Due to the downtown streets being open for business during the day on Friday, registered vehicle participant parking times will be enforced and permitted only between the hours of 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Registered car participants of the show will not be allowed to leave their vehicles on the street. At the close of each night, vehicles must leave the event area.
The Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion was never held in San Bernardino. This is a completely different event so that’s really a question for the folks in San Bernardino to answer. However, San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire have enjoyed a long and rich love affair with classic car shows and we wanted to carry on that tradition with the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion in Ontario.
We expect the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion to feature more than 1,000 classic cars, and to draw as many as several hundred thousand attendees from across Southern California and the Western United States.
Stater Bros., the sponsor of the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous, is not a sponsor of the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, which is seeking sponsors of its own.
The Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is a new event that weaves in new ideas to celebrate the region’s rich history of cars, car racing, and rallies. While this is a new event, it does represent ongoing traditions in our region’s car culture and a reunion of many of the people who participated in the past in the Rendezvous.
The connection between the city, Ontario’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Route 66 Reunion is shared leadership. Many of the Route 66 Reunion board members are also in senior leadership roles in these other organizations.
The Cruisin’ Reunion is a weekend celebration of America’s love affair with the automobile and its world-famous highway, Route 66. Three days of cruising, contests, live entertainment, fabulous food and revelry make it one of the nation’s most extended events of its kind.
Activities include a Show-n-Shine car show with cruisin’, entertainment stages, music from sound towers throughout the event, a neon light contest, Poker Run on historic Route 66, and a model car contest. There will also be food and apparel vendors and a beer garden for adult attendees.
The plans are to have the majority of the event take place along historic Euclid Avenue with other activities and entertainment – including a Poker Run and a multitude of car contests — at venues throughout the city.
The Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion in Ontario features three days of activities from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
The City of Ontario is hosting the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, with portions of the event taking place along historic Euclid Avenue. A Poker Run, car contests and other activities and entertainment will be held on Euclid and at venues throughout the city.
The Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is funded through sponsorships, the securing of vendors and vehicle registration.
The newly formed nonprofit Route 66 Reunion, the Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau, and area civic leaders and organizations are coordinating the event.
The newly formed Route 66 Reunion is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization comprised of senior-level leaders in the Ontario business community, and led by Michael Krouse, the President and CEO of the Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau and Ontario Convention Center.
The Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion supports Ontario’s ongoing vision for growth and greater community pride. It acts as an economic stimulus for local businesses including hotels, restaurants and retailers. It enhances the local job market and helps to fill the city’s tax coffers.
Why not? Ontario is the prime location to host a car show of this scale. The city’s central location in Southern California, its easy access to several key freeways and a range of excellent dining, shopping and lodging options make it the ideal draw for attendees and participants from throughout the Western United States.
The intent is to have the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion become an annual event — a signature celebration for Ontario — that car enthusiasts will look forward to attending each year and, of course, an event that draws in and is supported by the citizens of Ontario.
Attendee Specific Questions
Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups wanting to park together or as a club should enter the event together. Roping off areas or reserving spots is strictly prohibited.
Registration is limited to the first 2,000 approved vehicles. Qualified cars must have been made between 1900 and 1975 and be in show quality, meaning no primer spots, dents, rust, etc. Cars are permitted to be one solid primer color.
- Pre-registration by mail: Call for an entry form to be mailed to you at 800-867-8366
- Pre-registration online: Complete a form online at www.route66cruisinreunion.com and pay with PayPal, or print out the form and mail it in with a check.
- Attach a copy of the vehicle’s current DMV registration, a color photo of the vehicle, and enclose a check for the proper amount. Mail your completed registration and required documents to Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764. Cut-off date is Aug. 19, 2013.
From the I-10 Freeway going east or west, take Euclid Avenue exit south. From the 60 Freeway, take Euclid Avenue going north.
For shuttle service from the Convention Center, exit the I-10 Freeway at Vineyard Avenue to Holt Boulevard (going east) or at Holt Boulevard (going west).
The pre-registration cut-off is Aug. 31, and there will be no registrations accepted from Sept. 1 through Sept. 19.
- Onsite registration takes place Sept. 20 through Sept. 22 at the Ontario Convention Center (LOT A), 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764.
- Bring your vehicle or a color photo of the vehicle for inspection, A copy of the vehicle’s current DMV registration and payment.
- Event registration hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
The event is free to spectators in the downtown area.
Pre-registration is $50 for the three-day car show now through August 31st. There will be no entry forms accepted between September 1st and September 19th. Therefore, onsite registration is $60.00 from September 20th through the 21st. OR you can choose to register for Sunday only, for $40.
RV parking location is to be determined.
Check-in and onsite registration times are:
- 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20
- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
- 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22
Spectators can park outside the event boundary and walk to the event. There will be shuttle service from the Ontario Convention Center at a minimal cost.
Registered vehicle participant parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you check in or register onsite, you may enter the event boundary and park at any open designated spot.