Last year's Route 66 Rendezvous, held in San Bernardino, California, was the biggest in the history of the event, drawing 2,500 cruisers and a half-million spectators. This year's event, held this past September, proved just how popular this classic car street party is. Despite punishing triple-digit temperatures (we heard 113 degrees mentioned-it felt hotter), every one of the 2,448 vehicle slots were filled (with the lion's share wearing a Bow-Tie), and another half-million spectators came out to see the show.
"These car people are crazy" said John Jamerson of San Bernardino's Convention & Visitors Bureau-but trust us, it was said with admiration. Overheated cars were a big problem, and the masses went through 57,000 pounds of ice, and yet the streets were full of cruisers and spectator numbers increased each day. It was a resounding affirmation of the strength of the classic car hobby and the popularity of these machines in American culture at large.
Speaking of machines with cultural impact..whatever you're into Chevy-wise, chances were great that you'd find it here. From a street rodded '54 Vette, to Chevelles of all types, Camaros, Tri-fives, and Impalas galore, it was there, motoring down the packed cruising route.
We've only got room to show you the slightest fraction of the action, but believe us when we say that the Route 66 Rendezvous is one hot automotive happening and, with a little help from Mother Nature, it'll be even hotter next year.