Illinois Route 66 eager for British tourists

Illinois Route 66 eager for British tourists

State’s tourist office is title sponsor of Regent Street Motor show

Visitors to the Regent Street Motor Show being held this weekend in London, England will be encouraged to tour Route 66, at least the Illinois segment of America’s Motor Road. In fact, one of those visitors will win a trip to the historic route in 2018.

Regent Street will be closed to traffic Saturday when hundreds of vehicles, ranging from classic cars and motorcycles to futuristic hybrids and electrics, will be on display at the Regent Street Motor Show, which is being sponsored by Enjoy Illinois Route 66.

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“We are excited to take Illinois and Route 66 to the Regent Street Motor Show as the presenting sponsor,” said Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “This partnership is a prime opportunity for our team to highlight in a meaningful way all the Route 66 Americana flair that our international visitors travel to experience – from the iconic Route 66 Begin sign in Chicago to the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac and the Original Historic Brick Road in Springfield.”

Someone attending the motor show will win a visit to Illinois’ 300-mile segment of historic route 66.

Regent Street will be filled with cars, and people

“Two iconic roads linked by a rock ’n’ roll classic,” Nick Wigley, chief executive of Goose Live Events, organizer of the Regent Street Motor Show, said in a news release.

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More than 400,000 people are expected to attend the show, organizers added.

The show is being held in conjunction with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run weekend.

 

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  • Ray and Jennie Fraley
    October 31, 2017, 2:16 PM

    I HAVE HEARD FOR LOTTA YEARS IF ONE HOPES FOR SOMETHING LONG ENOUGH THEY WILL ONE DAY GET IT. WELL WE BEEN HOPING SINCE 2009 WHEN WE BOUGHT A 1966 CHEVY BELAIR WITH HOPES OF MAKING IT ROAD WORTHY, WAS GOING TO PAINT IT WHITE SO WOULD BE SIMILAR TO CAR I OWNED WHEN WE MET MID SEPT. 1970, STILL HAD WHEN WE MARRIED APRIL 11TH 1971, HOPED TOP TAKE A RT. 66 ROAD TRIP IN THE CAR TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY, BUT SHORTLY AFTER WE START COLLECTING PARTS TO FIX CAR OUR LIVES FLIPPED UPSIDE DOW, A MOTORCYCLE CRASH AND SEVERE BRAIN INJURY TO WIFE KEPT HER IN MEDICAL CARE FACILITIES 7 MONTHS, SHE GOT HOME 2 WEEKS B4 OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY, WE DID CELEBRATE TOGETHER BUT NOT WAY WE HOPED TO. IN 2013 WHEN LIFE STARTED SETTLE DOWN A BIT WE SENT CAR TO A BODY SHOP THAT RIPPED US OFF, IN FEB, 2014 ON A P.T.S.D. SLEEPLESS NIGHT I WAS SURFING INTERNET AND RAN ACROSS A WHITE 66 4 DOOR SEDAN BELAIR, THEN I NOTICE IT HAS UNUSUAL COINCIDENCE, A PAINTING ON TRUNK LID OF CRUCIFIX, APRIL 11 1971 OUR WEDDING DAY WAS ALSO EASTER SUNDAY, SO NOT KNOWING JUST WHAT TO MAKE OF THE COINCIDENCE, WAS IT A MESSAGE OF CONTINUE WITH HOPE OR WAS IT AN OMEN OR WARNING TO GIVE IT UP. WELL WE BOUGHT THE CAR, IT IS ON ROAD AFTER LOTSA NEW PARTS BUT NOT QUITE REAdy for a long road trip yet. maybe it will happen maybe it wont. i know from having written story in similar manner to other media outlets that it must not be interesting nor worth putting to print but just maybe someday will see what we see in the story. WE LIKE THE OLD CLASSIC RIDES BUT NEVER WERE COLLECTOR TYPE PEOPLE, THE OLD BELAIR IS WORTHLESS TO OTHERS BUT TO US IT HAS GREAT MEANING, I WAS IN ARMY HOME ON LEAVE 12/69 WHEN I BOUGT THR ORIGINAL CAR, I WAS WIOTH THE 1ST. SIGNAL BRIGADE WHICH FORMED IN 1966 IN VIETNAM, I WENT BACK TO VIETNAM IN JAN 70, WAS HOME ON LEAVE AGAIN WHEN MET WIFE MID SEPT. 1970, HAD A YEAR TO SERVE LEFT IN ARMY, WAS SENT TO FT. CARSON CO. MADE A COUPLE TRIPS BACK TO PA. AND LOTSA PHONE CALLS B4 MARRIED APRIL 11 1971. WELL THATS OUR STORY AND WE STICKING TO IT, DON’T CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK, THE OLD CAR MEANS LOT TO US. HOPE ONES WHO READ THIS EITHER ENJOY AND UNDERSTAND OR AT LEAST GET A GOOD LAUGH.

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  • robert
    November 18, 2017, 10:45 PM

    very nice story, ray. i enjoyed reading the car related story
    from your past. the best to you and your wife.
    robert

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