Route 66 News

A firsthand report on the “Cars” premiere

Michael Howe was assigned by Jim Hill Media to attend the premiere of the "Cars" movie at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Here is Howe's extensive report, along with plenty of photos. Howe also interviewed many of the film's…

Happy days at Happy Wiener Festival

The Bloomington Pantagraph has coverage of the first-ever Happy Wiener Festival in the Route 66 town of Atlanta, Ill., this weekend. Ninety-year-old Paul Adams, a resident of the town, has made the same observation as I have about the town.…

So what’s the economic impact of Route 66?

Here's a story from the Bloomington Pantagraph about the allure of Route 66. Here's a side story about the number of foreign tourists the road draws. These two paragraphs jumped out at me: More than 300,000 tourists drive Route 66…

Here’s one reason why “Cars” will succeed

The reason? Because "Cars" director John Lasseter "gets" Route 66 and its allure. Here's an excerpt from a New York Times story that illustrates this: As for the town of Radiator Springs, the quirky desert hamlet on Route 66, it…

Norwegians on Harleys visit Route 66 museum

The Pontiac (Ill.) Daily Leader reports: Ten Norwegians on their way to Los Angeles aboard seven Harley-Davidson motorcycles visited Pontiac's Route 66 museum Thursday afternoon, getting a look at some Illinois aspects of the highway they will travel on their…

Memories of Red’s Giant Hamburg

Sarah Overstreet of the Springfield News-Leader shares her memories of the now-defunct Red's Giant Hamburg, which was along old Route 66 in Springfield, Mo. Her writing paints a vivid picture of what the place was like in its heyday. Julia…

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