UAE to host 1000 Miglia this December
Never before has “the most beautiful race in the world” wowed people of the Middle East.
Did you know that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was formally created on December 2, 1971? That means the country will celebrate its Golden Jubilee this year. And since UAE loves its cars, be it for personal use or law enforcement, there’s something special planned during the celebratory week in December 2021.
For the very first time, “the most beautiful race in the world” 1000 Miglia will be held in the Middle East. Octanium Experiences has partnered with 1000 Miglia Srl to conduct the inaugural event across all seven Emirates from December 5 to 9, 2021, with Abu Dhabi as the central hub. Depending on the type of car, 100 competitors, all of whom will be included purely via invitation, will participate in the following three categories:
• 1000 Miglia Era Class – covers vehicles that were part of any edition held between 1927 and 1957. The rules say that registration in the Registro 1000 Miglia is mandatory.
• Post-1000 Miglia Era Class – includes sports cars, supercars and grand tourers built between 1958 to 1971.
• Supercar 1000 Miglia Travelling Collection Cars – the latest supercars and hypercars.
All competitors will follow a predefined route on barricaded public roads. That means the general public will get to witness or even follow the convoy of legendary vehicles. If you’re in the UAE or planning to visit in December this year, the modern version of the 1000 Miglia will surely satisfy your lust for cars. Here’s the preliminary plan:
· December 5, Sunday, Leg 1: Abu Dhabi to Dubai
· December 6, Monday, Leg 2: Dubai to Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain
· December 7, Tuesday, Leg 3: Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain to Fujairah
· December 8, Wednesday, Leg 4: Fujairah to Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
· December 9, Thursday, Leg 5: Jebel Jais to UAQ, Ajman, to Abu Dhabi
The original 1000 Miglia event took place in 1927, where competitors had to travel from Brescia to Rome and back. They covered a total distance of 1,600km, which is approximately 1,000 miles. That’s where the name comes from. The race began on March 26. Just over 21 hours later, it was won by Ferdinando Minoja and Giuseppe Morandi in a Brescia-built OM 665 Superba.
Over the years, the event has attracted huge crowds to see manufacturers like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz battle it out. In 1977, the format changed to a regularity race for historic cars.