by Mike -
The California Mille is 22 years old and was started by Martin Swig and a few of his friends, some of who are no longer around, unfortunately. It was inspired by the famous Italian road race The Mille Miglia.
The event begins on San Francisco’s Nob Hill. The cars were parked in front of the Fairmont Hotel and the road was closed.
Entries are limited to 60 cars, of the type built and raced prior to January 1958.
The itinerary is:
Monday April 3 - San Francisco, Lodi, Incline Village
Tuesday, May 1 – Incline Village, Minden, Incline Village
Wednesday, May 2 – Incline Village, Colusa, Calistoga
Thursday, May 3 – Calistoga, Bodega Bay, Calistoga
The total distance this year is 891.9 miles or 1,427 km.
As I write this the group is likely in Calistoga.
This sounds like a great drive – if you are not familiar with Northern California look up this route on a map. It goes through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.
This week the countryside is even more beautiful with the sights and sounds of these terrific cars.
I would love to go on the California Mille but none of my cars are old enough!
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