Over 250,000 enthusiasts are expected to come celebrate the iconic Route 66 for three days starting Friday, September 19th, 2014. Two miles of cruise route along historic Euclid Avenue enticed a crowd of almost 150,000 last year at the “Route 66 Cruisin Reunion” in historic Downtown Ontario, California.
Yes, we’re talking about the same “Mother Road” or “Main Street America” that helped a huge part of the American population escape the “Dust Bowl during the 1930’s and connected much of the country for 2,500 miles from Chicago, IL, to Santa Monica, CA. The lost highway known as Route 66, established in 1926 and officially decommissioned in 1985, continues to live on in the imaginations of millions of people around the world.
It looks like a pretty good percentage of those will continue to descend enthusiastically upon Ontario from as far away as Australia and Japan. They will go there to reminisce, to share stories, to teach their kids, to enjoy each other’s cars, and mainly, just to have a good time among a group of people that share a common bond.
Since 1990, the City of San Bernardino had been the host to the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous Classic Car Cruise where the old Route 66 had gone through the area, but since financial problems developed for the city, the Route 66 celebration was graciously hosted by the Inland Empire’s City of Ontario in partnership with the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau starting last year.
The 2014 show will be a full-throttle affair, fueling three days with well over 2,000 total classic cars expected plus more action, food and entertainment than ever before. Block upon block of vintage automobiles, motorcycles, chrome and steel will line tree-shaded historic Euclid Avenue. Limited to the first 2000 model year 1900 through 1975 cars, trucks and motorcycles each day, those that pay the one-time $60 entry fee receive vehicle admission to the cruise, Neon Light Cruise and Contest and one Commemorative License Plate. Otherwise, admission is free for everyone that comes to park along the streets and enjoy the cruising cars plus all the other sights, sounds and festivities.
In addition to the world’s largest nighttime neon light cruise on Friday featuring a dazzling “moving light show on wheels” for which some participants have spent years producing specially lit vehicles, other highlights of this year’s event include:
· 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Ford Mustang and Pontiac GTO
· Poker Run that has been traveling along historic Route 66
· Model Car Contests
· Von Hot Rod’s Shindig including pin-striping Circus and Nostalgia Rod & Kustom Display
· Live Performances on 2 stages
· Food, Fun and Family Entertainment
For anyone attending the event, here are the most important things to know…
In general, registration and setup starts Friday morning, September 19th at 11:00 am and the festivities end on Sunday, September 21st at 4:00 pm.
Check-in for Registered Vehicles is in the North Parking at the Ontario Convention Center (1947 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario) and you must check in every day that you will be participating.
The Cruise Route will be on Downtown Ontario streets: Euclid Avenue from Holt Boulevard to “I” Street. Here you can see Cruisin’ & Show-N-Shine, Cruisin’ Award Picks and the Neon Light Cruise (only 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Friday, September 12, 2014). Also Vendor & Sponsor Booths/Displays.
The Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Town Square Park & the new Amphitheater (Euclid Avenue between “B” Street and “C” Street)
There are two stages for live music, starting with Little River Band on Friday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm plus shows on Saturday and Sunday at the Town Square (Area 2) and then on Saturday and Sunday at the Von Hot Rod Stage, Euclid Avenue & “G” Street” (Area 6)
A special Non-Denominational Church Service will take place on Sunday morning, September 13, 2014 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am featuring Guest Speaker Barry Meguiar from the TV Show “Car Crazy”
- Friday, September 19, 2014 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sunday, September 21, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visit www.route66cruisinreunion.com for more details