2013 California Mille

Just back from beautiful Northern California where Dad and I saw many fantastic cars. A pleasant surprise was the start of the 2013 California Mille - the same weekend we happened to be there. Located at the top of Nob Hill, in the thick of the city of San Francisco, sits the Fairmont Hotel. One of the few survivors of the great fire of 1906, this lovely hotel hosted the start of this year's California Mille. Among the following pictures taken by Dad, are some of my favorites. Among them, a 1955 Bristol 404, the short wheelbase version of the 405, only 52 were produced between 1953 and 1958. Although the majority of cars are California natives, there are also representatives from around the world. The 1928 Bugatti type 35B, from England, is the last variation of the famed type 35 - an inline 8 cylinder producing 138 hp, the type 35B is a forced induction (supercharged) car. Another visitor from aboard was the 1937 Jaguar SS 100. One of two SS 100's entered in the event, this car came all the way from Tokyo, Japan to participate. One last car of note was the 1956 Alfa Romero 1900 Super Sprint Zagato. With the distinctive "double-bubble" roof line, this car is said to be just one of 6 surviving Zagato bodied 1900s. 

It should also be noted that David Swig gave a fitting tribute to his father, Martin Swig, who helped found this event 23 years ago. Martin Swig passed away last year.

Co-Organizer, David Swig, paying tribute to his late father, Martin Swig

1937 Jaguar SS 100 from Japan

One of two Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing's running the event

1956 Alfa Romero 1900 Super Sprint Zagato

1934 Lagonda M45 tourer

1928 Bugatti Type 35B from England

1955 Bristol 404

1952 Ferrari 212 (Vignale Coupe?)

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