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1 January 2015 New Year's Day Anti-Football Run
26-30 April 2015 The California Mille: Our biggest event of the year
1 January 2015 - ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY


Bring your interesting 25 year-old+ car.

Be sure to register by 1 December 2014 for your route notes and commemorative Anti-Football Run baseball cap! All participants must register this year in order to receive route notes for the drive.

Same great format:
8 am meet at Poggio in Sausalito;
9 am departure;
1 pm no-host lunch at Poggio.

• See some of the 2014 cars

• Starting Off Right: 2014 Anti-Football Run by Bring a Trailer

• Anti-Football Drive to “Occupy” Back Roads on New Year’s Day in World’s Largest Old Car Protest Drive. Watching College Games on TV Called “Sinful” by Auto Chaplain... read Press Release

Previous Years:

• Sport Car Digest January 2012
• Press Release 11-22-2010
Marin Independant Journal 2010
San Francisco Chronicle 2010
(Don't miss the hilarious comments at the bottom of the article from Chronicle readers who read the Anti-Football story!)
MarinScope 2009
• Photos of the 2008 Event
• Read the 2007 Event Information

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April 26-30th, 2015


This is our biggest event of the year – 1000 miles throughout Northern California over 4 days.

Entry Deadline: January 5th, 2015

2015 Mille entry forms will be available in late October - check back soon

Previous Years:

2013 California Mille:

  • California Mille Chronicles: Keeping up with the Swigs, Brothers take up the Mille's mantle from Autoweek by Blake Z. Rong on 5/08/2013. When David Swig was 16, he drove a Jaguar E-Type in Pale Primrose yellow down San Francisco's famous Embarcadero. It was a real chick magnet, presumably, the sort of car a hopelessly romantic teenager would have killed to drive, if merely to wind up Abercrombie-clad jocks. Read more...
  • California Mille 2013,, Report by Dennis Gray | Photos by author and Bob Ross. The 2013 California Mille was held April 28th to May 2nd on the challenging back roads of Northern California. The four-day, 1,000-mile rally continued its long tradition of spirited driving in historic sports cars on the twisty and picturesque roads for which they were intended. Read more...
  • California Mille celebrates 23 years of vintage automobile racing, by Karla Erovick on May 7, 2013. The California Mille celebrated its' 23rd anniversary this week in spectacular fashion. 70 vintage cars participated in the four-day, 1000 mile adventure through some of Northern California's best driving roads. Read more...
  • California Mille Chronicles: The little Lancias that could, Touring Northern California in Italian flivvers from Autoweek by Blake Z. Rong on 5/07/2013. California Mille founder Martin Swig loved his modest Italian cars, and he loved driving them fast. Read more...
  • California Mille Miglia rides again, Sons take over vintage car event after the passing of founder Martin Swig from Autoweek by Mark Vaughn on 4/24/2013. “It was never a matter of saying, 'Are we going to continue? Continuing was always the plan,” according to David Swig, the son of California Mille Miglia founder Martin Swig, who passed away last year after 22 years at the helm of the car rally. “My brother [Howard] and I grew up with the spirit of the Mille Miglia in our blood. It is and always will remain a family event.” Read more....
  • Car lovers rev up for racer rally, Automobile from San Francisco Chronicle by Carolyn Joneson 4/29/201. Call it vroom with a view. That's what drivers and spectatours experienced Sunday on Nob Hill, and what's soon be revving across Northern California's most pictouesque back roads. Read more...
  • The California Mille - a Northern California rally based on Italy’s famed Mille Miglia, Hearst Newspapers National Cars Blog on SFGate by Michael Taylor 4/26/2013. The California Mille, a four-day, 1,000-mile homage to Italy’s historic Mille Miglia, will start off from the plaza in front of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel Monday; and this year’s event is particularly bittersweet because for the first time in ages, its founder, Martin Swig, won’t be there. Mr. Swig died last July at his home in Sausalito, Calif., at the age of 78. Read more...

2012 California Mille:
Vintage Iron Portraits: David Gentry is producing line art of the cars entered in the California Mille 2012.
Photos of the 2012 California Mille in Bodega Bay by Paige Gaines

2011 California Mille: For 2011, the California Mille will once again start in San Francisco, hosted by our long-time friends at the Fairmont Hotel. And we'll finish, on our fifth night at The Lodge in Sonoma. In between, we have some changes in store that we think you'll like. This is the first time we've tried a hub-and-spoke style route. We think you'll enjoy it.
Press Release: Ca Mille 2011

2010 California Mille: 20th California Mille. This is our biggest event of the year.1000 miles throughout Northern California over 4 days. Download the official Route Book: Day 1 RouteDay 2 RouteDay 3 RouteDay 4 Route

2009 California Mille: 19th California Mille. This is our biggest event of the year. 1000 miles throughout Northern California over 4 days, 26-30 April 2009. Our annual open display of California Mille cars and Palo Alto Concours classics on Sunday afternoon, 26 April. The $5,800 entry fee includes all meals and lodging (double occupancy) for 26 - 30 April 2009 for both driver and co-driver. Entry Deadline: 10 January 2009. Route Book - Part 1: General Information & Sponsors. Route Book - Part 2: Entries

2008 California Mille: Allowed Car Entires: When the first Mille Miglia revival was held in 1982, cars were only 25 years old. Now, they’re 51! So we’ve decided to allow a very few post ’57 cars each year, as long as they’re fundamentally the same design as a ‘57 or earlier predecessor. For example, this will make all 356’s and Alfa Guilia’s eligible for consideration. But it won’t help Jaguar XK-E’s – they’re so obviously a next-generation car. Last Night of the 2008 Mille: A surprise is in store on the last night of the 2008 Mille. On that day, May 1, 2008, a fine new lodge, in a spectacular location, is opening near Sausalito.  It’s Cavallopoint – the Lodge at the Golden Gate.

California Mille 2007: General Rally Information, incl. sponsors (pdf) Car & Entry List, including car photos (pdf) Route: Day 1, incl. maps and route notes (pdf) Route: Day 2, incl. maps and route notes (pdf) Route: Day 3, incl. maps and route notes (pdf) Route: Day 4, incl. maps and route notes (pdf) PR Release March 7, 2007

California Mille 2006: PR Release Oct 13, 2006

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California Mille 2015
April 26-30, 2015
• Event information

California Mille 2014
April 27-May 1, 2014
• Driver Testimonials
• Read what the press is saying about the California Mille 2013

Anti-Football Drive 2015
January 1, 2015
• Event information

Anti-Football Drive 2014
Press Release

Martin Swig
The Instigator

Photos & Video
Martin Swigisms

News Stories
Marin IJ
New York Times
• San Francisco Chronicle
Sports Car Digest
Sports Car Digest Weekly
Sports Car Market
Western Automotive Journalists
24 Hours of Lemons

Car Book dedicated to Martin Swig
• Press Release...