July 18, “Chillin’ on Beale Street” Kingman, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Classic Cars, DJ Don West, games, food, prizes, Brought to you by:
The Route 66 Cruizers Classic Car Club, AZ Car Nutz, The Downtown Merchants Association and The Kingman Route 66 Association
INFO:Tim McDonnell

July 19, AZ Car Nutz July Breakfast Brunch, Hualapai Mountain
Lodge, Meet & leave at 11am from Mission Bank on Hualapai Mt. Rd.
Cruise up to the Lodge. Eat at 11:30am Cost $12.00 per person
includes tax, beverage & tip.

July, 25, 1:00pm-5:00pm, K.B.’S Automotive “Grand Opening”
Same Great Service & Location, New Building, Free Hot Dogs and soda, Raffle Prizes, Come Join Us for this Special Day!!!!
K.B.’S Automotive 4355 Bank St. Unit “G” Kingman
INFO:Ken 928-757-0003

July 25, Findlay Auto Center and Route 66 Cruizers Car Club present the Classic & Hot Rod Car Show along with several special interest NEW cars on display, Entry is FREE. There will be raffles, 50/50, pizza & soda for purchase, Karaoke contest, DJ Don West,all proceeds go to the “Chat n Chow” Program at the Kingman Senior Center
INFO: Cliff Finlay Auto Center 928-757-4041

August 14-15 Williams Twisters 13th Annual Cool Country Cruise
417 E. Route 66, $40.00 entry includes t-shirt, poker run, trophies, music.

August 22, “Chillin’ on Beale Street” Kingman 5:30pm – 10:00pm
In cooperation of Route 66 Cruizers, AZ Car Nutz, Kingman Route
66 Association and the Downtown Merchants Association, bring music by DJ Don West, games, prizes, vendors, shop will remain open late.

August 29, Last Saturday of the Month Classic Car & Hot Rod Car Show, at Findlay Auto Center in cooperation with the Route 66 Cruizers Car Club, D.J. Don West, raffles, 50/50, pizza & soda for purchase, All proceeds go to a local charity.
INFO: Findlay Auto Center 928-757-4041

Aug. 31 AZ-NM Corvette Caravan, leaves Phoenix on Aug 31 to
travel to Bowling Green, KY, for the 15th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum
INFO:Bob 623-975-7314 or 623-640-3567

Set. 12, 15th Annual Flagstaff Route 66 Days Charity Event &
International Route 66 Festival, open to all years, sold out last
year in June. $35 pre-reg before Aug 1 after $40.
INFO:John Fajardo 928-451-1204 or Bob Bortree 928-779-0898 or

Sept. 14-18 43rd Annual North American Ultra Van Rally, Santa Fe,
New Mexico at Santa Fe Skies RV Park
INFO:Jim & Roy Davis, Hosts, 270-435-4572

Sept. 18, (Friday) “Chillin on Beale Street” Downtown Block
Party, D.J. Don West, games, prizes, shops & resturants will
be open late. Brought to you by Route 66 Cruizers, AZ Car Nuts,
Kingman Route 66 Association & Kingman Downtown Merchants.
INFO:Tim McDonnel

Sept. 19 Cruizn for Jesus Car Show
Details to come

Sept. 19-20 Kingman Street Drags or

Sept. 24-25-26-27 River Cruizers Rodding on the River, Riverside
Resort, Laughlin, NV. Special Hotel Rates Entry fee $40.00

Sept. 25-27, Super Run 2009 Car Show on Water Street, downtown Henderson

Sept. 26, Lake Havasu Swap Meet is back at London Bridge Plaza
8am-4pm $15 per space. Auto dealers NOT permitted to sell.
INFO:Al Delapena 928-854-2733

Oct. 3 8th Annual Fall Car Show presented by the Outsidrs Car Club
& Full Moon Saloon (7000 Hwy 179) entry $20 before 9/1/09 and
$25 after 9/1, includes dash plaque & t-shirt, check-in 9am
Show 10am-3pm open to 1978 & older vehicles, live music, 50/50,
raffles, food
INFO:Michael 928-300-5809

OCT. 10, 15TH Annual Fly-In and Classic Car Show
Wickenburg Airport,

Oct 24, 11th Annual Vette Fest presented by Sun Country Corvette
Club (9155 W. Bell Rd.), entry $25.00 Corvette show-reg 8am, show 10am-2pm, food raffles, vendors, trophies, 50/50
INFO:Gary 623-582-5032

Oct. 24 3rd Annual Welding Expo & Car Show presented by Mohave College and Praxair, Neal Campus-Kingman 1971 Jagerson Ave. 9am-4pm Welding Seminars and Vendors will be available. For the first time this show will be on a Saturday.
INFO:866-664-2832 ext. 1164

Oct 21-25 Relics & Rods 32nd Annual Run to the Sun, Vehicle years
1972 and older, all makes and models
INFO:Dick Stiller 928-855-0933

Oct 31 Route 66 Cruizers Annual Halloween Bash
Details to follow

Dec. 6. Cops Who Care Annual Car Show & Chili Cookoff
160 N. Valentine St. Wickenburg, Community Center
INFO:928-684-5451 X 514

Pauline Rowe


I have been gathering material for a feature article profiling Jackson, Michigan. Apparently, for a brief period between 1905 and 1915, Jackson gave Detroit a run for the title of Motor City as more than twenty automobile manufacturers were based here during this period.
A few of these, such as Buick, relocated but others merged and survived into the 1920s. Other companies abandoned automobile manufacturing to diversify into electronics or the manufacture of automotive related components.
An assignment from Cars & Parts magazine to write the obituary for the Checker company is on the “to do” list for this weekend. The iconic manufacturer of taxis and other vehicles closed its doors on July 1 after more than 85 years of operation.
This will be in addition to my regular Independent Thinker feature. For the next installment in this saga I decided to profile Roy D. Chapin, one of the founders of Hudson who served on the board of directors for the Guardian Group, a complicated investment vehicle that was the catalyst for the banking collapse of the early 1930s, and commerce secretary under President Hoover.
The pursuit of a writing career continues to take me along strange and unfamiliar paths. The latest turn is receipt of a request to be a feature speaker at the Adventure Expo convention in Chicago. Here is a link –
To say the least this is a very exciting prospect. However, it is again one of those opportunities that has amazing possibilities for advancement and exposure but extremely limited profit potential.
The largest drawback is it is January. For a good old boy that looks for his long johns when the temperatures drop below 80 degrees generating enthusiasm for a trip to Chicago in January is very difficult.
On the Route 66 front things are really looking up, especially in Kingman. Indications are that the second Chillin’ on Beale Street, scheduled for the evening of July 18, will be bigger and better than the first.
However, plans being laid for the August event lead me to believe this thing is going to take off in a very big way. Then in September comes the big daddy of events on Beale Street – the street drags followed by a huge block party.
The project to “Light the Night on Route 66” launched by the Route 66 Association of Kingman took a giant step forward a few weeks ago with receipt of a $10,000 funds matching grant. Now they just need donations and then the old neon will again glow brightly along Route 66.
To that end the association is laying the groundwork for a huge winter festival in January. The center piece will be a monster raffle. Things are still in the planning stage but it looks as though donated prizes will run the gamut from automobiles to sandwich’s, books, including signed copies, original art work, and all manner of Route 66 related items.
If you would like to make a monetary donation or donate an item for the raffle contact Tim McDonnell at 928-377-9684. All donations are tax deductible.