San Francisco, CA — Some 70 classic cars that could have qualified for the Mille Miglia, Italy’s most-famous open road race, will motor to San Francisco’s Nob Hill on April 15 for a free car show and preview of the 28th annual California Mille.
Alfa Romeos, Porsches and Mercedes-Benz will take their places next to Jaguars, Ferraris, Bentleys and other classics on Mason Street, closed to traffic between Sacramento and California Streets.
Anyone is welcome to see the cars and meet the drivers — hailing from 16 states, South America and Europe — from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 15.
Then at 8:30 a.m. April 16, the Italian flag will wave outside the departure arch at Mason and California Streets, officially starting the four-day, 1,000-mile tour (not a race) of northern California time capsule towns and little-known back roads.
The Mille will cross the Golden Gate Bridge heading north and east to the towns of Suisun City, Birds Landing, Rio Vista and Walnut Grove, arriving at noon for lunch in Lodi. That afternoon, the California Mille will drive east on Highway 88 to historic Jackson, on to Highway 50, through Stateline at South Lake Tahoe and conclude Day 1 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
Day 2 will see the Mille heading to Kings Beach, north on Highway 267 toward Truckee, Sierraville, Portola and Susanville, then east to Reno, Nev., for lunch. The day will conclude with a drive by Washoe Lake State Park, to Carson City, Virginia City, then over Mt. Rose to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
Day 3 will begin 8:30 a.m. with the cars motoring toward the California state line, then to Kings Beach, Highway 80, down the Sierra to Nevada City and Grass Valley, Honcut, Gridley and stopping in Williams for lunch after a 165.8-mile drive. The afternoon drive will take the 70 classic cars to Clearlake, Lower Lake and Middletown, concluding the drive at Solage Resort in Calistoga.
On Day 4 the California Mille will make a 131.8-mile drive to Whispering Pines, Clear Lake, Cloverdale, Rio Nido, Guerneville, and make a lunch stop at Bodega Bay. Then it’s on to Valley Ford, Tomales and Stinson Beach before the four-day tour ends with an awards banquet and overnight stay at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, overlooking San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay.