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2013-05-03 15:48

Member Pete Petrie - Pete's Route 66 Gas Museum - Williams AZ


Arizona Route 66 Fun Run Pictures

Pete's Route 66 Gas Museum in Williams Arizona

Photos of George and Bonnie's Arizona Fun Run Road Trip are now available in the Photos Section of the site.

Click Picture, Enjoy

Presidents Report - Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Presidents Report


Spring is here and that means its time for the 31st Annual Arizona Route 66 Fun Run. The event runs May 4 to 6. Last year over 800 cars were registered. George and I will be driving down last years planned route with a visit to the renovated Peterson Museum in LA. We will then travel Route 66 across the dessert and meet our fellow members and friends in Williams AZ.


Many of the towns along Route 66 host their own festivals throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. European Route 66 Associations are also hosting events to draw attention to the Route 66 culture. In 2017 Germany held their first annual Route 66 Festival. This year the Czech Route 66 Association will be hosting a European Route 66 Festival August 10 - 12.


This years North American International Route 66 Festival will be held in Shamrock Texas from July 12 to 15. This is the main event for the who’s who of Route 66 Authors and Artists.


If you are planning a road trip this summer, check out the web site roadsideamerica.com for ideas on interesting attractions, offbeat sights & oddities.

During last years Miles of Possibilities Conference in Illinois we visited the Gemini Giant on Route 66 in Wilmington Illinois. Locally, Washington State has a Muffler Man also known as Stevedore Man, in Everett. He is a 20-ft. fibreglass giant, overlooking Puget Sound from the top of a building. There are about 300 Muffler Man type statues across America. Some hold tacos, golf clubs, some hold axes. All muffler men are 14 to 25 feet tall and most stand with left palm turned down, right palm up. They appear in various forms. There’s spacemen (Gemini Giant), Native American, pirate, Paul Bunyan, and cowboy versions on the Muffler Men.


Car Show season is just around the corner too. It’s time to start polishing our Classic Cars for display at Show & Shines throughout the summer.


Thats all for now. I hope everyone has a good Spring and Summer

Bonnie

General Meeting Minutes - March 2018


Canadian Route 66 Association  Minutes

Sunday March 11, 2018


13 members in attendance

Welcome back Member # 78 Dave & Diane Sims


Bonnie passed around the premier edition of the ROUTE a new Route 66 magazine, Czech Route 66 hard cover book on Route 66 & Jim Hinkley’s book 100 Things To Do on Route 66 Before you DIE.


The Route Magazine editor contacted our association many times and offered a complimentary copy of the first edition. Coincidentally the Editor is from Ontario.


The Czech Route 66 Association has published a hard cover book on the 20th Anniversary of the founding of their Association. This book is being offered for sale by mail order for any members who wish to purchase.


George & Bonnie highlighted 49 out of 100 in  the Jm Hinkley’s 100 Things to Do on Route 66.


Upcoming Events:


Route 66 Fun Run 


31st Historic Route 66 Fun Run will be held May 4-6. Reservations are confirmed for Williams, Kingman & Laughlin for Bill/Yolanda,  Bev/Sandy. Rick & John will be joining the Fun Run also.

Sean & Karen Evans, Juergen Burmeister members from Flagstaff will be joining us as well. Marcus from Germany and his family will be coming this year. It will be great to meet Marcus’s partner Mona & 2 yr old on Micheal.


Bill Blackall has ordered Canadian Route 66 Association baseball hats for our members who are participating in the Fun Run.


Prior to the Fun Run George & Bonnie will be driving out to Meteor City to check out the progress of the former trading post which is about to reopen soon.Annual Easter Parade: 


Easter Parade


The Vancouver Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada  is host to a car rally every Easter Sunday. At the meeting it was mentioned the Easter Parade will held at the Planetarium, UPDATE:  This year the event takes place at Trev Deeley on Boundary Road, between 10 am and 12 pm. At noon participants depart for a mystery tour around the city before arriving at a yet undisclosed indoor facility in North Burnaby. The destination is announced just before the procession of cars heads out. Admission is free for the public before the rally and $5 per non-member participating vehicles.


Newsletter


Tim is preparing the Spring Edition of the newsletter. If you have any content for him please email him tikkert@shaw.ca. The goal is to have the Spring edition printed in time for the Fun Run. UPDATE: Tim is finalizing the Spring Edition at this time, he is still looking for content to add to the next edition.


