The Louisiana Chapter of
THE FERRARI CLUB of AMERICA
Presents the Inaugural “Cento Miglia”
Bader Studios South was on hand when the vintage Ferrari’s assembled in front of The Art Deco terminal building at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, LA this past weekend – all set to compete in the “Cento Miglia”, a 135 Mile Rally Event designed to give the competitors the experience of the Legendary 1,000 mile “Mille Miglia,” Rally in Italy.
It all started at New Orleans Lakefront Airport to the Oak Alley Plantation – To New Orleans City Park – The French Quarter – along the the River Road – famed St Charles Avenue
Franco Valobra – Founder of the Ferrari Club of Louisiana and is the founder and co-organizer of the French Quarter Classic, a world-renowned fundraising event organized in New Orleans to benefit cancer research.
Jim Glickenhaus – is an American film producer, financier, director and automotive entrepreneur. Currently General Partner/Managing Director of Glickenhaus & Co. a Family Partnership originally started by his father Seth. The Ferrari P4/5 is a one-off sports car made by Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari but redesigned by Pininfarina for film director and stock exchange magnate Mr. Glickenhaus.
Giordanno Mozzi – is one of the most decorated Italian drivers in history, the winningest competitor alive in the famous 1,000-mile Mille Miglia rally in his home country. He drove the 1947 Ferrari 159S Spyder Corsa, chassis No. 002 is the oldest Ferrari in existence and the third ever build lt. Italian driver Giordano Mozzi will lead the inaugural rally on Nov. 18, 2017 in the classic car.
The inaugural “Cento Miglia” on U.S. soil, started in New Orleans and brought each driver and navigator through a carefully timed and truly exhilarating ride through the French Quarter streets, and other motorcycle police escorted paths through the city, then, along River Road, passing spectacular Antebellum Plantations, all the while competing in several “Prova Speciali” driver competitions, designed to test driving and timing skills.
Entry in the event was open to Ferrari sports cars of all eras (1947 – 2017) and to all “Mille Miglia” eligible automobiles. Only 40 cars were be selected to compete in this historic automobile event.
The Oldest Surviving Ferrari Sports Car in Existence honored the occasion by being the first car to take the start of the “Cento Miglia.” This entry, the 1947 Ferrari 159S Spyder Corsa, chassis #002, was not only the Third Ferrari Ever Built, but also the very first Ferrari to compete in the “Mille Miglia” in Italy, starting a legendary tradition.
This exceptionally rare race car was driven by the winningest “Mille Miglia” driver alive Mr. Giordano Mozzi, who is flew in from Italy to compete against the American drivers. Mozzi is considered the Number One Regularity Rally Driver in the World Today.
The inaugural “Cento Miglia” benefits The Boy Scouts of America and The Blackhawk Flight Foundation.