities. We split up the 150 pictures that Julien captured into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite 80 images, all displayed in the full-width view of our website. The second gallery (and rally results), meanwhile, can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Julien, visit julienmahiels.net.