BMW Group Classic Prepares for the Mille Miglia

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BMW Group Classic Prepares for the Mille Miglia

It's that time of year again when a bunch of classic car enthusiasts pull the covers off of their priceless machines, get them cleaned up and serviced, and prepare themselves for the Mille Miglia endurance rally. This historic event was known as the toughest endurance race for 3 decades, and the route stretches over 1000 miles of road through Northern Italy.

There are many people who participate in the Mille Miglia, with the estimated number of entrants this year sitting at the 450 mark. There are very strict rules for entering the rally: only models that ran during the original Mille Miglia races are allowed to compete, and there must be historical proof of this. In more recent times this has led to curious discoveries as evidence of different cars competing in the original race means more people can enter, but generally these machines are far more expensive and rarer than modern day race-cars. 

So it is extremely special when people are willing to put these collector's items at risk in a motorsport event. Manufacturers have also started to enter their own factory-backed teams in these events, andd BMW is one such example with their 6-car contingent for this year's Mille Miglia race. Historically BMW saw a number of victories with their classic 328 models, and so their contingent comprises of various forms of the car.

The following teams are lining up at the start of the Mille Miglia 2017, driving vehicles from BMW Group Classic:

136   Ian Robertson              Jodie Kidd                    BMW 328 Berlin-Rom Roadster

139   Klaus Fröhlich              Michael Schröder         BMW 328

142   Wolfgang Obermaier    Des Sellmeijer              BMW 328

146   Sergio Solero               Francesco Botré           BMW 328

149   Philipp Koch                 Martin Huber                BMW 328

153   Hendrik v. Kuenheim   Carl Christian Jancke   BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster



Aswan

Aswan

Places more value in how fun a car is to drive than outright performance or luxury. He laments the direction that automotive development is headed in, but grudgingly accepts the logic behind it. Can be commonly found trying to fix yet another problem on his rusty project car.


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