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New Year’s Day Anti-Football Run Forces! College Games to Move to January 2
||January 2, 2013
||New Year’s Day Anti-Football
||Poggio restaurant, 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, Ca
||The cost to enter is $35 and will include a commemorative Anti-Football Run
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 TaxSlayer.com 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 www.californiamille.com. "Given the
increasing popularity of the drive, reservations for lunch are strongly suggested," said
Swig. "Contact Poggio restaurant at 415-332-7771. "