Last year the Kingman Route 66 Association, in conjunction with the Kingman Downtown Merchants, hatched a simple idea to shine the spotlight on the Kingman historic district once a month, on the third Saturday night of the month, from April until September. Step one, invite area car clubs and enthusiasts to attend. Step two, get merchants to stay open. Step three, invite vendors or groups to attend. Step four, add music. Step five, promote, promote, promote. Now, for July, a new twist has been added. The theme of “anything with wheels” continues but beginning with the July 17TH event vehicles representing a particular manufacturer or group will be the celebrities of the evening.
For July it will be the orphans. So, the first two hundred owners of vehicles, regardless of condition, manufactured by Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Mercury, as well as Studebaker, Packard, Hudson, De Soto, Nash, Edsel, or one of the more than three thousand automobile manufacturers that have fallen by the wayside, will be awarded a special prize. There is no charge for entry of a vehicle or for spectators. The association funds the event through sponsorship designed advertising packages and the sale of vendor spaces. The event is much more than cars. There is a poker walk with a variety of prizes, games for the kids, and other activities that with past events have included belly dancers, bands, and a western gunfighter reenactment group. Evening temperatures in Kingman are often quite pleasant – 75 to eighty degrees – so this is a great way for residents of Lake Havasu City or Bullhead City to beat the heat. It is also a treat for those motoring west, or east, on legendary Route 66.
Organizers are not resting on their laurels. For August plans include a gala celebration of Mopar, cars and trucks, and special exhibits, as well as hours at the Powerhouse Visitor Center and Route 66 Museum. In September, the hint was dropped that the event may include a “Salute to Route 66 and the road trip in film” film festival. Stay tuned for details.