May 29, 2006 Seventy years after its launch, the Giuliano Cane’s BMW 328 has continued its remarkable run of success in one of the world’s most premier automotive events, the Mille Miglia. The 60-year-old entrepreneur from Bologna has won the Mille Miglia nine times, eight with his wife Lucia Galliani as navigator, and once with Marino Auteri in a Ferrari in 1999. The husband/wife pairing has dominated the event since first combining to win it in a BMW 507 in 1992, taking it out again in a Lancia Aurelia B20 in 1994, then using the BMW 328 to win in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. This run of alternate year wins must go down as one of the oddest records in history but looked certain to be broken this year after the couple got off to a poor start. They had worked their way back to fourth at the end of the second lap in Rome, but such was their knowledge during the six time trials around Vico Lake, that they managed to get to the top of the table and strenuously defend their position to the finish. BMW obviously banked on the couple winning as it unveiled the gorgeous BMW Mille Miglia Concept Coupe for the event.
"It is always an enormous pleasure to win this race," said Giuliano Cané. “Taking part in events in vintage vehicles, driving along the most beautiful roads in Italy and the arrival at the finish line to resounding public applause generate powerful emotions that you have to experience at least once in your lifetime.”
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The 2006 event – exclusively devoted to cars that had already taken part at least once in a classic Mille Miglia race between 1927 and 1957 – numbered a total of 375 participating vehicles. In the year in which BMW is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the BMW 328, the Cané-Galliani team achieved their win in the actual BMW 328 MM Roadster that finished third at in the 1940 race.
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