May 06th 2012

The 22nd Annual California Mille Race


Chopard was proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the 22nd Annual California Mille from April 30th to May 3rd, 2012. The California Mille is a 1,000-mile, four-day excursion through the historical highways and picturesque back roads of Northern California and Nevada featuring some 65 historic racecars. It is inspired by the Mille Miglia, the legendary Italian open-road endurance race covering 1,000 miles from Brescia to Rome and back.

The California Mille began on April 30th at 8:45am, departing from Nob Hill, San Francisco. Headed towards the Golden Gate Bridge, Rio Vista, and Walnut Grove, the drivers took highway 88 toward Sutter Creek and Lake Tahoe concluding the first day in Incline Village, Nevada.

On day two, the drivers headed toward Emerald Bay, and South Lake Tahoe, and traversed 395 toward Minden followed by a return to Incline Village by way of Carson City, Virginia City, and Mt. Rose Highway.

The Mille departed for day three northbound to Nevada City for a stroll of the historic district by way of Highway 28 to 89 and Truckee. Highway 20 then took the cars towards Marysville, Sutter and Sacramento and continued to the Silverado Trail ending Day three at Solage Calistoga.

The final leg of the 1,000-mile drive began in Calistoga and followed Highway 128 to Geyersville, over two bridges near the coast, and down the stunning coast on Highway 1 to Jenner. The coast highway then took the Mille to the Marshall-Petaluma Road, onto Hicks Valley Road, through Chileno Valley Road, into Petaluma, onto the Lakeville Highway, and straight to Solage Calistoga on Highways 116, 121 and 29.

The 22nd annual drive concluded at Solage for the final banquet and awards dinner. Throughout the race, the drivers made pit stops that included dining at world-renowned restaurants, stays at luxurious hotels and tours of historic towns and museums.

Passionate about vintage cars, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard, has been playing an active part in the Classic Racing universe, giving rise to a collection of watches which represent elegance and high performance needed in both the watch and classic car race industries.