A unique gesture of love and devotion almost risked overshadowing the 21st Mille Miglia Storica and its 372 stunning cars in May. The ashes of the late Harry Newton, ex-editor of the magazine European Car, were scattered at the top of the race’s Raticosa Pass by his journalist son, Brian.
This year’s Mille Miglia was as much noted for the royals it attracted as for its outstanding cars. Two of the most notable were 30-year-old Italian Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy (grandson of the last King of Italy) in a Bugatti T35T and King Carl-Gustav of Sweden in a BMW 328.
However, by the end of the 1,000-mile trek from Brescia to Rome and back, the race was won by Argentinean crew Carlos Sielecki and Juan Hervas in a 1923 Bugatti T 23 Brescia. They scored a total of 13,902 points to beat 2nd-placed Roberto and Andrea Vesco in a 1934 Fiat 508 Coppa d’Oro with 12,366 points. 3rd came husband and-wife-crew Gian Maria Aghem and Rosella Conti in an Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MMS (12,346).