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1000 Miglia Experience UAE Rally Unveils $150 million lineup of vehicles

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1000 MIGLIA EXPERIENCE UAE SET TO THRILL IN DECEMBER 2022 

  • Extraordinary lineup of 100 teams from around the globe
  • Historic range of automobiles from 1927 to the present day
  • Full lineup of supporting partners
  • 1,600km route traverses all seven Emirates of the UAE
  • Opening Day for public to view all participants at the Dubai Creek Golf Club on December 4

 9 November 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 1000 Miglia Srl – the Italian company that organises the 1000 Miglia, also known as “The Most Beautiful Race in the World” – and Octanium Experiences LLC are proud to announce an extraordinary lineup of participants and partners for the highly anticipated 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition, taking place from December 4-8, 2022. This event is supported by the UAE Ministry of Interior and the UAE Government Media Office.

1000 Miglia Press Conference

The 1000 Miglia Experience UAE is set to become the largest classic car regularity rally ever held in the GCC, with 100 teams participating from around the globe. These vehicles have already begun their long journey to the United Arab Emirates, with entries coming from as far afield as the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Italy, India, Switzerland and Lebanon.

Highlights from an outstanding lineup of classics include:

  • 1927 OM 665 “Superba”– a similar model won the first 1000 Miglia in 1927
  • 1952 Porsche 356 which competed in the famously gruelling South American 1953 Panamericana rally, with Gautamalan coffee mogul Manfredo Lippman at the wheel
  • 1964 Lincoln Continental – bought by the then-Pope for his tour of India in 1964. It was then presented to Mother Teresa to be auctioned off for charity, and remains in India to this day
  • 1958 Messerschmitt FMR TG 500 Roadster – the smallest and boldest vehicle in the event
  • The highest number of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings – widely considered the fastest car in the world in the 1950s – ever seen in the UAE, with 10 owners set to attend
  • 1958 Ferrari 250GT California LWB Spyder – one of the rarest and most valuable Ferraris ever made
  • 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopo’ – the first version of the legendary Countach supercar
1000 Miglia Press Conference

The event will be attended by a number of high-profile VIPs, influencers and international guests enjoying this new chapter in the illustrious history of the 1000 Miglia.

On December 4, Octanium Experiences LLC will host an Opening Day at the Dubai Creek Golf Club open to the public to attend without charge. At this event, all participant vehicles will be on display at the lush verdant greens of the Dubai Creek Golf Club, surrounded by the best of UAE car culture and fully supported by the top influential car clubs and communities in the nation. In addition, the launch day includes practical training for the competitors and technical scrutineering of the participating vehicles.

1000 Miglia Press Conference

On December 5, the teams will commence their epic adventure from the start line of the Creek Golf Club, beginning a truly epic journey covering all seven Emirates in a challenging 1,600km road course – a feat never attempted before by a classic car event in the UAE.

From Dubai the rally heads via the hillside hamlet of Hatta to the sinewy coastline of Fujairah for an overnight stay, then changes course inland to the rocky expanse of Ras Al Khaimah where the vintage automobiles will put their mechanical ability to the ultimate test: the soaring Jebel Jais road, a strident challenge for even modern vehicles.

1000 Miglia Press Conference

After a relaxing overnight sojourn, the rally continues down the western UAE shores via the exotic mangroves of Umm Al Quwain, the seaside delights of Ajman, then curves inward to the towering red sand dunes and majestic ancient archaeological sites of Sharjah, before returning to Dubai for a final and second evening concluding at the Queen Elizabeth 2. On the final day, the rally heads to Abu Dhabi via Yas Marina Circuit for the grand finale at the majestic Emirates Palace Hotel.

