Welcome to Route 66 Adventures where the neon still glows bright along Route 66, shiny new Studebaker cars roll from the factory in South Bend, the Edsel is the talk of the town, and tail fins represent the latest in automotive styling.
We at Route 66 Adventures work hard to ensure your stroll down Memory Lane is a pleasant, enjoyable, and memorable one. In addition to regular posts by award winning author Jim Hinckley, there are numerous links to sites, including classic roadside locations, that will help in your endeavor to plan the ultimate trip along the Main Street of America and other legendary highways. In addition there are also a number of links to sites that provide technical information, as well as support, to keep your vintage car on the road.
We have also added a wide array of information about Kingman, Arizona, the self proclaimed "Heart of Historic Route 66", that is updated daily.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015


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Ramada Kingman, a new Route 66 resort. 
The title for this Sunday afternoon's posting is derived from the National Park Service facilitated Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative. The ambitious project kicked off in earnest last fall with a series of meetings in Albuquerque.
For the most part this initiative has been viewed favorably in the international Route 66 community as there is a consensus about the need for an organization that can provide support in a manner similar to the original U.S. Highway 66 Association. 
A few individuals have expressed reservations about the project. Surprisingly, the individuals adamantly opposed are quite small in number, another indicator of overall support. 
A primary complaint was a perceived lack of representation and input from the Route 66 community. Negating those arguments are a series of town hall meetings and workshops being held in each of the eight states that constitute the Route 66 corridor. 
There are two meetings remaining. One will be on Tuesday, July 28, at Ponderosa High School located at 2384 North Steves Boulevard in Flagstaff. 
The last meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at the San Bernardino Department of Public Works located at 825 East Third Street in San Bernardino, California. Details about the meetings as well as the program itself are available on the official National Park Service website
For a wide array of reasons our travel has been a bit limited this year. We have even canceled plans to attend the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri.
As a result, our postings in recent weeks have been a bit on the myopic side. However, there is another reason for the narrowed focus and that is the fact that developments are taking place in the Kingman area with dramatic speed.
Lets start with more news from the Ramada Kingman. The owners of the refurbished property are instituting a wide array of programs and events that ensure this hotel will the cities only Route 66 resort. 
As an example, on August 21, the hotel will host a Zinful Painting evening (see above). This afternoon I learned that plans are to make this a monthly event, and that the artist tentatively scheduled to teach the first class is Len Nordmann, a Route 66 celebrity of some renown. Here is the link for his website.
The next bit of news from Kingman pertains to the August edition of Chillin' on Beale. This monthly event takes place on the third Saturday evening of each month, April through October.
In addition to the regular fun filled evening of cruising Beale Street one block north of Andy Devine Avenue, (Route 66), exploring antique shops, visiting with tourists, friends, neighbors, and automobile enthusiasts, and sampling the wares at Route 66 Ice Cream Parlor, El Palacios, Redneck's Southern Barbecue, Black Bridge Brewery, the Wine Cellar, House of Hops, and Garlic Clove, new activities are being added. 
The corner of Fourth Street and Andy
Devine Avenue in KIngman, Arizona. 
The Route 66 Association of Kingman is scheduled to host a "bring your chairs sit-in-movie" night on the corner of Fourth and Andy Devine Avenue. This is to commence approximately 8:00 PM.
For August, Ramada Kingman is offering a weekend package that includes a pool party on Friday evening, a cruise to Grand Canyon Caverns with a tour of the caverns on Saturday, and Chillin' on Beale that evening. For details contact the hotel at (928)753-6262.
A similar package is being developed for Chillin' on Beale in October. However, for this package the initial plan is to make it an exclusive for the owners of electric vehicles, and to add something special at the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum.   
Kingman is ready to market itself as a full fledged Route 66 destination. Between the Ramada, the Hill Top Motel, and the El Trovatore Motel, Kingman now has more than 150 rooms available in historic Route 66 properties. This is quite an exciting development in itself.
On a personal note, the multifaceted project I refer to as Jim Hinckley's America is continuing to take on a life of its own. First, perhaps, I should explain the overall concept. 
It started off simply enough, a quest to fulfill the childhood goal of being a writer when I grow up. That quest manifested in a few hundred feature articles about the history of the American auto industry and travel on the back roads of America written for a variety of publications. In turn that resulted in the penning and publishing of a dozen books. 
The God given gift for telling people where to go, as some folks explained it, opened an array of doors. It also led to the development of priceless and amazing friendships.
The writing led to interviews, including two recorded with Jay Leno in his legendary garage. Next came requests to make presentations. 
Author Jim Hinckley speaking about Route 66
in Utrecht Netherlands. 
This opened more doors to new and amazing adventures. Perhaps the most amazing of these was three presentations (two successful and one disastrous) at the holiday fair in Utrecht, Netherlands, and a week with friends who shared the beauty as well as charm of the Netherlands and Belgium. 
On the heels of this, Gary Cron of Baby Boomer Radio, and then my publicist, suggested development of a podcast. After an illness that derailed the project in May, I fell behind my self imposed deadline. That, however, has been rectified and the introductory ten minute program is awaiting edit. 
While this and several writing projects were demanding my attention, there was an opportunity to evaluate self publishing (also off course but about ready for release). Now, it is a Youtube channel and the project has an official trademarked logo, thanks to the tenacity of my dearest friend. 
With that long winded introduction out of the way, in a nut shell Jim Hinckley's America is a multifaceted means of sharing my adventures and encouraging folks to experience a few of their own.
With that said, let get this new adventure on the road.  


