The Mille Miglia - A Stirling Effort

Fifty years on from the most famous victory of his motor racing career, Sir Stirling Moss joins Jonathan Legard on a nostalgic journey to relive the drama and the romance of winning the Mille Miglia - a one hundred mile an hour dash across a thousand miles of open road in northern Italy.

Legard and Moss travel to Brescia - the home of the Mille Miglia which hosts the start and finish. The race was abandoned as a competitive event in 1957 for being too dangerous. But local businessmen have revived it as a vintage rally celebrating the classic cars that raced in its heyday of the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s.

Moss remembers some of the great characters who he raced against in the 50s - when racing drivers hogged the front and back pages as much as the likes of David Beckham today. He also tells the story of his co-driver Dennis Jenkinson who put together his navigation notes on what looked like a toilet roll.

Legard meets today's car enthusiasts who take part in the modern race and takes in the sights and sounds of northern Italy over the course of the race - from the intensity of crowds on the streets of Rome to the rolling countryside (and tight corners!) of Tuscany.

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Fifty years on from the most famous victory of his motor racing career, Sir Stirling Moss joins Jonathan Legard on a nostalgic journey to relive the drama and the romance of winning the Mille Miglia - a one hundred mile an hour dash across a thousand miles of open road in northern Italy.

Legard and Moss travel to Brescia - the home of the Mille Miglia which hosts the start and finish. The race was abandoned as a competitive event in 1957 for being too dangerous. But local businessmen have revived it as a vintage rally celebrating the classic cars that raced in its heyday of the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s.

Moss remembers some of the great characters who he raced against in the 50s - when racing drivers hogged the front and back pages as much as the likes of David Beckham today. He also tells the story of his co-driver Dennis Jenkinson who put together his navigation notes on what looked like a toilet roll.

Legard meets today's car enthusiasts who take part in the modern race and takes in the sights and sounds of northern Italy over the course of the race - from the intensity of crowds on the streets of Rome to the rolling countryside (and tight corners!) of Tuscany.