|1930 Detroit Electric (courtesy of
Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation)
Still, the meat and potatoes of the festival will center on what makes Route 66 truly unique – its colorful history, the people, and the simple pleasures of a shared passion. Additional plans for the conference aspect of the event include discussions pertaining to the need for a cooperative effort to preserve historic bridges, bicycle tourism, historic motel management, and a wide array of pertinent topics.
From this came the proposal to include discussions about Route 66 as an electric highway in the schedule for the informational seminars. Next, a noted automotive historian and author agreed to discuss the role of the electric vehicle in the development of the American automobile industry.
Things then began to pick up speed. A unanimous affirmative decision by the board of directors was the response received to solicitation for participation submitted to the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation.
Now a simple discussion is sprouting into an EV (electric vehicle) extravaganza that is already garnering international media attention. Stories appeared on Route 66 News and in the Kingman Daily Miner about this aspect of the festival in the last few days, reporters from London and Australia are requesting updates and information.
|Electric 1929 Ford, a hot rod for a new
generation (courtesy Historic Electric
The concept of Route 66 serving as a high profile display for the dawning of a new era for the electric vehicle unleashes a staggering array of imaginative ideas and opportunities for the utilization and development of historic properties, and for communities to emulate Atlanta, Illinois and craft festivals that weave the past, present, and future into a stunning and vibrant tapestry. Embrace the past, dare to dream, and unleash the imagination.
Join me in Kingman this August to see the dawning of a new era. Come celebrate the magic of Route 66 and be a witness to the beginning of a new chapter in that old highways colorful history.