2019 Route 66 Fun Run

May 3 to 5, 2019

Seligman to Topock, Az

Every year we have the opportunity to celebrate Route 66 which tied our country together through the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and World War II. The Route 66 Fun Run covers a good portion of what remains of the “Mother Road”. Tom and Val Altgilber and Michelle and I are the only club members to make the run this year. Michelle and I travelled with a group of friends from the White Mountains. We drove our 56 Dodge and other than Rick and Dana Heck who drove their 34 Ford Cabriolet, everyone else drove a collection of Corvettes, Mustangs, a Porsche, Mercedes and a Hellcat Charger.

We drove over to Williams on I40 on Friday and spent the afternoon being tourists in all of the shops that line Route 66 in Williams. Stopped at Cruisers for refreshments and stuck around for dinner. Williams is a great little town, if you have a chance be sure to attend their car show later this year.

On Saturday AM we drove down to Seligman where the official start of the cruise is held. The town was full of car groups staging for the cruise. Several groups from various countries rent new performance cars, for the run. One of the largest groups this year was from Australia, decked out in various Mustang GTs.

Our 1st stop on the cruise was at Peach Springs, which is the jumping off point for trips to Hualapai in the Grand Canyon.

After Peach Springs we stopped at the Hackberry, AZ General Store for lunch, and looking at all the memorabilia that the owner has collected. We then headed down 66 to Kingman to take in the car show and spend the night. While at Hackberry we met up with Tom and Val Altigibers and had a nice visit with them.

On Sunday we made our way down to Oatman, stopping a Cool Springs on the way, again a place filled with great memories of the Mother Road. As usual, Oatman was a madhouse with cars, motorcycles, pedestrians and of course the local Donkey herd who have the run of the town.

After Oatman the cruise continues on to Topock, AZ which is the end and where they pass out the awards. Our group from Show Low, headed north on US95 to Laughlin NV, where we spent the night. Rick Fernau signed us up for a Show at the Riverside. The show was three very funny and talented musicians from the group Ole’. It was literally a 90 minute ROFL…

All in all, a low key fun filled weekend. My kind of car show…

Until the next time,

Conrad

Paul Nolte’s 1956 Rambler

After the club’s breakfast putt to the Crosswinds Restaurant in Payson, Michelle and I followed Paul and Judy’s cabin in Pine to see his enlarged work shop and the 1956 Nash Rambler hardtop project that is nearing completion. It is powered by a 350 SBC/Turbo 350 set up. Paul has tried to keep all the neat Rambler bits and pieces. It is painted in a nice ivory over beige tutone. 

1956 Rambler Hardtop

It should make a really nice cruiser, when he gets it done.

2018 Just Cruis’n Winslow, Az

Standing on the Corner

Another great Just Cruis’n Car Show in Winslow! The weather was exceptional, the organization and attention to detail was again very well handled by the Host Club. This was the 24th year for the show and it drew a record 217 participants.  Sad to say but our club participation was down from past numbers, having said that, the ones who did make the trip had a great time.

Making the trek up to the High Country this year were Page & Linda Barnes,    Dave & Ann Bennett, Ron & Carol Boen, Steve & Cindy Bryant, Ken & Dee Schaaf and Larry & Sandie Wibeto. Steve & Terri Besore and Michelle & I drove over from Show Low. 

One of the things that I have always enjoyed about the Winslow Show has been the large number of drag cars that the show pulls. Winslow has a good sized racing community that turn out and support the show.  The Junior Dragrace program is also a big part of the car hobby in Winslow that is supported by the kid’s family and friends. 

The gang did quite well at the Awards. Ken & Dee won $100 in the Poker Run, while the rest of us all received awards for our cars.

The La Posada Hotel (www.laposada.org) was the last of the Fred Harvey hotels and restaurants built along the Santa Fe Railway in the western US. It was designed by Mary Colter, one of the finest architects in the west. It was opened in 1930 and lasted until 1957. Passenger air travel had replaced the passenger trains. Interstate 40 was nearing competition and would bypass Winslow and La Posada which were located on the Mother Road Route 66.  The current owners acquired the property in the early 1990s, and began restoring it one room at a time. As soon as a room was finished they would add it to the hotel. 

In the early 2000s the Just Crusi’n Car Show was located at the hotel. On the car show weekend The OTHG Phoenix  would end up renting almost all of the available rooms.  On Saturday nights we would have a theme party in reception lobby. Always a great time for everyone. 

After several years the car show was moved down town to its current location. This was during the Great Recession of 08-09, which took its toll on the car hobby. The local club and its supporters kept after it, have built the show to one of the best small downtown venues that I have attended.

This year we decided to stay at the La Posada for old times sake. We found it to be better than ever. This year we had a room in the part of the hotel that once housed the Santa Fe Railway offices.  I have posted a lot of photos from the early days that will give you an idea what the original hotel looked like. Here are some photos of the newer area where we stayed… brought back many many good memories.

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Until next time Safe Travels and Good Times!

Conrad

May 2018 Breakfast Putt

Thank you to Danise Cover for suppling the photos of the putt!

Our May Breakfast/Lunch Putt was on Saturday, May 19, 2018; Roadmasters were Steve and Pam Graves, and the restaurant was Anthem Grille at Poston Butte Golf Course.

The Gang met at The Slab, 1945 E. Baseline, Gilbert, AZ 85234(parking lot of McDonald’s, intersection of Gilbert & Baseline) promptly at 9:45 am for the restaurant (with a gas and “go” at the Frys station/McDonalds in the parking lot).

After brunch, the Gang headed over to the Graves place for a little dessert .

Breakfast Putt to the Anthem Grill

I received an email…

I received this wonderful email this morning. This is a first and I am so glad that we were able to help Evan in his research and project! Just the other day I was bemoaning the fact that most young folks these days have no interest in automobiles, let alone classic cars and hot rods! And today I found the dream is still alive…

Faith has been restored! 

“Good Morning,

My name is Whitney Roberts, I am a tutor in Kingston, NY (about an hour north of NYC). My son Evan is really into cars and trucks. So much so that he is doing a project for school on the history and the evolution of the automobile. He is really into trucks and heavy duty vehicles and machinery, but really anything with an engine will suit his interest. I was helping him out with some research online last night, and we really enjoyed your page, http://othg-phoenix.net/index.php/favorite-links/ . It had a lot of helpful information, and we also enjoyed checking out your pictures.

Evan has been doing a bit of research on his own, and he showed me this article he found about the history of the pickup, its role during WW2, and how it changed life for many working Americans, https://www.americantrucks.com/a-history-of-the-classic-pickup-truck.html . I thought it was a great article, and its very cool to think what a positive impact the pickup truck has had on our way of life, from farmers to construction workers, to your every day person who just likes the utility they offer. I was hoping you could add it to your page, I would love to show Evan. I think he’d be really excited to have been able to contribute a fun and helpful article to your page.

Thanks again for the awesome page and help with Evan’s project. If you’re able to add the Pickup Truck article to your page, please let me know so I can show him! Have a great day and hope to speak to you soon.

Best Wishes,

Whitney Roberts”

Click the photo to go to the article on Pickup Trucks!American Muscle

Thank You Whitney and Evan! You will find the link added to our Favorite Links Page!