Two dozen vintage and modern supercars squealed their wheels as they raced out of Middleburg Thursday morning to begin a 588-mile, three-day rally through three states and DC.
The 1000 Miglia Warm-Up USA started in front of Middleburg’s Pink Box Visitors Center, as Mayor Bridge Littleton, along with the support of a few dozen Middleburg Community Charter School students, waved the Italian flag to get the race going. Twenty-five cars manufactured from 1927 to the modern day—including Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, McLarens, BMWs and Aston Martins—peeled rubber as they one-by-one were released and ushered off North Madison Street onto westbound Rt. 50 to begin the day’s 250-mile timed excursion.
On Thursday, the drivers will make their way to Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia for a time trial before proceeding to Gettysburg, PA and back to Loudoun, where they’ll drive through Waterford and into Leesburg. They’ll end the day with a private event at Creighton Farms.
On Friday, they’ll leave Middleburg at 9:30 a.m. and travel 208 miles, this time on a southern loop to Montpelier and along Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park back toward Middleburg. They’ll end the day with a time trial near the village of St. Louis before crossing the finish line in Middleburg a little after 5 p.m. A street festival will follow for residents to mingle with the drivers.
On Saturday from 6-9 a.m., residents are again invited to mingle with the drivers in town before they get the green flag, or Italian flag in this case, to complete the race’s final 129-mile leg through Purcellville and into Maryland before ending in Washington, DC on Italian soil at Villa Firenze—the Italian ambassador’s home. The winner will be awarded the Coppa USA, or USA Cup, and will be automatically entered into the 1000 Miglia in Italy next May.
For more information on the race, go to middleburgva.gov/mm2019.