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2010 California Mille and Car Show

70 Historic Race Cars Tour Back Roads in 20th Running of California Mille April 26-29

Free Car Show and Mille Preview Atop Nob Hill April 25

Event Photos

Mille Departure
Mille Departure

Mille Cars On The Road
Mille Cars On The Road

California Mille On The Road
California Mille On The Road

The Lost Coast--rediscovered. The l5th visit to Honeydew (population 73). The majesty of the Avenue of the Giants. These are among the highlights of the 20th running of the California Mille, America’s salute to Italy’s famed Mille Miglia (thousand mile) open road race, scheduled for April 26-29, 2010.

Some 70 historic race cars that could have qualified for the original Italian event (1927-1957) will arrive at San Francisco’s Nob Hill on Sunday, April 25, from England, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, Colombia and Italy and a dozen American states. A free car show will introduce cars and drivers to the public from 11 AM until 5 PM. KSFO Radio’s popular KSFO Motoring show with Brian Douglas will broacast from in front of the Fairmont Hotel from l0-11 AM.

Monday morning, April 26, the Mille cars will depart for California Highway 1 and little-known back roads traversing Tomales, Point Arena, Boonville, Comptche, Glen Ellen, Calistoga, Oakville, Ukiah, Honeydew, Ferndale, Mendocino and Nicasio. TheMille will stop briefly in Mill Valley where Mayor Stephanie Molton-Peters will rename the city (for the day) Mille Valley. The 20th anniversary drive concludes in Sonoma on Thursday, April 29, with a free car show starting about 4 PM at the Lodge at Sonoma on Broadway at Leveroni and Napa Roads.

The California Mille was conceived after organizer Martin Swig drove the revived Mille Miglia from Brescia to Rome to Brescia in l982. “Being a part of this historic event got my motoring juices flowing,” said Swig, who persuaded the Italian Mille organizers to authorize an American version of their drive---not as a race but as a fast tour. “Northern California looks more Italian that Italy,” says Swig, “and it didn’t take much thought to realize that our state was perfect for the re-creation of a great motoring event.” Others clearly felt the same. When news of the California Mille reached drivers of older Alfas, beautiful Bentleys of the past, and historic Lancias, Jaguars and Mercedes-Benz, more than 50 signed up for the inaugural California Mille drive.

Since then, “auto season” has been official launched each Spring with a Mille drive heading north or south from San Francisco with the objective of discovering littleknown roads, time-capsule towns, and the best dining available. The 2010, 20th anniversary Mille will be no different. “We’ll be re-visiting areas that have been favorites with our drivers over the years--the fantastic Lost Coast (called “California’s least-developed coast line”), Honeydew (where the same bearded old-timers seem to snooze on the same bench in front of the Honeydew Country Store on Mattole Road, and the Avenue of the Giants with redwoods even older than our cars,” said Swig.

A video first seen on some one hundred PBS-TV can be accessed along with other information on: www.californiamille.com.

Cars that will be participating in the 2010 drive include: Year Car

  • Year Car Make & Model
  • 1961 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider
  • 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce
  • 1952 Allard J2X
  • 1952 Allard J2X
  • 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super
  • 1939 Jaguar SS-100
  • 1937 Bentley
  • 1936 HRG LeMans
  • 1952 Lancia Aurelia B20S
  • 1952 Siata Daina Gran Sport
  • 1957 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce Lt. Wt.
  • 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750GS
  • 1953 Siata 208S
  • 1957 Porsche Speedster
  • 1957 AC Ace-Bristol Zagato
  • 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
  • 1956 Jaguar XK140MC ots
  • 1927 Bentley
  • 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
  • 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider
  • 1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint
  • 1952 Jaguar XK120 ots
  • 1940 Buick Century
  • 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
  • 1956 Jaguar XK140MC SE
  • 1952 Ferrari 212 Barchetta
  • 1957 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1955 Jaguar XK140 SE
  • 1955 Austin-Healey 100M
  • 1957 Porsche Speedster
  • 1937 Lancia Aprilia
  • 1957 Jaguar XK150
  • 1927 Lancia Lambda
  • 1953 Ferrari 340MM
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
  • 1957 AC Aceca - Bristol coupe
  • 1955 Porsche Continental
  • 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
  • 1955 Alfa Romeo 750C Berlina
  • 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900SS
  • 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint
  • 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
  • 1952 Jaguar XK120 Speciale
  • 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce
  • 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
  • 1954 Jaguar XK120 ots
  • 1960 Porsche 356
  • 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Vignale cabriolet
  • 1957 Jaguar XK140MC
  • 1934 Lagonda M45
  • 1955 Fiat Abarth Zagato 750
  • 1950 Talbot-Lago T26
  • 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Normale
  • 1956 AC Ace - Bristol
  • 1958 Ferrari 250GT LWB
  • 1957 Porsche 356GT
  • 1952 MG-TD
  • 1939 BMW 328
  • 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
  • 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900CS
  • 1957 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
  • 1927 Lancia Lambda
  • 1927 Alfa Romeo 1500CS
  • 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20S
  • 1954 Maserati A6GCS
  • 1957 AC Ace-Bristol
  • 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24S

A detailed road plan, day-by-day itinerary.

The 20th Anniversary of the California Mille is presented by Chopard Watches, The Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, The Wines of Lodi, Haute Living Magazine, The Nob Hill Gazette, British Motors, Sports Car Market Magazine, KSFO-560 , and The San Francisco Examiner.

For further information: Martin Swig 415-990-9992
Press information: Ron Wren 415-433-1040
ronwren@sbcglobal.net