My Car Quest

August 10, 2020

Cars Of The California Mille – 2012 – Part 1

With the many car events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic we will not see the car action we are accustomed to at this time of year. I thought it would be a good idea to reach back into the My Car Quest archives and occasionally re-post certain articles with lots of photos of interesting cars and events to help us get through.

This is the third of the My Car Quest Archives Series – Cars Of The California Mille (Part 1) – from April/May 2012.

Mike Gulett, Publisher

by Mike Gulett –

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.

San Francisco Fairmont

The Fairmont Hotel Overlooks A Ferrari 250 GT Going Into The Mille Parking

1947 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport

1947 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport

The event begins on San Francisco’s Nob Hill. The cars were parked in front of the Fairmont Hotel and the road was closed.

Mercedes 300SL Roadster

Mercedes 300SL Roadster

1959 Arnolt-Bristol

1959 Arnolt-Bristol

Entries are limited to 60 cars, of the type built and raced prior to January 1958.

1957 Porsche 356 GT

1957 Porsche 356 GT

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.

1957 Lancia B20 Convertible

1957 Lancia B20 Convertible

As I write this the group is likely in Calistoga.

Corvette

Corvette Parking

Jaguar

Jaguars Parked

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.

1957 BMW 507 Roadster

1957 BMW 507 Roadster

1957 BMW 507 Roadster

This week the countryside is even more beautiful with the sights and sounds of these terrific cars.

1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

1957 AC Ace-Bristol

1957 AC Ace-Bristol

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta

Lancia, Austin Healey

Lancia and Austin Healeys

1957 Jaguar XK 150 FHC

1957 Jaguar XK 150 FHC

I would love to go on the California Mille but none of my cars are old enough!

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

San Francisco Cable Car

Cable Car Going By The Fairmont

Arnolt-Bristol logo

Ferrari

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Cars Of The California Mille - 2012 - Part 1
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Cars Of The California Mille - 2012 - Part 1
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California Mille entries are limited to 60 cars, of the type built and raced prior to January 1958. This is from the My Car Quest Archives Series.
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Comments

  1. Thank you for thinking of this archive series in these troubled times. Very enjoyable and it’s great to see all these photos. May I request one of these relating to Isos and Bizzarinis, please?

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