Member Pete Petrie - Pete's Route 66 Gas Museum - Williams AZ
Article from our Fall Newsletter:
By Lorrie Fleming (#66)
As Founder of the CR66A, I've had the utmost pleasure of meeting fellow roadies over the course of passage from Chicago to Santa Monica. Our Canadian Contingent marked a 20 year milestone of incorporation on October 23, 2016. The following is a little dialogue that I penned for our Association Newsletter a few years ago. Truly, history repeats itself and I'm so blessed to be living this endless dream along "The Mother Road".
In May, 1994, Bob and I were traveling from Santa Fe, New Mexico heading west on I- 40 in Arizona and noticed a sign posted on the freeway in Arizona that indicated “Historic Route 66” - next exit right! Remembering the TV show that aired from 1960-64 featuring George Maharis and Martin Milner as Buzz and Todd, we decided to take the turn. Now situated in the sleepy little hamlet of Seligman and much to our surprise, were greeted by Angel Delgadillo, the town Barber who is credited in forming the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona and pioneering the historic highway movement to “Save The Mother Road”.
Angel convinced us to come back in the spring of 1995 for the Annual Fun Run weekend because we had just missed that year's event. Angel was so enthusiastic and convincing that we returned in April, 1995 sporting our '82 Corvette and officially registered for this spectacular event. At that time we were the only Canadians, albeit there were lots of participants present from other countries (England, Germany and Switzerland). We had so much fun that we planned our vacation here the following year (April 1996); once again driving our Vette, this time sporting personalized license plates “ROOT66” from British Columbia. We were an instant hit, but still the only Canadians registered!
In conjunction with Angel's blessing, Jerry Richard, one of the “Founding Fathers” of the Arizona Association, along with Secretary-Treasurer Anita Leeming, jointly encouraged me to start an Association in Canada, so the people in the ‘Great North’ would be aware of the Fun Run and other events planned along the famed Mother Road. At this end, upon my return home, I contacted the BC Corvette Club to introduce myself and my plight. Thereafter, I was invited to attend a club meeting and subsequently, the BCCC became our first "Chartering Member" to endorse for registration as a Non Profit Society set forth in the BC Societies Act.
Soon afterward, the Totem
Classic Thunderbird Club came
followed by the Vancouver Camaro Club. To keep the momentum in
motion, my good friend Gerry Sheppard, owner of a 1964 Roadster, joined the aforementioned Founding Members. Likewise, Lloyd Gregorowich, owner of Good Time Oldies Memorabilia Store in Langley expressed interest in becoming a Founding/Chartering Member. Hence, the above named individuals (and club representatives) resulted in the (5) signatories required to form a Society in the Province of British Columbia.
Adding to the mix, I received a letter from Red Robinson, famed Vancouver Radio personality, expressing interest in becoming a Founding Member. Collectively, the signatures were applied and I submitted all the signed forms (and Red's letter) on to Victoria. It was accepted on October 23, 1996 as Non-Profit Society No. S36022, incorporated in British Columbia.
In our incorporation our association membership evolved with members hailing from across Canada: in Ontario, overseas in Germany and Switzerland and across the border in the USA.
May our journey have no end...
European Route 66 Festival 2018
in the Czech Republic!
November 2 2016
Dear Route 66 friends!
We are proud to announce that the next European Route 66 Festival will be
held in the Czech Republic in August 2018.
We are very pleased to get the honor to organize such an important event, tradition of which has been successfully established this year in Germany. These days we are looking for a location of the festival. The exact date will be announced.
Please share with other Route 66 fans!
Czech Route 66 Association
Canadian Route 66 Association AGM Sunday October 16 2015 Minutes
17 Members, 5 Guests were in attendance
Welcome to Lorne & Lynn Cocking, Nigel & Marie Wheway from BCCC who are interested in planning a trip on Route 66.
Bonnie reported the association currently has 48 active/paid members
3 paid Associations/Groups
1 Life member Wanda Saunders
3 Complimentary memberships (Red Robinson, Shell Busey, Arizona R66 Assoc, dating back to Lorrie’s Founding of CR66A)
This past year we received 2 new members:
• Sandy & Bev Ujhazy - Referral Bill Blackall • Ken Phillips
Friend & route 66 member Betty Peters (Brian Peters) passed away Sept 29 due to Breast Cancer. Betty had been battling Breast Cancer for several years. Memorial Service will be held Tues Oct 18 at 2pm, the Surrey Golf Club where Betty was a member.
Craig McDowall, our Treasurer has prepared our annual year end report. After Expenses for our 2 Newsletter issues, 2015 Xmas Party, Kruise for Kids donations, web site domain etc, we ended the year with a $403.94 profit.
$227 will go to our Charity of choice Kruise For Kids which is also raised from our 50/50 draws & collection of nickels (formerly pennies until the penny was eliminated).
The full Financial report is available to any member upon request.
