Gary Turner 1944 - 2015

Gary Turner & Bonnie at the 2010 International Festival

Canadian Route 66 Association Member Gary Turner passed away January 22, 2015. Gary is survived by his wife Lena of 47 years and four children. Gary was a true Ambassador to Route 66. He will be missed by everyone on the Route.

The Gay Parita service station on Route 66 in Paris Springs, Missouri

Gary holding his Canadian Route 66 Newsletter - His story by Brad inside.

Inside his Service Station

Historic U.S. 66 Highway Association REBORN

Oklahoma’s “Father of Route 66” Cyrus Avery’s 1927 Organization Reestablished


Tulsa, OK, January 5, 2015 – Dormant since the 1970’s, the original and most influential Route 66 organization, the U.S. 66 Highway Association, is being re-established following the consolidation of the Route 66 Alliance and the National Historic Route 66 Federation.  Originally, created in 1927 by enterprising Tulsan, Cyrus Avery, known today as the “Father of Route 66,” the U.S. 66 Highway Association dominated as Route 66’s singular national umbrella organization for nearly 50 years. 

 Avery’s grandson, Cyrus Stevens Avery II confirmed today that Michael Wallis’s Tulsa-based Route 66 Alliance and the National Historic Route 66 Federation run by Executive Director David Knudson in California have consolidated their organizations under the U.S. 66 Highway Association’s re-established banner.  The historic announcement will combine both groups’ resources under the Avery association’s auspices.

 In the decades since the U.S. 66 Highway Association was dormant, no entity had definitively established itself as the sole national clearinghouse of information for Route 66 enthusiasts.  As a combination 501c3 and 501c4, the Alliance and Federation under the re-energized U.S. 66 Highway Association banner will accomplish that goal, creating a collected entity with international reach and influence.    

 “We’re delighted that Michael and David will continue the family legacy,” Avery II stated this morning.  “My Grandfather created 66 in Tulsa, Michael is a fellow-Tulsan, and both he and David have done well to carry my Grandfather’s vision forward these past many years.”

 David Knudson’s California-based National Historic Route 66 Federation is responsible for the 1990’s legislation that established the $10 Million funding bill aimed at preserving Route 66.  Through it, the Route 66 Corridor Program overseen by the National Park Service was established.

 “We’ve been discussing partnering since late 2013,” said Knudson.  “There’s a perception of division between our organizations, but we’ve always shared a mission statement of Route 66 preservation, promotion, and education.  Creating unity to quiet the dividers while also reaching our global fan-base made sense.”

 As the voice of the sheriff in Disney/Pixar’s 2006 film Cars, Wallis has a fan base of his own.  A three-time Pulitzer-prize nominee, he wrote Route 66: the Mother Road in 1990, the book commonly seen as a catalyst to Route 66’s nostalgic rebirth.  He established the Route 66 Alliance in 2008 with co-founder Rick Freeland to ensure the road’s survival for future generations and he travels extensively each year promoting it.  Says Wallis, “U.S. 66 is another piece of the puzzle for Tulsa to reclaim pride of ownership over Route 66’s heritage.  Tulsa, my friends, has always been the ‘Washington D.C.’ of Route 66.”  

 The U.S. 66 Highway Association also re-registered the names Route 66 Association and the Highway 66 Association, which it was sometimes referred to.  “We’ll use those again too,” laughs Avery II.  “Anything we were then, we’ll be again.” 

General Meeting Minutes - January 2015

Canadian Route 66 Association Minutes for Sunday January 11, 2015

Brunch meeting held at Delta Golf Course

11 Members, 1 Guest in attendance

Happy New Year

Christmas Party Report

  • 31 members attended at the Delta Golf Course,
  • Everyone had a great time once again; gifts were a lot of fun,
  • The Golf Course would like us to make a confirmed date for 2015, Saturday December 5? Bonnie will confirm this date and report back at next meeting.

AGM Notes:

At the Annual General Meeting in October our Treasurer Craig McDowall, presented the Association with financial statements for the year. As a NON Profit Assoc we are not allowed to make a lot of money. We did however come out with net revenue of $158.54. Due to the low attendance at meetings this past year, we had not collected 50/50 draws or pennies (now nickels) to make our annual donation to Kruise for Kids.

Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership at the Xmas Party. As mentioned at the AGM we have raised our membership fees to $35 to help cover additional costs such as Newsletter printing etc.

Proposed Trips/Activities for 2014

SUGGESTIONS for activities/Garage Tours, Picnic locations

Geoff had a few suggestions for Garage Tours we had visited in the past. Bonnie will follow up on these suggestions.

