Tribute to ‘Mille Miglia’ begins on Cape’s most scenic route

The first-ever Cape 1000 – hosted by Super Car Lifestyle and, SCL Travel, Silvercrest Super Car Insurance and Mix 93.8FM – will pay tribute to Italy’s iconic Mille Miglia this month.

The Cape 1000 will run on the scenic roads of the Western Cape between March 8-13, so if you’re in the area keep an eye out for 36 spectacular cars, including a 1956 Porsche 356, a super rare 1961 Mercedes-Benz Benz 300 SL Roadster, a 1970 Ferrari Daytona, 1960 Jaguar XK150 and a 1981 BMW M1.

The route of South Africa’s very own Mille Miglia-style classic car event route starts at the V&A Waterfront, from where participants will take a four-day scenic tour of the Western Cape.

Stopovers include Hermanus, Franschhoek and St Helena Bay and the rally includes regularity runs, non-competitive track events and, according to route planners Dave Alexander and Di Dougmore, “a healthy dose of grand touring”.

Cape 1000 Route Map 4 Days
Cape 1000 Route Map 4 Days. Image: Included

Event categories include 1927 – 1957: Mille Miglia Specific, Pre-1977: Classic, 1977 – 1996: Modern Classic and 1997 – 2021: Sport.

Announced last year, the Cape 1000 pays tribute to the historic Mille Miglia, a 1000-mile race that took place in Italy from 1927 to 1957.

The Italian race saw some of the best racers of the time compete on Italy’s scenic roads, with legends like Tazio Nuvolari and Stirling Moss forever associated with the Mille Miglia.

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Michelle Gambly Grobler
Cape scenic routes. Image: Included

“We are humbled and grateful for the support from not only the classic car community in South Africa, but the car community as a whole,” said organizer Ross Crighton.

He says the Cape 1000 promises to be an unforgettable experience not only for the participants, but also for those watching and cheering from the sidelines.

Where to meet the drivers and their impressive cars:

March 9: Camps Bay, Victoria Road (8:45 am)

March 9: Clarence Drive, Gordon’s Bay (11:00)

March 10: Gearing’s Point, Hermanus (09:00)

March 11: Franschhoek Main Road, Franschhoek (08:30)

March 12: Silo Museum, V&A Waterfront (15:15)

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