Open House:


Annual Paccar Technical Center Open House  will be held Saturday April 14 from 11- 3 in Mount Vernon. The Tech Center does testing and development for Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks. The tour highlights test labs and trucks manufactured by PACCAR. The Tech Center partners with government agencies and academic institutions to evaluate future vehicle technologies.


Route 66 News: 


The latest Desert USA Newsletter has many pictures and articles pertaining to Route 66. Bristol Dry Lake off Route 66 near Amboy in CA. It is a dry lake bed in the desert near the Mojave National Preserve. It's a huge source of salt.


The California Theater in San Bernadino is a classic movie house from 1928  which was completely restored in 2001 is still going strong today with a series of plays and Concerts. Tragically, it is famous for being the location of Will Rogers last show before being killed in the 1935 plane crash in Alaska.


In Oatman Az, the Bureau of Land Management & Humane Society are trying to reduce the number of wild burros by trapping female burros and inoculate them with a contraceptive used for horses and burros.

The burros are descendants of animals used in area gold mines a century ago. When the mines closed, workers turned the burros loose.  Police report a rising number of traffic accidents involving the burros on Oatman Road (aka Route 66).

The burros are a big tourist attraction. Visitors pet the often-docile animals or feed them carrots sold by stores as the animals leisurely roam the streets.


Angel Delgadillo


Arizona newspaper recently published a lengthy feature about Angel Delgadillo, who is now affectionately known as the Guardian Angel of Route 66.

Angel is approaching the 40th anniversary of the date that caused him great sorrow, Sept. 22, 1978 — 2:30 p.m., to be exact — when about 9,000 vehicles a day along Route 66 just outside of his barber shop dropped to almost zero. That’s because a new interstate (I-40) opened and bypassed his hometown of Seligman, Arizona.


“And then there was nothing. We were forgotten. Left to die,” Delgadillo told the newspaper.

But the abandonment of Route 66 set a course for Angel to tirelessly lobby the state to designate old Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman as a historic highway. He helped found the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona in 1987, then the Arizona Route 66 Fun Run began a year later.


Decades later, he continues to enthusiastically greet tourists, pose for photographs and, if he’s not too busy, offer a shave or a haircut.


Angel’s family said it has documented about 1,200 interviews he’s given over the years.

He said his barber shop was one of only four businesses that stayed after the I-40 bypass.

He managed to put 3 children through college during those lean times, despite making only $11,000 a year at one point.

The first Fun Run attracted 150 cars its first year. It now typically draws 900 or more.


The newspaper also reported Angel has only traveled from Seligman less than a dozen times.

Angel has never been to Disneyland to see Cars Land. He has no intention of visiting Radiator Springs, a Route 66 town inspired by Seligman and crafted by Disney Imagineers.

Why bother when he can look out his front door and see the real thing?



Meeting Adjourned at 11:45 am.


50/50 draw, $60 was collected, Sue Ramberg won $30.


Next meeting Sunday April 8, 10 am. Delta Golf Club

Get Your Bricks on Route 66

Get your Bricks on Route 66 for $66. 

Hey everybody, here's your chance to get a Commemorative brick on Route 66. You can honor a loved one, a graduate, your valentine, your alma mater, or just because. The bricks will be installed around the cottage-style filling station currently going up at the Route 66 Historical Village on Southwest Blvd., Tulsa.

Call Teresa Hingey for further information: 918-902-9974



2017 Christmas Party Pictures

Bill Blackwell. Joe Barker, Bill Forbes (Mr Bill)

Photos from the 2017 Canadian Route 66 Christmas Party. Click on Picture to View.

AGM Meeting Minutes - October 2017

Canadian Route 66 Association AGM Minutes

Sunday October 26, 2017


14 Members & 2 Guests in Attendance


Membership:

The Association currently has 52 active members which include:
 3 paid Associations/Groups 
 1 Life member Wanda Saunders
 4 Complimentary memberships (Red Robinson, Shell Busey, Arizona R66 Assoc, Calif Historic R66 Assoc) 

As a reminder membership dues are due in January each year, you are welcome to make your annual dues renewal at the xmas party. If your newsletter renewal date on the back of your current newsletter is highlighted in yellow that is a reminder that your dues are due.

Your membership dues covers the costs of producing 2 newsletters each year. Funds are also used towards events such as the Picnic, although Pot Luck the Assoc does supply the burgers.

