Mille Miglia 2010

No 292 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-010 Engelhorn/Tuke
No 293 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0016 Van Gierdegom/De Gres
No 294 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0045 Van Lennep/Luyendyk
No 295 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0089 Westerman/Van Oranje Nassau
No 296 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0076 Lammers/Zegers
No 301 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0048 Megrue Sr./Megrue
No 371 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0064 Scheufele/Ickx
No 372 Porsche 550A-1500 Chassis No 550-0145 Ferracin/Ferracin

The 2010 Mille Miglia started on Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm with the first cars setting off from Viale Venezia for the Brescia-Bologna leg. These cars reached Piazza Magglore and Piazza Galvani in Bologna around midnight.

There were seven 550s and one 550A entered this year.

No 292 the Engelhorn – Tuke team from Great Britain drove in one of the original 550s – 550-10 silver in colour with the distinctive green striped fins. Last time this appeared was in the 2006 Mille Miglia.

No 293 the Van Gierdegom – De Gres team from Belgium entered the Mille Miglia for the first time this year in 550-0016. This white spyder which was an original 1955 LeMans racer had recently been fully restored back to its former glory. Unfortunately in its first MM, it retired in Rome.

No 294 driven by Van Lennep – Luyendyk from the Netherlands in the blue/yellow spyder 550-0045, which is one of three spyders from the ‘State of Art’ clothing team.

Another State of Art entry, No 295 driven by Evelyn Westerman – van Oranje also from the Netherlands, was the white spyder with orange darts, chassis No 550-0089. Both the blue and white spyders have actively competed in the Mille Miglia for a number of years, and State of Art clothing is a major sponsor of the event.

The last spyder in the SoA team is a new addition which has also recently been restored, No 296 driven by Lammers – Zegers from the Netherlands in the silver with orange darts – 550-0076. Similar to the other newcomer No 293, it also retired in Rome.

No 301 made the long track from the USA to compete in the Mille Miglia this year. Driven by Megrue Sr. – Megrue, the silver spyder 550-0048 completed the three day race in its debut.

The Porsche factory spyder 550-0064 which is a regular MM entrant, was a Chopard team entry No 371 and was teamed by Scheufele – Ickx, but also retired early.

The last 550 was No 372 driven by the Italian team of Ferracin – Ferracin. This silver Porsche was the only 550A entered into the race – 550 A-0145.

The cars started leaving Bologna for the Rome leg at 7.30am on Friday taking 13 hours to complete. Saturday saw the early start of the return leg to Brescia with the cars arriving late into the night.

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