24th Annual California Mille Celebrates 24 Years of Legendary Mille Miglia Race
75 Historic Cars in Free Preview Atop Nob Hill April 27
The 24th running of the California Mille, a motoring tribute to Italy’s most-famous open road race, the Mille Miglia (thousand miles), will begin with a car show atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on April 27 followed by a four-day, thousand-mile backroad adventure.
Some 75 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, Sr. 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 — we have a ’52 Tojeiro Roadster, a ’27, ‘28 and ‘29 Bentley, ’57 Kurtis Kraft 500KK, and a ’38 Lancia Aprilia.”
“Perhaps the exceptional turn-out is due to 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. Entry numbers suggest that this year is our biggest and best drive to date.”
Up to 10,000 fans are expected to come to Nob Hill from noon to 6:00 PM on April 27 to see the cars, meet the drivers; enjoy live Italian music by the Ron Borelli Band and participate in a presentation that will spotlight important cars, discuss their merits and introduce drivers.
On Monday, April 28th, the California Mille will depart at 9:00 AM, heading north to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and then motoring east to Lodi for lunch at the Wine and Roses Restaurant. That afternoon, the Mille will leave the Central Valley via Highway 88 to the west shore of Lake Tahoe, with an overnight scheduled at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley.
Day 2, April 29th, will see the California Mille motoring north on Highway 89 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 follow Highway 49 down the western slope of the Sierra with the Mille spending the night at the celebrated Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.
Day 3, April 30th, the Mille classics will cruise along the banks of the Sacramento River, pass through the 19th century Chinese-settled town of Locke; then drive west to the Napa Valley wine country for lunch in St. Helena. Continuing westward, the Mille will amble through less-traveled back roads ending the day at Cavallo Point for the first of two nights at this San Francisco Bay-front resort.
On May 1st, the final day, the California Mille will climb 2500 feet to the 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.
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