the events worldwide that have received authorization to use the
red arrow mark, the official symbol of the Mille Miglia committee
of Italy as sister international events are "1000 Millas
Sport" of Argentina, "California Mille" of the
USA, and "La Festa Mille Miglia" of Japan.
Festa Mille Miglia" commenced in 1997, and last year, the
fifth event was held, the first step in the long-term objectives.
During these five years, we have maintained constant liaison with
Mille Miglia committee of Italy, and the initial objectives of
getting all concerned such as participants, spectators, sponsors,
local authorities, police authorities and the media, and so on
to be aware of the significance of the event and to enhance its
significance and its benefits to society has now been attained.
stage objective of La Festa over the next five years is to increase
the popularity of this event, not only from the domestic viewpoint,
but also to encompass a larger area of the globe. This objective
can be attained through the unification of the enthusiasm, friendship
and trust of all involved.
the event grows, a number of new objectives will emerge.
There is a tendency for people to look on this event as
a pastime for a handful of rich people, the car collectors
and car enthusiasts, and there is also a possibility this
could be mistakenly seen as a snob event and so invite criticism
from that aspect.
and criticisms could very well occur in Japan due to the fact
that classic car sports events have not taken root in Japan. This
could also be due to the historical differences between the original
"Mille Miglia" in Italy, which commenced in 1927, as
well as differences in perception of the car culture between Japan
and Europe. However, after a history of five years of holding
"La Festa Mille Miglia" in Japan, the same kind of atmosphere
as the original Italian event is beginning to emerge. This can
be seen in terms of the friendship that links all the people who
meet at these events, engendered by the common bonds participants
feel as they have an average age of over 50, and they all face
the task presented by having to reach a goal 1,000 miles away,
a task that is difficult for older cars.
That is to
say, this event is not for mere amusement and pastime for collectors
and car buffs. In reality, it is a sports culture event for people
who have not lost the magic of their childhood. Once a year they
come with their families and friends, and using ancient cars that
are much more troublesome to operate than the cars of today, they
come into friendly contact with the people along the way as they
valiantly complete the course.
many more people may become aware of this event, it will
never become a boom happening. However, it will expand the
circle of friendship, and it will build up sufficient achievements
to become a major cultural event on the international scene
as well as in Japan.
In order to
attain this objective, it is essential for all concerned to have
a common purpose, which encompasses the spirit of friendship and
humanity in these events, and based on this, we must seek to ensure
the growth and success of the event. In addition, we must also
have a "sense of commitment" in terms of fully grasping
the benefits to society and significance of this event, and demonstrating
these benefits through our behavior.
event last year covered 47 towns and villages including
many new encounters in Tokyo and the other ten prefectures
covered. The spectators and supporters along the course
ranged from young to old and exceeded 70,000 people. However
large the event becomes or however many famous cars take
part, we must never forget that the meaning of this event
lies in the friendly encounters it engenders among people.
We seek to propagate this spirit of friendship and humanity
worldwide with pride as an exciting new aspect of Japan.
"La Festa Mille Miglia" in Japan has been held with
the unchanging fundamental spirit of "revering the ancient"
"being young at heart however old we become" and "expanding
the circle of friendship among all who participate in this event",
and we seek to contribute in a small way to ensure that there
will be global peace in the 21st century. Thus, through a step-by-step
approach, we believe we can realize this great aspiration.
The longer the event runs, the stronger it becomes. This strength,
built up over time, will allow us to realize our ultimate dreams.
Committee, La Festa Mille Miglia 2002