Finances:

Our Treasurer, Craig McDowall prepared our annual year end report.

 Due to the expenses associated with the transfer of the Canadian Route 66 Association trademark & the Web Site Domain to George along with the 15 year renewal fees, our NET Revenue for the Fiscal Year End was  - $1,075.28

If you would like a copy of the financial statement please ask. Copies are available to the members anytime at your request.

Current Executive - No Change

President:  Bonnie Game               

Vice President: Stewart Heyes    

Treasurer: Craig McDowall         

Founder:  Lorrie Fleming          

Website:George Game 

Newsletter Editor: Tim Kikkert

Garage Tours:Bonnie Game (or any member who wishes to assist)

   Club Liaisons:

      BC Corvette Club: Stewart Heyes              

      Kruise-for-KidsRoy Hansen


Newsletter:

Tim requires more content for the fall/winter edition which we hope to have ready for the Xmas Party.  We plan to have the newsletter printed by mid November, please send any stories which may be of interest to Tkikkert@shaw.ca

Garage Tours:

Bonnie had contacted Ed Wasney in Sept for Garage tour -this was a 2nd attempt. Mr Wasney informed Bonnie he is not open on Sundays, and said he would get back to us on a date.


Annual Christmas Party:

Christmas Party, Saturday December 2 at the Delta Golf Course. $45 per person. Menu - Turkey, Ham, etc. As always we will have pictures of activities, road trips from years past, if you would like to add pictures for the party please send to George. Door Prizes are much appreciated. Please bring one FUN GIFT per person to share. Email invitations will be sent in November.


2018 Fun Run:

Route suggestions appreciated, suggestions from Roadside America  web site - 

This web site has great ideas on interesting things to see along the road, not just on Route 66. Check out the web site roadsideamerica.com, If you know of a city we could visit which has interesting things to see we can work on an itinerary incorporating this.

Here are some of the ideas from the web site:

Auburn WA- Coffee Pot Coffee house

Pullaup WA - Muffler Man statue

Los Angeles - Peterson Museum

Hollywood - KERMIT Statue

Lee Vining Calif - Upside-down House

Upside Down House — There’s an attention to detail in the Upside Down House: a whole room inside nailed to the ceiling, complete with pots and pans, a bed, chairs, and even a wash basin. Even the dedication plaque is upside down.


Miles of Possibility Conference: 

George & Bonnie attended the 3rd Annual Miles of Possibility Conference in Joliet Illinois, Oct 18 -24. the weekend featured historical tours, a variety of presentations, entertainment, and social/dinner get-togethers. On Thursday, October 19, well-known preservationist/author John Weiss led a bus tour from Joliet to Dwight and back. And on Thursday evening, our group met up for hard-hitting rock 'n roll at The Forge nightclub in downtown Joliet. The opening band was not so easy to listen to as they spent an hour doing a sound check CHECK CHECK…

The highlight of the weekend was the Blooze Brothers  - the only impersonators Dan Ackroyd approves. 

The Dwight Texaco Station has maps on display where they ask you to put a pin in where you live. As tourist season was just about over, the map of Europe was so full of pins, you could not get another pin in the map if you tried. That is how many people from Europe are travelling Route 66 each year. 


KRUISE FOR KIDS

The annual Kruise-for-Kids toy drive/fund raiser will be held Sunday November 5 at 8:30 am starting at the Red Robin parking lot in Guildford. Departure to Cascades Casino begins at 10am.

Decorate your car, yourself, bring an unwrapped toy for donation or cash donations are also accepted. So far the weather forecast is for a chance of everything, rain, snow flurries, sun!!

Kruise-for-Kids is our association charity, our 50/50 draw and nickel collections go towards our donation.


50/50 draw

 $35 won by Yolanda & Bill.


Due to the Christmas Party December 2, there will not be a meeting in November.

Miles of Possibility Conference, Joliet IL, October 2017

We had lunch here with David Clark during our excelent day tour. The Chicken was Fantastic!


With no Official Route 66 Festival this year, Bonnie and I attended the Miles of Possibility Conferences in Joliet Illinois. This was the third MOP Conferences and our second.  We had pre-arranged a Tour of the Chicago Route 66 Area with David Clark of Windycityroadwarrior.com. We spent Monday with David walking the strets of Chicago and then setting out on the road to Joliet to see the sites. David gave us and exceptional tour. He was also a speaker at the Conference.

