General Meeting Minutes - Feb 2016

Canadian Route 66 Association 

Meeting Minutes for Sunday 
February 7, 2016

Brunch meeting held at Delta Golf Course


Welcome new Members Sandy & Bev Ujhazy.

Annual Paccar Technical Center Open House for 2016 will be held April 9 from 11- 3 in Mount Vernon. This open house is always held during the Tulip Festival.

Alternate suggestion to tour the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, they presently have a Route 66 Exhibit. Route 66 Dream of the Mother Road.

New Permanent Display - a tribute to Harold Lemay

‘Lucky’s Garage’

Harold Lemay bought cars for their historical, cultural, and aesthetic value rather than as an investment.

Discussion regarding Paccar vs Le May, it was decided to choose LeMay museum. Bonnie to contact LeMay museum to find out how long the Route 66 Exhibit will be at the museum.

Tentative plans to visit the museum are for Saturday April 2. Group Rate at museum would be $12 USD per person, CASH ONLY as we have to pay all at once.


BC Society's Act

It has come to the attention of the Association that we are required to submit a set of ‘Bylaws’ to the BC Registry Services by November. Lorrie investigated this as we do not have BYLAWS. Our Constitution which was required when she formed the Society in 1996 would be sufficient. A little update in the wording could bring our Constitution into the present day. Bonnie to review how other Associations word their Constitution and report back next month with suggestions.

The purpose(s) of the society is: to promote awareness of events and preserve the historical significance of the Old U.S. Route 66 Highway for fellow Canadians to be involved Internationally. 

One proposed change would be to revise OLD U.S. Route 66 to read Historic Route 66


Route 66 News:

November 2016 marks the 90th Anniversary of Route 66. Los Angeles is planning a festival for the November 11 weekend. No word yet from the coordinator Scott Piotrowski on how plans are progressing for the festival.


Parade Magazine lists TOP 10 Stops Along Route 66

Here are 10 hot stops not to miss:

Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, Tx) Featuring a series of vintage Cadillacs nose-diving into the ground was created by rancher/art collector Stanley Marsh in 1974.

The Painted Desert (Arizona) Hop out to take in this breathtaking hunk of sprawling landscape.

Roy’s Motel Café (Amboy, CA) This iconically lonely 1950s era Mojave desert motel and diner is the perfect setting for a visit from a mysterious drifter.

The Blue Whale (Catoosa, Ok.) The 20-foot tall, 80-foot long landmark, which took two years to build is still one of the most popular photo ops on the Mother Road.

Cars on the Route (Galena, Ka.) This fuel stop celebrates its connection to the movie Cars (the 1951 Tow Tater truck out front inspired the “Tow Mater” character).

Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant (Chicago) Kick off your trip at this legendary diner, established in 1923 and famous for its proprietors giving out fresh donut holes and Milk Duds by the dozen.

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum (Clinton, Ok) Operated by the Oklahoma Historical society, visit a really cool replica diner—at this museum 

Chain of Rocks Bridge (St. Louis) Spanning the Mississippi River on the north end of St. Louis, the bridge, opened in 1929, is best known for its jolting 24-degree bend. Today, it’s only open for bikes and pedestrians.

Wigwam Motel (Holbrook, Az. and San Bernardino, Ca) Did you know that two of America’s surviving renovated concrete teepee hotels are located along Route 66?

Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica, Ca) Although Route 66 officially ended a few blocks north of this landmark pier, which opened in 1909, most people think of this picturesque spot as the end of the trail.


Holbrook Dairy Queen sign allowed to stay

A few weeks ago Dairy Queen wanted a franchise along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona, to replace its 50-year-old neon sign.

Hundreds of preservationists launched a Change.org petition and called and emailed DQ headquarters, asking it to allow the sign to stay at its longtime home at 1004 Navajo Blvd. (Route 66). Apparently the home office listened. An email received from DQ stated that the Dairy Queen Heritage Sign may remain as long as it is in good working order and kept up properly!

 Save the Holbrook Dairy Queen Sign on Facebook collected more than 200 fans.


Mojave Trails National Monument order expected soon

A declaration of a Mojave Trails National Monument that would include almost all of Route 66 from Needles to Barstow, is coming within days. For six years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has tried to get such a Mojave Trails National Monument designation through Congress, but the legislation has stalled despite widespread support from Californians.

President Obama is expected to invoke the 1906 Antiquities Act, at Feinstein’s request, to create 3 National Monuments preserving 1,380,350 acres of these lands, including a long stretch of Route 66. Republicans oppose the designation they have proposed the same three monuments, but would open the Route 66 area to mining.


Man to form United Kingdom Route 66 Association

After a side trip to Williams, Az during the 1980s a British man was inspired to form a United Kingdom Route 66 Association after he participates in the annual Route 66 Fun Run.

Peter Campbell-McBride told the Kingman Daily Miner newspaper what inspired him to form the group:

While researching the Fun Run, McBride realized there were thousands of people from around the world who were as interested as he was in the road made famous by John Steinbeck’s classic “Grapes of Wrath.”

He read about existing Route 66 clubs from Australia, Holland and Czech Republic, but none from the United Kingdom.

That made no sense to McBride. His country has a chain of drive-ins named after Route 66, and last year there was the Route 66 car and bike show in the south of England. And the best recording of “Get Your Kicks” outside of the USA is by the Rolling Stones, in McBride’s partiality.

“There are many car and bike enthusiasts in my country who would love to experience visiting the most iconic road in America, but there is no focus group to help make that dream come true. I aim to fix that,” he said.

It’s surprising a Route 66 association in England hasn’t been formed already since the popular TV series in 2011 hosted by Billy Connolly. There are Route 66 associations in Canada, Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Norway and a recently Japan.


Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar Nomination

A Pixar Animator is now an Academy Award nominee because of his short film, inspired by his own childhood growing up at a Route 66 motel in California. Sanjay Patel, along with his producer were nominated for an Oscar in the short film (animated) category for “Sanjay’s Super Team.”  Patel will find out whether he wins an Oscar during ABC’s Academy Awards Feb. 28.


50/50 Draw —

New Member Sandy Ujthay drew the winning ticket — Barry Cook won $30.

Tim Kikkert welcomed everyone to Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live event’s the 7th Annual Show & Shine which will be held May 26 during the Prostate Cancer RIDE TO LIVE Event. www.vancouver.ridetolive.ca


Tim Kikkert welcomed everyone to Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live event’s the 7th Annual Show & Shine which will be held May 26 during the Prostate Cancer RIDE TO LIVE Event. www.vancouver.ridetolive.ca