Motor Tour 2010: Through the eyes of the younger set

Our annual Association Motor Tour took place June 11-13, 2010. In the spirit of this year's motto: We Are Family, many participants took the opportunity to make the Motor Tour a family outing and create memories with their children. One family - the Blitsteins from Orland Park, IL - took their daughter and son on the Motor Tour this year. The kids took lots of photos and even reported on the fun they had - in their own words!

Here's what these Junior Members of our Association had to say about their experiences along the Mother Road:  

Mackenzie, age 15 says:

"My favorite part of touring Rt. 66 was visiting the old jail. I learned a lot of history about the different places. I felt close in heart with the people as they all are proud of this road. My grandfather gave me the opportunity to meet Harold and push him in his wheelchair to get dinner. I learned how important places along Route 66 are to people in the club. Touring Rt. 66 gave me a feeling of what the real history of the road is in the United States."

Seth, age 10 says:

"Some of my favorite memories of the Route 66 Motor Tour were the old drug store with the original soda fountains. I liked seeing the turkey tracks and while we were there my sister and I walked through some cornfields. At the dinner I got the opportunity to pick the raffle tickets and give away the prizes. Buzz Waldmire gave me one of the pens that was his brother, Bob Waldmire’s. I keep this pen in a special place in my dad’s home office. Knowing that Bob used this pen to draw memories of Rt. 66 is special to me."

And here's what they saw:

Motor Tour Registration

Motor Tour Registration

Brooks Catsup Bottle

Brooks Catsup Bottle, Collinsville, IL

Brooks Catsup building, Collinsville, IL

Carlinville Jail, Macoupin County

Macoupin County Jail, Carlinville, IL

Blitstein Family Fun at Weezy's Bar and Grill, Hamel, IL

Dads even bring their adult children to Weezy's Bar and Grill in Hamel, IL

Three generations of Blitstein family fun at Weezy's Bar and Grill in Hamel, IL

Auto graveyard at Ra66it Ranch on the old 1930-1940 alignment of Route 66, Staunton, IL


Auto graveyard at Ra66it Ranch, Stanuton, IL on the old 1930-1940 alignment of Route 66

One of the many rabbits at the Ra66it Ranch, Staunton, IL

They grow 'em big at the Ra66it Ranch in Staunton, IL

Good ol' Illinois corn along Route 66

 The Blitsteins follow the Red Brick Road, Auburn, IL

Love blooms along the Red Brick Road, Auburn, IL

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