Vice President: Founder:
Website: Treasurer: Newsletter Editor: Garage Tours:
BC Corvette Club: Totem T-Birds: Kruise For Kids
Bonnie Game (or any member who wishes to assist)
Stewart Heyes John Pont Roy Hansen
As no one offered to take over any position the executive remains unchanged.
Annual Christmas Party:
Christmas Party, Saturday December 3 at the Delta Golf Course. Menus will be available shortly and the cost will be announced with your invitation. At the Xmas Party as always we will have pictures of activities, road trips from years past, our theme will be - Celebrating 20 Years on Route 66.
Door Prizes are appreciated. Sue Ramberg donated 2 door prizes for the Xmas Party. Thank you Sue.
Tim reported the fall edition of our newsletter is almost ready to go to the printer. He was waiting for one more story before going to print.
As a reminder membership dues are due in January each year, you are welcome to make your annual dues renewal at the xmas party.
Annual International Route 66 Festival
George & Bonnie will be representing the Canadian Route 66 Association at the Annual Route 66 festival which is being held in Los Angeles November 10 - 13. There has not been any information regarding activities outside of a conference.
50/50 draw - Sue Ramberg won $45. This was Sue’s 2nd win in a row! Meeting was adjourned at 11:45 am. The next meeting will January 8, 2017.
Canadian Route 66 Association Minutes
Sunday September 18, 2016
Brunch meeting held at Delta Golf Course
Bonnie mentioned the upcoming Route 66 International Festival being held in Los Angeles
November 11 – 13. November 11, 2016 will be the 90th Anniversary of Route 66. Los Angeles is
planning a festival for the November 11 weekend. Members who would like to attend the festival portion
of the event should wait until further information is posted. At this time all that is mentioned is a
conference for preservationists, which George & Bonnie will represent the Association.
The festival area will be near Route 66’s original western terminus of Seventh and Broadway in downtown L.A. In 1926, it was one of the busiest intersections in America. (The terminus later was moved further west to Santa Monica.) Los Angeles historic Theatre District is undergoing a big revitalization in time for the event.
Thank you to Walter & Joan Shemly for once again hosting our annual picnic August 6. We had a great turn out and the weather warmed up after a chilly start to the day. Several people had fun on Walter’s man-made beach playing horseshoes.
Tim Kikkert, our newsletter editor has asked for stories from the membership about any road trips
you have taken this year or any awards you may have won during Show & Shine season. We need more
content to fill up the pages of our newsletter, which will be going to the printer in late October.
Please send your pictures with a short story to email@example.com.
Discussion was held regarding events involving the Association, but not organized by the
association. In future Bonnie will inform the membership of any events which may be of interest to the
Association – i.e. Birch Bay Rollback weekend, where Bill Forbes sponsored an award on our behalf.
If you know of an event such as the weekly get together’s at A&W etc, please let Bonnie know so we can inform all the members. In Burnaby, the weekly get together at White Spot at Kingsway/Waltham next to OK Tire will be Thursday September 22 at 6pm & weather permitting Thursday September 29. White Spot offers a coupon for free fries & a drink to the drivers who purchase a burger.
Route 66 News:
During the recent brush fires in Los Angeles last month, the historic Route 66 diner, Summit Inn,
which was built in 1952, was destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire. The Summit Inn was located at the summit
of Cajon Pass (Interstate 15). The current owners plan to rebuild the restaurant, as it appeared before the
fire & hope to have the new restaurant open by late 2017. The original sign still remains and the owners
will have it re-lit as soon as electricity is restored to the property.
Ironically the restaurant’s kitchen had just been replaced by a previous incident. In March 2014, a drunk driver was arrested for crashing a stolen van into the restaurant’s kitchen. Thankfully this happened before the restaurant opened that morning.
Annual Christmas Party:
Reminder- Saturday December 3 wll be the Annual Canadian Route 66 Christmas party, at the Delta Golf Course. This will be the start of our 20th year as an association. Menus should be available by the end of October and the cost will be known at that time. Door Prizes are always appreciated. We will forgo the FUN GIFTS for this year.
Welcome to our new member Ken Phillips who joined the meeting & decided to become a member. We look forward to getting to know you.
Ken drew the winning 50/50 ticket, $30, was won by Gord Ramberg.
Meeting adjourned at 10:45 am, as there was another group coming in after our meeting.
Next meeting will be Sunday October 16, this will be our AGM as required by the Society Act.
We will need to discuss our bylaws & constitution, as it is required to submit such documents online to the new BC Registry Services.
George mans the Grill
23 Members attended this years Canadian Route 66 Association Picnic in Langley BC. A special thanks to hosts Walter & Joan Shemly. The day started out cool and cloudy but ended in a beautiful sunny day. Good food and company was appreciated by all.
Click Photo above to see Album.
Click on Pictures to go to Photo Album
Seven Members of the Canadian Route 66 Association spent the day in Cloverdale British Columbia touring the BC Vintage Truck Museum followed a great lunch at the Coast & Country Diner. After lunch we went on the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Tram to Sullivan Station and then toured the Car Barn where the Trams are restored and maintained. Our last adventure of the day was a Speeder Ride down the line. Weather was warm and sunny. A perfect day!
