Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Seeing that I am from California, I thought I would present a different cultural experience that some may not be familiar with. So, in an attempt to keep things interesting for everyone, here is an event you may not be familiar with, although I know similar events are held nationwide.
For an early Christmas present, I was flown back to California for the weekend and was able to attend the 2009 Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino, Ca, an event I’ve attended for ten years and counting. The event is held from the 17th to the 20th of September every year, for the past twenty years. The event is best described as a car museum and state fair mixed together. The main event is a classic car exhibition and too many contests to mention. Also there are some rides, tours, races, concerts, and every kind of carnival faire one could desire while merrily strolling up and down rows of unique and classic cars. There are so many cars, like the ones pictured above, that even if one was to view all the car exhibits in quick passing, it would still take two full days to see every car. Also, exhibits change by day, cars are taken out and new ones are added for different contests. My favorite part of the event is on Saturday night, where they have burnout contests and the loudest car competitions.
This is a unique cultural event that everyone should experience atleast once. The cars and events appeal to just about everyone, not just gearheads. For years it has used the appreciation of classic cars to bring unlikely groups of people together within a very diverse and sometimes separated community. Sometimes the owners of some of these classic cars are not what you would expect, and often have many interesting or entertaining stories concerning their car, or the event itself. For more information on the Route 66 Rendezvous, go here: http://www.route-66.org.