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BEN Mille Miglia Rally » Mille Miglia

BEN Mille Miglia Rally

In aid of BEN - The Automotive Industry Charity

BEN Mille Miglia Rally, England to Italy, 20th-29th June 2009

Posts Tagged ‘Mille Miglia’


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Day 8

Our vehicles at FerrariTeam AA
After a fantastic night in Florence (What a city!!), Team AA educated Team Aston on the ways of the world and team Aston educated the AA on culture and history. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

We left the hotel on time to head to Maranello after Judy taking the odd wrong turn we arrived at the Ferrari factory. We arrived at the factory to a wonderful lunch provided by Ferrari then on to a tour of the museum. The museum has a great selection of classic and modern Ferraris. Team AA’s favourite was the 246 Dino. Nick took the chance to test drive the Team Honda’s ST1300, shortly after the heavens opened and we were advised by Nick that the AA’s Pan 1100 kept him dryer in the rain!!

We were stunned to see the guest appearance of the Stig, (Rumour has it was the infamous JJ Foster but we were unable to confirm this although a tash was seen) who promptly stole the keys to BEN’s Fiat 500, he then made a spirited show around the Ferrari car park much to the delight of the crowd assembled outside the museum. A lot of people were not sure of who or what the Stig was, but they were educated by the AA Team as to who Mr Shoemaker was (as revealed on Top Gear this week!!).

Team AA split for the afternoon with the slow side taking Ferrarithe Mille-Miglia route and the quicker vehicles (including team Tractor) enjoying a quick visit to Lake Garda. A light salad and ice cream lunch was taken and then back to the Hotel. The slower team took in an afternoon snack at a Chinese Italian snack bar where the language barrier fell apart again. Early night for the long haul to Metz via Switzerland.

Team Honda
Went in convoy up to Ferrari and had a great time looking at the wonderful cars. Afterwards, we left with Team Aston, Team Metro, and Team Porsche and went along the scenic Mille Miglia route, a minor glitch meant that the teams had to adjourn to a local pub to discuss progress, but with the help of a hugely gesticulating Italian lady, the correct route was found.

We had problems finding the hotel, which seem to disappear the closer we got to it. But in the end, despite the melted sat nav, we made it to the bar to much relief. Brilliant day riding, as always and thoroughly enjoyable. Particularly impressed by the speed of Team Metro, who very nearly exceeded the speed limit.

Team Anglia
The Stig with our AngliaAs would be expected, Team Anglia dressed for the visit to the Ferrari Museum by wearing Ford T-shirts. Team Anglia was successful in preventing the Stig from ragging the car around the car park, as he did with the Fiat. Team Anglia didn’t think he could cope with the power, as he is only used to minis.

Team Anglia are pleased with how the car is coping with the heat, as they previously experienced problems on the Russia trip. Much banter was had over the two-way radios with the AA Teams.

Team Metro
We had a great day, exceeded the speed limit to the shock of all the other teams. Sadly technology let team Metro down with no sign of Judy chasing the fault. Team Aston’s and Team Honda’s sat nav caused the team to resort to an old fashioned map. Miraculously, team Metro arrived at the Hotel with team Honda and Team Aston following the trusty Metro into the car park

Team DB4
Today was our day. Enzio momentarily rolled over in his grave, as the DB4 smoothly and elegantly rolled into the Ferrari Galleria. Our colleague’s blogs indicate the influence team DB4 had today.

Team Benfield
Arrived at enemy camp, Maranello, home of Ferrari. They’d even reserved parking right by the entrance to the Ferrari museum. Our afternoon comprised a wild good chase around Cremona, before motoring up to Brescia marking the end of the Mille Miglia. On to Bergamo for our overnight stop.


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Day Five – Rimini to Spoleto

Spectacular sceneryTeam DB4

“A heavenly day! Leaving the hubbub of Rimini, the journey up to San Mario was a gem, with a wonderful winding, steep climb up to RSM. A quick expresso, and then the Aston was off into Umbria – roaring through stunning scenery, sunflower fields and vineyards. At a more leisurely pace, we squeezed through the narrow, medieval streets of Urbino and Spoleto. Locals, tourists and pigeons alike quickly scattered! Roma beckons; are the Vatican and St Peter’s Square ready for us?”

Team Mazda

“We were topless all day! We had a great time. San Marino was wow wow wow, when we got there after heavy traffic, road works and traffic lights. We took our time to get to Spoleto exploring the route on the way.”

Team Honda

Fiat 500 - old and new!“Today was the best day yet! We visited San Marino, sweated up and down hills in our leathers and ate a gelato. The road between San Marino and Urbino was fabulous. Beautiful scenery, great road surface, lots of lovely bends and no cars. Had a great pizza in Urbino, followed by a leisurely thrash to Spoleto. It was the perfect weather for biking.”

Team BEN

“Mike aka (Judy) sought revenge for our antics the previous day by arranging a 5:00am wake up call for us (score 2:2) – thanks Mike. Later in the day we managed to reunite our new Fiat 500 with an old acquaintance. We opted for a new team colour today and recruited another member; little did he know it was going to be pink (score 3:2 to BEN).”

Team BEN in the pink

Team Benfield

“The grand old dame (the car celebrated its 20th birthday recently and passed 155,000 miles during the course of the day) has started to suffer a little in the heat. We called the AA in San Marino for sunroof failure. Very embarrassed when they turned up and the roof closed first time. Some squeaks and squeals as we navigated the winding country roads between San Marino and Urbino straightening out some of the S-bends as we went. Sublime scenery!
We’re staying in what amounts to a modern art gallery this evening just outside the city walls of beautiful Spoleto – a really fun place!”

Team Anglia

“What a great drive it was from Rimini to San Marino, good weather, twisting roads and the Anglia purring along like a well oiled watch. We parked close to the castle and climbed flight upon flight of steps to where the cable car docks. The views were stunning so we decided to stay on for a couple of hours to take in all the sights. The drive down to Urbino was more like a white knuckle ride in places. A few kilometres before Urbino we caught up with the rest of the crew and tagged on to the convoy.”

Team AA

AA boys“We left Rimini in good time, except for Andy who was running a bit late. We’re not sure why, but the way he was running to the toilet we guessed he might have left his wallet in there. Kevin was at the wheel of the Landrover today, which shocked many locals as they could not see a driver until Tony passed over the booster cushion. The scenery was spectacular today, and the very tight bends and uneven road surfaces made interesting riding for Sean and Nick on the bikes. Brian and John in the Minivan wore their wigs for the last hour of the journey – the reasons for this are lost on the rest of us. Along the way we met a few AA members who wished us well on our journey. Tony and Kevin got straight to work on the Landrover and Ford Anglia when we arrived at the hotel, making a few checks in preparation for tomorrow.”


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Day Four - The Rally Begins!

rally-31Today was the official start of the Mille Miglia Rally. Kelly and Laura decided to mark the occasion by wearing Team Fiat colours. The day began with a visit to the Mille Miglia Museum which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Team tractor went in search of a front CV joint, and tried various dealers unsuccessfully to find the part required. They modified the Landrover in best AA tradition with a quality temporary repair. The Landrover is now a two wheel drive for the rest of the journey.

rally-11We all then headed across to Verona, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, for a pit stop. There was lots to see and do, one of which was visiting the magnificent Roman Amphitheatre. Quite a few of us had difficulties trying to find the way out!

We all then made our way to our hotel in Rimini and were greeted by typical English weather, rain. We were not deterred and dipped our feet in the Adriatic Sea.