Octanium Experiences LLC is proud to announce the following partners for the 1000 Miglia Experience UAE:

Main Partners

Chopard: Official Timekeeper

ADNOC Distribution: Official Fuel & Lubricant Partner

Quint: Official Cryptocurrency

Gargash: Official Mobility Partner

Carrera: Official Eyewear

Event Partners

Tomini Classics: Official Classic Car Partner

Park Hyatt Dubai: Official Hospitality

Asset Classic

David Gandy: Official Clothing Partner

Sixt: Official Rental Partner

Motorsport Authority

Emirates Motorsport Organization 

 

1000 Miglia Press Conference

1000 Miglia CEO Alberto Piantoni said: “It is an enormous pleasure to represent 1000 Miglia here today, at the official presentation of this project. Together with our partner Octanium, we have dedicated ourselves to this project with great commitment over the past year. After the successful Prologue in February, we are about to experience the December event. I am sure it will confirm the expectations of the participants, sponsors and the public.

 

“For the first time in these territories, it will be possible to see the parade of cars that have too often remained closed in museums and in the garages of private collections. An event capable of involving the seven Emirates is something like the laying of the foundation stone in these territories for 1000 Miglia. This is the first step to showcase our now almost century old history here and to proceed along the path of growth of our brand. What better scenario could we have imagined for the debut of a 1000 Miglia event in the Middle East?”

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard Co-President said: “We are thrilled and honored to be the Official Timekeeper of the first 1000 Miglia Experience UAE, in keeping with the tradition of being the world sponsor and Official Timekeeper of the historic Mille Miglia car race since 1988.”

Eng. Bader Saeed Al Lamki, CEO of ADNOC Distribution, said: “On its debut in the UAE, the 1000 Miglia Experience will be a race across the emirates so it’s only fitting to be the official fuel and lubricant provider with our vast network of service stations able to provide the necessary pitstops.

“Supporting the classic cars and high-powered vehicles throughout their journeys with our premium Super 98 fuel and ADNOC Voyager lubricant will ensure maximum fuel and engine efficiency as motorists drive across some scenic yet technically challenging routes.

Our ADNOC Oasis convenience stores will also provide the necessary fuel for drivers too; from pump to pastry, we will be providing peace of mind and fueling this wonderful journey across the seven Emirates in which we operate.”

Quint CEO and Managing Partner, Rahul Chaudhary said: “Quint’s goal is to connect the real world with the virtual through the $Quint token, bringing in-life rewards and exceptional experiences to DeFi and the blockchain. In this, we share a common passion for the rare and valuable with 1000 Miglia and Octanium, with whom we are pleased to partner for an incredible race spanning the UAE’s seven Emirates. As one of the best-known crypto projects headquartered in the UAE, Quint is proud to showcase how the real and virtual worlds can combine to create exceptional journeys for connoisseurs, collectors and innovators. We are celebrating this occasion with a special limited series of digital NFT artworks that will also serve as invitations to the event’s many experiences.”

Mr. Shehab Gargash, MD & Group CEO of Gargash Group, said: “The Gargash Group is delighted to be associated with this brand-new chapter of 1000 Miglia.  The Group has a history of representing some of the world’s greatest brands. In our role as proud sponsors of 1000 Miglia Experience UAE Jubilee Edition, we are delighted to share this unique experience with the UAE. It is an honor to partner with such an event, and we are confident this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.

Octanium CEO Martin Halder said: “We are extremely proud to announce a fully-booked lineup of participants for our landmark December event. This emphatic response from our participants is the culmination of our journey over the past year to bring the Most Beautiful Race in the World to the UAE.”

“We especially welcome our foreign participants and their classic vehicles who will embark on a 1,600km journey across this great country, discovering it for the first time. For GCC residents, it is a chance to explore the UAE via an exceptional and challenging route. And for the public, on December 4 they can visit the Dubai Creek Golf Club and view all the participants in one stunning location – many of which have never been seen before on the Arabian Peninsula. With the help of our honored partners including the UAE Ministry of Interior, EMSO, Tourism Authorities and our commercial associates, we are confident that the 1000 Miglia Experience UAE 2022 will be the greatest classic car rally ever held in the region.”