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October 2008

2009 Motor Tour Planning Meeting

Join us at 2PM on November 2nd to help plan our 20th Anniversary Motor Tour.  We've got great plans for this event but it can be even better with your help.

110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
See map: Google Maps

501(c)3 Committee Meeting

The Route 66 Association of Illinois 501(c)3 planning committee will be meeting on Sun Nov 2nd at 1PM at the Hall of Fame and Museum

110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
See map: Google Maps

Hall of Fame Member John Rodino 85

The Route 66 Association of Illinois would like to pass along condolences to the friends and family of John Rodino of Pontiac Illinois who passed away on Wednesday Oct 22nd.  John was a long time member of the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame in addition to his other honors.

For more information about John and funeral arrangements visit the Pontiac Daily Leader

Meramac Caverns Barn Gets a Fresh Coat

The original restoration of the Meramec Caverns advertising barn in Cayuga was completed on 1998.

The signage has held up very well. The majority of the wall is black shingles that we replaced in 1998, and the lower part is concrete. There are also four (4) wooden doors. These, however, were showing their age. The paint was peeling, the wood extremely dry; especially noticeable were the two loft doors near the peak.

77 Cars Cross The Chain of Rocks Bridge

On Sept 26, 2008 77 various types and ages of cars, and one motorcycle crossed the Chain of Rocks Bridge enroute to Springfield Illinois for the Mother Road Festival.

We had cars from Indianapolis Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri participate in the cruise. We followed the Old Route 66 thru Mitchell Ill to Edwardsville, from there we went thru Hamel to Staunton Ill. stopping at Henry's Rabbit Ranch. From there we went to Mt. Olive and stopped at Soulsby's gas station for some photos, then back to Route 4 and up to Springfield. While there, some of us participated in the parade of cars to kick off the start of the festival.

Heart of Illinois Auto Show

The Arthritis Foundation & Cops for Kids Presents:

Classic Auto & Bike Show

October 4, 2009
9am - 2pm
200 NE Water
Peoria, IL

For more information please visit or email

Heart of Illinois Mega Cruise

The Arthritis Foundation & Cops for Kids Presents:

Mega Cruise

October 3, 2009
4pm - 10 pm
Main Street - Downtown Peoria

For more information please visit or email

Czechs Check Out Route 66

For the second time this year, the Czech Route 66 Association in Prague, Czech Republic is touring the full “Mother Road.” The group, led by Zdenek Jurasek, a Prague radio station owner and D.J., loves the flavor of our down-home Route 66 communities.

Morris Cruisers Visit Dwight and Route 66

Early Saturday morning, September 20th, a happy group of Classic Car owners (50’s and 60’s cars) met at Wendy’s in Morris. This group represented members of the Morris Wendy’s Monday night cruisers called – One-Eyed Jacks!!! Their goal was to travel Route 66 from Joliet to Pontiac. This mini-tour’s first destination was the Route 66 Welcome Center in Joliet. They then proceeded through various towns and villages. In Gardner many were photographed in the two cell jail. While in Dwight - stopped for lunch at the Old Route 66 Family Restaurant, toured the Becker-Ambler Station and had photo opts and coffee at the Java Junction.

The Route 66 Handbike Project

The Italian Route 66 Association is proud to let us know that on April 24 2009 the “Route 66 Handbike Project” Norberto De Angelis will ride his special bike for disabeld from Chicago to Santa Monica in 3 months along the Mother Road.

We are looking for support along the road to give visibility to this extraordinary performance. Ideas, suggestions or even a smile to Norberto during his travel will be appreciated.

Please have a look at his official web site to learn more about Norberto De Angelis and the project

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