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

Hats Off Day, Edmonds City Fair, Marpole SummerFest

Pictures from this years Show & Shines are available on the Photos page. Click Pictures to go to album.


Hats Off Day Show & Shine - June 6, 2015      60,000 people enjoyed a Parade, Show & Shine and Street Fair.

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Marpole SummerFest - July 18, 2015 Elvis is Alive!    Small Show but lots of fun. 

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Edmonds City Fair - July 19, 2015    Great Community Street Fair. Best crowd ever!

Association Picnic - August 9, 2015

Route 66 Annual Picnic 072

Bonnie presenting an Appreciation Plaque to Walter & Joan

This years annual Picnic was at Walter & Joan Shemly’s Lakeside Home in Langley, BC. It was attended by 15 Members of the Canadian Route 66 Association. US Members, Skip & Beth Forbes and Bill & Barbara Forbes came across the border to join the party. It was a beautiful day with sunshine and a light breeze. Everyone brought food for sharing. 

Pictures From John Sulentich and George Game are in the Photo Section.

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program - Cost Share Grants

Dear Friends of Route 66,

The National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's cost-share grant awards. The 2015 grant awards go to:

National Guard Armory Rehabilitation 

Location: Sapulpa, Oklahoma 

Recipient: City of Sapulpa

Women on the Mother Road: Route 66 Interactive Website and Oral History Project

Location: Across Route 66

Recipient: Cinefemme 

Boots Court Architectural Neon Restoration

Location: Carthage, Missouri 

Recipient: Private Owner

Lake Shore Motel Structural Rehabilitation

Location: Carthage, Missouri 

Recipient: Private Owner

The cost-share grant program provides grant assistance for eligible historic preservation, research, oral history, interpretative, and educational projects. Grants are offered through an annual, competitive grant cycle. Since 2001, 122 projects have been awarded $1.8 million with $3 million in cost-share match, totaling $4.8 million in public-private investment toward the revitalization of the Route 66 corridor.

To learn more about these projects and other past grant awards, visit the 2015 grant announcement, or search our grants database.

Kaisa Barthuli

Program Manager

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program

National Trails Intermountain Region

National Park Service

P.O. Box 728

Santa Fe, New Mexico  87504-0728


Phone: 505.988.6701

Fax: 505.986.5214


Gino G. De Pieri June 4, 1945 - July 9, 2015

Canadian Route 66 Association Member 70


Gino Girolamo De Pieri June 4, 1945 - July 9, 2015 The Cute Italian with a Big Heart leaves us suddenly after a long struggle with GIST, a rare cancer. Well known in the limousine industry as LimoGino, he also had long careers in the TV and Microwave repair. Gino donated much of his time to service clubs and charities and was generous supporter of the Italian Cultural Centre and the Italian Mutual Aid Society. Gino was predeceased by his sister Silvanna and parents Onorina and Giuseppe. He is survived by brother-in-law Frank Pezzutti and numerous cousins in Italy and Canada. A Funeral Mass will be held on July 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, 6350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver, BC. Viewing of the casket will begin at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Ocean View Cemetery. A reception will be held at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation or St Paul's Hospital Foundation are welcome. - See more at:

Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Restoration

I think the Route 66 community should back this project. Here is the link to the Kickstarter Fundraising page.

Kickstarter Link

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General Meeting Minutes - April 2015

Canadian Route 66 Association Notes for Sunday
April 19 2015

Brunch meeting held at Delta Golf Course

Christmas Party has been confirmed for Saturday December 6. at Delta Golf Course. Cost TBA.


  • In regards to insurance, I have investigated this further with our personal insurance agent a 2nd time. Being we do not organize events exclusive to our Assoc where we are on public property (car show for example or slalom event)  it is not necessary. When we go to the Fun Run for example you are responsible for your own car insurance & medical insurance. Even if we are travelling together as a group, you are still responsible for your own insurance. I understand if someone outside our organization were to join us and be injured, they would be covered by a) their own ICBC insurance or medical insurance.
  • An individual who was posting signs for an event was injured may not have been covered if their club did not have insurance. However, they were posting signs for a closed event, but the club insurance would only cover them for the time they were at the event, not from the time you leave home.
  • We are a small Association and do not operate on a large scale as some of the CAR CLUBS do. Should the day come where we are a larger organization and do more events, this situation can be reviewed again. In order to purchase this insurance (should we ever need it) the number of members to qualify for insurance is 100 ACTIVE members. We do not have the numbers to qualify, we would be required to become part of another association, that raises other issues. This matter is being tabled for the time being. 

Fun Run

The Official Fun Run dates are May 1 - 3 beginning in Seligman. Apr 28 - May 4 

Rick & Alex are leaving mid week for Williams. We will be meeting Bob & Lorrie, Bill & Barb at the Motel 6 West in Williams. Our member Marcus will be there as well as Sean & Karen from Flagstaff.

