The state of Illinois now is selling a Route 66 license plate made specially for motorcycles.
Revenues from the new plate go to the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byways fund, which helps preserve and promote the old road in the Land of Lincoln.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation for the plate during an August ceremony at the historic Mahan service station at Fulgenzi’s Pizza and Pasta in Springfield. Rauner made his entrance there in a motorcycle caravan.
The Mahan station was a 1920s gas station Bill Shea at Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield plucked from Middletown, Illinois, about 15 years ago. Fulgenzi’s bought the station at an auction and moved it to its restaurant down the road on Route 66 after Shea’s death and the museum closed.
According to the enacted bill’s language, $25 of the fee goes to the byways group.
The Route 66 motorcycle-plate law took effect Jan. 1. The Illinois Secretary of State’s website still didn’t have the Route 66 motorcycle plates show as of Tuesday. For now, you can order the plate through the Byways group; details are here.
For years, Illinois has offered a special Route 66 license plate (seen here) for regular vehicles but didn’t have one for motorcycles.
(Hat tip to Illinois News Network; image of Route 66 license plate via Illinois Secretary of State)