06 May 2010

Mille Miglia: live

Follow Tom Ford as he takes on the famous Mille Miglia endurance race using a yellow helmet, some bravado...and a mint Jaguar XK120.

5 May, 4pm
Here we are registering the XK120 at the Mille Miglia. Car looks beautiful. I'm now very nervous. Give us a wave!

Mille

5:43pm
Just back from scrutineering and been given the 3-inch thick roadbook for the Mille Miglia. Now quite scared. It’s also raining hard enough to drown ducks and we've made a pact in my XK120 to run the race with the roof down all the way. I am now very much regretting the bravado. Still, have just bought a rather lovely Mille helmet. And will now look daft as well as lost...

Mille

Launch pad: Follow Tom Ford as he takes on the famous Mille Miglia endurance race using a yellow helmet, some bravado...and a mint Jaguar XK120.

6 May, 8:47am

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Ho'kay. Start time is about 8.30pm, so got to go and get the XK fitted with a transponder and then into Brescia for a parade-type thing. First got to do driver’s briefing and go through the roadbook for amendments. Then proceed to feeling a bit sick with worry. Look like Milk Tray man in my kit...

11:09am

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Parade in the piazza...

11:30am

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Nice row of Jags. Probably £15 million. Phew!

5pm

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Ready to go. Look quite daft!

6:20pm

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Name's on the side. Nervous now...

6:22pm

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Chaos!

9:53pm

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At night, no-one can hear you scream. Awesome!

10:58pm

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My view. We're going great guns!

7 May, 1:53am

Hit all my marks for first stages. But just finished and up in 3 hrs. Oh gawd...

6:46am

Been up a couple of hours. At startline. This is hard work. Though massive fun!

6:54am

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Coulthard and Hakkinnen!

11:10am

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Car ok. Sunny now! Cooking!

12:06pm

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End of first bit! View!

3:32pm

Everyone thinks I'm Tom Ford the fashion designer... This is both amusing and quite weird. Anyone want me to run them up a dress?

3:37pm

Jay Kay came for a chat - he's in a Maser. Nick Mason touched my hand and Dave Richards thinks I'm one of the hairy bikers. Hmmm. Celebs galore. And more rich people than you can shake a stick at...

5:42pm

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Running 154 out of 374 (I think). This is good! But raining now. And I'm covered in oil. Great car to drive though. Even if it is older than god.

5:43pm

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Now snowbound! Bones frozen.

5:44pm

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Snowplough!

8:24pm

So happy! Just finished day two and now running 97th of 375... which is pretty good for newbie, I reckon. Ran the Imola circuit within 0.02 of a second of the allotted time. I can't count that fast... now just got to not screw up tomorow. Oh gawd.

8 May, 6:09am

Here we go again. Raining for the start. So today will be hard, I reckon. 15 hours of driving. Erm.

11:17am

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In the hills above Sienna. Very tired, but epic!

10:11pm

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One hour from finish. Suspension bust. Going for it!

11:57pm

Finished the Mille Miglia! Suspension failure failed to stop us. Suicidal locals failed to stop us. No idea of position, but hoping for top 150. Need large whisky. And a massive bed. For about two days. Got to go over finishing ramp and put car away yet...

9 May, 12:13am

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The finish line!

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