Historic Mercedes-Benzes at the 2010 Mille Miglia
The 2010 Mille Miglia classic car rally kicked off Thursday in Italy featuring a caravan of incredibly gorgeous and historic Mercedes-Benz models. A total of 15 classic and rare Mercedes made the journey to Italy – nine Mercedes 300SL Gullwings, three Mercedes SSK's, one Mercedes SS, one Mercedes 220A and one W194 prototype I – the largest factory team turnout for the event. Also on hand for Mercedes are ex-Formula 1 drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard. The first leg saw the drivers get underway from the northern Italian city of Brescia, with the teams traveling a total of 120 miles through Sirmione, Castel D'Ario and Cento before reaching Bologna. In the longer second stage of the journey drivers made their way from Bologna south through Repubblica Di San Marino and Rieti, meeting at the Italian capital of Roma and then looping back to Brescia again. In total, drivers traveled roughly 870 miles with total driving times of about 35 hours, and all 15 of the Mercedes team vehicles successfully completed the race.