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CLAS­SIC CARS AT THE CAL­I­FOR­NIA MILLE 2017

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The Cal­i­for­nia Mille was founded in 1991. Orig­i­nally rec­og­nized by the Mille Miglia or­ga­ni­za­tion in Bres­cia, it is held each Spring be­gin­ning on the last Sun­day in April.

The Cal­i­for­nia Mille got its start when John Lamm of Road & Track and Martin Swig went to the 1982 Mille Miglia in Bres­cia, Italy with Martin’s 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Za­gato. They were the only Amer­i­cans there. John wrote an ar­ti­cle about the event in Road & Track and many Amer­i­cans dis­cov­ered the Mille Miglia. Martin pro­ceeded to re­turn each year in var­i­ous Alfa Romeos. One night dur­ing the Colorado Grand Race, a group in­clud­ing Ivan, the late Gil Nickel, Lou Sel­lyei and Martin had din­ner and Gil sug­gested they start a Cal­i­for­nia event.

The first Cal­i­for­nia Mille, rec­og­nized by the Bres­cia group and spon­sored by Alfa Romeo, was started in Oc­to­ber 1991 and 50 cars par­tic­i­pated. The north­ern coast and Sierra Ne­vada moun­tains of­fer a com­bi­na­tion of great scenic roads, light

traf­fic and charm­ing des­ti­na­tion ho­tels.

The com­mit­tee felt that they could pro­vide ex­cep­tional hospitality while of­fer­ing an exciting driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause of the end­less choice of scenic, chal­leng­ing, traf­fic-free coastal and moun­tain roads.

The key to mak­ing the event a suc­cess was to keep the event small (around 70 en­tries) in or­der to use charm­ing, smaller ho­tels and res­tau­rants. The 27th An­nual Cal­i­for­nia Mille will be held on April 24-27 in Cel­e­bra­tion of His­toric Ital­ian Race. Free Car Show Atop Nob Hill, April 23, 2017.

The pub­lic is in­vited to see the cars and meet the driv­ers (from 15 states and two en­tries from Switzer­land) be­tween 11 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The Cal­i­for­nia Mille will de­part at 8:00 a.m. on April 26 for Fort Bragg, West­port, the stun­ning “Lost Coast,” Petro­lia, and Fern­dale. Day 3 will end with an overnight in Men­do­cino.

The first Cal­i­for­nia Mille, rec­og­nized by the Bres­cia group and spon­sored by Alfa Romeo, was started in Oc­to­ber 1991 and 50 cars par­tic­i­pated

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