The Mille Miglia

1,000 Miles from Brescia to Rome, and back

I'm thrilled to be able to present a small collection of images captured during my time at the Mille Miglia last year. The Miglia, for those of you unfamiliar with it, is a legendary endurance race established in 1927. Participation is limited to cars produced no later than 1957, which attended the original race. The route is similar to the original, spanning 1,000 miles from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia. It's one of the most closely guarded historic racing events in the world and a true bucket list experience for any car guy.

I’ve always had an idea of what I thought the Mille would be like, but it exceeded my expectations. There's nothing more amazing than racing into tiny towns in the Italian countryside and being greeted by women, men and children of all ages genuinely happy to see you and rooting you on with smiles on their faces. Driving a 1955 300SL was a dream come true all on its own. 16 straight hours of driving and I loved every minute of it.

The four prints below are each special moments from the race. Being able to rip through the countryside with a police escort alongside some of the most legendary cars in racing history was truly a special experience. One that I hope to experience again. I hope this collection of photographs bring you as much joy hanging on your wall as shooting it brought me.

Riley Harper

“16 hours of driving and I loved every minute of it. I've always had an idea of what the Mille would be like, but it exceeded my expectations."

Day two of driving through the Tuscan countryside in hot pursuit of this 356 speedster we'd been following for miles. I saw an open stretch ahead and stood up in the seat to capture the moment.

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This photo was one of the first I shot during the event at Staging, before the race began. It's not a car I drove, but the interior sticks out as one of my favorites from the weekend. I'm glad I clicked the shutter on this one.

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At the 1000 Miglia you get to race across some amazing roads you would normally never be allowed to drive on. This was one of them.

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This photo was leaving lake Garda toward the beginning of the race. Nothing but tree lined streets and views of the water for miles in every direction.

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Rolling out for the day with our police escort

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