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During the year we organize tours, from one day to one week events, for vintage car enthusiasts.
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THE CALIFORNIA MILLE 2014
27 April - 1 May 2014

Event is SOLD OUT


24th Annual California Mille Celebrates 24 Years of Legendary Mille Miglia Race

The 24th running of the California Mille, a motoring tribute to Italy’s most-famousopen road race,
the Mille Miglia (thousand mile), will begin with a free car show atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill
on April 27 followed by a four-day, thousand-mile back roads adventure.

Some 77 entrants from four foreign countries and 14 U.S. states will assemble on Mason Street
in front of the Fairmont Hotel where Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi will arrive
in a vintage Italian car, greet the crowd and invite any or all to join him in singing
“Ill Canto degli Italiani”, the Italian National Anthem.

“This year’s Mille may be the most significant compendium of classic cars we’ve ever had,”
revealed co-director David Swig. “Along with some 13 Alfa Romeos, 11 Porsches,
6 Jaguars and half a dozen Ferraris -- largely vintage ‘50s and ‘60s --
we have a ’52 Tojeiro Roadster, a ’28 Bentley, ’57 Kurtis Kraft 500KK, and a ’38 Lancia Aprilia.”

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Read what the press is saying about last year's California Mille 2013

California Mille Chronicles: Keeping up with the Swigs
Brothers take up the Mille's mantle
from Autoweek by Blake Z. Rong on 5/08/2013
When David Swig was 16, he drove a Jaguar E-Type in Pale Primrose yellow down San Francisco's famous Embarcadero. It was a real chick magnet, presumably, the sort of car a hopelessly romantic teenager would have killed to drive, if merely to wind up Abercrombie-clad jocks.
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California Mille 2013
SportsCarDigest.com, Report by Dennis Gray | Photos by author and Bob Ross
The 2013 California Mille was held April 28th to May 2nd on the challenging back roads of Northern California.
The four-day, 1,000-mile rally continued its long tradition of spirited driving in historic sports cars on the twisty and picturesque roads for which they were intended.
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California Mille celebrates 23 years of vintage automobile racing
Examiner.com by Karla Erovick on May 7, 2013
The California Mille celebrated its' 23rd anniversary this week in spectacular fashion. 70 vintage cars participated in the four-day, 1000 mile adventure through some of Northern California's best driving roads.
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California Mille Chronicles: The little Lancias that could
Touring Northern California in Italian flivvers
from Autoweek by Blake Z. Rong on 5/07/2013
California Mille founder Martin Swig loved his modest Italian cars, and he loved driving them fast.
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California Mille Miglia rides again
Sons take over vintage car event after the passing of founder Martin Swig
from Autoweek by Mark Vaughn on 4/24/2013
“It was never a matter of saying, 'Are we going to continue? Continuing was always the plan,”
according to David Swig, the son of California Mille Miglia founder Martin Swig, who passed away last year
after 22 years at the helm of the car rally. “My brother [Howard] and I grew up with the spirit of the Mille Miglia in our blood.
It is and always will remain a family event.”
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Car lovers rev up for racer rally
Automobile
from San Francisco Chronicle by Carolyn Joneson 4/29/201
Call it vroom with a view. That's what drivers and spectatours experienced Sunday on Nob Hill,
and what's soon be revving across Northern California's most pictouesque back roads.
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The California Mille —
a Northern California rally based on Italy’s famed Mille Miglia

Hearst Newspapers National Cars Blog on SFGate by Michael Taylor 4/26/2013
The California Mille, a four-day, 1,000-mile homage to Italy’s historic Mille Miglia,
will start off from the plaza in front of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel Monday;
and this year’s event is particularly bittersweet because for the first time in ages,
its founder, Martin Swig, won’t be there. Mr. Swig died last July
at his home in Sausalito, Calif., at the age of 78.
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California Mille 2014
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