Route 66 Song Of The Week:  Dawg Days, plus coming events


Yes indeedy, fellow roadies, the long weekend of the dog days is gone.  August with its humid but confusing weather this year is defunct, only a sleepy memory.  We’ll celebrate that yet with our Song Of The Week below, but for now let’s take a moment to remember what a great weekend it was with the Chicago Jazz Festival on tap!  Buoyed with a little of that leftover energy, we thought we’d update you on what’s ahead in the near future and then throw in an appropriate song, too.

To start, we have two Route 66 car shows coming up in September in Illinois.  First: The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is this coming weekend, Saturday Sept. 6th, from 10am to 4pm along Ogden Avenue in Berwyn.  It’ll be held between Oak Park Avenue on the west end and Ridgeland Avenue on the east.  Admission is free, but there’s a registration fee for cars that will be exhibited; registrants can get their cars lined up starting at 7am.  Food vendors and live music will be on site, and parking is wherever you can get it, but try the municipal garage on Oak Park Avenue, a few blocks north of Ogden Avenue.  Please DO remember to bring a few dollars for the Berwyn Route 66 Museum’s artifact restoration fund; no doubt museum director Jon fey will have the kitty set up at his usual tent.

Second:  The International Mother Road Festival is at the end of the month, starting at 5pm Friday the 26th through Sunday the 28th, in downtown Springfield, IL.  Admission is free, but there’s a registration fee for cars that will be exhibited.  Food vendors and live music will be on site, and parking will be available in the garage on 7th Street at Washington Street, next to the DoubleTree President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel, or wherever else you can find it in a public lot (the streets nearby will be taken over by the fest all weekend long).

The annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show along Ogden Avenue

The annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show along Ogden Avenue  (Photo courtesy Berwyn DevCorp)

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Route 66 Song Of The Week:  OMG, it’s Cadillac Ranch & Berwyn Rt.66 Car Show news!


Well, blush – we’re just overwhelmed by all the attention we’ve gotten lately!  This could turn a gal’s head, fellas.  Thanks heaps to Hertz NeverLost’s Tweet and mention of me, complete with a pix from last year’s Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, in their “Route 66 Road Trips” blog post and on their Twitter feed.  With this year’s car show coming up soon on Sept. 6th (the weekend after next), we here are getting in the carmania mood.  Come to think of it, this just seems to be a day for all things automotive.

Which just happens to be timely, because our fellow 66 blogger, Ron Warnick of Route 66 News, just passed along a Hertz NeverLost Tweet about Texas Monthly’s recent article on Amarillo’s famous Cadillac Ranch.  If you’ve never seen it, the Cadillac Ranch is a kind of linear vehicular Stonehenge and celebration of automobilia, smack in the middle of a field just off Route 66, that is both a pop-art installation by the 1970s artists’ collective known as Ant Farm and a form of performance art, in that it invites participatory graffiti from its visitors.  The 10 Cadillacs are all of tail-fin vintage, had to be relocated once due to the city’s expansion, and the whole thing is 40 years old now.  Whoa.

Cadillac Ranch - distance shot (via Wikipedia)

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Route 66 recap:  Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, part 2 – the awards!


Okay, this is the part all you classic and custom car owners have been waiting for:  the winners’ list from last weekend’s Berwyn Route 66 Car Show. This was the biggest car show in Berwyn EVER, thousands of visitors with more than 600 cars on exhibit.  WOW.

I can tell you right off the bat that we have some repeat winners from last year; but before I get to that let me mention one thing that truly warmed my heart.  There was finally an era-appropriate car to celebrate U.S. Route 66’s original birthday (November 11, 1926), and the judges even gave it a special award.  Mike Home of Chicago won the Terrific ‘T’ award for his nicely preserved 1927 Ford Model T.  Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!  And now I’m annoyed that I somehow missed seeing it in the crowd.

