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22nd Annual California Mille

Free Mille Car Show Atop Nob Hill, San Francisco, April 29

Date: April 30-May 4
What: California Gold Country, Lake Tahoe and Historic Nevada Highlight 22nd Annual California Mille
Location: Starts Atop Nob Hill, San Francisco - Ends at Solage Calistoga in Sonoma County
More Info: Ron Wren 415-433-1040 Or On the road: Martin Swig 415-990-9992

The quiet back roads of California and Nevada will resonate with the seductive four-cylinder sound of mid-’50s Alfa Giulietta Sprints, the big Blower blast from a ‘30s Bentley and some 65 historic race cars when the 22nd running of the California Mille begins on April 30 in San Francisco.

The California Mille, a salute to Italy’s most famous open road race, the Mille Miglia (thousand mile), brings together cars that could have qualified for the Italian event (Ed. note: Except for a few notable exceptions) that ran from l927-l957--cars from three foreign countries and sixteen U.S. states. The celebration kicks off on Sunday, April 29, with a day-long free car show in front of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel on Mason Street. Thousands of fans will stroll the closed-off street to meet the drivers, see their cars--and fantasize!

On Monday, April 30, the California will depart Nob Hill at 8:45 AM for picturesque time-capsule towns and barely-known back roads, concluding the event at Solage Calistoga in Sonoma County on May 4.

The day-by-day plan:


Some 65 historic racecars will be on display on Mason Street between 11 AM and 6 PM. It’s the largest free car show of its kind in America.

Live Italian accordion music will help capture the Mille theme.


With the waving of the flag of Italy, the California Mille will depart for the Golden Gate Bridge, Rio Vista, Walnut Grove and a coffee stop in Locke. After a tour of the last rural Chinese town in America, the Mille will head for Lodi and lunch at the Wine and Roses restaurant. That afternoon, the Mille will take Highway 88 toward Sutter Creek, Lake Tahoe and the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Incline Village, Nevada, for an overnight stay.


Departing northbound the Mille will join Highway 28 to 89 and Truckee, then to Nevada City for coffee and a stroll of the historic district. Highway 20 will take the cars toward Marysville, Sutter and Sacramento River-side park lunch in Colusa. The drive will continue via Williams and Middletown to the Silverado Trail, ending Day 3 at Solage Calistoga.


Departing northbound the Mille will join Highway 28 to 89 and Truckee, then to Nevada City for coffee and a stroll of the historic district. Highway 20 will take the cars toward Marysville, Sutter and a park lunch in Colusa. The drive back will be via Williams and the Silverado Trail ending Day 3 at Solage Calistoga.


The final leg of the one-thousand-mile drive starts in Calistoga, follows Highway 128 to Geyersville, over two rusty bridges near the coast, down the spectacular coast on Highway 1 to Jenner with lunch at the Tides Restaurant in Bodega Bay. The coast highway will take the Mille to the Marshall-Petaluma Road, onto Hicks Valley Road, through Chileno Valley Road, into Petaluma, onto the Lakeville Highway, then straight to Solage Calistoga on Highways 116, 121 and 29. The California Mille will conclude its 22nd annual drive with an awards dinner at Solage.

Cars in the 2012 California Mille:

  1. 1955 Austin-Healey 100, Stamford, CT
  2. 1953 Nash-Healey LeMans, Phoenix, AZ
  3. 1957 Volvo 544, Beverly Hills, CA
  4. 1956 Jaguar XK140MC fhc, Prescott, AZ
  5. 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20GT, Scottsdale, AZ
  6. 1956 OSCA MT-4, Wyomissing, PA
  7. 1959 Arnolt-Bristol, Shreveport, LA
  8. 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL gullwing, Pasadena, CA
  9. 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900CSS, La Quinta, CA
  10. 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce, Kailia-Kona, HI
  11. 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Sport, Pebble Beach, CA
  12. 1953 Siata 208S, San Francisco, CA
  13. 1957 Jaguar XK150 dhc, Malibu, CA
  14. 1957 AC Bristol Zagato, Portland, OR
  15. 1958 Porsche Speedster, New York, NY
  16. 1957 Aston-Martin DB2/4 MkIII, Redding, CA
  17. 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale, Los Angeles, CA
  18. 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider, San Rafael, CA
  19. 1955 Austin-Healey 100S, Belvedere, CA
  20. 1957 Ferrari Special Coachbuilt, Sausalito, CA
  21. 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce, Plymouth, WI
  22. 1957 Porsche Carrera GT, New York, NY
  23. 1940 Buick Roadmaster ,San Rafael, CA
  24. 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, Piedmont, CA
  25. 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 CS, Beverly Hills, CA
  26. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, Carmel Valley, CA
  27. 1954 Talbot-Lago Gran Sport T26, Granger, IN
  28. 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, San Francisco, CA
  29. 1955 Mercedes Benz 300S, Pasadena, CA
  30. 1954 Talbot-Lago Gran Sport 4, Muir Beach, CA
  31. 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental, Meggen, Switzerland
  32. 1956 Ferrari 250GT Boano, Hinsdale, IL
  33. 1958 Mercedes Benz 300SL, Santa Barbara, CA
  34. 1957 Porsche Speedster, Thousand Oaks, CA
  35. 1957 AC Aceca - Bristol, Torrance, CA
  36. 1954 MG-TD, Stockton, CA
  37. 1958 Lancia B24, Sausalito, CA
  38. 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900CSS, Beverly Hills, CA
  39. 1955 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta, Kearney, NE
  40. 1947 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport, Charlotte, NC
  41. 1956 Jaguar MkVII-M, Hailey, ID
  42. 1954 Mercedes Benz Gullwing, San Francisco, CA
  43. 1956 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta, Moorpark, CA
  44. 1957 AC Ace-Bristol, Marshall, TX
  45. 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, Los Angeles, CA
  46. 1957 Jaguar XK150 fhc, Westlake Village, CA
  47. 1957 Jaguar XK150 fhc, Los Angeles, CA
  48. 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, Marina Del Rey, CA
  49. 1957 Lancia B20 convertible, St. Petersburg, FL
  50. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, Encino, CA
  51. 1953 Jaguar XK120 ots, Calabasas, CA
  52. 1958 Ferrari 250GT Spider, Westlake Village, CA
  53. 1957 Porsche 356GT, Newport Beach, CA
  54. 1953 Jaguar XK120 fhc, Calabasas, CA
  55. 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900CS, Woodside, CA
  56. 1961 Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster, Birmingham, AL
  57. 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, Bogota, Colombia
  58. 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20S, San Rafael, CA
  59. 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, Mosman Park, W. Australia
  60. 1958 Porsche Carrera GT, Naperville, IL
  61. 1957 AC Ace-Bristol, Malibu, CA
  62. 1957 AC Ace-Bristol, San Francisco, CA
  63. 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24, Newport Beach, CA
  64. 1935 Lagonda Rapier, Placerville, CA
  65. 1936 Ford Aerosport ,San Francisco, C

The California Mille is presented by Amici americani della Mille Miglia (American Friends of the Mille Miglia), which also stages the January 1st Anti-Football Drive and the Pasadena Art Center Tour to Monterey. Martin Swig is the organizer of all events.