Success for the 512 TR with Verghini/Fuso in the 2012 Ferrari Tribute
Brescia, 20 May
With numerous spectators present the participating saw the chequered flag last night on their parade on Viale Venezia in Brescia, at the final act of the 2012 at Ferrari Tribute.
The participants unanimously judged the event a great success in terms of quality and entertainment. The overall classification of the 2012 Ferrari Tribute was won by the 1992 512 TR with Verghini/Fuso ahead of the 2010 458 Italia with Danesi/Sesena and the 1962 250 GT Cabriolet with Lopez/Prieto.
A very special moment
Maranello, 19 May
Some of them came through these gates a long time ago, others just a couple of years ago, maybe only months. This afternoon they somehow went back to their origins. After the Ferraris, participatig in the Tribute, had passed Bologna and Modena, they arrived in the town in Emilia, where they were all born: Maranello. They entered the complex from via Grizzaga and explored the streets of the Ferrari Works, leaving through the gate with the famous address Via Abetone Inferiore no. 4 driving in the direction of the Fiorano track.
Despite the unstable weather with the odd drop of rain, there is no doubt that passing Maranello will remain one of the most exciting moments for the participants of the 2012 Ferrari Tribute.
The Tribute on the way towards Brescia
San Casciano Val di Pesa, 19 May
The sun wasn’t even up when the Tribute cars started their engines again: the control watch said 5:30am at the start of the first Ferrari in the field, the 328 GTS (1986) with race number 501. This is how the last stage of the 2012 Ferrari Tribute started today, while it will end tonight in Brescia, where the race started. The spectators in city in Lombardy will welcome the cars with as much enthusiasm as they showed at the start. The first car will arrive at around 8:45pm.
At the well-deserved break in San Casciano the 140 cars from the manufacturer from Maranello had already driven around 300 kilometres and passed Spoleto, entered Tuscany and passed Piazza del Campo in Siena. After Florence one of the most exciting parts of the Mille Miglia starts: the twists and turns of the famous Passo della Futa and the Passo della Raticosa. Here once, in the days of the original Mille Miglia the winner was decided.
Probably three of the cars participating in the Tribute drew more interest than the others: the 1972 356 GTS4, the 1962 250 GT PF Cabriolet and the 1974 246 GTS. Cars, which have been restored by the Ferrari Classiche department, just like the 1955 250 GT, driven by the American Kenneth Roath in the historical Mille Miglia.
Chairman Montezemolo salutes Tribute’s participants
Rome, 18 May
The many kilometres driven so far in the Tribute to Mille Miglia are showing their symptoms in the form of tired teams. But when an intense day ends on a high note - just like it happened tonight after the second stage, which came to an end in Rome – then you can call it magic and the heart beats faster, while you forget every fatigue.
The Ferraris participating in the Tribute – after the check point at the Olympic Stadium – drove, accompanied by an escort, which is usually reserved for VIPs or politicians, through the streets of Rome towards Castel Sant'Angelo, where they were welcomed by the Roman spectators. The festive atmosphere was refined by Chairman Luca di Montezemolo’s presence, who personally greeted all the participating teams.
The classification at the end of the Tribute’s second stage confirms 512 TR (1992) with Verghini/Fuso in the lead, followed by the 250 GT Cabriolet (1962) with Lopez/Prieto and the 458 Italia (2010) with Danesi/Sesena fighting for second position.
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Passion without borders
Ravenna, 18 May
The sun wakes the Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia, which will live its most important stage of this 2012 edition today. Tonight the 140 Ferraris will reach Rome. The first car will arrive at the Olympic Stadium at 7:50pm. The following parade will embrace the streets of the Italian capital. Thus the second stage - after the cars from the Prancing Horse have passed the coast in the Romagna region, San Marino and the Appenines in Umbria and Tuscany - will be concluded in the most wonderful fashion. The teams have passed some of the most beautiful roads in Italy, which are even more exciting thanks to the dynamics of the cars from Ferrari from every era.
It is no surprise that also in this year's edition the tradition with teams from all over the world participating in the Tribute has been kept: drivers from Europe - Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland and Belgium - as well as from far away countries like the United States, Canada and Mexico, Singapore and Greater China.
The Ferrari Tribute is also a competiton, a regularity race, just like the reenacting of the historical Mille Miglia: at the start of the second stage the 512 TR (1992) with Verghini/Fuso, winners of last year's edition, are in the lead, followed by the 458 Italia (2010) with Danesi/Sesena and the 250 GT Cabriolet (1962) with Lopez/Prieto.
The spectators: one of the Tribute to Mille Miglia’s magic
Padua, 17 May
The scene is always the same: in the big cities and in the small villages as well as along the road: from Desenzano to Verona, from Vicenza to Padua, the spectators welcomed the Tribute Ferrari with exceptional enthusiasm on the first kilometres of their way. And this is exactly how it will be for the cars from Maranello driving through the Emilia region on the first stage arriving in Ravenna.
While the sun is going own and the cars might not be admired completely as they should, the spectators can still enjoy the engine sound of the every single Ferrari. The engines will do their share and give the sign the spectators have been waiting for: the arrival of the Tribute.
After the parade in Ravenna, teams and cars will have a rest, before the 140 cars will restart tomorrow morning for the second stage, which will lead to Rome.
Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia at the start
Brescia, 17 May
"The most wonderful race in the world”. This was the Mille Miglia for Enzo Ferrari. The times and the ways change, because the last real Mille Miglia was held in 1957, today it is a historical restage. But the ingredients are the same: unique cars, enthusiastic spectators, 1,400 kilometres from North to South and back on the mist beautiful roads in Italy.
At the moment the capital of the motorsport world is Brescia, where the Mille Miglia, just like in the old days, will start and come back after three stages. Brescia is filled with engine sound and the beautiful cars in the historical city centre, from where they will start.
There are also some very special cars present in Brescia, catching the spectators attentions: the Ferraris taking part in the Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia. An event, this year held for the third time, for clients from the Prancing Horse, to drive their cars ahead of the Mille Miglia, anticipating their arrival on the same roads.
Observing a Ferrari from close up, touching the bodywork and listening to the engine sound is something very special. Watching and listening to 140 cars from the Prancing Horse at once will be something even more exciting. This is what happened this morning in Brescia, where the cars of the Tribute paraded, delighting the spectators. 140 Ferraris are present – cars built from 1957 until today – a proper compendium of the Ferrari production in Maranello.
After the official registration the spectators could watch the 140 cars on Brescia’s Piazza della Loggia for a presentation, before they left in the direction of Desenzano, where the Ferrari Tribute will start at 6pm.
The first car starting at the Garda Lake will be the 1986 328 GTS (race number 501). Every 20 seconds another car will start for the first stage, which will pass through Vicenza, Verona and the Emilia arriving in Ravenna, where the Tribute will end for today at around midnight.