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Germany to San Marino
 

Germany to San Marino San Marino to Florence Lazise to Germany To Kufstein


Areas visited:  Bavaria -- Lago De Gardo -- Lazise -- Brescia and Cesenatico
 


 

The Mille Miglia was an open-road endurance race which took place in Italy twenty-four times from 1927 to 1957.

The race was banned after a fatal crash in 1957. However, in 1982 the Mille Miglia endurance race was revived.

Today's Mille Miglia; focuses on timing rather than speed is of the essence for the enthusiasts from around the world who race their vintage cars, dating from 1927 to 1957.

The course record is still held by Sir Stirling Moss and his co - driver Denis Jenkinson

 


   
We arrived at the Munich Airport shortly after 11:00 A.M on Tuesday May 17th. Dirk and his son Holger were waiting for us. We traveled to their home in Rosenheim in Bavaria. On our arrival at their home. Dirk showed us his vintage automobiles.

We arose at 6 am on Wednesday, May 18th as we were to leave at 8 am as the Mille Miglia awaits!

 


We all set out in a 1960 220S Mercedes, and a 1949 Mercedes Cabriolet. Our first stop was to pick up Father Manfred, nicknamed the Maserati priest, and Dirk's friend Jurgen in a neighboring town.

Dirk son's Holger drove Jurgen's 1967 Maserati.

On a stop through Innsbruck.


On the trip to Italy the fog made it impossible to see the Alps very well until we crossed the border into Austria. The countryside was beautiful.

We stopped for lunch near a river call the Ein. Lunch consisted of fresh bread and rolls/pretzels, raw radishes, onions, tomatoes, Italian meats, carbonated water, wine and chocolate for desert. The serving table consisted of a table cloth thrown over the trunk of Jurgen's Maserati.

   

We stopped at restaurant along Lago De Gardo for coffee and cappuccino. Viewing the snow capped alps as father Manfred explains the history of the area to us. Dirk told us that father Manfred is quite the writer.

Father Manfred has written several books, he currently is working on the history of the Catholic Church in 19th century Germany it is nearly finished and is 4 volumes, 2600 pages.


We finally arrived in Lazise Italy to the Casablanca Hotel which was beautiful. Pink was the chosen color beautiful rooms marble floors, flowers, restaurant and patio.

 

Thursday - Maggio 19, 2005

We left at 8:30 am to go to Brescia for the start of the Mille Miglia. Dirk gave us all Mercedes hats.

It was the last time that Mercedes 722 would enter the rally, symbolically with Sterling Moss.

Sterling Moss and 722 are most famous for setting a record for the Mille Miglia, which still stands to this day. After this Mille Miglia it was retired to the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

We would later view Mercedes 722  in the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart during our future 2006 trip.

 

We left Brescia for Cesenatico and arrived at the hotel Savoia in Cesenatico on the Adriatic coast.

Jurgen who is Dirk and Gretels friend, has been so kind and friendly to us, trying to make us feel at home. They all speak German, English, and Italian. Father Manfred speaks these languages as well as others.

 

Father Manfred is a walking and talking Encyclopedia. He is telling us how Leonardo da Vinci designed this bay.

 

 

We departed around 9:00 am for San Marino which was very close. I rode with Father Manfred as he gave us a very interesting history lessons on the way. He was also an instructor at a University, an exchange student in America in 1960 and stayed with a wonderful family.

 

Going to San Marino was unlike anything Anthony and I have ever seen. Going up and up, higher and higher to the top of this fortress, reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. I could almost visualize the character Gandalf riding the horse to the top.

 

Anthony is so excited and videoing everything. it is such a nice group to be with so intensely serious about this great race. At this time it costs about $5,000 to enter if you are accepted. Mille Miglia means the 1000 mile race. Several princes were in this race. Later we moved even higher to another cafe to eat a bite and watch some more. The cars sped right beside our table!

 

 

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