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It takes vehicles of all sizes and types to enjoy the pleasure of driving Route 66. Started on September 6 in Morris, Illinois, the 2012 Historic Highway Convoy along Route 66 released the brakes and headed on down the road. As the convoy goes, it will stop off at special vintage truck events along the route. This is a great opportunity of trucks, truck enthusiasts and gas & gear heads to get to see trucks time almost forgot. Many of these are lovingly preserved even when parts become hard to get and expenses rise. For many, there is nothing like looking after a vintage truck and showing it off to anyone interested.
ATHS Turns 40
The truck convoy and show is being conducted in part to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the American Truck Historical Society. Wanting a convoy and a set of shows it made sense for the ATHS to use the Mother Road, Route 66. The convoy, like the ATHS’ members and subscribers, come from all walks of life. Many of them have not done Route 66 before or have not been part of such a convoy. According to the Morris Daily Herald the convoy will include at least 50 drivers starting in Morris IL. More are expected to join as they roll through each of the eight states the route goes through.
All told, the ATHS convoy will make nine stops in seven states. There will also be a rendzevous at San Bernardino on Sept 15th.
They will be as follows:
6/6/2012 – TA Morris, 1-80 & Rt 47, Exit 112B, 21 Rominoes, Morris, IL 60450 Phone: 815-942-5690
6/7/2012 – TA Troy, I-55/I-70 at State Rt 162, Exit 18 Troy, IL 62294 Phone: 618-667-9931
9/9/2012 – Petro Joplin, I-44 & Hwy 43, Exit 4, 4240 Highway 43, Joplin, MO 64803 Phone: 417-624-3400
9/9/2012 – Petro Oklahoma City, I-40/I-35 at Martin Luther King Blvd, 20 Martin Luther King Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 Phone: 405-228-7040
9/10/2012 – TA Amarillo, I-40 & Whitaker, Exit 74, 7000 I-40E & Whitaker Rd, Amarillo, TX 79118 Phone: 806-342-3080
9/11/2012 – TA Albuquerque, I-25N, Exit 225; I-25S, Exit 227; I-40E, Exit 159A; I-40W, Exit 159B, 2501 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 Phone: 505-884-1066
9/12/2012 – TA Gallup, I-40 & Hwy 66, Exit 16, 3404 W Highway 66, Gallup, NM 87301-6841 Phone: 505-863-6801
9/13/2012 – TA Kingman, I-40, Exit 48, 946 W Beale St, Kingman, AZ 86401 Phone: 928-753-7600
9/14/2012 – TA Barstow, I-15 & Lenwood Rd, Exit 69. 2930 Lenwood Rd, Barstow, CA 92311 Phone: 760-253-2922
9/15/2012 – Route 66 Rendezvous, San Bernardino, CA.
This is a combined event, so it matches individual truck events with stop offs by the convoy themselves. Each event will take place at Travel Centers of America (TA) stops along the route. Each event will take place between 11am and 7:30pm. The arrival of the convoy on each day may vary depending on traffic and weather, but will hopefully arrive by 4pm, allowing for an expanded show towards the end of each day. Any driver who completes the entire route in their historical truck will receive a keepsake for the event from the ATHS.
Respect needs to be given to each driver. They have shelled out $100 each to take part in this show. Not only that, they have worked with the ATHS to get maps, notes, guides and to work out their own fuel and accommodation. These folks are doing it for the love of trucking. No doubt many of them needed car loans to keep their love affair with historical trucks going. Getting car credit for these kinds of journeys is not always easy, but it pays for them to get good car finance. It can be a tough road as it cuts through the storm belt, the freezing winters of Illinois, Tornado Alley, the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona and California. Pretty unforgiving territory for any tucker to work though.
Good For Route 66
The convoy is another reason why Route 66 is such a great road. If things like this keep getting organized this road will never die. It will live long and prosper in the imaginations of Americans and people the world over. The event will go on to the 14th for non-convoy truckers, so it’s well worth going to visit any stop on the route you can get to.
Article by Evelyn Robinson