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Spectacular vintage cars arrive in Rome in 'the most beautiful race in the world'
The Mille Miglia, billed as “the most beautiful race in the world” for its spectacular vintage cars, rolled into Rome on Thursday, May 17. The motorcade drove up the iconic Via Veneto, made famous world-wide in the film La Dolce Vita. Mille Miglia translates as “thousand miles,” and is a race with its roots in the Italian region of Brescia. “There is an old motto that says fuel rather than blood flows through the veins of the people who come from Brescia,” the Mille Miglia website reads. The first Mille Miglia started in 1927 with 71 competitors. Since 1977, it has been run as a regular race for classic and vintage cars. Participation is limited to cars produced no later than 1957. This year more than 500 vintage cars - representing some 73 different brands - will be taking part. Crew members from 34 countries will be leading the effort. The four-day race traditionally starts in the northern city of Brescia, before criss-crossing some of the most beautiful towns in Italy, with a grand finale in Rome.