09.05.2018 ALFA ROMEO SET TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT THE MILLE MIGLIA

ALFA ROMEO MILLE MIGLIA 2018

Being held for the 36th time this year, the re-enactment of the Mille Miglia will be run over the traditional Brescia-Rome-Brescia route and this edition will see Alfa Romeo taking centre stage, both as a sponsor and as "guest of honour", as it celebrates the 90th anniversary of its first victory in the legendary Italian road race, which held from 1927 to 1957.

 
MARCUS ERICSSON AND CHARLES LECLERC - ALFA ROMEO SAUBER F1 TEAM - MILLE MIGLIA 2018

Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc, the drivers of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team currently taking part in the 2018 Formula 1 championship, will also be present at the Mille Miglia which takes place next week.

Being held for the 36th time this year, the re-enactment of the Mille Miglia will be run over the traditional Brescia-Rome-Brescia route and this edition will see Alfa Romeo taking centre stage, both as a sponsor and as "guest of honour".

The event, which takes place next Thursday to Saturday (16-19 May) will see Alfa Romeo celebrating the 90th anniversary of its first victory in the legendary Italian road race, which held from 1927 to 1957.

Ninety years ago, on 1 April 1928, Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi recorded victory with the 6C 1500 Super Sport, designed by Vittorio Jano, and featuring a revolutionary mechanical design, including a fixed head and a supercharged engine.

The car covered the 1,618 km course at anaverage speed of 84 km/h, to obtain the first of Alfa Romeo's eleven Mille Miglia victories, seven of them coming during consecutive years, from 1932 to 1938, a record which can now never be beaten.

To re-create all the atmosphere of these epic feats achieved by daring men on the dusty roads of the past, from 19 May the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo at Arese will be hosting the "11 volte campione" [11 times champion] exhibition. The exhibition will remain open to the public daily until December.

Meanwhile, on 19 May, for the first time its history the Arese site will be welcome a stage of the Mille Miglia, enabling the cars taking part to compete in time trials on the museum's internal track.

Alfa Romeo owners and fans will also be able to attend the event as for that day only, the museum entry ticket will also include access to the outdoor area and the circuit, as well as an exhibition of historic cars associated with the Mille Miglia, organised by the Italian Alfa Romeo Register.

That day Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc, the drivers of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team currently taking part in the 2018 Formula 1 championship, will also be present.

I am very happy that I will be taking part in the Mille Miglia,” Ericsson. “It is such an iconic event and it will be a special experience for me to attend it for the first time.

"Representing Alfa Romeo at this kind of event is something I am very proud of, and I look forward to seeing all of the historical cars there and why not driving one historical Alfa Romeo," the Swedish driver added.

Meanwhile Leclerc said: "It is a great honour for me to participate in an event as historical as the Mille Miglia. I have a huge passion for cars, and especially for historical cars, and will very much enjoy to see some of them at this event. It will be fun to drive the Stelvio Quadrifoglio through the city of Milan on this special occasion and also an historical Alfa Romeo.

"Entered in the event this year will be several historic Alfa Romeo cars - 6C 1500 SS, 6C 1750 GS, 1900 SS and 1900 Sport Spider models that are normally exhibited at the Museum and belong to the collection of FCA Heritage, the Group department dedicated to protecting and promoting the historical heritage of FCA's Italian brands.

Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz are the event's two "Official Automotive Sponsors" this year and ao alongside these historic racecars on the re-run event will be a fleet of thirty Giulias and Stelvios which Alfa Romeo is making available to the organisers as the official vehicles.

Photos: FCA Heritage

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