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MEMORY LANE - NEXT EXIT

Welcome to Route 66 Adventures where the neon still glows bright along Route 66, shiny new Studebaker cars roll from the factory in South Bend, the Edsel is the talk of the town, and tail fins represent the latest in automotive styling.
We at Route 66 Adventures work hard to ensure your stroll down Memory Lane is a pleasant, enjoyable, and memorable one. In addition to regular posts by award winning author Jim Hinckley, there are numerous links to sites, including classic roadside locations, that will help in your endeavor to plan the ultimate trip along the Main Street of America and other legendary highways. In addition there are also a number of links to sites that provide technical information, as well as support, to keep your vintage car on the road.
We have also added a wide array of information about Kingman, Arizona, the self proclaimed "Heart of Historic Route 66", that is updated daily.
Before you leave meet the proprietor and learn about forthcoming projects by this author. Please take a moment to give your impressions, thoughts, and suggestions as to how we may make your visit more enjoyable.


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Monday, March 30, 2015

OHAYO FROM ARIZONA

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Even though the weekend was largely consumed with work at the homestead and on vehicles, there was ample time for some Route 66 adventures of a delightful nature, and a movie night with my dearest friend. In short, it was a most productive and enjoyable weekend.    
It included adding a few basic greetings in Japanese to the ever growing vocabulary that consists of similar phrases in Dutch, German, French, Chinese, and a few whole sentences in Spanish. Now, if could just learn a bit of Australian, but that might prove to be a real challenge.
On Friday afternoon, I met with a delightful group from New Zealand traveling Route 66. As always it was delight to be able to answer questions, and to provide a bit of history to enhance their adventure.
I dedicated Saturday morning to playing tour guide for Toshiyuki (Toshi) Goto, a fascinating and passionate young man who, with assistance from equally passionate friends, plans to launch a Japanese Route 66 association.
We kicked off our morning of exploration under a clear blue Arizona sky with breakfast at Rutherford's Route 66 Family Diner. The business itself is a recent addition to the Route 66 landscape but the building dates to the 1960's when it opened as a Denny's. 
Good food, friendly service, and fascinating conversation always ensure a great start for a day. Afterwards I provided a running commentary on Kingman and area Route 66 history, and a tour of the Powerhouse Visitor Center.
Toshi's passion for, and curiosity about Route 66 leave little doubt that a Route 66 association in Japan will have far reaching ramifications for the entire international community of enthusiasts. I wonder if this association will have representation at the 2016 European Route 66 Festival? 
Insightful conversations with Toshi, and lengthy discussions with Mazel Zimmerman, owner of Waterhole #2 in Texola, and Rosie Ramos of Fenders Resort in Needles this weekend helped flesh out my developing report on the state of the Route 66 community in 2015. In short, it is becoming quite obvious that on Route 66 it is the best of times and the worst of times.
I will commence the writing of the report in the next week and hope to have it finished in thirty days, somewhere around May 1. The hope is that it will inspire a few grassroots initiatives, provide community leaders with ideas on how to harness the Route 66 renaissance as a catalyst for development as well as redevelopment, and that it will foster the development of some productive cooperative partnerships.
I know these are rather lofty goals but what else can you expect from a man possessed of a rather well developed Don Quixote complex? 
   



   
   

Friday, March 27, 2015

MEANWHILE, SOMEWHERE ON ROUTE 66 MUSCLE CARS ROAM FREE

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Life lived on Route 66 isn't always a grand adventure. It just seems that way.
Yesterday Martin Swanty Chrysler in Kingman hosted a lunch for muscle car enthusiasts headed for Mopars on the Strip in Las Vegas. This is an annual stop but it never ceases to amaze. 
Seldom will you find such a display of rare high performance cars, and a few even rarer luxury cars from the late 1950' to the modern era in one location. It is even rarer to see such a collection in their native habitat - the streets of America. Needless to say, more than a bit of rubber was left on Route 66 yesterday.
A gallery of photos from the gathering of Mopar muscle will be posted on the official Jim Hinckley Facebook page. Here is a link for that page
Today should be quite full. I will meet with a tour from New Zealand and speak about Route 66, and the have a delightful visit with the tax accountant.
In the morning I kick off what promises to be a very full weekend with an eagerly anticipated breakfast meeting with Toshiyuki Goto. Toshi is traveling Route 66 this week and is working to establish the Japanese Route 66 Association. 
Long term planning is not something that Americans are known for. I am no exception. Still, the 2016 calendar has a very big red ring around the weekend of July 16. That is the scheduled date for the very first European Route 66 Festival. You can bet the bottom dollar we will lend support wherever possible and make every effort to attend.
While we are on the subject of support, if your a Route business owner or director of a Route 66 museum or association, there is still time to put in your two cents worth. The value of the report on the state of the road from the perspective of folks with a heavily vested interest in its future is directly related to the number of contributors. 
To date, through phone calls or email I have had an impressive response. Several state and international Route 66 associations have provided their views. The Route 66 business community has been even more responsive. 
From Mannie Medelson on Santa Monica Pier to Connie Echols at the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Bill Thomas in Atlanta, Illinois and Kaisa Barthuli with the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program the response received should allow me to craft a fairly accurate portrayal of perceived challenges facing the Route 66 community, as well as provide some serious optimism about the future. 
Your input would be greatly appreciated. In addition to business owners, I would also like to hear from enthusiasts. 
The self publishing endeavor is moving forward albeit slowly. Having the ability to take the helm and make course corrections with no consultation aside from that of my dearest friend is proving to be a blessing as well as a curse.
As a primary reason for this venture was test the self publishing waters, and as our season is about to get quite busy, the decision has to keep this book smaller than originally envisioned. It will also have a more focused content.
In a nutshell it will be a guidebook to the sites and the history of the Kingman area based on my personal half century association. It will include a detailed walking tour of Kingman itself. Does this sound as though it might be of interest?
Well, here is to an interesting, productive, and adventuresome weekend. Adios for now.  
      
    

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