The Pacific Coast & Route 66

Submitted to The Gallery by Rick

Elora Ontario

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This trip was just over 4500 miles in my 1966 GT Mustang . Accompanying me is my beautiful and understanding wife, also my Uncle and Aunt in their 1968 AMX.

The goal was to travel route 66 in reverse and the pacific coast # 1 highway, so we had our vehicles trucked to Vancouver B.C. by Kurtz trucking ( thanks guys …great job ) . We set destination goals along the way but no matter what we would be off the road and in a hotel by 5pm and on the road no later than 10am. This proved to be very comfortable. If we knew we where going to take in some sights along the way we would leave in the morning a little earlier

We started out in Vancouver B.C. June 11th 2010, from there we drove to Seattle , short drive today due to the early morning and flight from Toronto. Day two would see us on the road around 10am traveling to Salem OR , not much going on here. Day three got on the road around 10am , scenery starting to get better as we enter California. We stayed in Weed . The motel was at the foot of Mount Shasta which made for incredible views. Day four would bring us to San Francisco we stayed here for two days , taking in the attractions, Alcatraz , Angel Island , and a city tour. Had a great meal on Fisherman’s Warf. Now we head for the coast visiting Santa Cruz then getting on the coast highway 1. This is an incredible drive , heading down the # 1 through BIG SUR. We stayed in San Simeon and had a hotel with ocean views. We continued on the coast highway the following day stopping in Santa Barbara for lunch ( nice place ) today we will make Santa Monica and start route 66 from the pier , but first take in some of the sights along the way, Malibu and all the various beaches. Before starting out on 66 we checked out Hollywood ( cruising the boulevard ) and Beverly Hills.

We headed to Vegas June 19th and 20th . Leaving Vegas we wanted to check out the Hoover Dam , but the traffic is just ridiculous backed up for miles as they check every second vehicle going across ( so I’m told ). This is where I ran into a small problem, my brakes seem to be dragging ! Drove into Boulder City and stopped at a shop called Georges Tire & Auto where George himself took care of us and my car in minimal time , GREAT SHOP !

We decided to skip the Dam and head back to California and get started on route 66. Man is it hot in the Mohave 113 F , car is running like a champ.Our next stop was Flagstaff AZ but not before driving through Seligman Az ( what a cool town ) and Williams AZ where we took the train tour to the Grand Canyon the next day. This was a great day, train to the south rim and then the shuttle system around it , what a beautiful place ! Back in Williams that evening we ate dinner at Cruisers , excellent food with live music. June 23rd we continued on 66 to Winslow, you have to stand on the corner of Winslow AZ (such a fine sight to see… it’s a girl my lord in a flat bed Ford slowing down to take a look at me ) Winslow is a cool place to be!

On the road again we headed to Holbrook and the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert, this was a ride through desolation. Entering New Mexico we traveled 66 through the small scattered communities along the way staying that night in Grant.

Texas…. BORING….we drove 66 which essentially runs along side of I40 checking out Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo and staying the night in Groom at the Chalet Inn (clean and affordable ). There is a place called The Grill that has fantastic home cooking , make sure you eat there.

Oklahoma was the best for driving 66 uninterrupted and you have to stop at the Route 66 museum in Clinton. We stayed the night in Tulsa, the weather is still hot but now it’s hot and humid. Leaving Tulsa on the 26th we headed for the short section in Kansas , only 13 miles of 66 but very well maintained. Moving on into Missouri there is lots of 66 to drive , but again it mirrors the Interstate, Devils elbow is cool . We stayed the night in Sullivan. . The next day would find us driving into Illinois up to Chicago, really nice sections of 66 here. Arriving in Chicago I had to go to Gino’s for the best pizza in the world and mark the end to my rout 66 adventure.

Route 66 may be over but I still need to get home, so the 28th we head to the Detroit area staying in Canton . The next day we spent at The Henry Ford, leaving there around 2pm and making tracks for the Canadian U.S.A. border and highway 401 to home in Elora.

We had a fantastic time on this road trip and recommend it to anyone who loves to drive, but it’s that much better in a classic car, and my 50 yr old baby ran supreme never once letting me down.


The years that followed saw this 66 Mustang drive the following

  • Louisville KY for NSRA Nationals
  • Nashville & Memphis twice
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway South Carolina , North Carolina , Virginia
  • Washington DC , Philadelphia PA
  • Syracuse NY NSRA show
  • Columbus OH , Good Guys Car Show
  • Parsippany NJ , Lead East
  • Atlantic Nationals Moncton NB
  • Halifax NS
  • Charlottetown P.E.I.

1966 GT Mustang

  • 289 4bbl
  • Windage tray, Meiling oil pp ( 60psi all day long )
  • Edelbrock performer cam, Air Gap Intake, RPM heads , EdelbrockThunder 650cfm
  • Boss 302 double roller timing chain
  • JBA shorty Headers, 2 ½ Magnaflow exhaust
  • Pertronix distributor, ignitor , and flame thrower coil
  • Tremac 5 speed
  • 3:55 Differential gears
  • Painted by Randy Macdonald Heavy Metal Restorations

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