Just had to share this photo album with you all – it is the culmination of many years attending the Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino, CA. We first attended this show while I was still living in SoCal (in the city of Grand Terrace) in 1994 and went to the what turned out to be the last show in 2012 at the 23rd annual event. (the host city of San Bernardino went bankrupt and cancelled the event indefinitely). My wife graciously labored to create a t-shirt quilt for me commemorating out 17 years of participation.
See the album here – click on “View Photo Book” button once on the Shutterfly page:
Route 66 Photo Album
Ontario, CA – Well, that makes it official! The local newspapers agree with our assessment that the first annual Cruisin’ Reunion held in Ontario was a big success! It was so cool, we can’t wait for next year which should be even bigger and better!
Read more here…
Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is Popular
Ontario, CA – The first annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion held September 20 thru 22, 2013 was a great success considering it was a first time event! Filling in for the San Bernardino city bankruptcy induced cancellation of the annual Route 66 Rendezvous, the city of Ontario and the event organizers put on a class show in short notice. With its wide center grassy median, Euclid Street was a welcome change from the hot black pavement experienced on E Street Berdoo and offered a relaxing walk amongst the cars on display. While the attendance in Ontario did not come near the record 500,000+ crowds drawn to the Rendezvous at its peak, it had thousands in attendance – enough we believe to encourage the promoters to try it again next year. After all, the old R66 event did not start our with hundreds of thousands of people – it took 20 years to get there!
Take a look at the cars of Cruisin’ Reunion here:
The Cars of Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion
Ontario, CA – It’s official – we’re headed to the Cruisin’ Reunion for what should be 3 awesome days of classic cars, good times with friends and family, and pure submersion in all things automotive! So, make your plans to attend…or else!
For more info, go to the event web site below…it has a cool event countdown timer. See you there!
Heads up gear heads! Looks like the grass roots effort to startup a Route 66 Rendezvous Alternate Show has gained traction. A non-profit has been formed to hold the event in Ontario CA and the new logo / event name have been trademarked. A glimpse of the event can be seen at the following link as well as the entry form:
R66 Cruisin Reunion
Also, you can enter your email address at this link to get up-to-date information and breaking news direct from the event organizers. Sounds like we have some pondering to do about whether to attend this show…same dates as ye olde R66 event on the 3rd weekend in September (September 20-22).
A couple months ago a post was made regarding the cancellation of the annual Route 66 Rendezvous event this year (and perhaps forever) due to the bankruptcy being experienced by the host city of San Bernardino, CA. For over 20 years, this event has attracted over 500,000 spectators and 1700+ participants over the scheduled 3-day extended weekends. A recent Facebook post discusses a grass roots effort to resurrect this year’s event by moving the event to the neighboring city of Ontario, CA.
Below is an except from FB describing the effort and soliciting feedback:
The last post to you from Route 66 was to let you know that we were trying to continue the event at Glen Helen Regional Park. I wanted to give you an update to that post on the Route 66 Rendezvous which I will be continuing under another name called the “Route 66 Reunion” that will be a 3-day car show modeled after the Route 66 Rendezvous scheduled for the same weekend September 20-22, 2013.
However, I am continuing the event in Ontario on Euclid Avenue to make sure it doesn’t stay suspended this year. I am existed to say that I have been hired by the Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau to make this car show bigger and better. The San Bernardino Convention & Visitors Bureau has given me their full support and is backed me in my efforts to continue to keep the car show in the Inland Empire. However, they will keep custody of the name “Route 66 Rendezvous.”
I know you want an event like the Rendezvous to continue, and there are several other organizations willing to put their hat in the ring, but this could be the only solution to continuing a QUALITY car show like the Route 66 Rendezvous. The challenges with doing the car show on the downtown streets of San Bernardino became greater with an unpleasant element at night. We want to give the car enthusiast back the freedom they once had to relax and enjoy the reunion of family and friends while sitting next to their babe.
The Route 66 Reunion would have the same elements as the Rendezvous with vendors, entertainment, contests and a continuous 3-mile cruise route looping around Euclid Avenue from Holt Blvd to 6th Street. Euclid has 3-lanes to park cars on both sides and cruise down the middle. There are businesses, historic homes, and a beautiful grass median about 50 feet wide with trees for participants to sit under, historic monuments, and a gazebo. It really has a great feel and I think it would be a perfect location for the car participants.
I believe the Route 66 Reunion could pull the same if not more attendance and car participants as the Rendezvous. I hope you will stand by me and participate. We will have a whole new branding and marketing plan that will amaze you.
I will be mailing Vehicle Entry Forms out in mid May. PLEASE “LIKE” this post or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
Well, after over 20 years of giant car show fun and good times, R66 Rendezvous is officially dead…the decades of pathetic political wrangling and pork has bankrupted a historically significant SoCal city and took down the R66 event with it. Full story click here:
End of R66 Events
The final two weeks to pick up your Route 66 Rendezvous(r) memorabilia is here! They have prints, glassware, t-shirts, hats, magnets, dash plaques and so much more! Great prices! Lots of California merchandise as well. For those in SoCal (especially in the San Burrito area), don’t miss out on this great sale! Get some stuff for me and I’ll pay you back next visit to Cali…
Route 66 rendezvous Moving from downtown to Glen Helen? San Bernardino going bankrupt? What are folks doing out there? For details see link:
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