Friday, July 24, 2015


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Michael Wallis, a critically acclaimed author and a pioneering contributor to the launching of the Route 66 renaissance has often quipped that Route 66 is a linear community. Most anyone that has traveled the old double six, or that owns a business on Route 66, or that has been involved with preservation work would agree.
Business owners are friendly and fiercely supportive, but yet bicker behind the scenes. There are small town politics and unabashed pride of association with iconic Route 66. There is generosity and camaraderie. There are small town heroes and gossip. Route 66 is a living Norman Rockwell print, a time capsule with a Disneyland veneer where only the best was preserved.
Dale Butel and Kingman Mayor Richard Anderson
(Judy Hinckley)
Route 66 may be America's most famous highway but its citizens hail from every corner of the world. On any given day you will hear German, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, and countless other languages in coffee shops and cafes from Chicago to Santa Monica.
In Kingman, Arizona that was made manifest during the conferences that were a part of the 2014 Route 66 International Festival and again on Tuesday at a ceremony in which Dale and Kristi-Anne Butel of Australian based Route 66 Tours was inducted into the Route 66 Walk of Fame, and made an honorary member of the Route 66 Association of Kingman.
Mike Wagner, a local real estate agent and former employee at Disneyland conceived the idea during initial planning for the Route 66 International Festival. With his resignation from the planning committee the concept morphed into its current configuration; a tangible honorarium to the individuals that have played a role in the creation of Route 66 as well as its transformation from highway to icon. 
As envisioned, the walk of fame will stretch along Andy Devine Avenue (Route 66) in the cities historic district east from the intersection with First Street. Each year new inductees will be honored during a special ceremony at the Best of the West on 66 Festival that takes place on the last weekend in September. 
Left to right, Col Grieves, Dale Butel, and Daniel
Azzopardi. Photo Judy Hinckley
As Dale and Kristi-Anne will be unable to attend the festival in September, a special ceremony took place when the companies summer tour stopped in Kingman for lunch at Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner. Similar ceremonies will take place for some of the other inductees.
Another manifestation of the international nature of Route 66 is the forthcoming European Route 66 Festival scheduled for July 2016. Support for the event is being given by Route 66 associations in the United States as well as in Germany, Japan the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Norway. 
The intertwining of the romanticized image of an "authentic American experience" with such a diverse international influence ensures that Route 66 is one on the most unique attractions in the world. This fascinating blend of Americana and international influences has transformed the Main Street of America into a colorful and dynamic tapestry that extends beyond festivals and travelers. 
You will find manifestations of this international passion and affection for the double six all along the course of the old highway. In Kingman you will find it in conversation with Sam and Monica, owners of the El Trovatore Motel. In Holbrook, the vintage Globetrotter Lodge is a wonderfully refreshing oasis where the quintessential motel experience circa 1960 is embellished and enhanced with charming European and folk art touches. 
In Truxton, Lynette and Allen Greer, the proprietors of the historic Frontier motel and restaurant labor away to bring the property to life. The owner, however, is Sam Murray of New Zealand who also operates Gilligan's Wild West Tours.
To those who ask, can you still drive Route 66, the answer is a resounding YES. Yes, you can still drive this storied highway. Yes, it is still the Main Street of America. Yes, it is still the road of adventure made famous by Buz and Todd. Yes, it is America's most famous highway. Yes, it is magic road that bridges chasms of language and culture. Yes, it is still the road where dreams do come true. Just ask Atsuyuki Katsuyama.         


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