Dreams and dreams come true. Buby den Heeten and Joost Bindels did so in June 2021. They drove the Mille Miglia with the Peugeot 203A from 1951. Ellis Blase from Peugeot Netherlands introduced us to the Dutch team. It resulted in a nice report about the adventure in Italy, the Peugeot 203A and the background of the Mille Miglia 2021.
A matter of just giving up and driving around Italy. Those who are not familiar with the Mille Miglia will come home with those basic principles of a cold fair. Mille Miglia participants know that, and Buby and Joost gave photographer Bart Spijker and the undersigned a deep insight into basically everything that comes with the illustrious rally. Indeed, the Mille Miglia is today called a rally, it used to be a race.
dream come true
For Buby and Joost- Team 183– a dream came true. In fact, it started with the choice of car. You can't just participate in the Mille Miglia. The car must have been on the official historic Mille Miglia start lists from 1927 to 1957. In addition, it is important to take into account the wish of the organization to have as varied a fleet as possible to participate. Buby and Joost chose the Peugeot 203A from 1951. And were drawn for the Mille Miglia 2021. The cork could be removed from the champagne bottle, a long and intensive preparation could begin.
Legion of regulations and requirements
Before the first meters were covered in Brescia, a variety of regulatory requirements were reviewed. The originality requirements are numerous, a lot of documents have to be reviewed and signed, technical inspections take place and finally - when all documents have been signed and the technical Mille Miglia committee grants approval - you can drive. Buby and Joost got that permission, the Peugeot got a place in the Registro Mille Miglia, and the Dutch team was waiting for a wonderful adventure.
More than a life experience
For four days their lives were dominated by hundredths of seconds, special stages, stamping posts, anticipating and navigating. But above all: of unforgettable impressions, of total car madness, of undisguised pride, of passionate audiences. The memories are still priceless, and they will remain so. “It's more than a life experience,” says Buby.
Hassle-free through Italy after excellent (p) repair
And then the car, also not unimportant during the Mille Miglia. The Peugeot 203A had to be infused just before leaving for Italy. That's called: the rear piston had to be overhauled. The Peugeot 203A was prepared down to the last detail anyway. A pleasant science. Buby and Joost completed the Mille Miglia without any problems, the end result was also above expectations. Moreover, it is no easy task to complete the Mille Miglia with a car that is 70 years young as accurately as possible. Our driving experiences with the Peugeot 203A during the report day confirmed that image, and increased our respect for Squadra 183. Nice: the Italian dust was still on the sheet metal of the seventy-year-old 203A.
Nine pages in AMK 10-2021
In Bergharen signed Auto Motor Klassiek a beautiful story that gave a glimpse into the deepest caverns of the Mille Miglia. It resulted in a beautifully illustrated report of no less than nine pages with Mille Miglia backgrounds, handicaps, secrets and personal stories of driver Buby and navigator Joost. And of course we also describe the history of the Peugeot 203, the first post-war Peugeot that remained in production for twelve years. Read the story in Auto Motor Klassiek 10-2021, an edition that is once again full of everything that fascinates the classic enthusiast.