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New Year’s Day Anti-Football Run Forces! College Games to Move to January 2

Date: January 2, 2013
9:00 AM
What: New Year’s Day Anti-Football
Location: Poggio restaurant, 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, Ca
Admission: The cost to enter is $35 and will include a commemorative Anti-Football Run baseball cap.
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The score: Old cars on back roads - 21. Football on TV- 6.

Television will have fewer college football games on January 1, 2013, thanks to the semilegendary Anti-Football Run. Except for such strong draws as the Ticket City Bowl, the Outback Bowl and the Bowl (and the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl), increasing numbers of bowl games have moved to January 2, presumably out of deference to or fear of the popularity of the Anti-Football Run.

“That’s clear evidence”, says Anti-Football Run co-Director David Swig, “that sitting behind the wheel of some colorful old crock is more fun than munching pizza in front of a 42-inch plasma TV showing a game no one really watches, anyway.”

The Anti-Football Run, now in its 23rd (or maybe 24th) year, brings interesting cars that are at least 25 years old and their equally interesting drivers of any age to Marin County on New Year’s Day. The goal? To celebrate the open road, the refreshing smell of vintage car exhaust fumes and the challenge of keeping a fragile old sports car going even though it may have 300,000 miles on its odometer and may be missing a few creature comforts i.e top, heater, bumpers, or any weather protection whatsoever.

In 2012, more than one hundred cars joined the drive. “We’re expecting even more entrants in 2013,” revealed Swig, who will be driving a one-off 1953 "El Caballo de Hierro", otherwise known as the Horse of Iron.

Cars and drivers will gather at the Poggio restaurant at 777 Bridgeway in Sausalito for 8:00 AM coffee and a few cautions. “Be sensitive to the environment,” said Swig. “Don’t throw anything from your car unless it can be used by another car to complete the drive. Cars with open exhausts should avoid down-shifting in Olema and Pt. Reyes Station where backfires might sound like gun shots and frighten the local chickens.”

The drive will begin more or less promptly at 9:00 AM with the symbolic bursting of a plastic football. The route will take the Anti-Football Drive along some of the most scenic, lightly-traveled back roads of west Marin county, eventually heading inland for a coffee and cheese break at The Cheese Factory on West Spain Street in Petaluma.

The drive will be followed by a no-host lunch and informal awards ceremony at Poggio in Sausalito to honor significant cars and drivers.

The public is invited to meet the drivers and see the cars before, during or after the event. The cost to enter is $35 and will include a commemorative Anti-Football Run baseball cap. Entry forms may be downloaded at "Given the increasing popularity of the drive, reservations for lunch are strongly suggested," said Swig. "Contact Poggio restaurant at 415-332-7771. "