On Tuesday we picked up our rental car and headed south on Route 66 to visit the Litchfield Museum and to see and visit Terri Ryborn’s Sprague’s Service Station in Normal, IL. We made stops in Pontiac and many other towns along the way. We spent the night in Springfield and then the next day visited Litchfield and Normal. On our return trip we stopped at the Cozy Dog for lunch and met Buz Waldmire. After lunch it was back on the highway to Joliet.

More of this story in our next Newsletter.

See the Photo Section for pictures from our trip. Part 1 is Illinois and the Conference. Part 2 is our side trip to Dearborn Michigan to see the Henry Ford Museum. An amazing Museum!


Miles of Possibility Conference News Release - Joliet IL, October 2017

Jerry McClanahan, Author of the EZ66 Guide for Travelers and Bonnie Game (Jerry’s Artwork in Background)


Route 66 enthusiasts show their love of the road in Joliet

‘You either get it or you don’t’


From the Herald News

By Bob Okon

Oct. 22, 2017

JOLIET – Vancouver, Canada, Akron, Ohio and Green Bay, Wisconsin, were a few of the hometowns of people who came to a Route 66 conference over the weekend, showing a bit of the drawing power that the historic highway has for its devotees.

None of those towns are even along the old Route 66, famous for its place in Americana as a favourite travel route in the early days of automobile travel.

“You either get it or you don’t,” George Game said of the fascination with Route 66. “I’ve met people who don’t.”

Those who don’t weren’t at the Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference in Joliet over the weekend.

George Game, a member of the Canadian Route 66 Association, came from Vancouver to share the love for Route 66 travel at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, where speakers covered subjects such as historic preservation and economic opportunity.

Others came from familiar Route 66 towns: Pontiac, Illinois; Springfield, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, to name a few.

Joliet is too. The museum, which also houses a Route 66 exhibit, is prime territory for Route 66 travellers. It’s one of the first destinations for those who make the full trip along the old route from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The keynote speaker at the conference was Illinois Director of Tourism Cory Jobe, who talked about the Route 66 role in a state tourism business calculated to have contributed 10,000 jobs in 2016.

“Route 66 is a major international draw,” Jobe told the audience, as he talked about German and Japanese tour operators who organize trips to Route 66.

Then there was Ron Jones of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

The tattoo man

“For some odd reason, they call me the Route 66 tattoo man,” Jones said as he introduced himself at the conference. “I have 169 tattoos. 164 of them are Route 66.”

Jones would doff his cap to show a tattoo depicting Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico, one of many Route 66 stops that one can see inked on his skin.

“When I first met Ron, he had only 19 tattoos,” said Brenda St. Clair of Akron, Ohio, showing some of the 

Route 66 camaraderie evident in the room.

“I come to see the people,” said Dora Meroney, president of the Old Route 66 Association of Texas, discussing what drew her to the Joliet conference. “And I came to hear what they’re talking about in other states, and if I can use any of it.”

Route 66 college

Thomas Chase of Green Bay, Wisconsin, talked about the Route 66 class he teaches in a Lifelong Learning Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

He has 50 people in the class and a waiting list of 80.

“They’re Wisconsin people,” Chase said.

Wisconsin is off the Route 66 path. But some have memories of Route 66 from when they lived in states along the route. Others are interested in traveling the highway, he said.

“They’re there because it looks like a fun thing to do,” Chase said.

Many in his class are older, Chase said. He is thinking of setting up bus tours that might run from Joliet to Pontiac to give them a taste of Route 66.

Most Route 66 enthusiasts are older, said Bill Thomas, chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership, which includes all eight states along the route.

The next generation

“We’re all in the prime and prime-plus stage of our lives,” Thomas said. “We need to make sure people younger than us know about Route 66 and appreciate it.”

Thomas talked about efforts underway to make the highway a national historic trail. A Route 66 credit card could be ready by November, he said. And students in the Netherlands are working on a Route 66 global positioning system to help travellers stay on course.

But Thomas also said Route 66 advocates will need to educate a new generation of travellers if they want to keep fascination with the road alive.

Actually, there were a couple of young students from the University of St. Francis at the conference.

One was Diana Viveros, a marketing student who said she knew little about Route 66 other than what she learned from the Disney movie “Cars” before joining the conference for a bus tour down the route to Dwight on Thursday.