Elvis and Marylyn at the Marpole Show & Shine
Photos of the 2016 Marpole Summerfest Show & shine are in the Photos Section.
Summit Inn to change hands
Escrow expected to close at end of month, owner says
By Matthew Cabe, Staff Writer (Daily Press)
HESPERIA — C.A. Stevens — longtime owner of the Summit Inn Restaurant located at the top of the Cajon Pass — has sold the historic diner and property to a Wrightwood-based family.
Stevens, 84, told the Daily Press on Thursday that the restaurant, its adjacent eight-room motel, a manager’s office and the Summit Station Antique Shop were purchased by the Recinos family for approximately $1 million.
Escrow is expected to close June 30.
Otto Recinos, 41, described the new ownership as a “family operation” between his mother, Annabella Recinos, his sister, Katherine Juarez, and himself.
He told the Daily Press historical significance is what attracted his family to the diner that has been in business since 1952.
“We’re thinking of completely renovating it and taking it back to its original look,” Recinos said.
The historic Summit Inn sign at the top of the Cajon pass at dusk in this undated file photo. PHOTOS BY JAMES QUIGG, DAILY PRESS
The famed restaurant has been sold to the Wrightwood- based Recinos family.
The motel, which has been closed for years, will be fully remodeled and reopened, according to Recinos, whose family purchased the Pines Motel in Wrightwood — a business that caters to Pacific Crest Trail hikers — in January.
“We plan to be open 24 hours a day, and have events on the weekends once a month,” Recinos said. “We’re going to have a big barbecue grill outside and have weekend rib and beer specials ... We’re optimistic. It’s a great place. C.A. is ready to retire, and he’s made it this many years. I think it will be good to bring some new energy in.”
The current staff of waitresses and cooks — many having worked at the Summit Inn for decades — will remain intact once the sale is finalized, according to Stevens.
“I made the deal on this that they keep the help,” he said. “I put it right in the contract. They keep all the help, and (Otto) said, ‘Oh yeah, we’d be crazy not to.’ He’s a pretty smart guy.”
Stevens purchased the Summit Inn on Friday the 13th in 1966 for $335,000.
Despite being four months shy of a proper golden anniversary, he said a celebration of his 50 years as owner is scheduled for early October.
— A feature article on C.A. Stevens and his Summit Inn memories will appear in Sunday’s edition of the Daily Press. — Matthew Cabe can be reached at MCabe@VVDailyPress.com or at 760-951-6254. Follow him on Twitter @DP_MatthewCabe
Canadian Route 66 Association Minutes for Sunday June 12 2016
Brunch meeting held at Delta Golf Course
Bonnie thanked the members who attended Hats Off Day on Saturday June 4. Everyone had a good day, 103 cars attend in the hot sun.
We have now purchased Canadian Route 66 loco decals for your car. As before we have ordered decals with a white outline and without the outline, $5 each.
Our annual picnic will be held Saturday August 6 at Walter & Joan Shemley, have offered their back yard in Langley once again. This will be a potluck event with everyone assigned a side dish or salad, the Association will purchase burgers, buns.
Oct 23, 2016 will be the 20th Anniversary of the Canadian Route 66 Association
Please mark your calendar for the Annual Canadian Route 66 Xmas party, Saturday December 3 at the Delta Golf Course. This will be a special event to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Tim Kikkert, newsletter editor will be contacting various members who have been with the association since the early years for our Member Profile section of the fall/winter edition.
Route 66 News:
November 2016 marks the 90th Anniversary of Route 66. Los Angeles is planning a festival for the November 11 weekend. The festival area will be near Route 66’s original western terminus of Seventh and Broadway in downtown L.A. In 1926, it was one of the busiest intersections in America. (The terminus later was moved further west to Santa Monica.) Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a big revitalization following many years of decline. The festival area will located be in the Historic Theatre District at Broadway & 7th Ave.
Scott Piotrowski organizer for the Los Angeles Route 66 festival will be encouraging people to attend the festival via public transportation. Plans are still being developed to secure accommodation options centered near the light rail stations as well as Downtown. There could also be shuttles from the nearest Gold Line station to take festival goers directly to the event within the Broadway/Theatre District.
In lieu of a July meeting Bonnie is proposing a visit to the BC Vintage Truck Museum at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Saturday July 9. The Truck Museum is operated by the Surrey Historical Society Saturdays only, admission is by donation
Following the museum we will take a trip back in time on the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway’s, BCER 1225 restored interurban railcar tram. All trains depart from the Cloverdale Station (Hwy 10 & 176A St); round trip is 55 min. The route goes from Cloverdale to Sullivan Station (64 Ave. & 152 St.) and immediately returns to Cloverdale. NOTE: you stay onboard the tram when it arrives at Sullivan Station.
Due to the summer months our next meeting will be September 18.
Meeting Adjourned at 11:30 am.