Upcoming Events:

  • August 29, 2019–Yukon “Rock The Route” Celebration; Main & 5th, Yukon; 10:00 a.m.
  • October 5, 2019–Yukon Czech Festival;Main Street, Yukon; 10:00 a.m.
  • October 20, 2019–Oklahoma Route 66 Association Quarterly Board Meeting; Historic Fort Reno, 7107 W. Cheyenne Street, El Reno; 1:30 p.m. Open to the general membership and the public. 

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2019

Arizona Route 66 License Plate Supports Preservation

Kingman, AZ –

It should not take long for drivers in Arizona to spot the black and white Route 66 license plate as the eye catching specialty plate has achieved great success adorning a recorded 13,833 vehicles. Available since late 2016, the design and approval process for the specialty plate was lengthy and expensive. Requirements for an Arizona specialty plate include a $32,000 contribution, an organizational history of at least 30 years, and allocated monies to a charitable organization with 501 (c)(3) status.

Eight dollars from the sale of the $25 plate is used for administrative purposes, leaving the remaining $17 for the Association. Revenue from last year’s plate sales totaled $231,161.

The Association is proud of their progress and perseverance. They were honored for their hard work when the plate was recognized by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) as the Best Plate of the Year for 2016.

The Association is excited about the new opportunities available for the road thanks to the license plate program’s success with revenue being used for preservation and grant opportunities. The Association has hired an attorney to assist in the creation of long term programs to ensure license plate revenue is responsibly allocated. Much thought and consideration is required to ensure that sustainable, impactful projects and causes are supported. Several projects are currently under consideration and the Association will announce some projects and new programs in the near future as they become available.

The Association is moving away from a membership based organization in order to focus on becoming a resource to Arizona Route 66 businesses and communities. Key community members and business owners will gather this week for their annual Arizona Route 66 meeting. The group will be celebrating Route 66 in Arizona, share successes, as well as identify projects and preservation opportunities that would benefit the Arizona Route 66 community.

In the early years, the budget was tight, so an all volunteer force supported the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona’s mission to preserve, promote, and protect Route 66 in Arizona. The Association now has a full time Director of Operations and operates a Gift Shop inside the Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors who represent Route 66 across Arizona.

Angel Delgadillo, President Emeritus and founding member of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, has always stressed the importance of individuals contributions and enthusiasm that continue to make Route 66 special and an experience like no other destination. That is exactly what the license plate program does, allows individuals to support the Association in their mission as well as advertise one of Arizona’s greatest economic assets, Route 66. 

 

CONTACT:                  Nikki Seegers, Director of Operations

                       Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona

                       928.753.5001, nikki@historic66az.com

Coming September 2019, a new book for internationally acclaimed author Jim Hinckley. In this his 19th book, Hinckley delves into the dark side of iconic Route 66. It's murder, mayhem, gangsters, serial killers, bloody auto wrecks, train derailments, floods, fires, and dark deeds. Murder and Mayhem on The Main Street of America: Tales From Bloody 66 For more information: Aaron Downey Managing Editor Rio Nuevo Publishers 451 N. Bonita Ave. Tucson, AZ 85745 520-623-9558 520-624-5888 fax aarond@rionuevo.com www.rionuevo.com www.facebook.com/rionuevo

Mohave Community College has announced that author Jim Hinckley will be teaching a series of community education classes this fall at the Bullhead City Campus. There are tentative plans for the classes to be taught at the Lake Havasu City and Kingman campuses during the winter. 

Hinckley is condensing the classes into a one day, four hour series. These will be offered to interested Route 66 communities during the October research and promotional trip along Route 66. This special presentation and workshop will be customized to meet a communities unique needs. 

For more information: 

Jim Hinckley at jima.hinckley@gmail.com 

June 22, 2019 – The Route 66 Association of Germany donated $500 to Jim Hinckley’s America during a dinner meeting at Calico’s restaurant in Kingman, Arizona. 

Wolfgang Werz releases new book about his first trip on Route 66, and his adventures on this storied old highway. Werz is the presidnet and founder of the German Route 66 Association. 

June 15, 2019 – an historic 1920s block of buildings in the historic business district of Kingman, Arizona has been refurbished. Dript Candle Kitchen and Freedom Apparel are two occupants. There is one store front still available. 

Ten Minutes With Jim
A Weekly audio podcast adventure on Route 66 & the back roads of America with author Jim Hinckley

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Mother Road Route 66 Passport

Mother Road Route 66 Passport is now available to Route 66 travelers and enthusiasts LOS ANGELES, CA – June 7, 2019 – Touch Media, the company that developed the world's first offline turn-by-turn Route 66 navigation app is proud to announce that the long awaited Mother Road Route 66 Passport is now available to Route 66 travelers and enthusiasts. Passport holders collect unique stamps at 28 carefully selected locations on their adventure along Route 66 as well as free souvenirs or discounts. This as well as special pages to collect autographs or write notes, and illustrated maps created by Illustrator Joyce Harbin Cole of Pontiac, Illinois, make the passport the ultimate customizable souvenir. With an array of trivia and information about unique destinations such as the locations where dioramas created by Dutch artist Willem Bor are on display, the passport is also a valued companion to popular travel guides. Conceived by Marian Pavel, developer of the Route 66 Navigation app, the passport is the culmination of nine months work that included several trips along Route 66 and extensive research. To ensure the accuracy of information within the passport, Pavel enlisted assistance from several noted authorities including Dries Bessels, president of the Dutch Route 66 Association and chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership International Advisory Committee, and author Jim Hinckley. Hinckley is the author of numerous books including The Route 66 Encyclopedia, and is the creator of Jim Hinckley's America as well as a tourism development consultant. Pavel said, "Development of the passport required overcoming numerous obstacles but I am proud of the final product. It wouldn't have been possible without the support of directors at visitors centers along Route 66, small business owners, and the international Route 66 community, and for this assistance I am most appreciative. I am confident that next season additional visitor centers will be added to the passport." Jim Hinckley said, "The passport will do more than enhance the travelers experience, it will also provide Route 66 communities and small businesses with a promotional boost." A primary goal for the project is to increase traffic at visitor centers, or select businesses in locations where visitor centers are not available, which will in turn provide additional promotion for area businesses including motels, restaurants, museums, attractions, and events. Advertising sponsors of the passport also are promoted through the Route 66 Navigation app and related social media network. To ensure the passport remains relevant, plans are being developed for annual updates. The suggested retail price for the Mother Road Route 66 Passport is $9.99 plus applicable tax but as with other Touch Media Route 66 projects, all sales will contribute to the support of small businesses all along the Route 66 corridor. For westbound travelers the Launching Pad Drive In in Wilmington, Illinois is the first available location for purchase. Eastbound travelers can purchase the passport at 66-to-Cali on Santa Monica Pier or at Cucamonga Service Station in Rancho Cucamonga. They will also be sold through locations all along Route 66, and soon, through an e-shop at www.route66navigation.com, eBay, and Amazon. www.route66navigation.com/passport www.route66navigation.com/blog www.fb.me/route66navigation www.instagram.com/route66navigation www.twitter.com/route66navigate About Touch Media Route 66 Passport and Route 66 Navigation are a products of the company Touch Media s.r.o. Touch Media is a corporation with a longlife tradition in the online area as well as digital marketing, new media and development of unique mobile applications. Company with Czechoslovak roots is based in Bratislava, Slovakia (European Union). Touch Media is owned by Jan Svrcek and Marian Pavel. ### Media contact information Marian Pavel, CEO pavel@touchmedia.sk

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