The 1928 Spi­der is the same car that Cam­pari and Ram­poni first drove to win the 1929 race.

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sits a 1938 Alfa Romeo 2300B Mille Miglia Spy­der and a 1936 De­lage D6 70 Le Mans (the lat­ter was ac­quired by Law­son Sr at an event in 2008 in a spon­ta­neous swap for his Of­ficine Mec­ca­niche sports car, which was fa­mous for com­ing sixth in the Ital­ian Targa Flo­rio in 1930). Be­tween them, the Law­sons have com­peted in more than 20 multi-day road ral­lies all over the world, An­drew says, mostly in Aus­tralia but also in Europe, Asia and North Amer­ica. The 1928 Spi­der they had planned to race at the Mille Miglia is the same model Cam­pari and Ram­poni first drove to win the 1929 race. “It’s re­mark­able to have a car so uniquely con­nected to the his­tory of the event,” says Sedgwick. “Forty years af­ter our first rally, hav­ing sat with Dad over count­less miles, hear­ing over count­less years about just what a fan­tas­tic race this is, to fi­nally have a taste of it is ev­ery bit as won­der­ful as he’s ever said,” says An­drew.

Sedgwick’s early cu­rios­ity for mo­tor­ing was sparked by read­ing Bright Eyes of Dan­ger, by Syd­ney jour­nal­ists David McKay and John Smailes, about their ad­ven­tures on the first Lon­don to Syd­ney Marathon in 1968. Hav­ing since par­tic­i­pated in the East African Sa­fari (a rally through Kenya, Uganda and Tan­za­nia), the Aus­tralian Sa­fari (“a gru­elling 10-day test of man and ma­chine across the harsh, re­mote and mag­i­cally colour­ful in­te­rior of Aus­tralia,” he says), and Targa Tas­ma­nia, Sedgwick’s first taste of Mille Miglia proved “def­i­nitely more than any­thing I ex­pected in terms of scale, ex­cite­ment, cel­e­bra­tion and au­then­tic­ity”.

Sedgwick and the Law­sons met at the launch of Alfa’s Gi­uli­etta at Mel­bourne’s Crown Casino last year. Two of the fam­ily’s vin­tage Al­fas were on dis­play, and at the end of the event, John spoke about the cars’ his­to­ries. Sedgwick was im­pressed by his an­swer to a ques­tion re­gard­ing the cars’ worth. “Paul’s father paused, then said: ‘I don’t re­ally care, I hon­estly don’t know. I’m not a per­son who pol­ishes cars, I like them to keep their patina, and quite frankly that’s about it.’ I thought, here’s a pretty re­mark­able man, to­gether they must be a re­mark­able fam­ily,” Sedgwick re­calls. When Sedgwick said he was keen to hatch a plan to drive in the Mille Miglia, Paul replied: “You don’t need to ask me twice.”

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