Following our summing-up of the 2014 Mille Miglia, we’ve just heard from the top-finishing Brits Frederica and Simon Kirkpatrick. They finished 46th overall and 18th in class in their trusty Bugatti Type 37a, nicknamed ‘Flighty’. Since buying the car in 2003, they have entered the Mille nine times and, for four out of the last five years, have been the highest-ranking British team. They obviously have the rally down to a fine art.
Having said that, this year was particularly tough according to driver Frederica. ‘The Mille Miglia 2014 was more demanding than previous years with respect to the need to drive the cars hard and fast in order to achieve the timescales required to arrive at the checkpoints,’ said Frederica. ‘The motorcycle police were as helpful as they could be in order to get the Mille Miglia cars through the busy traffic of the towns. We very much appreciate ‘Flighty’ for being up for the challenge!’
The Type 37a was built for the 1928 season of voiturette racing, and owner Countess Einsiedel competed in the Targa Florio, Rome GP, German GP and other major events. This period photograph shows the car in Sicily in 1928. The car stayed in Germany until the Kirkpatricks bought it, and the national white livery, unusual for a pre-war Bugatti, remains.
Great to hear from a front-running British team. See you in Brescia next year?