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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California • 25

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Monday. July 2, 1984 C1 i 9 ranc(of Examiner SECTION Pvight Chapin 50 OFF gloria vanderbilt summer sportswear for girls and teens round up a whole summer's worth at half the pricel Girls' sizes 714 Teens' sizes 6-14 Gotta drive ARTIN SWIG Is one of San FrancLsco's biggest auto dealers but he has often of being an even bigger race Striped shirts Reg. 18.00-22.00, sale 9.00-11.00 Reg. 22.00, sale 11.00 Solid shirts Reg. 17.00-19.00, sale 8.00-9.00 Reg.

19.00-22.00, sale 9.00-11.00 Shorts Reg. 17.00, sale 6.00 Reg. 19.00-23.00, sale 9.00-11.00 Trousers Reg. 27.00-29.00, sale Reg; 30.00-33.00, sale 15.00-16.00 Yesterday, you savthem in Macy's at regular price. Today, the savings are so good you'll want one of everything! Our summer Gloria Vanderbilt collection can be mixed and matched up in any number of great ways.

We've knit shirts in solids and stripes, and a variety of shorts and trousers. All in 4 'X MOTS dreamed driver. his breast beats the heart of a Teens not in San Rafael. Now through July 9 Juan Fangio, a Graham Hill, a Stirling Moss. A world champion.

A guy who could master Sebring or Le Mans or the Mille Miglia without breaking a sweat. Swig, who has raced and occasionally finished in ancient Alfa Romeros at Laguna Seca and Sears Point, was set to make his international racing splash two years ago in the Peking to Paris Motoring Challenge, a endurance test, He had his modified Mazda all ready to go. But the biggest challenge turned out to be not how to get over the Gobi Desert and the mountains of Mongolia but how to get through Poland.which had cracked down on Solidarity and free movement in general. The great race was put on hold, where it remains. Swig's Mazda sits in the garage at his new Autocenter, on 16th Street, collecting dust.

"Every once in a while I look at it," Swig says, "and think, 'Boy, that race would have been And who knows? It still might happen one day. It was never of ficially scrapped." But Swig decided not to wait on fate. In the spring of '82, he became aware of a re-creation of the Mille Miglia, the Italian thousand-miler that ended in 1957 after a 30-year run when a huge accident killed a dozen drivers and spectators. "They did the thousand miles in 10 hours," Swig says, "Sort of like going to Stinson Beach and back a million times. And at speeds up to 180 miles an hour." The re-enactment of the Mille Miglia was much more sedate than the original and not nearly as hard to get into.

"I telexed the promoters, told them I had an old Alfa Romeo that was just right for the race, and they took me," Swig says. "I was the only American in the field." Swig came home euphoric. "There wasn't any scoring or competition," he says. "The object was to have a helluva lot of fun." Swig recounted his experiences in Road and Track Magazine, and when the ersatz Mille Miglia was held again last month, 30 Americans including five from the Bay Area were there, having air-expressed their classic cars to the tune of about $6,000 apiece to Milan, where they were to Brescia for the race. Swig was able to afford this kind of indulgence primarily because business has been amazingly at the Autocenter.

Swig moved there from the old Van Ness "Auto Row," where he says he was "getting priced out of existence." So Swig moved his five dealerships to 16th Street with cries of friends warning, "You'll go broke!" ringing in his ears. "Thank God they were wrong," he says. "From the day we opened, response has been overwhelming. I wouldn't have dared predict how well it's gone." Swig contends that the average car dealership "is kind of dreary it doesn't cater to the auto enthusiast. We've put in sort of an enclosed-mall setting where you won't be attacked by salesmen, and are trying to give people reasons why they might want to shop for a car.

We have a store that sells toy cars and car magazines, and a little video theater that shows movies for car buffs. We also have a computer that tells you what kind of car you can afford if any. "We've had a lot of fun with this. If you go to Macy's and just wander around, it's probably a neat experience. Why shouldn't shopping for a car be the same?" Swig extends that line of thinking to his hobby.

Eight months ago, in a garage in Detroit he found one of only eight 1952 race-designed Alfa Romeos ever made, trucked it here and completely rebuilt it for this year's Mille Miglia. "There were three million people in the streets of the various Italian towns along the race route," he says. "I felt like the pope or a returning astronaut "We had absolute freedom to do whatever we wanted including driving on the wrong side of the road at any speed, with a police escort One cop stopped me for driving too fast and took away my license. But there was no fine or jail. He kept the license as a souvenir." iSjisiSiisfB mMmmmmmm sswaiw mmmmmmmm a wvss yim 's-m --M'.

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