Route 66 Photographs goes online

Route 66 road warriors Jim Ross and Shellee Graham announced today that they have created a Web site, Route 66 Photographs, that offers prints, licensing and images for photo editors and commercial use. There are a wide range of images, from roadkill to vanished attractions to classic cars to rear ends (it's not what you … Continue reading Route 66 Photographs goes online

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Officials losing patience with Williams developer

Developer Mike Morgan and his Grand Canyon Northland Amusements and Entertainment investment group last year announced a massive $3 billion theme park near the Route 66 town of Williams, Ariz., on the road that leads to the Grand Canyon. According to the Arizona Republic, county and city leaders haven't heard a progress report on Morgan … Continue reading Officials losing patience with Williams developer

Old 66 becomes busy for a while

Missouri 266 west of Springfield is an old alignment of Route 66. It sees about 8,000 vehicles a day, which is decent but nothing huge. That volume quadrupled for a few hours Tuesday when a diesel truck accident forced traffic from Interstate 44 to old 66, according to the Springfield News-Leader. 

Newspaper finds Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire

As many people familiar with the Mother Road know, you can't set an appointment to meet Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire. You simply go to where he's kinda sorta scheduled to be and you hope to run into him. Dave Bakke of the Springfield Journal-Register lucked out and found Waldmire when he was back in … Continue reading Newspaper finds Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire

Missouri town planning Route 66 festival

The town of Strafford, Mo., is planning its annual Route 66 festival, according to the Springfield News-Leader. It's trying to round up volunteers and make Route 66 more prominent. This idea sounds intriguing: Keiser would like to produce a live show, with "Route 66 players" who will dramatize and detail the history. Keiser has volunteered … Continue reading Missouri town planning Route 66 festival

Interview with the “Cars” director

ComingSoon.net has an excellent interview with "Cars" director John Lasseter. Check it out. UPDATE: Here's another interview, this time with The Australian. It includes this excerpt about Route 66. Observation is important, says Lasseter, who refers to the small town on America's Route 66 that is integral to the story. Bypassed by the major highway, … Continue reading Interview with the “Cars” director

Do road-trip adventures still exist? You bet!

Michael Yessis of World Hum: Travel Dispatches from a Shrinking Planet asks this question amid a preview of the Independent Film Channel documentary "Wanderlust: On the Road with American Road Movies": “Does the road still promise us an open sense of freedom and liberation as it did in so many great films? Or, has the … Continue reading Do road-trip adventures still exist? You bet!

AutoWeek floors it on “Cars” movie

AutoWeek has a humongous special issue about Pixar's "Cars." In one of its stories, it says this: AS YOU READ THIS ISSUE please understand you will not learn the plot twists and turns of Cars, the movie. You will read about the undulating way in which the film came to the big screen, about some … Continue reading AutoWeek floors it on “Cars” movie

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 stars on the red carpet of the event, including this excerpt of a Q&A with … Continue reading A firsthand report on the “Cars” premiere

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. "There is a lot of energy in this small town," Adams said. "It's a great … Continue reading Happy days at Happy Wiener Festival