California Mille in Downieville 4/30/14

24th Annual California Mille Celebrates
24 Years of Legendary Mille Miglia Race

The 24th running of the California Mille, a motoring tribute to Italy’s most-famousopen road race, the Mille Miglia (thousand mile), will begin with a free car show atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on April 27 followed by a four-day, thousand-mile back roads adventure.

Day 2, April 29, will see the California Mille motoring north into the picturesque and little-known Gold Lake region where drivers will avoid the temptation to fish, camp and hike (as normal tourists do), continuing instead to Nevada City for lunch at the historic Stonehouse Brewery. The afternoon drive will journey down the western slope of the Sierra with the Mille spending the night at the celebrated Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

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Some 77 entrants from four foreign countries and 14 U.S. states will assemble on Mason Street in front of the Fairmont Hotel where Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi will arrive in a vintage Italian car, greet the crowd and invite any or all to join him in singing “Ill Canto degli Italiani”, the Italian National Anthem (At last year’s Mille Preview, Sig. Battocchi offered to buy anyone in the crowd a 1950s Alfa Romeo if they would join him in singing the anthem. There were no takers.)

“This year’s Mille may be the most significant compendium of classic cars we’ve ever had,” revealed co-director David Swig. “Along with some 13 Alfa Romeos, 11 Porsches, 6 Jaguars and half a dozen Ferraris — largely vintage ‘50s and ‘60s — we have a ’52 Tojeiro Roadster, a ’28 Bentley, ’57 Kurtis Kraft 500KK, and a ’38 Lancia Aprilia.”

“Perhaps the exceptional turn-out is the ‘double 24’ aspect of the two motoring milestones,” said co-director Howard Swig. “ The Italian race ran 24 times from 1927 to 1957, and this is the California Mille’s 24th running. Early registration suggests that this year may be our biggest and best drive ever.”

Up to 10,000 fans are expected to come to Nob Hill from noon to 6:00 PM on April 27to see the cars, meet the drivers, enjoy live Italian music by the Ron Borelli bandand participate in a presentation that will spotlight important cars, discuss their merits.

On Monday, April 28, the California Mille will depart at 8:30 AM, heading north to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, then motoring east to Lodi for lunch at the Wine and Roses Restaurant. That afternoon, the Mille will leave the Central Valley driving to the west shore of Lake Tahoe, with an overnight scheduled at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley.

Day 2, April 29, will see the California Mille motoring north into the picturesque and little-known Gold Lake region where drivers will avoid the temptation to fish, camp and hike (as normal tourists do), continuing instead to Nevada City for lunch at the historic Stonehouse Brewery. The afternoon drive will journey down the western slope of the Sierra with the Mille spending the night at the celebrated Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

Day 3, April 30, the Mille classics will cruise along the banks of the Sacramento River, pass through the 19th century Chinese-designed town of Locke, then drive west to the Napa Valley wine country for lunch. Continuing westward, the Mille will amble through rarely-traveled back roads ending the day at Cavallo Point for the first of two nights at this breathtaking San Francisco Bay-front resort.

On May 1, the final day, the California Mille will climb 2500 feet to the near top of Mt. Tamalpais, the highest point in Marin County, smile for a commemorative group photo, then motor north for lunch in the village of Nicasio (population 600+/-; major attractions: Druid’s Hall, Volunteer Fire Department, Rancho Nicasio Restaurant), wander along the Pacific Coast to Occidental, then turn south for the run back to Sausalito and the final night’s awards banquet at Cavallo Point.

