The 2010 Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance selected Martin Swig as the Honorary Chair of the event. A long-time supporter of the Palo Alto Concours, Swig annually sponsors the “Forgotten Treasures” and “Mille Miglia” trophies awarded to esoteric vehicles participating in the Concours.
“It’s great to be able to recognize Martin’s contributions to our event in this way”, says Hal Schuette, Palo Alto Concours Executive Director. “He’s one of California’s true motoring enthusiasts, and has added to our success through his efforts.”
An avid car collector, Martin Swig spent 40 years as a multi-franchise new car dealer in San Francisco, as well as competing in vintage racing events since the mid-1970s. Today Swig organizes various car tours, the best known of which is the annual California Mille in which drivers and co-drivers of 70 historic race cars are treated to 1000 miles of California’s best drivers’ roads over four days. This year marked the 20th anniversary of Swig’s New Years Day “Anti-Football Run” which enables owners of 25+ year-old cars to escape the barrage of college bowl games in favor of a 100+ mile drive through scenic Bay Area back roads. Swig also writes a monthly column for San Francisco’s Nob Hill Gazette covering new cars and various aspects of the motoring hobby-life.
Martin’s wife, Esta, races an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato. His son, David, is also an able racer and emerging motoring photojournalist. His younger son, Howard, races in the Monterey Historics and has also participated, along with brother David, in the “24 Hours of LeMons.”
This year’s 44th annual Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, June 27 on the Stanford University campus (Sand Hill Rd. at Pasteur Dr.) from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More than 400 vehicles plus a variety of special car displays will be exhibited. Featured marques for 2010 are Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac. Proceeds help support almost four dozen Peninsula-area charities. Adult advance tickets are $20.
For more information, visit www.paconcours.com.
[Source: Palo Alto Concours]