Victory in Italy.

The 1940 ‘Mille Miglia’ is run as the ‘I. Gran Premio Bescia delle Mille Miglia’, on a triangular 167-kilometre circuit between Brescia, Cremona and Mantua, that has to be completed nine times. Five BMW cars battle it out with their Italian opponents. In their BMW 328 ‘Mille Miglia’, Fritz Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer take the lead right at the start and defend it until the chequered flag.

On 28th April 1940, car number 70 sets an average speed of 166.723 km/h and clearly secures the overall victory, with the results of the other BMW drivers ensuring that BMW also wins the team prize. Adolf Brudes and Ralph Roese finish third with their BMW 328 ‘Mille Miglia’ Roadster with Willy Briem and Uli Richter taking fifth, followed by Hans Wencher and Rudolf Scholz in the streamline roadster. Giovanni Lurani and Franco Cortes have to retire on lap seven with their BMW 328 ‘Mille Miglia’ Kamm coupe.

For Huschke von Hanstein, this win is the biggest success of his career so far. 20 years later, he successfully makes his motor racing comeback by winning the European Hill Climb Championship’s GT category.

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