European premium tyre manufacturer Vredestein is the official tyre partner and main sponsor of the world-renowned Mille Miglia rally for the third year running. The tyre brand has five teams participating in this year’s Mille Miglia, two of which are exclusively female. Female participation in the historic 1000 Miglia (1927-1957) was only recorded in 16 out of 24 events but, apart from one crew in 1957, a male pilot or co-pilot was always included.
This meeting of classic car minds will see Claudia Hürtgen and Gaby Oppenheim participating in a 1954 Jaguar XK140 SE OTS. German race driver Claudia Hürtgen is head instructor at the BMW Driving Experience and has extensive rally and race experience in the F3 and Le Mans 24 Hours.
The second exclusively-female team to participate in this year´s event consists of Shirley van der Lof and Marcella de Bie, in a 1952 Renault 4CV. Dutch race driver Shirley van der Lof is former Formula 1 driver Dries van der Lof’s granddaughter. Marcella de Bie is a Dutch Youtuber and RTL Autowereld presenter.
Both teams can count on former F1 driver Jochen Mass for advice. Mass is participating in the Mille Miglia under the Vredestein umbrella for the third time. This year, he can be spotted driving a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster.
Vintage looks and contemporary performance
Vredestein boasts a rich heritage in the classic car world: its comprehensive range of classic design tyres combine a retro look developed specially to match the car’s era, with manufacturing following the latest production methods and strictest quality requirements. Vredestein’s classic tyre range includes the Sprint Classic, a retro-looking tyre but with a modern construction; Grip Classic, for good handling and braking on wet roads; Snow Classic, complete with stud holes for excellent grip in winter weather, and even a Transport Classic for classic light commercial vehicle collections. European premium tyre manufacturer Vredestein has been the main sponsor (as official tyre partner) of the Mille Miglia for the last three years: the premium tyre brand and the famous classic car rally share their commitment to enabling collectors and enthusiasts to enjoy the unique sense of freedom afforded by classic cars when coupled with contemporary performance.