Bugatti triumphs against the weather in Italy

| 22 May 2013

A 1927 Bugatti Type 40 driven by Juan Tonconogy and Guillermo Berisso won the rain-soaked 2013 Mille Miglia last Saturday in Brescia.

The Bugatti finished ahead of the 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C-1500 Gran Sport ofGiordano Mozzi and Mark Gessler. Their car had won last year’s competition in the hands of Argentines Claudio Scalise and Daniel Claramunt.

Third place went to the 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans of Giovanni Moceri and Tiberio Cavalleri.

The event’s 415 competitors performed a number of time and distance trials, with the winners racking-up 35,417 points – 576 more than the second-placed pairing. In all, 340 cars completed the course.

Participants took in Italian cities such as Cento, Bologna, Sienam Firenze and Parma, as they completed the return trip from Brescia, in the north, to Rome in the south.

The road-race also gave manufacturers the chance to air their heritage fleets with cars coming from Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, BMW, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Fiat, Jaguar, Lancia, Maserati and Porsche.

Famous racing drivers taking part included David Coulthard who drove Mercedes-Benz’s 300SLR, which was struggling with an overheating clutch.

Find out more on the Mille Miglia website.