This is our story of the 2018 Mille Miglia, driving with an iconic Mercedes 300SL Gullwing and joined by my AMG GT R support car. We travel 1,000 miles from Brescia to Rome and back on ‘The Most Beautiful Race in the World’, with trials and tribulations along the way leading to our successful final ranking, 95th out of 450 entrants.
I joined the Mercedes-Benz team, driving in a 1955 300SL Gullwing from the Mercedes-Benz Museum; a truly special vehicle with a huge history – particularly celebrating 1955, the year of Sir Stirling Moss’ famous victory in the original event. Co-driving with me is Marc ‘Shmarc150’ (manager of Shmee150), and we’re joined by BenzeneBen and SebastianTPhotography on board the AMG GT R to support us and create this aftermovie of the entire experience.
Getting underway in Brescia, it’s clear that this is going to be an endurance event of the highest order; with 15 hour driving days and regularity tests along the way to create competition. With no prior experience within our team, it is all a learning game as we progress South through Italy towards Rome to reach the mid-way point.
With the most fantastic team behind our entry, supported by Mercedes-Benz Classic, the car was hugely well maintained by a team of mechanics working into the night, along with some fabulous organisation to run a smooth ship. It is clear that this has been one of the most fantastic events I have ever experienced, and as we returned to Brescia via Milan, the Alfa Romeo Museum and a lap of the Monza Formula 1 circuit, the icing on the cake was well and truly added.
A huge personal thanks goes to those on the team who made this possible, I don’t think I could ever repeat such an opportunity and I shall never forget it.
To find out more about the Mercedes-Benz Museum, please see their own YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MercedesBenzMuseum
Thanks for watching, Tim
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