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Mille Miglia Tom Ford live launch
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
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…
Parade in the piazza…
Nice row of Jags. Probably £15 million. Phew!
Ready to go. Look quite daft!
Name’s on the side. Nervous now…
At night, no-one can hear you scream. Awesome!
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…
Been up a couple of hours. At startline. This is hard work. Though massive fun!
Coulthard and Hakkinnen!
Car ok. Sunny now! Cooking!
End of first bit! View!
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?
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…
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.
Now snowbound! Bones frozen.
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.
In the hills above Sienna. Very tired, but epic!
One hour from finish. Suspension bust. Going for it!
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
The finish line!