Annual Paccar Technical Center Open House for 2015 will be held April 11 from 11- 3 in Mount Vernon in conjunction with the Tulip Festival. See their trucks and the test labs on this 242 acre site. Route 66 News

The “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” which ended in December at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles was declared “the most popular show in the history of the museum” by its president. The museum doesn’t keep specific counts for exhibits, but it was estimated more than 50,000 visited “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” during its seven-month run. 

A security guard said that on the Saturday before the last day there were so many people in the galleries you could hardly move,  people that did not know each other were constantly striking up conversations. 

Cynnie Troup, the daughter of Bobby Troup (“Get your kicks on” Route 66″) was also on hand to talk about the cross-country map created by her mother and father on the trip west.

The Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, will include a of Route 66 promotion, aka the Will Rogers Memorial Highway, during a series of changes for the upcoming year.

References of the Will Rogers Highway date back to the early 1940s. A well-known monument dedicating the Will Rogers Highway also was installed in Santa Monica, California, near the Santa Monica Pier, in 1952.

Fun Run.

The Official Fun Run dates are May 1 - 3 beginning in Seligman. The tentative route departing from Vancouver April 24 or 25  would be:

Eugene Or,  Sacramento Ca, Rialto Ca, Williams Az, Seligman, Kingman, Lake Havasu or Laughlin, Barstow Ca, Virginia City.

Suggestions for this year would be to visit the temporary location Peterson Museum in Los Angeles or wait until 2016 to visit the renovated museum. The Nethercut Collection in Sylmar Ca would also be a great location to visit. All the restored vintage cars on display are used in parades , Concours events & other special occasions. The vehicles on display are ‘floated’ off the marble floors. They also have a Canadian connection, 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive #2839, built in Montreal!

One of our Route 66 contacts in Los Angeles who organizes guided Route 66 walking tours. Los Angeles can be difficult to drive through and see the Route 66 sights.  If a Route 66 walking tour was possible,  the plan would be to stay 2 nights in the Wigwam Motel in Rialto Ca. ‘Enjoy Route 66 the Wigwam Way’

Following the Fun Run, one suggestions would be to stay 2 nights in Laughlin and take a Topok River Tour to see the Petroglyphs — if the group has a Max 6 people interested we could charter the boat for $25 per person. Otherwise the tour is $50 per person with a max of 6 (other) people in the boat.

In Las Vegas if anyone is interested in a tour of Art Golstrom’s collection of Nostalgia Street Rods in Las Vegas, this collections contains more than 160 working vintage cars, dating back to Ford Model T's, and just about everything else, from signed memorabilia to antique telephones. You will see old jail locks with giant keys, a check for $925 signed by Thomas Edison, a 1955 Chevrolet with a 1,600-horsepower engine, the second gas-powered Maytag washing machine sold in Nevada, a piece of the Hindenburg and much more. The tour is available at 10am or 2pm for a cost of $20 per person

George will provide further information at the next meeting. Accommodation for the Fun Run itself must be arranged ASAP. If you are interested in attending the Fun Run regardless if you are driving with the group, please contact Bonnie with your credit card information so your accommodation can be arranged. or 604-802-0490

Local Car events listing:

Lee Harrison list is only available online to download & any changes or additions are kept up to date

The Route 66 Fun Run is listed, along with the 3 events which Bonnie organizes - 

  • Hats Off Day June 6
  • Marpole Summerfest - July 18 (new date)
  • Edmonds (Burnaby) City Fair - July 19

Other Business

Bill Blackall wanted the members to be aware of their collector car insurance validity if you have a secondary policy in addition to ICBC. Make certain both policies are valid. Bill had a situation where his secondary policy for Liability Insurance which was to be automatically renewed each year & was not notified the policy had been cancelled. 

50/50 Draw - $37 collected. Congratulations to Debbie Richdale who was the winner of the 50/50 draw.

Next meeting date Sunday February 8 - 10am Delta Golf Course

Mother Road Ride Rally

 MOTHER ROAD RIDE RALLY - 21st Ride down Old ROUTE 66


This is a motorcycle ride down old RT-66. The ride starts on the 10th June2015 at La Quinta Inn in Willow Brook, Illinois. The ride will follow RT-66to Santa Monica, Calif. the ride ends June 21st in Santa Monica, Calif. Wehave an awards dinner in California. The ride will follow a lot of the oldRT-66 and will include riding across the Mississippi river on the chain ofRocks Bridge, the Ozark trail. Original red brick pavement road, the ghosttown of Oatman for breakfast, 2015 will be the 21st year for this ride.All bikes welcome. You must register. Ride of a Life time. 

Go to our web site, menu on the left side top of page this will answer mostquestions and give you a look of what the Rally is about.  

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George Higgins