Alfa Romeo returns to motorsport, at least nostalgically

Alfa Romeo is on something of a nostalgia motorsport binge at the moment after winning the 2016 Mille Miglia with a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato. The next step is having a go at the 2016 Peking-Paris race with two classic Guilias from it’s own museum as well as three privately owned Giulias. If the name seems familiar it’s because the effort is in support if the new rear drive Giulia, which goes on sale in New Zealand early next year.

The race is the sixth re-enactment of the 14,994 km race and starIMG_3947 (1)ted in Beijing on 12 June and, after crossing China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and France, it will arrive in Paris on 17 July. The Giulias from the Alfa Romeo Museum are a Giulia 1300 Ti from 1969 and a Giulia Super 1.3 from 1973.

The original race was won by an ‘Itala’, driven by Prince Scipione Borghese and Ettore Guizzardi, with the on-board presence of Corriere della Sera journalist Luigi Barzini. The original race started on 10 June 1907 and finished when the ‘Itala’ reached Paris on 10 August 1907, to collect the prize of a magnum of Mumm champagne.

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