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05/17/19
Roma, Italy
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Avanti, Beetle!

Old cars in the streets and Italians in front of their houses? The Mille Miglia is coming!--We are reporting directly from the road:

Story: „Avanti, Käfer!“
Reseda Green "Pretzel"-Beetle from 1951. Powered by mighty 60 hp, thanks to an engine with contemporary Porsche parts.
Mille Miglia, 1954: 26-year old Paul Ernst Strähle (passenger side) and his co-pilot Viktor Spingler. They finally rank third place with sports cars up to 1.5 liters and win the class up to 1.3 liters.
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Always an eye on time – the navigator’s workplace.
“Bella macchina!” – pure enthusiasm shortly before the start.
The original condition of the vehicles produced between 1927 and 1957 is thoroughly scrutinised before the start.
Chairman of Volkswagen AG, Herbert Diess, next to the Bugatti “Type 35” and Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., alongside a Bugatti Chiron Sport, a non-competitive participant of the event.
The Pretzel Beetle shortly before the finish on the first day.
With a heavenly blessing: Avanti, Beetle!
Day off school for the Mille Miglia: cheering youngsters while vehicles pass through the town.
Arrival in Rome: Ovali Beetle at the finish of the second rally day.