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Member Pete Petrie - Pete's Route 66 Gas Museum - Williams AZ

Texas Welcomes the World - 2018

July 12-15, 2018

Join us for Food, Fun, Car Cruise, Rodeo, Dance, Artists, Authors, LIVE Music…and so much more!

We invite you to come explore Texas’ 178 miles of Route 66!

From our host City of Shamrock, with the famous U-Drop Inn on the East, to our infamous ghost town, Glenrio on the West we have sights to behold, places to visit and people to see! And as everyone knows Texas is the MidPoint of Route 66 so no matter which way you’re headed you’re half way there!! Like the windmills & wind turbines that share the wide open skies of the Texas Panhandle, you will discover the past and present on the Mother Road.

From the Route 66/Devils Rope Museum in McLean to the Milbern-Price Museum & Dot’s Mini-Museum in Vega, the history of Texas and Route 66 comes to life. Route 66 in Amarillo is a must see: with Art Galleries, Antique and Specialty shoppes, wonderful restaurants, two of which are the oldest restaurants on the Route, and bars that offer live music, we can keep you entertained form breakfast to bedtime!!

Along with all the great sights and photo ops that Texas 66 is famous for:

  • the restored Phillips Station in McLean
  • the restored Magnolia Station in Vega
  • the Leaning Tower and the Giant Cross in Groom
  • the Bug Ranch in Conway
  • the Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo
  • the MidPoint Cafe in Adrian
  • the Big Texan Steak Ranch
  • Edsel Graveyard in Shamrock

We also have a few side trips that are worth the drive:

  • Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon TX
  • Palo Duro Canyon~the second largest canyon in the U.S.A.
  • Horseback riding at Los Cedros Ranch
  • Lake Meredith Alibates Flint Quarries.

Also located in Amarillo (just not right on 66):

  • the Amarillo Art Museum
  • Sunset Art Gallery
  • the Amarillo Zoo
  • The Botanical Gardens
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center
  • Wonderland Amusement Park.

Amarillo is home to several golf courses (both private & public) and Shamrock also offers a wonderful golf course.

Web Site: or

Mailing Address: 105 E 12th St, Route 66, Shamrock, TX 79079

20th Anniversary of the Canadian Route 66 Assoc.

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 on board,
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

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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!

Zdenek Jurasek
Czech Route 66 Association 

AGM Meeting Minutes - October 2016

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

Sad News:

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:

Club Liaisons:

BC Corvette Club: Totem T-Birds: Kruise For Kids

Bonnie Game
Stewart Heyes
Lorrie Fleming
George Game
Craig McDowall
Tim Kikkert
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. 

General Meeting Minutes - September 2016

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.

Association Newsletter:

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

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. 

Association Picnic - August 6, 2016

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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.

Garage Tour & Tram Ride - July 23, 2016

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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!

Edmonds City Fair Show & Shine 2016

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Trophy Winning Motorcycle

Click on photo to see pictures of this event.

Marpole Summerfest Show & Shine 2016

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Elvis and Marylyn at the Marpole Show & Shine

Photos of the 2016 Marpole Summerfest Show & shine are in the Photos Section.

Historic Summit Inn Sold

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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 or at 760-951-6254. Follow him on Twitter @DP_MatthewCabe 

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