It seems the Giro d’Italia has just whizzed past and another iconic road race came to Ponte a Serraglio. The beautiful Mille Miglia included Bagni di Lucca on its way to Parma for the night on the third leg of the race.
The weather was a bit ordinary for the beginning of the race, but there were plenty of spectators to welcome the cars through our little piazza. The first to arrive were the new, fast sports cars…Ferrari, Maserati and Mercedes Benz, etc.
Their engines roared as they sped off past the piazza through the narrow street up to La Villa.
The beautiful old cars were hot on their heels…to everyone’s delight. Here are just some of the gorgeous vintage vehicles.
Massimo joined in with his Lazzi bus.
The Caribinieri kept everyone in check. ( Except for the idiot who stopped their car in the narrow street, put their hazard lights on, left their doors wide open and unloaded their shopping.)
Our own Francis Pettitt was there in his wonderful old Fiat Cinquecento…not officially of course, he was on his way home to Longoio…but he got a big cheer anyway.
The weather did get better as the race went on and it was a beautiful evening in Ponte a Serraglio.
Things may seem a little quiet around here for a while.
Take a look at Bagni di Lucca and Beyond for more cars.
Beautiful I’m sorry that I missed it.
It was great fun, especially when the rain stopped.
Love the second photos of the cars going the road. What fantastic cars.
I risked life and limb to get those. There was a crazy man standing right in the way and I had to go out on the road past him to get the photo. The cars certainly did look and sound wonderful roaring up that road.
Massimo’s bus looks different. Great photos
For some reason he is driving a white bus now, instead of the usual blue.
It was a great event and we were very fortunate to be able to watch it.
I’m really pleased I was here for it.
Thanks it was truly sensational me driving the cinquina such fun was amazed at the reception we got and we were just off homewards!
It is a very cute little car.
Lovely cars….Jim enjoyed this post very much!
It was great to see them all up close.
What beautiful old cars, and well done to the people who spend months-years restoring them so we can still see them. Thanks Debra for the lovely photos
It must take a lot of time and money to make all this happen.
Great photos – thanks again.
It was a fun event to watch. I hope I get to see it again.
I, too, love the shot of the cars going up the hill towards La Villa. Beautiful! And the Pettitts in their little car – too cute!!
I think the drivers had fun with that stretch of road.
Looks great. My parents were watching and managed to catch a glimpse of TV chef James Martin driving one of the cars and also Jodie Kidd. Great event and hope it comes back in the future!
I was looking at the cars more than the people I must admit.
What a delight. So happy you have been home to catch two wonderful events… And share the love. Thanks Deb!
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