Mille Miglia 2011

No 243Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0045 Carl Philip Bernadotte/Jan Nilsson
No 248 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0076 Jan Peter Balkenende /Gijs Van Lennep
No 249 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0089 Bernha Van Oranje Nassau/Maurit Van Oranje Nassau
No 298 Porsche 550 Chassis No 550-04 Stephan Gruehsem/Thomas Heinze
No 299 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0064 Matthias Mueller/Ulf  Poschardt
No 312 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-10 Kurt Engelhorn/Derek Cooper
No 313 Porsche 550-1500 RS Chassis No 550-0016 Wim Van Gierdegom/Tom Degres
No 377 Porsche 550A-1500 Chassis No 550-0145 Bruno Ferracin/Filippo Ferracin

Wednesday, May 11 in the  Piazza della Loggia was where the spotlights were on the 375 entrants of the 2011 Mille Miglia. Thursday, May 12 was the long awaited day of the Sealing Ceremony, the exhibition of the cars and the twilight start, preceded by the array of the feature marque, Ferrari. The first leg was to Cento, then on Friday the race stopped off at San Sepolcro and then onwards to Rome, with the spectacular finale of a drive past at Castel Sant’Angelo. Saturday, May 14 was the crux, the long homeward run to Brescia, stopping in Buonconvento.  Sunday, May 15 saw the traditional Award Ceremony at Brescia’s Teatro Grande.

There were the usual suspects when it came to 550s in this year’s race and it was pleasing to see they all completed the course without incident. The sponsor team of State of Art clothing fielded the three 550s, arriving in the positions of 152th, 223rd and close behind in 238th. The Porsche factory entered both of their 550s and it was a great sight seeing the Fletcher 550 competing. They came in a respectable 117th and 0064 in 341st. The rest of the 550 field was the return of the Belgium team in 0016 for their second Mille Miglia coming in 210th and 550-10 from the UK coming in 179th. There was only one 550A spyder entered by the Porsche Italian Classic Team which completed the race in an impressive 40th position.

Many thanks to Roland, cool classics, and also Peter Singhof for taking some amazing shots of 550s at the event.

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