Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion Attracts 100,000
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Car shows are wonderful. You can ride your dream of cruising Main Street in a rumbling, growling muscle car, cruise gangster style in a long, black, ominous sedan, or imagine driving to the beach in a perfectly restored woody or hotrod, surfboards battened down. At the 5th edition of the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion nostalgia came alive.
Cruising Historic Route 66 in Ontario, CA, roughly 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is what makes this event differ from most car shows. Rather than just sitting pretty off the curb, registered participants can actually cruise up and down what is now tree-lined Euclid Avenue, nee dusty Route 66, carrying different aspirations to their destinations than did their early predecessors. Today’s dream is of trophies, peer respect, showing off, having a good time in the Southern California sun, and imagining your next street rod or reclamation project. At this car show, you can hear and almost feel the street roll with the grunt and growl of muscle cars and the whir of flathead motors, just the way nature intended these cars be experienced.
The eponymous Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion organization is a non-profit created by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau to create events like this and promote the region. Three days of cruising, contests, live music and food vendors over 22 square blocks of downtown Ontario attracted an unofficial estimate of some 100,000 family-friendly show goers over the course of the weekend. The party went on day and night and included Hawaiian themed dancing and the Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt contest. Blood, Sweat, and Tears with former American Idol runner up, Bo Dice, appeared, as did DJs spinning rock anthems and Beatles’ and Beach Boys’ cover bands.
Other events included a poker walk and raffle. Registered participant award categories included popular crowd pleaser, Best Overall Use of Lights; People’s Choice Award; Mayor’s Choice Award; Modified Best of Show; and Original Best of Show. The annual event is held the third weekend in September. It is free to the public.