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201529 May



Some 60 years after Mercedes-Benz’s triumph at the Mille Miglia, three of the greatest heroes of the thousand-mile race in 1955 are returning to the route between Brescia and Rome: together with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) racing car, Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Stirling Moss and Hans Herrmann are remembering the 1955 race at this year’s Mille Miglia event, which is being held between May 14-17, 2015.


Back then the young Stirling Moss won this furious Italian road race with his co-driver Denis Jenkinson in the fastest ever time of 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds over a distance of around 1,600 kilometres. Hans Herrmann, on the other hand, was the hapless hero at Mille Miglia 60 years ago as he was in an excellent second place at the wheel of his 300 SLR, likewise with a chance of victory, when an unfortunate defect ended his race on the Passo di Futa.


As a high-ranking regularity race for classic cars the 33rd nostalgic Mille Miglia in May 2015 – the 60th event overall to bear this name – keeps alive the memory of the historic road race staged between 1927 and 1957. The appearance of the original 300 SLR racing cars with the Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassadors Stirling Moss, Hans Herrmann, and Ralf Schumacher at the wheel are exclusive highlights of this year’s event.


“I am so pleased that Sir Stirling Moss, Hans Herrmann and Ralf Schumacher are here with us and the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing cars to celebrate the legendary win of 1955”, proclaims Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Centre. “Mercedes-Benz, principal motor car sponsor of the Mille Miglia, is doing this as a mark of its respect for the unique history of this thousand-mile race – much of which has been written by Mercedes-Benz drivers and cars.”


Around 430 cars from some 70 different brands are taking part in the Mille Miglia this year including almost 40 Mercedes-Benz cars. This strong presence is not just due to the fact that only vehicle models that took part in one of the 24 original road races between 1927 and 1957 are allowed to participate in the Mille Miglia. But thanks to its close and long-standing ties with the Italian road race, Mercedes-Benz has an impressive number of models on this exclusive list.


The line-up for the Mille Miglia 2015 includes the supercharged SS and SSK touring sports cars from the late 1920s plus the 300 SL (W 198) and 220 Ponton (W 180) models unveiled in 1954. Each of the vehicles is associated with its own special moments in the history of the Mille Miglia.


The Mille Miglia 2015 starts on Thursday, May 14, 2015 May 14, in Brescia before initially heading eastwards to Sirmione on Lake Garda. It then continues southwards to stage destination Rimini via Verona, Ferrara and Ravenna. One of the first highlights on Friday, May 15, is the drive through San Marino. From here, the route runs parallel to the coast via Sengallia, Loreto and Teramo, crossing the Apennines to the west before reaching Rome via Antrodoco and Rieti. On Saturday, May 16, the route takes the participants from Rome to Parma via Viterbo, legendary passes such as the Radicofani, Siena, Pisa and Lucca. The fourth and last stage on Sunday, May 17, is from Parma back to Brescia via Piacenza, Monza and Bergamo. People will be able to see the Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassadors in their authentic 300 SLR models in Brescia, Sirmione, San Marino, Rome, and Siena during the course of the Mille Miglia.


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