Sep 20, 201209:26 AMCulture
Fun and Culture in the Mid-State
Mille for MS Route Unveiled
Hot on the heels of Sun Motor Cars/Porche Cars North America being named as title sponsor for the first annual Mille for MS, yesterday’s announcement at Momo’s Bar & Grill in Harrisburg not only unveiled the Mille’s Roundel, but also unveiled the route the Mille will take.
Raising awareness and funds for the Central PA Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the rally is set to commence Saturday morning, October 20 at Sun Motors Porsche on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg and wind its way along over 100 miles of beautiful South Central Pennsylvania Roads.
Departing checkpoints at minute intervals, the drivers behind the wheel of both vintage and modern-exotic cars will be timed as they drive to the next destination. Pit stops will include Kings Gap and the Carlisle Fairgrounds, concluding at the formal Italian Gardens at the Felicita Mountain Resort & Spa, north of Harrisburg.
The Mille for MS is modeled after the Italian Grand Prix which was moved from the Italian city of Brescia to a circuit in Monza in 1922. However, the move to Monza left much of Brescia’s populace left feeling insulted.
The race, which grew to be wildly popular, ran from Brescia to Rome and back – a course spanning 1600 km – and featured some of the most unique sports cars ever produced, including the BMW, Ferrari, and Porsche. The event took place 24 times until it was banned in 1957.
The goal is to raise $20,000, yet more vintage automobiles are needed to ensure the rally’s success. The cost of entry is $200 per vehicle.
As Mike Pavone, the man behind the Mille for MS, relates, "We want any vintage cars, unique cars, exotic cars, muscle cars, antiques and classics, all of that."
According to Joe Benish, member of the Mille for MS committee, the event is a “friendly, timed competition” and said that all cars will follow local laws and the speed limit.
“We’re trying to replicate, in a small way, one of the great races in the world,” Benish added.
For more information on the events and how to get involved, go to www.milleforms.com.