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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Cabin fever? Treat yourself to Route 66 classic car dreams

So:  you went to this year’s Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place  six or seven weeks ago and ate your heart out over all the beauties on display (uh, we mean the cars, guys; they don’t use scantily-clad female models anymore).  Now it’s wet, and cold, and dreary, and sometimes (though not often enough) snowy outside, and you’re pining for blue skies and wide-open spaces to cruise with that fancy concept car you were oh, so tempted to drive away with at the car show.  Right.  Uh-huh.  And of course, all good route roadies are already planning their rides down 66 for this year.

What better time, then, to dream about Riding The Route in some of those classic, vintage and souped-up lovelies that were on display at the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show last September?  If you’re gonna dream, might as well dream big and imagine cruising down Route 66 in your favorite fast vehicle.  To help you with that, your blonde, blue-eyed genial route guide here has assembled a lovely slideshow to remind you of warmer, sunnier days and what you can look forward to when driving season returns (which to me means any time after May 1st, when lilac season begins in Chicagoland; but your local start of spring may vary).

Berwyn Route 66 Car Show 2012 - blog (Berwyn DevCorp)

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Fun things to do at the Route 66 Car Show

You already know that the best reason to come to the annual Route 66 Car Show in Berwyn this weekend is to see all the cool customized and classic cars, motorbikes and trucks.  But what else is there to do? Plenty!

1. Have breakfast on the way there at the Steak N Egger on 66 on Joliet Road in McCook. It’s in the bright, shiny, newly renovated former Snuffy’s 24-hour Grill building, a historic eatery on Route 66 since the road’s very beginnings. Continue reading

Berwyn Route 66 Car Show this weekend, Sept. 7-8

If you’ve never been to the annual Route 66 Car Show in Berwyn, IL, you’re in for a treat. It’s this coming weekend along Ogden Avenue and will be centered, as usual, at the intersection of Ogden and Ridgeland Avenue (6400 W). For several blocks along Ogden Avenue, you’ll see a display of classic, antique and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. This is where ‘car people’ in the western suburbs come to see and be seen on Ogden for one weekend every September, from late in the morning until late at night. Even better, it’s free to the public.

The car show typically includes special appearances by hot rod, drag race and NASCAR racing stars, along with displays of some pretty amazing vehicles and live music to keep things jumping. Expected this year, for example, is a return visit from the beloved local rock and jive band, The Crown Vics. For a complete schedule and information for exhibitors, visit the show’s official web site here. And while you’re there, don’t forget to stop at the booth for the Berwyn Route 66 Museum and drop a dollar in the kitty to help fund some of the new displays the museum is planning. Continue reading

The Berwyn Route 66 Museum get its groove on

My colleague Joe Kubal and I were in Berwyn yesterday when we thought we’d stop by the Berwyn Route 66 Museum and see what’s up with Jon Fey and his staff. Glad we did.

WOW – what a difference inside from 10 months ago! Those folks have really made progress in organizing the materials and putting up displays. It really looks like a museum now. Someone’s been putting a lot of sweat equity into this and deserves credit.

Copyright 2012 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved

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