George & I will be flying to Palm Springs, renting a car. We will be staying 3 nights in the Wigwam Motel in Rialto Ca. On Sunday we are meeting with Scott Piotrowski who is the 2016 Route 66 Festival organizer for Los Angeles. The dates for the 2016 festival are not confirmed we will keep you up to date as we have information. The last time there was any type of Route 66 event in the LA area was the San Bernadino event prior to the Festivals which are being held East & West each year. It will be nice to have an LA Route 66 event, as LA is an area with several alignments and difficult to see when you are driving. Scott also arranges walking tours of Route 66 in LA.

We can work on suggestions for itineraries next month for the Fun Run or to the Festival in LA.  If you want to make suggestions for routes, or places to see — State Parks, National Monuments, Auto collections all suggestions are welcome.


Our newsletter Editor Brad Jones who moved to the Island a few years ago has come into bad health and has stepped down from the position on Newsletter Editor. Tim has offered to take over this position, he & Brad were going to work together to transfer the newsletter template over and any outstanding articles. Tim will write an article from his Blog on him & his Dad’s prostate Cancer fundraiser ride on Route 66 last year. Our last newsletter was in Nov/Dec. We hope to publish twice a year but without content that cannot happen. Please write about any events you have done, it does not have to be a Route 66 event.

Route 66 News

As it was mentioned in Feb, one of our members back east passed away from an illness. If anyone had ever been to the Gay Parita station in Missouri, Gary enjoyed talking with the visitors who came by.

He created a mock Sinclair Station outside his house and would chat with visitors who stopped to take pictures. Gary Turner did what he did best, sharing wonderful stories and advice about RT 66. He was honoured a few years ago with an Award for his Route 66 support. Gary loved to serve Ice Cream, cold drinks, watermelon to everyone who stopped by.  He was getting so popular he created a covered bbq area around the back of his Sinclair Garage and hosted many a BBQ for roadies & motorcycle groups from around the world who would call to let him know when they were coming. With Gary you could not visit for a short time, every visit was a few hours or more, he was a delight to visit with and a genuine person. If this was your first trip on Route 66, he would encourage you to buy David Wickline’s book Images of 66 and have it autographed by the people in the book you met along 66. He was never out to make a profit on any of his merchandise, he gave everyone something from his gift shop, we received t-shirts on our first visit, the next time we saw Gary, he gave us a thermometer of his station. A genuine route 66 Ambassador. 

Jerry McClanahan, Route 66 Artist from Chandler Ok was asked to paint a picture of someone’s car outside Gary’s station a few years ago. That print was re-created as a memorial to Gary, proceeds went to the family. George & I, Tim each purchased one of these prints. They sold for $66

We hope his Daughter continues what Gary started. The last time we were visiting 2012 his daughter was there to help with her Mom who had Alzheimers, and was also working with Gary in the gift shop.  


The Great Race was created in 1983 by 2 individuals to assist an ailing race promoter who planned to race pre-WW II automobiles across the US for a massive purse. Many people doubted this type of race was feasible but with help from a crew of like-mined car just they pulled it off.

2 Years ago Tevie participated in the Great Race along the Great Lakes in Ontario & crossing into the US. He did not ‘win’ by any means but he & Lisa enjoyed the race. Nigel Matthews was his support vehicle.

June 20 the Great Race will be along Route 66 starting from the St Louis area to Santa Monica. There will be over 120 cars participating ranging in years from 1915 - 1972. Each stop is free to the public to come and see the cars.

Course instructions for each stage are given to the drivers 30 min prior to start time.


All contestants, vehicles, and crew members must be approved by Great Race Entry and Technical Committees.

2. Vehicle entries must have been manufactured in 1972 or earlier and shall be as defined in Part IX. A vehicle that because of its power train, suspension, equipment, or other modifications would be considered a post-1972 vehicle for purposes of applying an age factor may be accepted for entry on an individual review basis based on Great Race’s determination that it complies with the spirit of encouraging the participation of vehicles whose body styles are 1972 and earlier.


a. Platinum Entry: $8,000 per car. Platinum Entries are limited to 10 entries. Platinum Entries receive priority in start

b. Corporate Entry: $7,000 per car. A Corporate Entry is defined as a for-profit business 

c. Private Entry: $5,000 per car

d. X-Cup Entry: $1,500 per car

e. The entry fee is for up to four persons (typically a driver, a navigator, and two support crew members). A team may include additional persons for an additional $50 per person.

Even the GREAT RACE, requires that you have your own Liability Insurance.

You can follow them on Facebook, or  read their blogs on the Great Race web page.

