Each spring, the California Mille gathers an intimate group to celebrate history, cars and camaraderie on northern California's best driving roads. Since the beginning, we've been officially recognized by the original Mille Miglia and driven by our founding philosophy: "important cars, little roads and wonderful friends."
Every year, the route changes so drivers can experience the best of wine country, the north coast and the Sierra Nevada range. But our commitment to building a route that's enjoyable for all cars never changes. Nor does our love for pre-1958 vehicles, which is why we ask all entrants to drive a car from the era of the original Mille Miglia.
The California Mille is dedicated to bringing enthusiasts together to celebrate car culture while also fueling our communities through an annual charitable contribution.
I am very pleased to help you celebrate one of Italy's most well-known passions: cars and their beautiful industrial design. In fact, Italy offers unique opportunities to connect with passion, beauty and culture. This is true in arts and also applies in areas of contemporary life where Italy helps shape global cultural trends such as design, fashion, food, technology and innovation. Cars have increasingly become objects of desire and the industry counts many fans as well in the United States and here in California. In this respect, the Italian car industry has a legendary history and plays a special role and this year we are celebrating the 61st anniversary of the beloved FIAT 500 that has become such an icon of Italy's roaring 1960s. I wish to congratulate the organizers and participants in the California Mille for bringing us the charm of Italy's famed Mille Miglia that ran from Brescia to Rome and back from 1927-1957. As Enzo Ferrari used to say, "if you can dream it, you can do it!" By participating, you are showing that dreams can come true, recreating a historic motoring event in your wonderful land and I am not surprised that it happens here where everything is possible.
Enjoy the California Mille and…Congratulazioni!