Over the summer, Middleburg and Creighton Farms have had multiple meetings with the organizers for the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2019 event, which will take place in and around Middleburg; Creighton Farms; Summit Point, W.Va. and other points in the D.C. region on October 23 to 26. The event will feature two days of time trials, as well as three days of racing, in the true 1000 Miglia-style format and will finish on Italian soil at the Italian Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on the 26th.
The event is reserved for up to 40 cars in two classes: the 1000 Miglia Era Class and the Post-1000 Miglia Era Class. The first is open to 1000 Miglia-eligible cars, built between 1927 and 1957, as well as significant sports and ground touring cars built during the same period; the second is open to select sports, grand touring and supercars built from 1958 to present.
The USA race covers more than 500 miles and will begin on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Middleburg, ending on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C. On Thursday and Friday, the race days will start in Middleburg and incorporate scenic drives around the region as well as a time trial held at Summit Point Motorsports Park on Thursday, before returning to Middleburg for the finish each evening. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the start will again be from Middleburg, but the cars will then head to Creighton Farms where they’ll participate in time trials within the community and be on display for ticketed spectators before heading to Maryland and on to D.C. for the finish.
The Town of Middleburg is planning special morning send-offs and evening welcomes including a Friday evening in town event and an informal cars and coffee event on Saturday morning from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (Miglia cars depart at 8 a.m.) so that the community can see the cars, and also provide the group with the best hospitality experience possible. (Check the website, www.destinationmiddleburg.com/mm2019 for a complete schedule.)
“We are delighted to use the Town of Middleburg as our base,” said Francesca Parolin, general manager of the 1000 Miglia. “The area provides such a beautiful setting for our drives and the charming town reflects the character of some of the towns our event goes through in Italy.”
The Warm-Up event is aimed at veteran and novice enthusiasts who are passionate about “the most beautiful race in the world”—the 1000 Miglia held in Italy. It includes training days and 1000 Miglia-style tests during which one can learn or study how to participate in the 1000 Miglia race—a competition that, since 1927, has taken place in May throughout the entire country of Italy. The 1000 Miglia is a dream event for millions of automotive enthusiasts around the world and the intimate format of the U.S. event allows for enthusiasts to interact with 1000 Miglia management and staff in this “Spirit of 1000 Miglia” competitive experience, meant to match the technical race characteristics of the modern-day race in Italy.
Entries for drivers wishing to participate in the event close on Sept. 9 at 5:59 p.m. EDT. For details, updates and entry information, go to www.1000miglia.it/warmupusa or http://www.destinationmiddleburg.com/mm2019.
Partners for the event include the Italian Embassy in Washington, Alfa Romeo, Chopard, Alitalia, Summit Point Motorsports Park, Competizione & Sports Cars and Creighton Farms.