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...