Mille Miglia 2014 Picture Special

NEWS: Mille Miglia 2014 starts today, 500 historic cars racing 1,000 miles Brescia-Rome-Brescia. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland will bring its drink driving limit into line with most of Europe. A Viennese taxi driver was ripped off after a 1,000 mile trip to Dubrovnik. Higher fares Rosyth-Zeebrugge could mean millions of extra truck miles on Scottish roads, Brittany Ferries finally makes some money and there’s a winter tyre warning from Italy.

GIBRALTAR QUEUE WATCH: after being free-flowing for most of the day, delays reached 1h20 in the evening. 

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MILLE MIGLIA 2014 IS GO:

Mille Miglia 2014 starts today in Brescia, Italy, on a 1,000 mile route to Rome and back. Hundreds of historic cars take part including ‘works’ teams from Jaguar and Mercedes. See #millemiglia2014 on Twitter.

Mille Miglia 2014 starts today in Brescia, northern Italy, on a 1,000 mile route to Rome and back. Hundreds of historic cars take part including ‘works’ teams from Jaguar and Mercedes. See #millemiglia2014 on Twitter.

The event takes place over four days, Thursday to Sunday. Most of today is taken up with scrutineering, the first car won’t leave Viale Venzia in Brescia until six o’clock this evening and isn’t expected arrive in Verona until eleven o’clock tonight. Via the A4 motorway the route is around 150km but using, as much as possible, the original roads stretches that to around 225km. Competitors lose points for being either early or late at check points, Mille Miglia 2014 isn’t a race as such but a succession of 74 ‘regularity tests’.

The event takes place over four days, Thursday to Sunday. Most of today is taken up with scrutineering; the first car won’t leave Viale Venzia in Brescia until six o’clock this evening and isn’t expected arrive in Verona until eleven o’clock tonight. Via the A4 motorway the route is around 150km but using, as much as possible, the original roads stretches that to around 225km. Competitors lose points for being either early or late at check points. Mille Miglia 2014 isn’t a race as such but a succession of 74 ‘regularity tests’.

Nearly 500 cars in total will compete. Any car which raced in or registered for the original Mille Miglia races, 1927-57, is eligible. Official sponsor Mercedes-Benz fields five historic cars, from the SSK 27 in which Rudolf Caracciola won the 1931 race (top) to the W 196 S 300 SLR that Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson drove to victory in 1955 (at an average speed of 157.65kmh). See #MBMille for more.

Nearly 500 cars in total will compete. Any car which raced in or registered for the original Mille Miglia races, 1927-57, is eligible. Official sponsor Mercedes-Benz fields five historic cars, from the SSK 27 in which Rudolf Caracciola won the 1931 race (top) to the W 196 S 300 SLR that Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson drove to victory in 1955 (at an average speed of 157.65kmh). See #MBMille for more.

Meanwhile Jaguar’s entry will be piloted by a team of racing and showbiz celebs including Martin Brundle and Bruno Senna in a 60 year old ‘Long Nose’ D-type, Jay Leno and Jaguar designer Ian Callum in an Ecurie Ecosse XK 120 roadster, model Jodie Kidd and actor Jeremy Irons both in XK 120 coupes and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and racer Andy Wallace in C-type racers. See #JaguarMille

Meanwhile Jaguar’s entry will be piloted by a team of racing and showbiz celebs including Martin Brundle and Bruno Senna in a 60 year old ‘Long Nose’ D-type, Jay Leno and Jaguar designer Ian Callum in an Ecurie Ecosse XK 120 roadster, model Jodie Kidd and actor Jeremy Irons both in regular XK 120s and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and racer Andy Wallace in C-type racers. See #JaguarMille

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roundup: NORTHERN IRELAND. The drink driving limit with be reduced to the common European level of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood from the UK’s 80mg, one of a number of new driving rule proposals expected to become law in 2015. AUSTRIA. A taxi driver was left empty handed penniless after driving a customer 1,000 miles from Vienna to Dubrovnik. The customer was getting cash from an ATM to settle the £800 bill but disappeared. ROSYTH-ZEEBRUGGE. New emissions rules next year will see fares rise on the DFDS freight-only ferry route and could mean hauliers driving millions of extra miles on Scottish roads as they divert to shorter ferry routes from England alleges the Scotsman. DFDS recently cancelled the Harwich-Esbjerg passenger ferry route, partly over increased costs due to the new emission rules. However a spokesman tells the Scotsman DFDS ‘has no other plans for further route closures at the moment’. BRITTANY FERRIES. After four years of losses, the Western Channel UK-France ferry operator finally made a profit (of €1.6m) in 2012-13 compared to losing €17m in 2011-12 according to industry reports. ITALY. Today marks the official changeover from winter tyres. While most drivers can continue to use them beyond 15 May, any with speed ratings L, M, N, P + Q (up to 160kmh) must switch else risk a hefty fine. Finally, Gardena Pass, to the A22 Brennero motorway at Barbiano is still shut following its 1,000 lightening strikes at the weekend.

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