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Mille Miglia, Italy / 28 April 1940
After temporary suspension due to a rash of accidents in 1938, the Mille Miglia was brought back to life in 1940. With a new triangular course between Brescia, Cremona and Mantua and a new name – the 1st Gran Premio Brescia delle Mille Miglia – all eyes were on Italy that spring and BMW made it their mission to win the race.
Three 328 roadsters and two coupes entered the race and by the end of the first lap, one of the two coupes was way ahead of his closest competitor. The driver was no other than Fritz Huschke von Hanstein, an official driver entered by the SS and ordered to take home the trophy. Adolf Hühnlein – head of the NS Motor Corps – asked co-driver, Walter Bäumer, to remain on the passenger seat in order to avoid taking any risk by a driver change.
Throughout the course of the race von Hanstein steadily increased the lead and decided to ignore his orders. 30 km before the end he stopped the car and switched seats with Bäumer who then drove the Touring Coupe across the finish line to claim overall victory with an impressive 15 minutes gap to the second place finisher. The remaining BMWs finished in third, fifth and sixth place.
BMW, to this day, considers their triumph at Mille Miglia its greatest auto racing success.
More about this artwork
Although we use computer graphics, every artwork starts with a blank piece of paper and a pencil.
Color helps to establish the scene and create the right mood.
Reference images from the time are essential to guarantee we capture everything the way it was.
In addition to images we also read books and articles, watch videos from the time and if possible talk to eye witnesses.
The grainy black and white pictures often make it difficult to find all the necessary details.
It takes us many hours to find really good reference images, especially when it comes to close ups and other specifics.
Each car is built from scratch, according to the model’s exact historic specifications.
The preparation of each car takes 2 highly specialized artists up to 2 months to complete.
We always strive to depict the car’s authentic racing condition – including any dirt and damage.
Authenticity is key! In this case we even had to rebuild the electricity poles to ensure the image looks the part.
External film crew, professional make up artists, periodic costumes and other elements are key when it comes to our photo shoots.
Actors in periodic costumes and movie-style make-up help us to travel back in time.
We use Hasselblad photography equipment and are proud to be official brand ambassadors.
And Action! Our actors really get into the right spirit and help recreate the past in a fashion never seen before.
Up to 6 months of work are required to achieve this level of detail.
Authenticity is key! Every artwork is based on countless hours of research and reference material to make sure we rebuild the car exactly the way it was.
Real people for real emotions. Our actors help recreate the past in a authentic way.
Every detail counts. Periodic costumes and professional make up are necessary to guarantee an authentic look in the final image.