A big cruise in small cars

Come August, those who are cruising or living along the Mother Road are in for an unusual sight, courtesy of the 2010 Route 66 Microcar Rally.

When we’re talking about microcars, we’re not kidding. Here are some of the types of cars you’ll see during the cruise from Santa Monica, Calif., to Chicago:

Most of the cars have dinky engines of less than 500 cc.

Larry Newberry, one of the event’s organizers, said in an e-mail:

We have Vespa 400 cars, Goggomobils, Fiat 500s, Isettas, Peel P50, Fuldamobile,  Velorex, and more. We will be leaving the Santa Monica Pier on August 8th at 7AM and will be making our way across country. It is about a 10- to 12-day adventure. We hope to do the driving in about 10 days and take 2 days off. We are going to the World Micro Event in Chicago area. […]

We will take as much of the old route 66 as possible. Anyone living close to the old Route 66 I would love to talk with you. I have made the trip before, but never in a microcar. I am sure we will make several more stops than I ever did before.

The event will have a dedicated Web site up and running soon.

The organizer also is looking for those who live near Route 66 in the following towns for meet-and-greet and maybe touring assistance: Barstow, Calif.; Kingman, Ariz.; Holbrook, Ariz.; Albuquerque; Amarillo, Texas; Oklahoma City; Joplin, Mo.; Gray Summit, Mo.; St. Louis; and Springfield, Ill. Newberry can be contacted at microcarlot(at)hotmail(dot)com.

(Photos courtesy of Larry Newberry)

2 thoughts on “A big cruise in small cars

  1. My Dad (6’3″ 250lbs. in his prime) used to say, “You don’t get in them, you put them on.”

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