“Cars” origination on 66

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America’s highway, Route 66 warrants getting off the Interstate system and taking the back roads.

There are many websites that discuss some of the history of Route 66 and its significance to modern road travels beginning in the U.S.

Historic66.com provides good insight and respective photos along and near the route.  https://www.historic66.com/faq/cars.php

As we “happened” to travel through Holbrook, Arizona we were surprised to see Route 66 influence there as well.

Since it was time to eat we stopped at a restaurant that looked like a typical Route 66-themed place.

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Wow!  We had no clue about the connection of the restaurant and the town of Holbrook and the entire area toward creation of the movie “Cars.”

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If you haven’t seen the movie “Cars” it is funny, entertaining and highlights a little of the historic changes along Route 66.  Check out the Historic66.com webiste for a movie trailer and additional information.  “Route 66 inspired the movie Cars, produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The working title for the movie was in fact “Route 66″. The crew traveled the old Mother Road quite a few times for their research. Route 66 experts acting as consultants guided some of these trips. Evidence of the research trips is found both in the movie itself and in several Route 66 businesses that were visited by the crewmembers.”

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“Cars” research team contributed to their creation of the movie while at Joe and Aggies Cafe as evidenced in this photo in the restaurant’s scrapbook.

Radiator Springs?

The town Radiator Springs is fictional.  According to Historic66.com “There is no town anywhere along Route 66 called Radiator Springs. And yet, many a small town resembles it a lot.” One can readily see that then the Interstate  opened towns and businesses were significantly impacted.

“If you want to see Radiator Springs, you can either head to Disneyland and visit the fictional recreation Cars Land, or you can go for the real life version on Route 66.”

As we left Joe and Aggies, we were elated to see the influence in Holbrook alone.  Since it was later in the evening we didn’t get to travel around the other towns but I enjoyed seeing some of the “flavor” before heading back to the Interstate.

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Before wrapping up the “Cars” impact and Route 66 I wanted to add a little modern day twist to racing.  Lightning McQueen was heading to a big race in California (Route 66 ends in California) when he rolled out of the back of the tractor/trailer and was lost as he rode to Radiator Springs.

Lightning McQueen eventually made it to the race which makes me think of Daytona in Florida, closer to home.  Daytona has one of its major races as part of the 4th of July celebration.  The race in 2018 is July 7 and is Coke Zero Sugar 400.   http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/ ,

I’m not there but here are a few photos of the raceway.  Are you a race fan? I enjoy attending when I can or at least watching on TV.

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I wonder if Lightning McQueen will show at the race today if he was able to divert from Route 66?

All the best,

Ron

(All photos except as otherwise noted are by RonLin Photography for Tittle Thoughts.)

Route 66 in OK

Route 66 in Weatherford, OK - Grocery Store - 150628America’s highway, Route 66, warrants getting off the Interstate system and taking the back roads, which, in the case of Route 66, was previously the main highway.

This post highlights some of the route through Oklahoma as we traveled westward.  We need to schedule another trip to highlight travels from Chicago to Oklahoma and from Arizona to California.

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Roadside restaurant that is actually a little museum.  I tried to open the door but realized the restaurant wasn’t operational.  🙂 It sort of takes you back in time a little though.
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Photo through the window of what it was like along the route.  Take a look at some of the prices.  You won’t find this kind of deal today.
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Photo was a little difficult as I had a lot of reflection in the glass.  Anyway, you get the idea of how the roadside diner operated.

There are many websites that discuss some of the history of Route 66 and its significance to modern road travels beginning in the U.S.  Historic66.com provides good insight and respective photos along and near the route.  https://www.historic66.com/faq/cars.php

The Historic 66 website has a detailed list of activities throughout the year associated with Route 66.  There are various car shows that certainly interests the car and retro enthusiasts.

Road Trip USA has excellent information as well.  Here is a map of the route through Oklahoma.  https://roadtripusa.com/route-66/oklahoma/

You’ll notice Route 66 in Oklahoma is also Interstate 44 from Kansas to Oklahoma City, where it then becomes Interstate 40.  Our travel took us from Arkansas on Interstate 40 into Oklahoma City.

I’ll post more images later to showcase a few towns along Route 66.

Ron

 

What is Main Street USA?

Route 66 plague near Painted Desert

Ever heard of Route 66?

Route 66 was born in 1926 and is a highway with more than 2,400 miles long that ran from Chicago through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California – ending in Santa Monica.

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Nicknames for the highway include “The Mother Road”, Main Street USA”, and “Will Rogers Highway”.

Well, I think it’s about time I provide a few blogs about one of our trips through parts of Route 66.  This is the first of my blogs to highlight the famous route.

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NPS map of Route 66.  Route 66 was launched as the nation’s first Federal highway system.  It was intertwined with local, state and national roads.

The National Park Service also has excellent information and history on this “special place in American consciousness.”  https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/maps66.html

I still recall as a young person the move series and couple of guys riding Route 66 in a Corvette and the motto “Get Your Kicks” on Route 66.  Here is a video clip of Nat King Cole’s song that may trigger some memories.

 

As I think back about the movie I recall the simpler times, local-small businesses, restaurants, cafes and gas stations that catered to the new found freedoms on the road.

That was part of our experience as we attempted to locate Route 66 during our travels into Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.  I actually “stumbled” on the highway initially when I noticed the first sign, and then tried to follow the route as much as possible.  It was interesting and fun.

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I’ll just provide a few highlights along the route we traveled.  I was taken back in time as I noticed the historic sites and reminders of our past when people were just taking to the road with the new, influential automobile.

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Smithsonianmag.com lists Route 66 as an endangered site as the highway is easing into the past and not aging gracefully.  https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/endangered-site-historic-route-66-usa-52145829/.

Here is another result of societal and roadway improvements – this time being set aside by the Interstate System.  I’m glad we have the Interstate but I also like the back roads too – encouraging me to slow down some and take in the sites and sounds.

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It’s sad in a way as history seems to just dissolve away.  Some of the old restaurants naturally can’t stay in business without help.

I propose groups and businesses take a special interest in keeping this important part of our history.

My next Route 66 blog is coming soon.

With Love,

Ron