Thunder Roads Magazine MO/So. IL 2017-September - Page 42

Birthplace of Route 66 Rally By Dennis Martin This year the 7th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Rally was certainly larger than last. The local news reported that 55,000 people were in attendance. Once again, Motorcycle Village was hosted by Aaron Sachs and Associates and Ozarks On Two Wheels. The village sits in the center of all the activities along this mile long event. There were many motorcycle related vendors this year, and with this kind of growth, I would expect many additional vendors next year. For the early-birds, the event started on Thursday evening with the car show, bike show and poker run pre-registration. The Gillioz Theatre had a special screening of the “Show Me 66” film, presented by the Missouri History Museum. This was a chance for many to take a trip down memory lane and to learn the fascination and history of Route 66 in Missouri. This year, Friday had a lot more happening than last year. Thankfully the rain wasn’t as bad as last year… The day kicked off with the Open Road Girl Rally which featured a Fashion Show, the Open Road Girl Bike Show, and Ride on Route 66 Lead by the Pitbull Powersports Spyder Girls. On the Aaron Sachs Stage, Dr. Zhivegas was rock’n the crowd. Across the street the Harley-Davidson and Yamaha demo trucks had test rides on many different models. Again this year, the Globe of Steel and the American Dyno Drags were crowd pleasers. It would be cool if you could ride your own in the globe. Probably no touring models would be allowed. The Car and Motorcycle Parade was the place to be, but you had to get there long before 6:30 came along. There were people along the route in chairs marking their terri- tory to drool over vehicles they wish they had. As soon as the parade ended, Kassie Ashton performed on the Aaron Sachs Stage followed by Big and Rich. The place was packed and all I saw was smiling faces. Bright and early on Saturday morning , the Gypsy Tour Poker Run registration was underway. The poker run was hosted by Combat Vets Motorcycle Association Springfield, MO again this year and all the proceeds were donated to Thunder Roads Magazine 40 Home at Last, a local Veteran charity. The ceremonial “big check” at the end of the day was for $7,000. Great job CVMA! The bike show attracted some great look- ing bikes this year. This was a multi-class people’s choice show and the Best of Show winner was Bob Hartline with his Indian. In addition to the trophy, he won $100 cash and $800 in gift certificates. Congrats Bob! It was a full day of music on Saturday with The Detectives, Harley & the V- Twins, ChistiAna, Norman Jackson Band, Papa Green Shoes, and Dirty Saints on the Aaron Sachs Stage, Then later Three Dog Night performed in the Gil- lioz Theatre. There was music to please nearly everyone. In The Old Glass Place building, on Rt. 66, there were artists displaying their Route 66 themed work. One artist in particular was Jo Ann Faust Kargus. She created a very popular adult coloring book with many different attrac- tions along Route 66. If you have not attended this event in the past, I would certainly recommend it to anyone. The bikes, cars and people that were there were all interesting. The challenge would be to ride as much of The Mother Road as possible to or from this event. There are plenty of attractions that still exist today. On our return trip through Missouri, we stopped in Uranus and found some fudge. Nuff said…. Thunder Roads Magazine 41