Might she consider a Route 66 road trip of her own some day?

“I think I would,” Viveros said. “It’s just part of our American history.”


News Release: Couple set to relaunch the Launching Pad

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• The Gemini Giant is one of the top Route 66 attractions in Illinois.

• The Gemini Giant has stood outside the Launching Pad since 1965.

• The 24-foot-tall stature originally was one of the "Muffler Men" who were placed primarily outside of auto repair shops.


From the Daily Herald

By Matt Avery

Oct 23, 2017


No trip down Route 66 is complete without a stop at the Launching Pad.

The restaurant is a true relic from the retro age of the 1950s and '60s. Now, thanks to new owners, it'll be given new life and relaunched in the spring.

The eatery isn't the sole draw to Wilmington, a small town 20 miles south of Joliet: many visitors come to see the 24-foot-tall statue of a green space man holding a rocket that stands outside of the Launching Pad. The restaurant, located at 810 E. Baltimore St. (Route 66), dates to 1960 when it opened as Dairy Delite before getting renamed the Launching Pad in 1965.

That's also the year a previous owner purchased the large, fiberglass statute and placed it outside to draw attention. It originally was one of the "Muffler Men" who were placed primarily outside of auto repair shops as promotional pieces. It's now one of three surviving examples located on Route 66 and is one of the top five Route 66 attractions in the state.

Though traffic along Route 66 dwindled after construction of the interstate system -- I-55 is close by -- the diner survived until 2010, when it first closed. It remained a popular cruising destination and photo opportunity for both locals and out-of-state (and country) tourists. This week, Tully Garrett and Holly Barker became the proud new owners and have big plans for the site.

After a full overhaul, it'll be reopened next spring, serving up iconic diner fare. Tully did a stint in the music industry and will have a mini-museum inside showcasing some of his extensive music memorabilia. There's also plans to host car shows on-site.

"The Gemini Giant is one of the top five Route 66 attractions in the state," said Bill Kelly, executive director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway. "We are glad to see it remain in Wilmington and get the attention it deserves from the new owners. The Byway wishes them the best of success.”

Launching Pad


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New Owners: Tulley Garrett and Holly Barker with George Game at the Miles of Possibility Conference in Joliet, IL, October 2017

National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Grants

Dear Friends of Route 66,


The National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s cost-share grant awards. The cost-share grant program provides grant assistance for eligible historic preservation, research, oral history, interpretative, and educational projects. Grants are offered through an annual, competitive grant cycle. Since 2001, 139 projects have been awarded $2.1 million with $3.4 million in cost-share match, totaling $5.5 million in public-private investment toward the revitalization of the Route 66 corridor.

To learn more about each of these projects, see the full version grant announcement online.

The 2017 grant awards go to:


Illinois

Tropics Neon Sign Restoration Project

Location: Lincoln, Illinois

Applicant: Logan County Tourism Bureau

NPS Grant: $17,000             Cost-Share Match: $28,500


Missouri

Trucking on Route 66 in Missouri Oral History Project

Location: Route 66 through Missouri

Applicant: Missouri State University Libraries

NPS Grant: $5,105               Cost-Share Match: $5,697


Wilder’s Neon Sign Restoration Project

Location: Joplin, MO

Applicant: Private Owners

NPS Grant: $24,000             Cost-Share Match: $24,000


Texas

Texas Route 66 Historic Property Online Database

Location: Route 66 through Texas

Applicant: Texas Historical Commission

NPS Grant: $13,532              Cost-Share Match: $18,668


California

Online Educational Guide to Route 66 in California

Location: Route 66 through California

Applicant: California Historic Route 66 Association

NPS Grant: $6,000               Cost-Share Match: $6,484


National Route 66

Route 66 Bridge Assessment and Prioritization Project

Location: Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica

Applicant: The University of Texas at El Paso

NPS Grant: $7,550                Cost-Share Match: $24,784


The Women on the Mother Road: Documentary Film

Location: Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica

Applicant: Cinefemme

NPS Grant: $25,000              Cost-Share Match: $25,000


_________________________________________________________________________


Kaisa Barthuli

Program Manager

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

National Trails Intermountain Region

National Park Service

P.O. Box 728

Santa Fe, New Mexico  87504-0728


Email: kaisa_barthuli@nps.gov

Phone: 505.988.6701

Fax: 505.986.5214


Website: www.nps.gov/rt66