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Dutch Route 66 guidebook published

Dutch Route 66 guidebook published

Longtime Route 66 enthusiast Dries Bessels recently published a Dutch Route 66 guidebook as a fundraiser for the Dutch Route 66 Association. The book, which is in the Dutch language, contains more than 700 photographs and is 220 pages. Bessels…

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Congresswoman tours flood-stricken Devil’s Elbow

Congresswoman tours flood-stricken Devil’s Elbow

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler this week took in a firsthand view of the damage inflicted by a record flood in the Route 66 town of Devil’s Elbow, Missouri. To date, she is the only non-local politician to go to the…

Route 66 artist Willem Bor dies

Route 66 artist Willem Bor dies

Willem Bor, a co-founder of the Dutch Route 66 Association best-known for his detailed miniatures of Route 66 landmarks, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 61. This message was left on his Facebook account Wednesday morning: The…

Fundraiser aims to ship dying artist’s Route 66 miniatures to U.S.

Fundraiser aims to ship dying artist’s Route 66 miniatures to U.S.

An artist of Route 66 miniatures is dying, and Dries Bessels, chairman of the Dutch Route Association, is raising money so he can ship those miniatures to the United States. Willem Bor of the Netherlands, who in recent years has made…

Scenes from the Best of the West on 66 Fest Parade

Frank Kocevar, former co-owner of Historic Seligman Sundries in Seligman, Arizona, recently uploaded this from the Best of the West of 66 Fest in Kingman, Arizona. Grand marshals for the parade were Dries Bessels and Marion Flimm of the Dutch…

A chat with Dries Bessels

KC Keefer’s Genuine Route 66 Life video series released its latest clip, an interview with Dries Bessels. Bessels co-founded the Dutch Route 66 Association in the Netherlands and guides motorcycle tours down Route 66 annually. It probably is safe to say Bessels…

Dutch couple honored with brick in Kingman’s Route 66 Walk of Fame

Dutch couple honored with brick in Kingman’s Route 66 Walk of Fame

Dutch tour operator Dries Bessels and his wife Marion this week were officially honored as Route 66 Walk of Fame in Kingman, Arizona, as Dries brought a group of 50 of his fellow countryman on a cross-country journey on the…

Kingman Route 66 Walk of Fame inductees announced

Four inductees for the Route 66 Walk of Fame in Kingman, Arizona, during the Best of the West on Route 66 Festival on Sept. 25-27 recently were announced. The inductees also will be recognized as King of the Road, an…

Route 66 festival planned in Europe in 2016

Route 66 festival planned in Europe in 2016

Route 66 aficionados across the pond in the past week have organized a European Route 66 Festival in 2016 that already includes firm dates, activities and the logo you see above. Longtime Route 66 enthusiast Dries Bessels of the Netherlands…

Willem Bor builds more Route 66 miniatures

Willem Bor, a roadie from the Netherlands who’s been building detailed scale models of Route 66 landmarks, has made a few more in recent months as gifts to fellow Mother Road fans. The first is a miniature of the ruins…

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