Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia

If you’ve never missed an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage , the latest one is an awfully bad place to start. In this episode, Leno talks about the Mille Miglia , the legendary Italian open-road endurance race ran 24 times from 1927 to 1957 before changing its format in 1977 as a regular race for classic and vintage cars . Being a student of automotive racing history, Leno knows everything there is to know about the Mille Miglia. In this episode, he puts all that to use as we’re taken on a comprehensive look behind the history and extravagance of this legendary 1,000-mile race.

In between interviews with the likes of Stirling Moss and Martin Brundle, Leno also spent some time at the 2014 Mille Miglia with Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum.

The Mille Miglia isn’t what it used to be, having been changed to a more relaxed event that’s more about showcasing the classic cars of old than it is trying to beat them. Still, Leno managed to capture magic of Mille Miglia the way nobody else can, and that translated to arguably one of the best episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage.

Be sure to have some time for this episode because it gives you a first-class education at one of the most dangerous racing events in the history of the sport.

Back in the ’30s BMW unveiled the 328 - the most successful and best-looking sports car at that time. The car’s success was due to its impressive design parameters: systematic lightweight construction, aerodynamic lines, optimum engine types, and outstanding suspension technology. Now, as a celebration of the car’s 75th anniversary, BMW will unveiled the 328 Hommage at this year’s Mille Miglia. This model modernizes the principles and the character of the vehicle from back then and offers a possible interpretation of how the designers of that time, Fritz Fiedler and Rudolf Schleicher, might have built the BMW 328 if they had the use of our current technology.

"With the BMW 328 Hommage, we wish to pay homage to the passion and inventiveness of the fathers of the BMW 328", explains Karl Bäumer, CEO of BMW Group Classic. "They created an icon, which is consid-ered a milestone in the history of the automobile."

UPDATE 05/23/2011: BMW revealed the first details on the 328 Hommage earlier this weekend and now it’s time to see the concept in action at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. At that same event, the concept won the title of "best of show" in the "Concept Cars and Prototypes" category. Hit the jump for the video.

UPDATE 05/31/2011: BMW has revealed a rather cool video of the 328 Hommage that captures the brand new concept car in action. The movie was filmed around BMW Design.

UPDATE 06/06/2011: BMW has unveiled a new cool video in which it compared the new 328 Hommage concept to the model that inspired it: the classic 328. A must see for anyone out there!

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW 328 Hommage.

History repeats itself. Alfa Romeo has won the 2007 edition of the Mille Miglia with one of its most prestigious models, the 6C 1500S, that won the second edition of the famous race in 1928 with Giuseppe Campari and Giulio Ramponi, the first of eleven victories in the thirty editions of the celebrated Italian road race. Today the race is run as a revival regularity event for vintage cars, which does not detract in any way from the characteristics of speed and reliability that the cars must (...)

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