CORRECTION:  Santa Fe Speedway marker dedication moved to Saturday, Oct. 26th

A poke did the trick:  the village officials of Willow Springs now have a rolling banner on their home page noting the date and time of the Santa Fe Speedway stone marker dedication at 91st and Wolf Road.  However, the date has changed.  Please take note:  the dedication ceremony is now delayed until SATURDAY, Oct. 26th at 2:30 p.m..  Same time, same place, different day.  Please change your calendars accordingly and pass the word along to your other interested friends and fellow Route 66 roadies.  We’ll hope that the current bout of Indian summer lasts until then.  Our thanks to the friendly Adena Baskovich at the village office for getting the correction made on their website.


The front of the stone marker bears the Santa Fe Speedway logo.  Photo copyright 2013 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

The Santa Fe Speedway marker.   Photo copyright 2013 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

Route 66 events:  Santa Fe Speedway marker dedication this Sunday, Oct. 13th – be there!

Sunday!  Sunday!  Sunday!  At Santa Fe Speedway!  Remember that radio and TV commercial?  It’s timely.  We mentioned earlier that the Santa Fe Speedway ‘rock’ marker commemorating the former racetrack will be dedicated this coming Sunday, Oct. 13th.  Well, barring any adverse weather (rain? hail? tornadoes??), it’s expected to be on schedule for 2:30 p.m. at 91st Street and Wolf Road in Willow Springs.  That’s where the entrance of the former auto racetrack – and before that, the pastoral Santa Fe Park – was located.  If we’re very lucky, we’ll run into autosport historian and racing photographer Stan Kalwasinski there.  Stan told my erstwhile co-author Joe Kubal that he’d try to make it.  Stan’s the man who authored the brief history of the track that is inscribed on the back of the stone marker, which is located on the SW corner of 91st and Wolf, right in front of the subdivision that now stands there.

We got our information through the Flagg Creek Heritage Society’s website, bless them, because the Village of Willow Springs isn’t up to speed on its own website.  Still, we’ll check with the village and let you know if there’s a change of schedule.  Or your can poke the sleepy village office yourself (we recommend that!) by calling 708-467-3700.

Santa Fe Speedway stone marker

Back side of the stone marker commemorating the former Santa Fe Speedway at 91st and Wolf Road, Willow Springs, IL. Photo copyright 2013 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

Until next time, car fans and road dogs,

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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Route 66 events:  But wait – there’s more!

Hey there, car fans – we forgot to tell you about one event.  Hodgkins, IL is having its Quarry Days 2013 festival on Friday and Saturday, September 6-7.  The fest will be at the park in the heart of town, along East Avenue a few blocks south of Joliet Road.  The real treat for roadies, however, is the post-car-show car cruise from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (that’s right – right after the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, 6.5 miles and 15 minutes away, ends).  YES!!!  One last cruise of the summer.  Let’s hope for a dry day and evening.

On that Saturday, the Hodgkins Historical Society will have an open house from 10 a.m. to noon at 6511 Kane Ave.  That’s just down the block from Buck’s Pit Stop, the racing fan’s eatery, 6501 Kane Ave. at the corner of Lyons Street and kitty-corner from the park.  Both Buck’s and the historical society have racing memorabilia from the heydays of the local racetracks.  There will also be fireworks at the end of the day at 9 p.m.

Phil Buralli at Mance Park Speedway, Hodgkins, IL; photo courtesy of Sue Cappa.

Phil Buralli, Mance Park Speedway, La Grange Road, Hodgkins, IL; photo courtesy of Sue Cappa.

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Route 66 events:  the Dog Days of Summer car-lover’s schedule

They don’t call August the dog days without cause:  it’s so hot that you pant and don’t want to do much, other than maybe listen to that great tune by the same name by Leigh ‘Lil Queenie’ Harris on her album Polychrome Junction.  By now, all of you are thanking your stars that your A/C still works.  Up here in northeastern Illinois, we haven’t had that awful a summer, generally speaking – but we have had a few outrageous days in the high-90-degree range and one 100-degree day (ouch).  Today was another one of those scorchers; even cruising with the top down doesn’t make you feel better midday.  But in the evening … ahhh, what a difference!

Joe, Keith and I are looking forward to A/C and a road trip this coming Sunday, August 25th, for the next screening of our documentary film Remembering Jewish Lawndale, a spin-off project that resulted from all the research we did on that neighborhood for our upcoming Route 66 book.  The screening will be for the Jewish Genealogical Society and will be held at Beth Israel Synagogue, 3601 Dempster in Skokie.  We’ll have a short introduction at 1:30 p.m., show the film at 2 p.m., then do a Q&A session with Dr. Irving Cutler, one of the people interviewed in the film.

erwyn Route 66 Car Show on Ogden Avenue

Hey, Route 66 roadies:  The annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show along Ogden Avenue is coming up soon on September 7th this year – be there, or be square!  Photo courtesy of Berwyn DevCorp.

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