Jim Hinckley's America, the official website for author Jim Hinckley is your passport to adventure on Route 66 and the back roads of America
LET THE ROUTE 66 ADVENTURE BEGIN
Let the Route 66 adventure begin! After last evenings board meeting for the Route 66 Association of Kingman, I feel like a kid on Christmas eve! The excitement, the palpable change in the air is almost unbearable. This photo taken during the annual Route 66 Fun Run could very well be the ghost of Christmas future for the historic district in Kingman. First, on the evening of August 15, there will be the next installment of Chillin’ on Beale Street. The Kingman Cruizers, the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association, the Arizona Car Nutz, and the Route 66 Association of Kingman are pulling out all stops for this one. Vendors, cars, games, cars, music, a huge farmers market, motorcycles, food, cars, crowds, and trucks under a starry desert sky combine to ensure this will be the event of the summer!
Eight full blocks of Beale Street are reserved for the automotive display so come as a club, a group, or a party of one and enjoy the fun. Owners of cars, trucks, motorcycles, 4×4’s, low riders, rice rockets, classics, antiques, military vehicles, bicycles, and even electric cars are encouraged to cruise on in.
Vendor space is a bit more limited but those fortunate enough to get a spot will have a front row seat to the fun and excitement. For more information about being a vendor or the event in general drop me a note and I will get it to the association or you can contact the Route 66 Association of Kingman directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next item on the list is the Street Drags and the block party that will follow. This event will be huge! http://www.kingmanstreetdrags.com/ The efforts to light the night along the Route 66 corridor in Kingman are about to kick into high gear. Estimates have been obtained for restoration of the vintage Packard sales and service sign, a matching funds grant has been received, signs have been acquired, and locations for their placement secured.
Now we just need matching funds and more signs! This is your chance to help us transform Route 66. If you have a vintage sign to donate or would like to make a donation contact Tim McDonnell at the above email address.
To ensure the sign restoration and mural project flows smoothly plans are being laid for a large winter carnival in January. The centerpiece will be a massive raffle of donated items that run the gamut from signed limited edition prints to …?
With that said the organization is seeking tax deductible donations. Any one have a classic Route 66 cruiser they would like to donate to a good cause?
Stay tuned for details! I will provide updates on Chillin’ on Beale Street, the Street Drags, the dinner cruise and other events in forthcoming posts.
Jim Hinckley's America is a grand adventure on the back roads and two lane highways. It is an odyssey seasoned with fascinating people, and memory making discoveries. As made evident by the publication of fourteen books on subjects as diverse as diverse as Ghost Towns of the Southwest, The Illustrated History of the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company, Travel Route 66, Backroads of Arizona, and The Route 66 Encyclopedia, I enjoy sharing adventures and helping people plan for their own memory making journeys.