General Meeting - September 8, 2019

Canadian Route 66 Meeting Sunday September 8, 2019

Annual Picnic 

Everyone had a great time at Walter & Joan’s home

Renting dishes instead of using paper, left Joan with alot less garbage than in past years.

Walter’s new covered dock was a lovely place to people watch on the lake!

Sip & Steam Event

  • 32 attendees with BCCC
  • Everyone had a good time
  • Feedback Gord?

Upcoming Events:

Tentative Garage tour scheduled after Oct meeting

Will confirm with host a few weeks prior.

Kruise 4 Kids

Change of Date

Kruise 4 Kids is Sunday Nov 10, starting at 10am from Red Robin Parking lot Guildford, ending at Langley Civic Center 20338 65th Ave 

We will make a donation.

Classic Car Toy Run 

Saturday September 14

Meet 9am Port Moody Park N Ride – ends at Red Truck Brewing 1st Ave Vancouver

All toys are donated to Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

Change of meeting date November

Due to schedule conflict with Kruise for Kids change meeting from Nov 10 – Nov 3

Thanksgoving weekend is out next scheduled meeting, change to Oct 6?

Route 66 News:

Bottle Tree Ranch, near Oro Grande (Victorville) Calif has re-opened after owner Elmer Long passed away in July. Elmer’s son Elliott is now managing the Bottle Tree Ranch in his father’s memory.

A Bottle Tree Ranch page on Facebook quoted a family member shortly after Elmer’s death, saying they’re “determined to make sure it stays around forever.” 

The Bottle Tree is made of recycled bottles on welded trees and other random objects, including a typewriter. Elmer began his ranch around  the year 2000. It eventually became known worldwide and even became a backdrop in a horror film.

Needles Calif Chamber of Commerce is asking Visit California (Calif Travel & Tourism) to give them a Visitors Welcome Center, possibly located in the restored former Harvey House. Needles is the first California town westbound travelers encounter off I- 40, and it’s the only city of any real size until Barstow — 140 miles away.

And Needles would get an economic boost from staff members at the welcome center recommending motels and restaurants there, rather than visitors bypassing city as there is nothing of significance to see.

The Tulsa Route 66 Commission generally does good things for the Mother Road in northeast Oklahoma, but this story from KTUL caught my eye for a less-positive reason:

If you drive the four-mile stretch of 11th Street, you’ll pass 59 used car dealerships.
“It’s car lot after car lot, which is really not engaging people in a meaningful way,” said Ken Busby with the Route 66 Commission.
And it doesn’t end there; there are multiple auto repair and tire shops. You could say this part of the Mother Road has turned into a car industry, and according to the Route 66 Commission, that’s not something to be proud of.
The group is planning to draft a letter to support the city council and the planning committee to take action on the issue. They would like to see a zoning change or a zoning code to prevent new auto-related businesses from coming to this area. They’re not trying to get rid of the existing auto shops but to bring in other businesses.

Car lots and tire shops serve the public in a useful way. They generate a lot of sales tax revenue for a city’s coffers because we’re talking high-dollar purchases here. And it seems Route 66 and automotive-related businesses are linked as naturally as breathing.

Its Ironic Tulsa is opposing a business sector that’s intrinsically linked to oil — which originally turned the city into an economic powerhouse.

Route 66 represents a microcosm of America. Route 66 shows the true America, and should be regarded as such. Route 66 includes car lots and tire shops.

Another reason to leave well enough alone is Tulsa’s downtown renaissance has filtered down to 11th Street (aka Route 66) and moved gradually east. If the commission wants more desirable and varied businesses, those already have been occurring and will continue to do so.

City of Monrovia, California, has approved a proposal to reuse the former Monrovia Market building as a Route 66 automotive museum and special event center. According to Los Angeles County property records, the structure was built in 1924. So it certainly has some historic cachet.

The museum would showcase several 1950 classic cars and memorabilia owned by the late Fred Bowden and could be rented out for private parties and gatherings on a limited basis. The project proposal also includes the addition of two residential loft units on the second floor

Actor Peter Fonda  who found fame in 1969’s “Easy Rider” that was shot on Route 66, died with a bout of Lung Cancer, he was 79. Peter Fonda produced, co-wrote and starred in “Easy Rider,” which was directed by co-star Dennis Hopper. The counterculture film cost less than a half-million dollars to make and grossed more than $60 million. Despite a bleak ending, it spurred a lot of people to buy motorcycles and hit the open road, with no small debt to Steppenwolf.

“Easy Rider” was shot on location on Route 66 in Gallup, New Mexico; Needles, Calif; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Bellmont, Arizona; to name a few. Mr. Zip 66 helpfully mapped out the cross-country path taken in the movie.

Route 66 Navigation app adjusting routes ‘to deliver the best experience’

The creator of the paid Route 66 Navigation app announced the app’s routes through Kingman, Arizona, and Cuba, Missouri, have been adjusted so they could “deliver travelers the best experience on historic Route 66.”

Marian Pavel, CEO of Slovakia-based Touch Media, also said he soon would adjust routes through Albuquerque and St. Louis to make the trip more pleasurable and help Route 66 businesses there.

A news release explained the app’s adjustment of its routes through Kingman and Cuba: