Free Car Show Atop Nob Hill, April 23, 2017
Some 70 vintage vehicles 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 23 for a free car show and preview of the 27th annual California Mille.
Ancient Alfa Romeos, pristine Porsches and magnificent 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.
The public is invited to see the cars and meet the drivers (from 15 states and two entries from Switzerland) between 11 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
At 1:30 Sunday afternoon California Mille co-directors David and Howard Swig will greet the fans and introduce Italian Consul General Lorenzo Ortona. The Consul General will recall the history of the Mille Miglia that ran from 1927 to 1957, and thank San Franciscans and the California Mille for offering financial relief to victims of recent earthquakes in Italy.
On Monday, April 24, at 8:30 a.m. Consul General Ortona will wave the Italian flag outside the departure arch at Mason and California Streets, officially starting the four-day, one thousand mile tour (not a race) of northern California time capsule towns and little-known backroads.
The Mille will cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head north toward Highway 1 passing through colorful Marin County towns and villages. At Laguna Elementary School on Chileno Road, the entire student body (all 16 kids and principal Cindy Demchuk) will greet the Mille by waving paper Italian flags and shouting “Benvenuto” – or something similar. The first day of the drive will end in Healdsburg.
On Tuesday, April 25, the Mille will drive to Cloverdale, Lakeport, Boonville, Elk and north, logging 191 miles before spending the night in Little River.
The California Mille will depart at 8:00 a.m. on April 26 for Fort Bragg, Westport, the stunning “Lost Coast,” Petrolia, and Ferndale. Day 3 will end with an overnight in Mendocino.
The final day of the legendary drive will take the Mille to Point Arena, Gualala, Jenner, Tomales, Nicasio, Petaluma, and complete the tour in Calistoga with an awards dinner and closing ceremonies.
As of this date, vehicles scheduled for the California Mille include:
Other makes represented: Bristol, AC, FIAT, Aston-Martin, Siata, Chrysler, Talbot-Lago, MG, Lancia, Ferrari, Allard, Peugeot, Ford, Austin-Healey, BMW, AC, Volvo, OSCA, Cadillac, and Nash-Healey
Alfa Romeos Are a Common Thread in One Family’s Legacy
David and Howard Swig on Petrolicious
The semi-celebrated Anti-Football Run has achieved its goal. National Football League TV viewership is down; watching January 1st college football games on television is a thing of the past.
The ratings prove it: Fox is down 4 percent, CBS is down 10 percent, ABC is off 7 percent and ESPN is down 11 percent.
Twenty-five years ago (maybe 26) Anti-Football founder Martin Swig set out to prove there was life beyond an easy chair in front of a TV screen to kick off the new year.
His premise: who knows who’s playing which football game? Who cares? Wouldn’t it be more fun to get in an ancient car and drive the Marin countryside each January 1st enjoying the crisp clean smell of exhaust coming from the back of some old out-of-tune crock?
The answer was clearly yes. Each year, the Anti-Football Run has grown from dozens, to scores to more than 100 participants in 2015. Unnamed motoring enthusiasts agree: a positive impact has been made on the consciousness of the nation. It’s the end of the road for the Anti-Football Run.