5 teams earn their way into the famed 1,000-mile race across Italy
John and Julie Herlihy and their 1953 Jaguar XK 120 OTS roadster won the inaugural 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA competition and the first Coppa USA (USA Cup) as the event ended Monday in Washington, D.C.
The rally was staged in northern Virginia and in the District of Columbia, but it ended on Italian soil, at Villa Firenze, the home of the Italian Ambassador.
The Herlihys were joined on the podium by Eric Oberlander and Scott Laroque, who drove a 1956 Ferrari GT Boano coupe to second place and first in the novice class, and by Josh and David Simpson, who were third overall in a 1956 Jaguar XK 120.
Meanwhile, Randy Simon and Sharon Swart drove a 1963 Lancia Flaminia Touring Spider to victory in the Post 1000 Miglia Era class.
“Introducing the 1000 Miglia to a U.S. audience is an important step toward our goal of broadening awareness outside of Italy,” said Alberto Piantoni, chief executive of the 1000 Miglia (aka Mille Miglia).
“Thanks to 1000 Miglia, to the passion for, and dedication to historical cars, to the love for Italy and Italian traditions, we have brought a quintessential Italian experience to the US,” added Armando Varricchio, the Italian Ambassador in the US.
“Together we have embarked in a new adventure that is now becoming a wonderful tradition.
The event drew 22 entries. The Coppa USA winner and five additional teams were awarded guaranteed entries into the 1000 Miglia race taking place May 13-16, 2000, in Italy.