Willem Bor Shares His Talent and Enthusiasm for Route 66


I’d like you to meet Willem Bor, a Route 66 enthusiast, artist, photographer and blogger from the Netherlands. Willem proves many things about Route 66 fans. One is that they are passionate and devoted, wherever they live. Another is that when that enthusiasm meets creativity, you have a powerful combination!

Willem is a multi-talented man who crafts scale models and turns his artist’s eye to the camera lens. In both mediums, he captures and expresses his unique vision of the Mother Road. His website, Route 66 Art - Scale Models and Photography - came to my attention earlier this year when he notified me about the scale model of the Standard Oil Station in Odell, IL he was creating.

Wow! What an ambitious undertaking, I thought. It sounded impressive so I took a look at his site. His model of the Standard Oil Station was amazing! Half an hour later, I was still there, clicking through to all his scale models of other Route 66 icons, here in Illinois, like the Riviera Roadhouse. Click these links to see Willem's scale models of the Riviera Roadhouse, and more from all along the Road, like Lucille’s in Hydro, Oklahoma, Super Service Station in Alanreed, Texas and Nelson Tavern in Lebanon, Missouri among others. Amazing detail!

In addition to his awesome models, Willem’s website features his unique photography from along Route 66. He has numerous slideshows of images from all along the Road; it’s obvious that he has not only been a visitor but is a great admirer of the sites and history of the Mother Road.

I urge you to take a look at Willem’s site. It’s a good read - very interesting, knowledgeable and well-written. I believe it’s the dedicated and creative efforts of those like him that will make Route 66 endure - and even gain new fans - utilizing new communication tools, like blogging.

Share this

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

Here's How!

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.