This intense 3 day rally that runs a thousand mile (1600 km) route through scenic Italy from Brescia to Rome and back is open to some of the most spectacular classic cars produced between 1927 and 1957. David and Yasmin drove a 1950 Jaguar XK120 OTS as part of the Jaguar Heritage Racing team.
The day before the start of the race, the Jaguar team converged in Brescia for scrutineering to check over the cars and pose for a few photos, many of which David submitted to Vogue as part of his racing diary.
The Mille Miglia began on Thursday, May 16th in Brescia’s Piazza della Loggia with a downpour that doused David and Yasmin in their open convertible. Thankfully, the sun had come back out by the time they began racing later that evening.
The second leg began on the morning of Friday, May 17th in the town of Ferrara with Yasmin at the wheel.
Somewhere between Ravenna and Gamboletta, the XK120 was run off into a ditch. David told Vogue, “Wee accident caused by another Mille competitor. Yasmin, who was driving, did brilliantly, keeping us away from houses, trees and spectators!” Thankfully, neither of them were hurt, though the car was damaged, particularly to the left front bumper and passenger door. With the assistance of the Jaguar support crew, they were soon back en route.
The third and final leg began on the morning of Saturday, May 18th in Rome, where Yasmin and David paused to take some photos before recommencing their journey.
What did they think of the experience? David revealed to Vogue, “Both myself and Yasmin’s answers were exactly the same to the question ‘Would you do it again?’ Yes, we’d do it again tomorrow if we could. We laughed (a lot), we cried a little, hardly slept, have bruises and wind burn, but we made many new friends and have memories that we will never, ever forget.”
Congratulations to David and Yasmin for their impressive showing during the Mille Miglia!
Check out all the photos from the race on Yasmin’s official site (scroll to the bottom).