Thursday, May 7, 2015

Attention Race Fans: 1000 Miles of Passion

Something special for you today - a peek at 1000 Miles of Passion. We are big European race fans around my house so when I saw this coffee table book was coming out, I had to share it.

Originally, the Mille Miglia was an open road endurance race from Brescia to Rome and back. The route changed a bit over the years but since it's revival in 1977 it is now that first route. In a salute to its past, the modern race is limited to cars produced no later than 1957 who attended (or were registered) for the original race.

I probably do not have to tell you how cool this race is.

You can see the list of all the winners at Wikipedia - lots of Alfa Romeos and Ferrari (no surprise). There was also a documentary made about the Mille Miglia in 2007 that you can watch entirely on YouTube.

Here's a bit from the press release for 1000 Miles of Passion:

If you want to experience Italy’s passion for fast, elegant cars, there is no more thrilling place than the Mille Miglia. With hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering drivers on, the long-distance race from Brescia to Rome and back was held from 1927 to 1957. Racers like Tazio Nuvolari, Rudolf Caracciola, and Stirling Moss—along with the Mille Miglia itself—became legends. The Mille Miglia was revived in 1977 and once again cheering fans line the roads. This exclusive book shows the spectacular 2014 race, which was photographed by René Staud and his team, and offers insights into the exciting history of this renowned competition. The result is an enthralling documentation of this unique event and its fascinating cars, picturesque landscapes, and celebrity drivers like Jay Leno and Adrien Brody

1000 Miles of Passion is 272 pages with 150 color photos (and another 60 black and white). It's spendy, but that's because you don't skimp on something this beautiful. Add it to your wishlist, beg your family for a birthday gift, save your dollars. Watch the short video below to see the kind of cars in this race and dream about one day attending this wonderful event.

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