Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: September 26-28, 2014

 

13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show Returns to Downtown Springfield, IL September 26-28

 

The 13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show celebrates the Golden Age of Automobiles, and America’s love of the open road on the legendary Route 66.

 

 

Springfield, Illinois, September 2, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The lure of over 1,000 cool cars, live music, food and fun will bring over 80,000 spectators to scenic Downtown Springfield, IL between Washington and Capitol and 4th and 7th streets on Friday through Sunday, September 26-28, 2014.  The 13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show celebrates the Golden Age of Automobiles, and America’s love of the open road on the legendary Route 66.  Vehicles can register at www.Route66Fest.com but admission is free to all spectators.

 

“The Route 66 Festival has become a tradition,” said Kim Rosendahl, President of the Board of Directors for the Festival.  “We’ve worked year-round since 2002 to put all the details in motion to make sure that all of our thousands of guests have a great time.  We strive to bring variety and fresh attractions every year while maintaining the features that have proven to be so popular year after year.  It’s our chance to showcase our beautiful city and its historic sense of place along the iconic Mother Road.”

 

The fun starts on Friday evening, September 26th at 6:15pm with the Route 66 City Nights Cruise for Crime Stoppers.  A thousand-car-long parade of classic cars will wind their way from Capital City Shopping Center (3095 S. Dirksen Parkway) to Downtown.  Participants are asked (but are not required) to donate $5.00 for each car benefitting Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties.  Each cruising car that donates will receive a commemorative 2014 Route 66 city Nights Cruise for Crime Stoppers window decal. Once the cruise reaches downtown expect spectators to line the route by the thousands.

 

For those who register their vehicles, there is joy in just watching the reactions of the crowds who walk by their special, lovingly-prepared machines.  Among those scrutinizing their work most closely will be CASI-Certified National judges who will hand out awards at the end of the weekend for the best in over 40 classes of cars.  Horsepower Alley at the Festival will play host to two areas where participants can fire up their rides and put them to the test.  The Mickey Thompson Tires Burnout Competition is judged by the reaction of the crowd that will gather to see and hear which contestant can generate the loudest and smokiest burnout in 30 seconds.  The Lucas Oil Dyno Challenge allows participants to get a scientific measurement of the amount of at-the-wheels horsepower their ride delivers.

 

Just a block away will be a huge area called the "Travel Illinois Expo."  Inside and around the tented area will be showcases and hosted booths offering visitors information about unique travel opportunities along the Illinois miles of the Mother Road.  Coordinated by the Illinois Route 66 National Scenic Byway, the Travel Illinois Expo has been a feature of the Festival since its beginning.  Once again, this year’s Travel Illinois Expo will feature a commemorative exhibit honoring the late Bob Waldmire. Waldmire, a Route 66 Hall of Fame Inductee, was an international and national icon of US Route 66, traveling the road numerous times over his lifetime, becoming the unofficial Route 66 Ambassador while making friends and creating art along the way. Bob reached the end of "his road" in 2009. As a special feature of the Festival, Bob's brother, Buz Waldmire, will bring a commemorative exhibit to the Festival as well as having posters, post cards, note cards and more displaying Bob's artwork will also be for sale.

 

Travel Illinois Expo will also host another exhibit that Festival-goers can “ink” to become a part of Route 66 history.  Every year, the IL Route 66 National Scenic Byway creates a car hood with the Route 66 emblem that attendees can sign. The hood is always a huge draw, garnering thousands of signatures from Festival-goers.  This year, another hood will be on display waiting for signatures near the Travel Illinois Expo all weekend long.  By signing the hood, people can become part of Illinois Route 66 and a part of history.

 

The rhythm of the Festival comes from the live music stages.  On Friday night, headlining the Hot Rod Stage at 6th St. and Washington will be St. Louis-based “Sh-Boom” from 7:30pm-10:00pm.  On Saturday, there will be great rockin’ sounds outside Recycled Records at 625 E. Adams St. featuring the “Johnny Concheroo Band” from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  On the main Hot Rod Stage on Saturday will be sounds from “Hipbone Sam” from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, and “The Blue Suede Crew” from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

 

Participants may register in advance at www.Route66Fest.com or by calling 1-866-RTE-66IL (1-866-783-6645) through Friday, September 19th for $40 plus a $3.50 handling fee.  Registration will continue on-site beginning on Thursday, September 25th for $55.  All makes and models are accepted, and a free t-shirt goes to each entrant.

 

For a full schedule of events, visit www.Route66Fest.com, www.facebook.com/Route66Fest or call 1-866-RTE-66IL (1-866-783-6645).

 

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Media Contact: Jessica Kirchner
Email:
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Phone: 317- 716-2678 
 
Family Events
838 N Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN  46204
Web:
www.Route66Fest.com, Phone: (317) 236-6515 

 

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Illinois, Springfield, Event Date: September 26-28, 2014

13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show Returns to Downtown Springfield, IL September 26-28

The lure of over 1,000 cool cars, live music, food and fun will bring over 80,000 spectators to scenic Downtown Springfield, IL on Friday through Sunday, September 26-28.  The 13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show celebrates the Golden Age of Automobiles, and America’s love of the open road on the legendary Route 66.  Vehicles can register at www.Route66Fest.com but admission is free to all spectators. The fun starts on Friday evening, September 26th with the Route 66 City Nights Cruise for Crime Stoppers. A thousand-car-long parade of classic cars will wind their way from Capital City Shopping Center to Downtown. Among those scrutinizing their work most closely will be CASI-Certified National judges who will hand out awards at the end of the weekend for the best in over 40 classes of cars. Just a block away will be a huge area called the "Travel Illinois Expo." Inside and around the tented area will be showcases and hosted booths offering visitors information about unique travel opportunities along the Illinois miles of the Mother Road. Participants may register in advance at www.Route66Fest.com or by calling 1-866-RTE-66IL (1-866-783-6645) through Friday, September 19th for $40 plus a $3.50 handling fee.  Registration will continue on-site beginning on Thursday, September 25th for $55.  All makes and models are accepted, and a free t-shirt goes to each entrant. For a full schedule of events, visit www.Route66Fest.com or call 1-866-RTE-66IL (1-866-783-6645).