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Daily Briefing: 1000 Miglia “Warm Up” winds through Virginia, D.C.; Parent of Coker Tire – Coker Group – rebrands

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A 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS Zagato. Photo courtesy of the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA.

For the second time, the management of the 1000 Miglia is bringing the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA to Virginia and Washington, D.C., to bring the spirit of the modern-day Italian 1000 Miglia to U.S. soil.

Beginning in the small town of Middleburg “in the heart of Virginia horse and wine country,” the three-day race will wind its way around the surrounding countryside for the first two days and end at the Italian ambassador’s residence, Villa Firenze, in Washington, D.C. on the third day. The day before the main 500-mile driving event, a regularity race training event will take place at the nearby Summit Point Motorsports Park. This event will include “road book and regularity race training with 1000 Miglia instructors” as well as a chance to experience the “challenging Shenandoah circuit.”

The 40 registered cars will be divided into two classes; The 1000 Miglia Era Class (cars built from 1927 to 1957) and the post-1000 Miglia Era Class (cars built from 1958 to 2019). Teams will also be divided into two groups – veterans and novices – based on how many recent 1000 Miglias the driver and/or navigator has participated in.

The 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA will take place October 23-26 in Middleburg, Virginia, Summit Point, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Coker Group, holding company of Coker Tire, Universal Vintage Tire, Phoenix Race Tires, and several other prominent tire companies, has announced a name change to “Legendary Companies” as of this month.

President and CEO Wade Kawasaki said that the new name was chosen because it reflects the company’s intentions to expand “into diverse markets while remaining true to core consumers.” While continuing to cover the tire market, the rebranded “Legendary Companies” will move towards the world of performance customization and vehicle restoration. The company has already set this plan into motion, recently acquiring German-based classic car tire distributor, MOR. Additionally, the company’s “Wheel Vintiques” subsidiary has expanded its model line to now offer more modern performance wheels.

To learn more about the changes, visit