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September 2014

Fall 2014

New Cathie image.jpgThe summer has flown by – after such a long and cold winter I was convinced we would have super hot days and dry nights. Seemed logical but there is no formula for Illinois weather. I hope everyone got out on the Mother Road and enjoyed at least an hour or two of cruising. It is so good for the soul.

Motor Tour 2014 Recap - Through the Eyes of Participants

Here it is - the official recap for our 25th annual Motor Tour! Some participants were kind enough to share their memories and photos of this exciting event that took place June 13-15, 2014. Read on to experience your very own Motor Tour adventure through their words and images!

The Friedrich Family

By Josh Friedrich

On Friday, June 13, after I got off work, we piled into the van and made our way to Edwardsville for their Route 66 Festival and the kick off to the 25th Annual motor tour. I was looking forward to seeing all our 66 friends and making some new ones this weekend. The downtown was full of people, vendors, and sweet and savory smells. We picked up our tour packet from Cathie and Marty, said hello to John Weiss, and then made our way over to see two of our favorite authors. Joe Sonderman and Chery Eichar Jett just released their new Arcadia book, Route 66 In Illinois, and Joe released a new hardback, Postcards From Route 66. I picked up each and promptly had them personally autographed. Now it was time to find some dinner and we chose a food truck called Pickerill's Pick'n 'N' Grinn'n BBQ. We had a dirty, filthy dog, a dirty dog, and BBQ cheese fries. Everything was great!

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Dirty Filthy Dog, Edwardsville Rt 66 Festival, photo courtesy Josh Friedrich

John Wille Selected as New Museum Curator

By John Wille

John Wille.pngThis past spring I was asked if I would like to be the curator of the Route 66 Museum and Hall of Fame in Pontiac. I was happy to accept the nomination. When the museum opened in June 2004 and for a number of years the curators were Durelle and Marilyn Pritchard. Since the Pritchards left the position, no one has served as curator until I was appointed.

I began volunteering at the museum beginning in late August 2011. I would come in to help out Jim Jones. I learned a great deal about the Museum and Hall of Fame and Route 66 from him. He is a great mentor! Also I learned a lot from Cathie Stevanovich and Marty Blitstein who have always been most helpful and generous with their time in helping me learn more about the museum and the Illinois Route 66 Association. I have found a great deal of pleasure and fun to be there talking with visitors from all over the world.

Friedrich Family Files: Summer, 2014 Route 66 Adventures

We kicked off the first day of summer break in June by taking in a little of our local 66 on Sixth Street in Springfield. We decided to satisfy our sweet tooth at Mel-O-Cream donuts. The company is over 80 years old and has had several locations over the years. Stop in a try a delectable pastry two different locations along the mother road on South Sixth Street or North Grand Avenue. After breakfast we went shopping for camping provisions for Charlie's first overnight Cub Scout campout that weekend. Now it was time for a late lunch at the ever popular Cozy Dog Drive In.

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Joliet Area Historical Museum Presents “An Evening at Earl D’Amico’s 214”

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 5:30pm - 11:30pm

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Joliet Area Historical Museum’s annual cornerstone fundraising event, Annual Gala Event; “An Evening at Earl D’Amico’s 214” will take place at the Joliet Area Historical Museum & JJC Renaissance Center on Saturday, October 4th.

Click to read an informational document about the fundraising event.

Tickets to “An Evening at Earl D’Amico’s 214” are $125 per person and can be obtained by contacting Liz McNeil, the Museum’s Special Events Coordinator at (815) 723-5201 ext. 221 or via e-mail at

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See You at the 2014 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival!

International_Route_66_Mother_Road_Festival__Springfield__IL.pngWe're looking forward to seeing you at this year's International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show! This 13th annual festival is coming September 26 - 28 to downtown Springfield, Illinois.

Association President Cathie Stevanovich, Treasurer /Membership Chairman Marty Blitstein, Cook County Representative, John Miller and At-Large Board Member Kathy Miller will be manning our booth at the festival. All our great Route 66 gear will be there too: T-shirts, pins, books and more!

Click to be directed to the official website for this event!

2014 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show

Friday, September 26, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, September 28, 2014 (All day)

Click for complete information about this event!

Bucket List: Driving the Entire Route 66 in a 1966 Thunderbird by Two 66’ers

Our thanks to Dianna Pickett for providing the following information about a trek along Route 66 in support of a worthy cause happening now!

Bucket List: Driving the Entire Route 66 in a 1966 Thunderbird by Two 66’ers
Benefitting JDRF - Oregon/SW Washington Chapter
Having Fun While Helping Others

Oregonians Jim Pickett and Joe Roberts will leave September 15, 2014 on their bucket list adventure of driving the entire route of the historic Route 66, also known at The Mother Road. They will also be fundraising for JDRF - the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

Motor Tour 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00am - Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 4:00pm

Stay tuned for information about our 26th annual Motor Tour! It's going to be great!

2015 Motor Tour: Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road

Plans are already underway! This year's tour will begin in Berwyn and we're hoping to make plans to visit the famous Spindle! We will also be rolling along for a part of the newly-created Blue Carpet Corridor festivities!

Check back for details as they become available!

Pontiacs Set to Invade Pontiac

Saturday, September 20, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, September 21, 2014 (All day)

image001.jpgDowntown Pontiac, Illinois will become GTO heaven for the weekend of September 20-21, 2014, as the Third Annual All-Pontiac Cruise and Car Show comes to town. The event, sponsored by the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center, the Heart of Illinois GTO Club (Springfield. IL), and the Gateway GTO Club (St. Louis, MO), will feature hundreds of cars and two full days of activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum and help to fund its continued growth and development.

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Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.