Thursday, April 24, 2014


In this mornings post I forgot to mention a few key items - 
The creation of an historic electric vehicle exhibition hosted by the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation is moving forward. This will ensure that the Route 66 International Festival this year will be unlike any other - 
It has been confirmed that a group representing the German Route 66 Festival will be attending the festival - 
The president of the Dutch Route 66 Association and his charming wife will also be in attendance - 
Joe Loesch and the Road Crew will again be performing at Bellmont Winery for the Cuba Fest in Cuba, Missouri this October - 
A schedule for the conference at the Route 66 International Festival will made available soon - 
Jerry Asher is recruiting people all along Route 66 to join the Plug Share website and provide updates for their community. Completion will be a huge step toward ensuring Route 66 is a destination for the growing legions of electric vehicle enthusiasts - 
The last item is a request or two - 
Who is planning on attending the Route 66 International festival? 
Are you interested in having vendor space?
In either case please drop me a note. Thank you. 


The twisted course we follow through life is filled with wrong turns, right turns, and "U" turns. As the years pass, and with just a bit of hindsight, sometimes it becomes obvious that what at the time seemed like a right turn was in actuality a wrong turn, the wrong turn turned out to be the right turn, and the "U" turn was the one needed to get back on course.
On occasion the right turn becomes a wrong turn if we stay the course to long. That is the dominating thought that sparked this philosophical train of thought.
Yesterday Bill Daughtrey announced that Friday would be his last day at the office. I wish the announcement was resultant of plans to take an early retirement but he is to young for that.
Bill will be sorely missed. He was more than a dependable hand and his departure means that for the most part, I am left without a morning burrito buddy and am now running what is essentially a one man railroad with only loyal Brittany to hold down the fort on Saturdays.
Meanwhile the captain at the helm with the chamber of commerce is about to change. This means another regroup is in order for the development of the Route 66 International Festival.
Author Jim Hinckley signing books for fans of the
double six from Australia.
Speaking of the festival, I am pleased to announce that there seems to be order taking shape in the chaos. On a serious note, I am not going to guarantee this festival will be better than the one in Joplin but you can bet the bottom dollar it will be memorable as well as historic.
Between now and the festival in mid August the schedule is thickly peppered with long days filled with a wide array of meetings and adventures. Again, it looks as though I will be able to stave off boredom for at least the first months of summer.
In the morning before opening the office I will speak to the local rotary club about utilizing the Route 66 renaissance as a catalyst for community development and revitalization. Next Tuesday morning we have an appointment for submission of passport applications, part two of an unprecedented Route 66 adventure looming on the horizon.  
Next week there will be two meetings pertaining to the Route 66 festival development, organization, and change in leadership. To close things out there is the annual Route 66 Fun Run weekend which this year will include driving from Seligman to Kingman with Sam Murray of New Zealand, a long overdue visit with John and Judy Springs, dinner with friends Mike and Sharon Ward, as well as George and Bonnie Game of the Canadian Route 66 Association. 
The tradition of meeting with Dale Butel's Australian based Route 66 group, speaking about the history of Route 66 in western Arizona, and signing books during the fun run continues. Last year, as an added bonus, I also served as guide for Mark Fletcher who was filming a special Route 66 edition of Classic Restos, a syndicated Australian program.
Resultant of a non existent office staff, all of the travel plans, meetings, and engagements in May as well as June are now being rescheduled. This will challenge my skills as a juggler.
And so another day at the crossroads begins. Is it time for a "U" turn? Will a wrong turn out to be the right turn or will a right turn be the wrong turn?  


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I was born in North Carolina but am a product of the desert southwest with its vast, panoramic landscapes where spires of weathered stone cast long shadows under cloudless skies. It was there that I became enamored with the road less traveled, adventures on those forgotten roads, and the people you meet along the way.
For more than forty years I have explored the hidden places, the forgotten places, hungered for the colorful history found there, and sought the empty highways and dusty tracks that were once pathways to opportunity and the land of dreams.
These adventures and a fascination for the history of the formative years of the American automobile industry, and the resultant societal evolution, are the foundational elements of my published work. This work includes a former position as associate editor with Cars & Parts magazine and a monthly column, The Independent Thinker, and more than one thousand feature articles for various magazines and newspapers.
Additionally, I have written more than ten books that reflect these interests and chronicle my adventures including Checker Cab Manufacturing Company Illustrated History, The Big Book of Car Culture, Backroads of Arizona, Route 66 Backroads, Ghost Towns of the Southwest, Ghost Towns of Route 66, Route 66 Treasures, and The Route 66 Encyclopedia.
Meeting with tour groups, speaking engagements, providing travel planning assistance, and lectures round out what has become known as affectionately as Jim Hinckley's America.
In addition, my wife and I are also photographers with a lengthy and colorful resume of work appearing in magazines and books, on corporate websites, in a wide array of promotional material, and now, a photo exhibition in the Czech Republic. Our prints are currently sold through a limited partnership with Legends of America.
This would include prints of photos appearing on our blog, Route 66 Chronicles.

Jim Hinckley

Jim Hinckley
Jim Hinckley in his native habitat, the road less traveled

Author Jim Hinckley

Author Jim Hinckley
Somewhere on the road less traveled

Jim Hinckley on Legends of America

Did you know that Henry Ford played a pivotal role in the establishment of Cadillac? Did you know that the Stanley brothers of steamer fame were responsible for the creation of Eastman Kodak? Did you know the original Chevrolet was an import? Did you know that cruise control was the creation of a blind inventor? Did you know that Buffalo Bill Cody drove a Michigan? Did you know that there are two ghost towns on Route 66 that have origins linked to the Santa Fe Trail? Did you know that there was only one lynching in Tombstone? As a fan of the Legends of America website for a number of years, it gives me great pleasure to announce that as a contributor I will be able to add stories such as these to this vast online treasure trove.


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