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21st annual California Mille salutes Italy’s most-famous race with free Nob Hill car show and 1000-mile tour

70 Historic Race Cars on Display April 24 on Mason Street

Date: April 24, 2011
Event: California Mille Preview
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco
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The 21st annual running of the California Mille begins with a free preview atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on Sunday, April 24, with some 70 historic race cars on display from 11 am to 6 pm. The following morning, the cars will depart at 8:30 AM for a four-day, 1000-mile back road adventure that will take them along little-known roads to time-capsule towns, challenging race tracks and a private auto collection.

The Mille (MILL-leh) honors Italy’s famed Mille Miglia (thousand mile) race that ran from Brescia to Rome to Brescia from 1927-1957. Only cars that could have qualified for the Italian event may participate in the California tour--not a race but a demanding drive.

The public is invited to see the cars and meet the drivers on April 24 when cars from Britain, Colombia, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand and dozens of U.S. states will be displayed in front of the Fairmont Hotel on

Mason Street between California and Sacramento Streets.

At 2 PM, Mille organizer Martin Swig will greet auto fans with a presentation of dignitaries and a roving-microphone review of many of the cars being exhibited.

On Monday, April 25, the Mille will exit Mason Street through a special arch, turn right onto California Street and make its way to the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, Bolinas, Olema, Petaluma entering the Infineon Raceway off Highway 37 for touring laps. The morning drive will conclude with a visit and lunch at a private collection of Mercedes-Benz considered to rival the factory’s own collection in Stuttgart, Germany. That afternoon, the Mille will cover some 50 miles of Highways 116, 121 and 29, end the day at Solage Calistoga.

Tuesday, April 26, will see the Mille heading to Geyserville, Lake Sonoma, Skaggs Springs Road, and Highway 1 wth a lunch stop at Little River Inn, a drive of just over 124 miles. The return trip to Solage Calistoga will take the Mille along Highway 128 toward Cloverdale, to Asti Road and the Silverado Trail.

Day Three (April 27) will highlight a drive along the Silverado Trail to Winters, Esparto, Williams and Maxwell with a lunch stop and touring laps at Thunderill Race Track . Wednesday afternoon will see the California Mille driving Highways 162, 306, Danley Road, Freshwater, Highway 20 to Middletown, and returning to Solage Calistoga for an overnight.

The final day of the thousand-mile drive will take the historic racers to Guerneville, Cazadero, Fort Ross Road, Meyer’s Grade Road, Highway 1, Bodega Bay, Chileno Valley Road to Wilson Hill Road, Hicks Valley Road, Nicasio Valley Road and a lunch stop at the colorful Rancho Nicasio. The Mille’s final 62 miles will include Fairfax, a drive onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, to Bolinas Road to Ridgecrest Boulevard, and Mt. Tamalpais where a commemorative photo will be taken near Pantoll Road.

The Mille will then continue down toward Mill Valley (renamed Mille Valley for the day), to Highway 1, l0l north and a final banquet and awards dinner at the Lodge at Sonoma.

Drivers, their cars and hometowns as of this date are

Anderson, Lawrence 1975 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Berkeley, CA
Baker, Bob 1956 Porsche 356 Coupe Los Angeles, CA
Bauer, Stan 1957 Alfa Romeo Giuletta Spider Veloce Beverly Hills, CA
Belveal, Richard 1956 Jaguar XK140MC fhc Prescott, AZ
Bouton, Garrett 1939 Jaguar SS-100 San Francisco, CA
Buchanan, David 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Palo Alto, CA
Callahan, Jim 1959 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk3 Greenwich, CT
Carash, Joel 1927 Bentley 3-Liter Stockton, CA
Croul, Jack 1957 Porsche 356 Coupe Corona del Mar, CA
Currie, Brian 1952 Siata Daina Gran Sport La Quinta, CA
Davidson, Tom 1957 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce LtWt. Kona, HI
Davis, Bunny 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Pebble Beach, CA
Davis, Craig 1934 Lagonda M45 Rapide Pebble Beach, CA
Feldhorn, Bill 1957 Jaguar XK150 Malibu, CA
Feldman, Jim 1957 AC Ace Bristol Zagato Portland,OR
Fitzpatrick, John 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Redding, CA
Fodor, Peter 1956 Jaguar 140XK Los Angeles, CA
Foster, Herb 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Lafayette, CA
Gabrielli, Frank 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce Danville, CA
Gildred, Ted 1957 Porsche Convertible “D” Solano Beach, CA
Goodman, Charles 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulia San Rafael, CA
Griesen, Jakob 1959 MGA roadster Santa Monica, CA
Grimsley, Bill 1957 Ferrari Special Sausalito, CA
Grunnah, Tom 1955 Alfa Romeo Sprint Plymouth, CA
Halford, Paul 1955 Ferrari 250GT Europa Auckland, NZ
Harris, Steven 1949 Jaguar XK120 New York, NY
Higgins, Dan 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce Mill Valley, CA
Jamiesson, Max 1957 Corvette coupe Carmel Valley, CA
Jones, Kay 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Shoreline, WA
Kelley, David 1952 Hudson Hornet Woodside, CA
Kirkham, Neal 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato Saratoga, CA
Kitchen, Jerry 1955 Jaguar XK140MC Carmel, CA
Lambert, Peter 1937 Lancia Aprilla Muir Beach, CA
Leumann, Gerry 1929 Invicta S-Type Meggen, Switzerland
Leventhal, Michael 1951 Jaguar XK120 Chicago, IL
Malloy, Tom 1934 Ford Phaeton Corona, CA
Martin, Keith 1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Portland, OR
Massman, Bruce 1926 Bentley 6.5 liter LeMans Beverly Hills, CA
Mattei, Richard 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Normandy Park, WA
Mazul, Ed 1957 AC Aceca-Bristol Torrance, CA
McClure, Dick 1957 Renault Dauphine Stockton, CA
Milner, Bruce 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900SSZ Santa Monica, CA
Mirvis, Robert 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900CSS Beverly Hills, CA
Nee, Robert 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Pebble Beach, CA
O’Reilly, Terry 1954 Bentley Special San Francisco, CA
Passey, Stuart 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce London, UK
Prestline, Doug 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Los Angeles, CA
Rader, Ronald 1957 Jaguar XK150 fhc Los Angeles, CA
Rosenstock, Jerry 1956 AC Ace Bristol Encino, CA
Rubin, Simon 1953 Jaguar XK120 ots Calabasas, CA
Scherr, Ray 1958 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder Westlake Village, CA
Schmidts, Steven 1957 Porsche GT Newport Beach, CA
Schwartz, Tony 1952 Jaguar XK120 ots Calabasas, CA
Sell, Matthew 1939 BMW 328 Boise, ID
Solomon, Larry 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 CS Woodside, CA
Steuer, Camilo 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce Bogota, Colombia
Swig, David 1953 Fiat 1100 San Francisco, CA
Swig, Martin 1925 Lancia Lambda Sausalito, CA
Thornhill, Tom 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20S San Rafael, CA
Walton, Jim 1953 Nash-Healey Alamo, CA
Weitman, Doug 1957 AC Bristol Malibu, CA
Wood, Doug 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Montecito, CA
Word, David 1957 AC Ace-Bristol San Francisco, CA
Wysard, Herb 1957 Porsche Carrera Fullerton, CA
Youngberry, Cory 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24 Newport Beach, CA

The California Mille is presented by Chopard, Chubb Insurance, Bonhams auction house, The Fairmont Hotel, The Ironstone Foundation, British Motor Car Distributors, San Francisco Examiner, and KSFO-560.

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