Reversing a dangerous speed-over-scenery, Highway 5-type trend, the 2008 Mille Autunno will focus on transiting California on colorful back roads instead of bland freeways when it departs Pasadena for Sausalito on October 22.
Some two dozen cars, the newest at least 36 years old, will defy current custom and take three times as long and travel twice as far as necessary in a quest to “really see California”, according to organizer Martin Swig.
“It’s no accomplishment to get from northern to southern California in a matter of hours with today’s super freeways, “said Swig. “The trick is to do the same thing without doing it on six lanes of concrete highlighted only by fast food restaurants and generic service stations.”
With most of the Mille Autunno (Autumn One Thousand) cars built before most of the freeways, the annual event will see California as it was meant to be seen: at 45 miles per hour, through scores of picturesque small towns and virtually unknown roads.
The tour will depart the Langham-Huntington Hotel in Pasadena at 9:00 AM on October 22, via city streets and country roads that lead to Angeles Crest Highway, then to Palmdale, Gorman, Frazier Park, Taft (for a catered lunch and a tour of the West Kern Oil Museum), McKittrick, Atascadero and Morro Bay. The first day–some 270 miles–will conclude at the Inn at Morro Bay for an overnight.
Day 2 will take the Mille Autunno to to Cambria on Highway 1, Paso Robles, then north along Indian Valley Road to Highway 25 to Bitterwater, King City, Hunter-Liggett Military reservation, and over the coast range to Highway l , with an overnight scheduled for Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley.
Day 3 will see the historic auto tour heading to Greenfield, Mission Soledad, Chualar, Santa Nella, Gustine, Newman, Crows Landing, Patterson, up the east side of Mt. Hamilton (site of the University of California’s Lick Observatory), then to San Jose, Saratoga, along Skyline Boulevard to Half Moon Bay to San Francisco’s Great Highway and across the Golden Gate Bridge. The annual event will conclude with an awards dinner and overnight at the spectacular new Cavallo Point lodge at Ft. Baker, below the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
“We’ll have less than 40 miles of actual freeway during our 826-mile drive, “reveals Swig. “If there’s a more beautiful, more historic or longer way to get from Pasadena to Sausalito, “he says, ” I don’t know it.”
Swig’s Amici americani della Mille Miglia produces the Mille Autunno, as well as the California Mille, the Anti-Football Drive on January 1st, and other events as the spirit moves him and his organization.
Applicants to any of these events may obtain further information via: www.californiamille.com, or by calling (415) 479-9950.
[Source: California Mille]