Route 66 News

“Yamashita Tomohisa Route 66,” Episode 5

Here’s the fifth installment of Japanese television’s “Yamashita Tomohisa Route 66,” which chronicles a singer and actor’s trip down the Mother Road last fall. He goes from Oklahoma City to Amarillo, Texas. I’m glad he got to see wild turkeys in western…

Driving the Mother Road the hard way

In 2004, Brian McKay decided to re-create the Okies’ exodus from the Dust Bowl by driving his 1930 Nash automobile on Route 66. The key difference was that McKay didn’t start in Oklahoma — he started at Route 66’s eastern…

Off to the bed races

The Mojave Daily News posted a humorous account of the annual Oatman Great Bed Races in Oatman, Ariz., on Saturday. It’s not so much a competition as a fun-filled farce. To wit:  In accordance to contest rules, teams must first…

“Route 66: Return to the Road”

Here’s something I haven’t seen in a few years … the first few minutes of “Route 66: Return to the Road with Martin Milner.” Someone posted this segment on Vimeo in recent days; you’ll have to click on the screen…

Another ride on Oatman Road

Here’s the best-quality video I’ve seen yet of two motorcycling buddies driving on Oatman Road, aka Route 66, in western Arizona’s Black Mountains. These guys were going at speeds that would make me uncomfortable; don’t try it yourself. The clip…

A good example to those along the Mother Road

Paul Chassey, a volunteer for the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville, Calif., wrote an interesting piece in the Victorville Daily Press about a fellow volunteer’s experience with a Chinese couple. Go here to read it first. Read it? If…

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