Route 66 Days Car Show
Route 66 Days Car Show Flagstaff Reviews
Jan 28, 2008
Downtown Flagstaff, Arizona on a warm September day and the half the town shows up to pay homage to the Flagstaff third annual Route 66 Days and Car Show.
The route 66 Car Club evolved from one of the first car clubs active in the area. This club had as its primary focuses the Chevrolet Corvair marquee and older classic cars. As the club’s interest shifted to include more variety, the Route 66 Car Club was established in 1983. In 1985, the club was incorporated as a community-oriented non-profit Arizona Corporation focused on providing services and good memories.
As you walk thru town the small streets are full of vendors, crowds, car owners and a variety of cars, trucks, bikes and tractors. You will see older classics, street rods, custom rides, restorations, racing cars, trucks, motorcycles and even tractors. The cars come in a wide variety such as: 1966 Pontiac Tempest, 1955 Ford Pick-up, 1957 Chevy, 1929 Ford Sedan, 1937 Ford hard-top, 1934 Ford Coupe, 1955 Chevy, 1950 Cadillac, 1956 Ford Panel, 1986 Apollo Verona, Corvettes and many many more.
The car show stretches throughout the entire downtown, the parks, and all the way to the Civic center. The Civic center gives way to food booths, live music, drinks, souvenirs, and more. There are several native American booths with authentic hand created items such as baskets, art, bowls, vases and yes of course jewelry. The is turquoise, Spiny Oyster, Sugilite, and Pietersite as far as the eyes can see on the front side of the civic center. The prices on the jewelry are less expensive than you will find in most of the Navajo shops in town however; if you drive onto the reservation towards the Grand Canyon you can get better prices. (Especially Big YellowChief, great prices takes credit)
The majorities of the town roads will be closed down for the celebration so wear comfortable shoes and plan on doing some walking. Most of the stores had side-walk sales during the car show and offered really competitive pricing on their items. In these stores you will find lots of sporting goods, a pretty good kitchen store, a relics store with anything the heart could desire, a local toy store and a couple hippie stores. (Before the hate mail starts rolling in I got nothing against hippies, tree huggers or any other affiliations)
It’s amazing how this community comes together to make the Route 66 Days a reality. The weekend kicks off Friday night with a free movie in heritage Square. Scores of cars will cruise town Friday night for the ice cream cruise hosted by many Flagstaff business. The Saturday car show starts at 7am and contains more than 300 custom cars and rods.
If you are in the neighbor on some upcoming weekend afternoon in September it is definitely worth the stop. You will get a feel for the locals and town, some good food, cheaper shopping and have the opportunity to see plenty of shiny pretty cars.
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