Last year (2002) La Festa
Mille Miglia was officially recognized as an international rally by
the Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens, the first such event
held in Japan to be so recognized. This year will be the seventh of
this rally. Interestingly, it is said that there is a kind of destiny
linking the number "Seven" and Mille Miglia.
first Mille Miglia was held in 1927 in the ancient city of Brescia,
in the north of Italy. The Mille Miglia was a one thousand mile speed
race held on public roads. However, in 1957, it had to be cancelled
due to a tragic accident. Nevertheless, the passionate spirit of the
ensured that it was revived, and in 1977, it was reborn as one of
the world"s most attractive festivals for classic cars in its
present form of a stamp rally.
In the key years of the event, the number "seven" always
seems to emerge, and so it has become
a "destiny number" for the Mille Miglia.
In 1997, the seventieth anniversary of the Mille Miglia, "La
Festa Mille Miglia" commenced, and so, once again, the number
seven has served as the tool of destiny, this time for "La Festa
It is generally accepted
that seven is a number associated with "luck", and many people feel
it really is their "lucky number".
In the "La Festa Mille Miglia"
to be held this year, it is hoped that the number "seven" will be
lucky for this event so that all those involved, including the participants,
spectators, sponsors, the organizers and the staff, will find happiness
and the event will end without untoward incidents.
In the competition last year,
we received enthusiastic warm support from over 100,000 spectators lining
from early in the morning in the towns and cities along the course.
As always, there was amicable interaction with the participants as they
met again after an interval of a year with smiles of friendship.
friendly interaction is one of the most important themes
of the Mille Miglia, and is summarized in one of the three fundamental
spirits of the event - "Expanding the circle of friendship among all
The participants visit many places of natural beauty with deep historical
interest and numerous traditional buildings. Through the reunion with
the people in these areas,
the Mille Miglia "circle of friendship" is widening and intensifying
year by year.
These remaining two fundamental
spirits are "Revering the ancient" and "Being young at heart however
old we become".
In today's world of advanced
technology, it has become a matter of course to replaced things that
have become outmoded and to throw things away when we are tired of them.
However the cars participating in this event have been created through
the outstanding skill and enthusiasm of the master craftsmen who built
them, and they are a precious legacy that we must pass on to future
generations as examples of the
beauty of the superb technical art and design of the 20th Century. So,
even if these cars are old, inconvenient to use and mechanically frail,
they are of great significance.
These days, society
is ageing fast, and young people have become the driving force in the
world. For the more mature generations, it is essential to keep the
flame of boyish enthusiasm in their hearts whatever age they become
and retain the luster of youth as they pursue their dreams.
Do you have
a hobby or pastime that you find totally absorbing?
Are there times when you feel really happy from the bottom of your heart?
Do you have your own personal lifestyle?
would be to enjoy La Festa.