The father and son team of Andrea and Roberto Vesco (number 46), are the winners of the 1000 Miglia 2020: after more than 1700 km through half of Italy. The duo beat an impressive field and won the competition at the wheel of a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato (pictured above).
The Vesco’s are not new to the 1000 Miglia podium. Both had already won the Freccia Rossa in the past but never together racing in the same crew.
The year’s event saw some tough weather conditions on the challenging route, especially in some of the evening passages, such as the Passo della Cisa, which was crossed in the dark and in the middle of the fog in the final part of the third stage. Of the 356 cars that started, 296 crossed the finish line at the end of the race.
Second place was won by Sergio Sisti (winner in 2001) and Anna Gualandi, at the wheel of a 1929 Lancia Lambda Spider Casaro (number 45), while the third place went to Gianmaria Fontanella and Anna Maria Covelli, also in a Lancia Lambda Casaro VII Serie from 1927 (competing with number 28).
The arrival in viale Venezia in Brescia was also animated by the presence of Eddie Irvine, unforgettable champion of the Ferrari team in F1, who jokingly promised to compete in the 1000 Miglia within 5 years.
More than 45 hours of driving through 245 Italian municipalities allowed Silvia Marini and Francesca Ruggeri to win the “Coppa delle Dame”, the first place, all-female crew to finish the 1000 Miglia with an excellent 24th place at the wheel of a 1929 Bugatti T40, beating Federica Bignetti Bignetti and Rossella Torri in a 1949 MG TB.
Another excellent performance was put in by the Dutch team of John Houtkamp and Micheline Houtkamp-Van Bussel who, being the first foreigners classified, won the Coppa delle Nazioni. The pair finished in 10th position at the wheel of a 1929 Lancia Lambda Tipo 233 Corto (number 31).
“It was an unusual edition in many ways,” commented Cav. Aldo Bonomi, President of ACI Brescia. “Our crews were able to see Italy with a light they did not know, immersed in autumn colours but also in rain and fog. We are counting on the wonderful places we have passed in these days to benefit from the visibility that 1000 Miglia has brought. A heartfelt thanks to all those who have participated and all those who have worked with us”.
“It was a great teamwork,” added Franco Gussalli Beretta, President of 1000 Miglia srl. “These have been demanding days in which we have made a great effort to keep everyone in maximum safety. The public welcomed us warmly in every place we passed and it was particularly exciting to pass through Amatrice and the earthquake zones as well as through Lodi and Codogno, the first affected by the pandemic. Congratulations to everyone for the passion and, of course, congratulations to the winners!”
“I am particularly grateful to all those who have believed in us and collaborated in these days”, added Alberto Piantoni, Managing Director of 1000 Miglia srl. “It was important to have partners at our side, as well as local and national institutions and the police of all the areas we have crossed. We really appreciated their commitment. I would also like to dedicate a special greeting to Fabrizio Giugiaro who, with his active presence, testified how the role of 1000 Miglia as a showcase for the future of the automobile could not have been better”.