Cars are a stunning art form appreciated by all ages, young and old. This morning 70 vintage automobiles started out on the "California Mille", an annual driving event for 1000 miles through the splendor of Northern California. Drivers will travel through Tomales, Glen Ellen, Calistoga, Oakville, Pt. Arena, Boonville, Mendocino, and Ukiah and conclude their journey in beautiful Sonoma.
The "California Mille" is celebrating it's 20th Anniversary this year from April 25th to the 29th. The "California Mille" is a re-creation of the Italian Mille Miglia that ran from 1927 until 1957. Participating automobiles must be at least 53 years old. The originator, Martin Swig, combined his passion for cars and his love of California to make this great race a reality. He felt Northern California looked more Italian than Italy and that this was the natural place for such a romantic race. Although the original event was truly a race, Swig assures drivers that it is closer to a scenic tour than a dash for the finish.
Sunday, April 25, more than 70 historic race cars were displayed on Nob Hill. They were magnificent as they were lined up in front of the Fairmont Hotel and throughout Huntington Park. It was a wonderfully successful event with people gathering from all over the world. Thank you to the many car owners who's care and dedication to their art brings pleasure and elegance to our fair city.
This year's California Mille will not only mark the 20th anniversary of this spectacular event, but the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo and the 150th anniversary of sponsor Chopard watches.
Historic car buffs up and down the coast will be watching for the cars rolling down the roads during the four-day tour.
Beth Nickel of Far Niente Winery will be driving her Alfa Romeo www.farniente.com