Local Events:

RIDE TO LIVE - Prostate Cancer fundraiser & Show & Shine


Boots” Memorial Cruise Night will be held at A&W  7330 King George Blvd, Surrey, Thurs May 7.

The lot will be festive with live music, prizes, cake. You can come and get your first card for the Great Poker Hand challenge and your first entry towards an additional prize awarded at the summer year end party.


Hats Off Day - Sat June 6.

Heights Merchants is looking for barricade volunteers. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in assisting with the barricades in the Show & Shine area please let Bonnie know.

General Meeting Minutes - February 2015

Canadian Route 66 Association Minutes for Sunday February 8, 2015

Brunch meeting held at Delta Golf Course

Christmas Party has been confirmed for Saturday December 6. at Delta Golf Course. Cost TBA.

  • At the last meeting, Geoff had a few suggestions for Garage Tours. I have arranged for a Garage tour for Sunday March 8 in Coquitlam. We will arrange for a staging/meeting area prior to arriving at our destination & a map/address will be handed out at that time. 
  • Vancouver Collector Car Show & Auction is not being held in conjunction with the International Auto Show in March. Last year they had a few issues with how the auction was run, and are working on making changes & will skip 2015 ignored to re-launch the event for 2016. The current state of the CAD dollar had a little to do with their decision as well.

Fun Run

The Official Fun Run dates are May 1 - 3 beginning in Seligman. The tentative route departing from Vancouver April 24 or 25  would be:

Eugene Or,  Sacramento Ca, Rialto Ca, Williams Az, Seligman, Kingman, Lake Havasu or Laughlin, Barstow Ca, Virginia City.

With the dollar right now, it may make for a little more challenging trip expense wise. Gas is in expensive right now, and most of the hotels we choose are not overly expensive. 

The Fun Run hotels themselves, Williams, Kingman, Laughlin (?) need to be reserved NOW if you are interested in attending.  I looked at Expedia for Kingman hotels in CAD funds and the Quality Inn next door to the El Trovatore in Kingman is going for $100 CAD /night……not worth it. There is always the Motel 6 if you want to stay there. I am supporting the El Trovatore, it is fun to see the changes Sam & Monica have made each year to the motel. Hopefully by summer they will have the pool operational.

We can work on suggestions for itineraries in March. If you want to make suggestions for routes, or places to see — State Parks, National Monuments, Auto collections all suggestions are welcome. However it all must be worked out so the itinerary arrives at the Fun Run & that we are not driving for hours on end looking for a suitable place to stay for  everyone. Following the Fun Run, anything is possible.

Route 66 News

The “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” which ended in December at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles was declared “the most popular show in the history of the museum” by its president. The museum doesn’t keep specific counts for exhibits, but it was estimated more than 50,000 visited “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” during its seven-month run. 

A security guard said that on the Saturday before the last day there were so many people in the galleries you could hardly move,  people that did not know each other were constantly striking up conversations. 

Cynnie Troup, the daughter of Bobby Troup (“Get your kicks on” Route 66″) was also on hand to talk about the cross-country map created by her mother and father on the trip west.

The Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, will include a of Route 66 promotion, aka the Will Rogers Memorial Highway, during a series of changes for the upcoming year.

References of the Will Rogers Highway date back to the early 1940s. A well-known monument dedicating the Will Rogers Highway also was installed in Santa Monica, California, near the Santa Monica Pier, in 1952.

Fun Run.

The Official Fun Run dates are May 1 - 3 beginning in Seligman. The tentative route departing from Vancouver April 24 or 25  would be:

Eugene Or,  Sacramento Ca, Rialto Ca, Williams Az, Seligman, Kingman, Lake Havasu or Laughlin, Barstow Ca, Virginia City.

Suggestions for this year would be to visit the temporary location Peterson Museum in Los Angeles or wait until 2016 to visit the renovated museum. The Nethercut Collection in Sylmar Ca would also be a great location to visit. All the restored vintage cars on display are used in parades , Concours events & other special occasions. The vehicles on display are ‘floated’ off the marble floors. They also have a Canadian connection, 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive #2839, built in Montreal!

One of our Route 66 contacts in Los Angeles who organizes guided Route 66 walking tours. Los Angeles can be difficult to drive through and see the Route 66 sights.  If a Route 66 walking tour was possible,  the plan would be to stay 2 nights in the Wigwam Motel in Rialto Ca. ‘Enjoy Route 66 the Wigwam Way’

Following the Fun Run, one suggestions would be to stay 2 nights in Laughlin and take a Topok River Tour to see the Petroglyphs — if the group has a Max 6 people interested we could charter the boat for $25 per person. Otherwise the tour is $50 per person with a max of 6 (other) people in the boat.