Entrants as of today are:

1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Lt. Wt, Alamo, CA
1952 Tojeiro Roadster, Phoenix, AZ
1959 Porsche 356A coupe, Pacific Palisades, CA
1957 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce, Berkeley, CA
1957 Volvo P544, Beverly Hills, CA
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900CSS, Los Angeles, CA
1955 Porsche Speedster, Stuart, FL
1958 AC Aceca Coupe, Armonk, NY
1928 Bentley 4.5 Vanden Plas, Burford Oxon, UK
1956 Jaguar XK140MC, Phoenix, AZ
1927 Bentley 6.5 LeMans, Pebble Beach, CA
1953 Siata 208S, San Francisco, CA
1958 Arnolt Bristol Bolide, Newark, CT
1956 Austin-Healey 100M, Pound Ridge, NY
1962 Porsche Roadster, La Jolla, CA
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider, San Francisco, CA
1958 Porsche Speedster, Buellton, CA
1957 AC Ace Bristol Zagat, Portland, OR
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, Redding, CA
1957 Alfa Romeo Spring Speciale, San Francisco, CA
1954 Jaguar XK120 dhc, Hailey, ID
1959 Ferrari 250GT PF Coupe, Pasadena, CA
1959 Porsche 356 Convertible “D”, Encinitas, CA
1953 Porsche 356A cabriolet, Burbank, CA
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider, San Rafael, CA
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, Encino, CA
1957 Ferrari PF Cabriolet Series 1, Chicago, IL
1939 Jaguar SS100, Tokyo, Japan
1957 Corvette, Carmel Valley, CA
1954 Jaguar XK120 ots, Hamilton, MA
1957 Ferrari 250TDF, Westlake Village, CA
1953 Nash-Healey Series II roadster, Zephyr Cove, NY
1949 Healey Silverstone, Tokyo, Japan
1959 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk3, Greensburg, PA
1951 Allard K-2, Scottsdale, AZ
1959 Porsche 356 Convertible “D”, Glydon, MA
1956 Ferrari 250GT Boano coupe, Hinsdale,IL
1957 Porsche Speedster, Victoria, BC
1957 Porsche Speedster, Thousand Oaks, CA
1957 Lotus Elite, Auburn, CA
1957 AC Aceca Coupe, Torrance, CA
1957 Porsche 356 Coupe, Beverly Hills, CA
1954 Lancia Aurelia B20, Beverly Hills, CA
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, Warren, VT
1959 Ferrari 250GT Cabriolet, Kearney, NE
1957 Lancia B24, Laguna Beach, CA
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, Los Angeles, CA
1952 Jaguar XK120 fhc, Hailey, ID
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, Brentwood, CA
1953 Morgan +4, Mill Valley, CA
1957 Kurtis Kraft 500KK, Calgary,Alberta
1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, Los Angeles, CA
1954 Nash-Healey coupe, Inglewood, CA
1957 Jaguar XK140 dhc, Mill Valley, CA
1929 Bentley 4.5 Supercharged, North Kingstown, RI
1958 Ferrari 250GT Cabriolet, Los Angeles, CA
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, Encino, CA
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, Palm Springs, CA
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, London, UK
1958 Ferrari 250TDF, Westlake Village, CA
1957 Porsche 356 GT, Newport Beach, CA
1938 Lancia Aprili, Rowayton, CT
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, Hallansdale Beach, FL
1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Pininfarina, Woodside, CA
1957 Ford Thunderbird, Santa Barbara, CA
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, Santa Barbara, CA
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, Bogota, Colombia
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, Pinole, CA
1955 Lancia Aurelia B20S GT, San Rafael, CA
1957 AC Ace Bristol, Kingsburg, CA
1957 Porsche 356A coupe, St. Louis, MO
1958 Ferrari 250TR, New York, NY
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing, Malibu, CA
1957 Lancia Aurelia B24S, San Francisco, CA
1962 Lancia Appia Zagato, Newport Beach, CA
The California Mille was founded by Sausalito resident Martin Swig, who after driving the Mille Miglia from Brescia to Rome to Brescia, decided that northern California “Looked more like Italy than—Italy.” Thus was born, in 1990, The California Mille.

The Mille is produced by Amici americani della Mille Miglia (American Friends of the Mille Miglia), which also presents the annual New Year’s Day “Anti-Football Drive”, and will in 2015 re-stage La Carrera Nevada, its version of Mexico’s border-to-border La Carrera Panamericana.

David and Howard Swig are co-directors of these events and Dan Radowicz is the organizer

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