25th California Mille to bring 67 historic cars from all over world

The 25th annual California Mille will bring 67 historic cars from all over the world to San Francisco on April 26 to salute Italy’s most famous open road race, the Mille Miglia. The public is invited to see the biggest free car show of its kind in America, meet the drivers and enjoy live Italian music on Mason Street between Sacramento and California Streets from noon until 4 PM.

Co-organizers David and Howard Swig, carrying on the Mille tradition begun by their late father Martin Swig in 1991, will introduce dignitaries, recall the colorful history of the original event and its California counterpart, and spotlight significant classics that could have qualified for the Mille Miglia that ran from 1927 to 1957.

miglialogoOn Monday morning, April 27, Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi will wave the Italian flag by the partenza (departure) arch spanning Mason Street, signaling the start of a four-day, thousand-mile drive–not a race–that celebrates the spirit of the original event with “important cars, little roads and wonderful friends.”

Day 1 will see the Mille crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to parts of California that Martin Swig said, “Look more like Italy – than Italy”: Mill Valley, Fairfax, Pt. Reyes Station, Occidental, Santa Rosa and Napa for the night.

Day 2 (April 28) the Mille will depart for Calistoga, Cloverdale, Boonville, Ukiah, and Little River.

Day 3 (April 29), the California Mille will motor to Fort Bragg, Garberville, Victorian Ferndale, returning to Little River for dinner and an overnight.

Day 4 (April 30) will see the California Mille heading for Jenner, Petaluma, Glen Ellen and concluding the adventure in Calistoga.

International entrants from Japan, Colombia, Britain and Germany will join California Mille participants from 13 U.S. states, with California accounting for 46 of the classics.

Cars in this 25th anniversary celebratory drive are:

YEAR             MAKE/MODEL                                           FROM

1927             Bentley 3 liter                                                  California

1928             Bentley 3/8 liter                                             California

1932             Alfa Romeo 8C2300                                       California

1932             Alfa Romeo 8C2300                                       California

1938             BMW 328 streamliner                                    Japan

1950             Lancia Ardea                                                   California

1952             Aston-Martin DB24 dhc                                California

1952             Cunningham C3 coupe                                 California

1952             Jaguar XK120 ots                                           Florida

1952             Jaguar XK120 roadster                                  Florida

1953             Alfa Romeo 1900C Touring                         California

1953             Aston-Martin DB2                                          Hawaii

1953             Ford Comete                                                  California

1953             Lancia Appia                                                   California

1953             Nash Healey                                                   California

1954             Lancia Aurelia B20                                         California

1954             Lancia D24                                                       Texas

1954             Maserati A6GCS                                             California

1954             O.S.C.A MT4 1500                                          California

1954             Oldsmobile Rocket 88 coupe                        Maryland

1955             Austin-Healey 100M                                      California

1955             Austin-Healey 100M                                      Oklahoma

1955             Ford Thunderbird                                          California

1955             Jaguar XK-140 ots                                          California

1955             Lancia Aurelia B20S                                       California

1956             Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS                                    California

1956             Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS series 3                      California

1956             Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ                                    California

1956             Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Lt.Wt.             California

1956             Austin-Healey 100M                                      Colorado

1956             Ferrari 250GT Boano ally coupe                  Illinois

1956             Jaguar XK-140 fhc                                          California

1956             Lancia Aurelia B24S                                       California

1956             Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing                   California

1956             Morgan +4                                                      California

1956               Porsche Carrera 4-cam                               New York

1957                AC Aceca                                                       California

1957                AC ACECA 2.6 Zephyr                              Oregon

1957                Alfa Romeo 1900 CS                                    California

1957                Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce         England

1957                Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce         Colombia

1957                Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint                       California

1957                Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint                       California

1957                Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint                       California

1957                Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Alleggertia     California

1957                Chevrolet Corvette coupe                         California

1957                Ferrari 250GT Tour de Francer                 Connecticut

1957                Lancia Aurelia B24                                      Pennsylvania

1957                Lotus Elite                                                     California

1957                Maserati 200SL                                             California

1957                Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster                  California

1957                Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster                  Pennsylvania

1957                Porsche 356 coupe                                       California

1957                Porsche 356 coupe                                       California

1957                Porsche 356 GT                                             California

1957                Porsche Speedster                                        Germany

1958                Ferrari 250GT Tour de France                   California

1958                Ferrari California Spider                             New York

1958                Lancia Aurelia B24S                                     California

1959                BMW 5078 roadster             `                       Nebraska

1959                Porsche 356B cabriolet                                California

1960                Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce         California

1960                Porsche 356 Roadster                                  Colombia

1962                Lancia Appia                                                 California

1962                Mercedes-Benz 300SK roadster                 Florida

Amici americani della Mille Miglia (American Friends of the Mille Miglia) presents the California Mille and the Anti-Football Tour. The nonprofit organization is head-quartered at 154 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael, California. David and Howard Swig are co-directors with Dan Radowicz serving as organizer. Additional information is available at www.californiamille.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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