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Preferred Fire Extinguisher of the California Mille

We are humbled and honored to be the preferred fire extinguisher of the California Mille for 2024. In the heart of automotive passion and tradition lies the California Mille. It’s an annual event that captures the essence of the historic Mille Miglia race by transporting its spirit from the winding roads of Italy to the scenic landscapes of California. Since its beginning in 1991 by Martin Swig and Ken Shaff, the California Mille has become an event for classic car enthusiasts, celebrating the rich history of automotive excellence on public roads throughout California​​. Element is honored and humbled to be a part of this journey as the official extinguisher of the 2024 California Mille. 

The California Mille is a journey through time showcasing cars that either participated or would have been eligible to compete in the storied Italian race. It draws inspiration from the original Mille Miglia which dazzled the world from 1927 to 1957. The event focuses on designs from 1957 or earlier. You see an array of vintage Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Mercedes-Benzes, and Porsches, among others navigating a 1000-mile course over four days. The route of the race changes yearly but it always commences at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. It offers participants and spectators alike a unique blend of automotive history, breathtaking scenery, and the camaraderie that only car culture can foster​.

Keeping The Legacy Alive!

The story of the California Mille is one of dreams, dedication, and the pursuit of automotive passion. Martin Swig's vision, after witnessing the Mille Miglia in Italy, was brought to life through nearly a decade of planning. All those efforts resulted in an event that honors "important cars, little roads, and wonderful friends." This sentiment has been carried on by Swig's sons, David and Howard. They keep the legacy of their father alive by ensuring that the California Mille remains a celebration of car culture at its finest​​.

In 2020, the stewardship of the California Mille transitioned to Hagerty, a company synonymous with the celebration of automotive culture. The California Mille continues to thrive by embodying values of camaraderie and continuing the promise to fuel car culture for future generations under Hagerty's guidance. This evolution marks a new chapter in the event's acclaimed history, one that respects its roots while looking forward to the road ahead​​.

Commitment to Automotive Fire Safety

It is within the context of protecting heritage and passion that the Element has become the preferred fire extinguisher for the California Mille. This partnership highlights a commitment to safety and preservation within the framework of celebrating automotive history. As enthusiasts navigate the breathtaking landscapes of California, the presence of Element as a trusted partner provides confidence against fire emergencies and enhances the experience for the drivers. This will ensure that the journey is not only memorable but also safe.

The California Mille is a living history of automotive culture. It’s a gathering of like-minded individuals united by their passion for classic cars and the open road. With Element as the preferred fire extinguisher, the California Mille continues to celebrate the pure joy of motoring while keeping safety at the forefront.

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