2017 Mille Miglia: over $200 million worth of classic cars and supercars

And some pretty expensive crashes, too

The 2017 Mille Miglia race is that kind of an event where you can see and hear all the major classic cars in history along with exquisite supercars, all in an incredible setting: northern Italy.

From Brescia to Padova, San Marino, Rome, Parma and back to Brescia, the Mille Miglia race is one of the car events a petrolhead must attend at least once in his life. For 90 years, it has brought millions of people along the scenic Italian routes and has seen many of the best drivers compete in Gran Turismo that made brands like Alfa Romeo, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and Lancia famous.

Between 1927 and 1961, drivers like Tazio Nuvolari, Rudolf Caracciola, Alberto Ascari or Sir Stirling Moss raced and won on a 1,000 Roman miles course (roughly 1,500 km) stretching over paved and unpaved roads in some of the most beautiful parts of Italy.

Since 1977, the race was transformed into a regularity race for classic and vintage cars. The models eligible to take part in the current Mille Miglia are those of which at least one specimen took part or at least completed the registration formalities in one of the original speed races held between 1927 and 1957.

Of course, lots of other people - mainly driving modern supercars - follow the same course in the wake of the Mille Miglia event, and this allows onlookers to see throngs of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Mercedes-Benzes and many other expensive cars crisscrossing the Italian landscape.

The latest step also saw a horrifying crash between a Ferrari 458 and a Fiat 500. Luckily, nobody died, but the woman in the Fiat was airlifted with serious injuries, while her son and the guys in the 458 had minor injuries, according to YouTuber effspot, who filmed the whole journey.

If you don't know what to do in 2018, here's our advice: book your tickets for Italy right now. You're in for an automotive feast!

Adrian Mihaltianu

Our editor at large started writing about cars only after getting a taste for extensive road trips all across Europe, more than ten years ago. Cherishing the road more than the car, he finds it somewhat difficult to fall in love with today's supercars, but will go on talking for hours about n... Read more

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