In Las Vegas if anyone is interested in a tour of Art Golstrom’s collection of Nostalgia Street Rods in Las Vegas, this collections contains more than 160 working vintage cars, dating back to Ford Model T's, and just about everything else, from signed memorabilia to antique telephones. You will see old jail locks with giant keys, a check for $925 signed by Thomas Edison, a 1955 Chevrolet with a 1,600-horsepower engine, the second gas-powered Maytag washing machine sold in Nevada, a piece of the Hindenburg and much more. The tour is available at 10am or 2pm for a cost of $20 per person

George will provide further information at the next meeting. Accommodation for the Fun Run itself must be arranged ASAP. If you are interested in attending the Fun Run regardless if you are driving with the group, please contact Bonnie with your credit card information so your accommodation can be arranged. or 604-802-0490

Local Car events listing:

Lee Harrison list is only available online to download & any changes or additions are kept up to date

The Route 66 Fun Run is listed, along with the 3 events which Bonnie organizes - 

  • Hats Off Day June 6
  • Marpole Summerfest - July 18 (new date)
  • Edmonds (Burnaby) City Fair - July 19

Other Business

Bill Blackall wanted the members to be aware of their collector car insurance validity if you have a secondary policy in addition to ICBC. Make certain both policies are valid. Bill had a situation where his secondary policy for Liability Insurance which was to be automatically renewed each year & was not notified the policy had been cancelled. 

50/50 Draw - $37 collected. Congratulations to Debbie Richdale who was the winner of the 50/50 draw.

Next meeting date Sunday February 8 - 10am Delta Golf Course

Arizona Route 66 Fun Run Tour 2015

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A total of eight members participated in this years Arizona Route 66 Fun Run held on May 2nd and 3rd 2015. This year Bonnie and I flew into Palm Springs and started our tour with three days in Los Angeles. Scott Piotrowski gave us a wonderful 8 hour tour of four of the five Route 66 alignments in the city using our rental car, rapid transit, and walking tours. We also discussed the upcoming 2016 International Festival. It looks like it is going to be a great event. Our base camp was the WigWam Motel in Rialto. Always a great place to stay. 

We visited with Jim Conkle at the Summit Inn, the California Route 66 Museum, the Barstow Route 66 Museum, Elmers Bottle Ranch, The Calico Ghost Town and Peggy Sue’s Diner. We stayed a night at the Route 66 Motel in Barstow before setting out across the desert to Bagdad, Ludlow and Amboy. Had a nice visit with Kevin and then detoured to the Kelso Train Station and then on to Needles for lunch. We continued on to Kingman for the night staying at our favourite motel, El Trovatore with Sam and Monica. 

The next day we headed for Hackberry, Truxton and Seligman and after short visits continued to Flagstaff to have diner with members Sean and Karen Evans. After diner we headed to Williams for the night.

Friday morning laundry duty and then off to Seligman to pick up our registration goodies. A short visit with Angle (playing in the band again), more visiting with Seligman folks and then back to Williams for a group diner.

Fun Run Day 1: Drove back to Seligman and watched as the parade started. Jim Conkle and his video crew interviewing everyone for his next Route 66 Show. Waited for the crowd to depart and then headed out on Route 66 to Truxton for lunch at the Frontier Motel with Lynette and Allen who was very busy on the BBQ.  Continued to Kingman for another night at the El Trovatore, Car Show on Andy Divine and Beale Street followed by diner with Jim and Judy Hinckley, Mike and Sharon Ward and many others. Back to the El Trovatore where a party was in full swing in the parking lot.

Fun Run Day 2: After a hearty breakfast at the Hot Rod Cafe we set out for Cool springs and Oatman. Lots of Burros in Oatman this year. Parking was tough as always. After a nice visit we headed down the road to Golden Shores for lunch and the Awards Ceremony. After the ceremony we headed for Needles to visit the partially restored Harvey House Train Station. Most of the building has been restored but there were no tenants inside yet. After a quick stop we proceed to Laughlin to meet up with our other members.

The next day Bob, Lorrie, Markus, Dave, Lynda, Bill, Barb, Bonnie and I went on a road trip to Lake Havasu and Parker. That night we all met up at Bubba Gump's for dinner and goodbyes.

The next morning Bonnie and I headed to Needles and back to Amboy continuing on to Palm Springs for our last two nights before flying home.

Another Fun Run successfully completed. I think I can safely say everyone had a great time.

Garage Tour - March 8, 2015

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Click above to see pictures.

Gary Turner 1944 - 2015


Gary Turner & Bonnie at the 2010 International Festival

Canadian Route 66 Association Member Gary Turner passed away January 22, 2015. Gary is survived by his wife Lena of 47 years and four children. Gary was a true Ambassador to Route 66. He will be missed by everyone on the Route.


The Gay Parita service station on Route 66 in Paris Springs, Missouri


Gary holding his Canadian Route 66 Newsletter - His story by Brad inside.


Inside his Service Station