Ever wondered how you can enter one of the most exclusive motoring events on the calendar? Here's what you need to know
So you want to take part in the Mille Miglia? Fair enough – it’s one of those events that, if life were fair, every car enthusiast would get to experience at least once. But life isn’t always fair, and entry is costly and the wait for acceptance (or not) is fraught. So here’s how to maximise your chances.
First, the absolute basics: to be eligible, the car has to be of a type that took part in the Mille Miglia of 1927 to 1957. And driver and co-driver have to be 18 or over, ideally with a competition licence, though temporary licences can be arranged by the organisers.
Next step: the entry fee has to be paid on application, with all supporting documentation, by midnight on 31 December. Oh, and the entry fee will be around €7000 per car. Yes, you read that right, but it does include all hotels and administration, which if/when you do take part, you’ll realise is absolutely huge.
If your entry isn’t accepted, then your entry fee will be refunded early in May. There are 450 places available, so competition is hot.
What the organisers want is a wide spread of cars and competitor nationality, though there’s an understandable loyalty to the home crowd. So car choice is crucial. An unusual and special Italian car, with strong Mille Miglia history, is the closest to a shoo-in that you’re likely to find. But anything a bit different will be looked upon favourably, particularly if it has Mille links. Most entries tend to be cars of the 1950s, because they’re the most plentiful and the most comfortable to take part in, but that does leave more opportunities for entry in earlier machinery.
Look, too, at which companies are sponsoring the event. Mercedes-Benz has long been a great supporter of the Mille Miglia – but that means that there’s already a squadron of Gullwings taking part. Similarly, Jaguar had a good run of sponsorship – think XKs, C-types and D-types – and JD Classics, wide-reaching but still best known for Jaguars, has also put a huge amount into the Mille Miglia recently.
That’s not to say that you won’t get an entry in, say, a Mercedes or a Jaguar, but it will be that little bit more difficult.
Whatever you choose, be sure to send a well-produced supporting document giving a clear, easily read summary of the car’s history and provenance. That includes the required photographs of the car, including of its chassis plate, plus FIA HTP certificate, FIVA documents or CSAI card. If there’s anything missing, the application is likely to be rejected. Good luck!
Words: David Lillywhite // Image: Matthew Howell