As fascinating as the present potency of automotive engineering, “The past is never dead”, as William Faulkner put it, and that’s absolutely true when it comes to cars. Not only are vintage wheels as coveted as ever, the motoring past lives on today in races like the Mille Miglia Storica, where leather helmets and goggles, exhaust-filled open air motoring and cars that echo glorious racing histories remind us that, although we can’t time travel, we can marvel at what once was the pinnacle of automotive racing.
A storied history and a thriving present
Automotive time travel
The Mille Miglia, or “thousand miles” race, in Brescia, Italy is an automotive mecca of sorts. A direct descendant of the legendary race that occurred from 1927 to 1957, the event now showcases some of the legends of automotive racing. No longer carrying the stigma of a race that killed 56 people over its 30-year span, the current iteration brings the likes of vintage Ferraris, Alfas, BMWs and Aston Martins to the world stage for a few days of glory. We were there to capture it all in an inspiring photo essay.