The Porsche Museum, comprised of six classic Porsche sports cars, will participate in the grueling Italian endurance race that covers a thousand miles, the Mille Miglia. From May 17 to 20, 2012, six classics – two Porsche 550 Spyder, a 356 Speedster 1500, 356 Speedster 1600, 356 Speedster 1600 S and a 356 Coupé –will attempt to cruise a thousand miles from Brescia to Rome and back without any concern for the weather during the event.
The Mille Miglia is only opened to vehicles of any type that have competed in the race in period. This recreation event is truly a test of endurance for both cars and drivers.
The Porsche Museum is not new to the Mille Miglia, as two of its entries, the 356 Speedster 1600 S and the 356 Coupé, represent significant achievements on the event.
A Porsche 356 1100, piloted by two-man team Prince von Metternich and Count von Einsiedel, finished the Mille Miglia victoriously in 1952. During that event, teams riding Porsche 356s all won the top three places in the 1.1-litre category.
The following year, 1953, the Mille Miglia was graced by 18 Type 356 sports cars. The event that year was also a victory for the 356, with two successful first place finishes.
The tandem of Hans Herrmann and Erwin Bauer topped the 2-litre sports car category, while the Hans Leo von Hoesch -Werner Engel duo won the 1.3-litre class.
One of the most memorable Mille Miglia events for Porsche was in 1954, when a 550 Spyder sports car driven by Hans Herrmann cruised under a lowered railway barrier in order to save valuable time. Hermann and his teammate Herbert Linge eventually topped their respective class and secured an impressive sixth place overall.