Berwyn Route 66 Car show promo graphic

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Route 66 recap:  Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, Hodgkins Quarry Days


Oh my, so much fun at the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show on Saturday the 7th – and even more this year than last, probably because we made a decision not to take 200 or 300 shots of all the cars.  That actually gave us more opportunity to look around and enjoy things!  ;D

But seriously:  optimizing all those photos last year took forever, and we’re still working on the book manuscript, so we decided that discretion was the better part of valor and got picky about what we shot.  Alas, our third had to babysit his daughter (better luck next year, Keith), but Joe and I made a complete day of it.  It was a busy day, too, given that we started off in Hodgkins at Quarry Days and visited with the folks at the new Hodgkins Historical Society Museum on Kane Street.  It’s in the former village hall and firehouse.  Saturday at Quarry Days was the museum’s debut and open house.  The staff hadn’t quite managed to get the entire collection on display in time, but based on what was on display, it’s going to be beautiful when it’s all up and running.  Thanks to Sue Cappa for giving us a tour and to Mayor Cummings for posing for us.

Mayor Cummings and Sue Cappa of the Hodgkins Historical Society smile at the museum's open house during Quarry Days 2013.  Photo copyright 2013 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved

Mayor Cummings of Hodgkins, IL and Sue Cappa of the Hodgkins Historical Society smile at the museum’s open house during Quarry Days 2013. Photo copyright 2013 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved

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Route 66 update:  video of EAA’s B-17 bomber at Lewis Airport


Thought you had enough updates on this weekend’s Route 66 events, did you?  Well, maybe not!  Yesterday on the Chicago Tribune’s website, the multimedia guys loaded a video of folks taking a plane ride in Romeoville, IL – specifically, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, the Aluminum Overcast.  Wheeee!  Looked like fun.  You can see the video here.

The Aluminum Overcast has three forward-looking compartments:  a gunner's roost at the top, the pilots' deck just below that, and the clear nose cone in front, which gave excellent views to gunners on either side of the nose.  Photo copyright 2012 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

The Aluminum Overcast has three forward-looking compartments: a gunner’s roost at the top, the pilots’ deck just below that, and the clear nose cone in front, which gave excellent views to gunners on either side of the nose. Photo copyright 2012 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

We wrote about this event a few weeks ago, and it’s an annual affair.  You can still catch EAA’s B-17 bomber at Lewis University Airport this weekend.  Even if you can’t afford the pricy tariff for a ride, you can still get a tour on the ground for cheap.  The airport is maybe a mile west of IL 53/Route 66 on Renwick Road.  You’ll see the drive on the north side of Renwick.  Just follow the crowds, and you can’t miss it.  And for the armchair travelers, EAA has a page full of photos from the tour.

That’s it for now.  If you’re going to the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show tomorrow (Saturday the 7th), don’t forget to stop by the tents in the center and say hi to the folks from the Berwyn Route 66 Museum and the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.  We’ll be hanging out with them most of the day doing our meet-and-greet, when we aren’t circulating in the crowd.  LOVE to meet you-all!

 
Until next time,
Marie

 

Route 66 song of the week video plus Berwyn car show update, miscellany, Santa Fe Speedway


Okay, we’ve been telling you for weeks now that the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show and the EAA’s B-17 visit to Lewis University Airport are this coming weekend, along with Quarry Days in Hodgkins.   And Saturday evening in Hodgkins is the last car cruise of the summer.  So:  in honor of all that car culture, it only seems fair that this week’s Route 66 song of the week video is composer and arranger Nelson Riddle’s theme from the Route 66 TV show – in this case, supporting a video parade of classic cars, with emphasis on (wait for it) Corvettes.  I love that guy; he was so good with arrangements, but also that’s a damned fine theme.  Our thanks to Tom Bower for posting this clip on YouTube.

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The Berwyn Route 66 Museum makes its way to Yelp! Chicago


Surprise, surprise:  a local little gem, the Berwyn Route 66 Museum, now has a listing on Yelp.com.  The user-friendly San Francisco-based consumer rating site for all things food, entertainment and service minded allows users and business owners to post free listings.  Users can then review local eateries, groceries, shops and stores, bars, music venues, theaters, museums, galleries, dry cleaners, car mechanics, other service businesses, schools, churches, even doctors’ and dentists’ offices.  Whee!

Exterior, Berwyn Route 66 Museum, 7003 West Ogden Avenue, Berwyn IL

Berwyn Route 66 Museum, 7003 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn IL  (photo copyright 2013 M.R. Traska)

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