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Event Dates: August 19, 2017 - August 19, 2017 Location: Joliet, Illinois
The Route 66 Classic will feature unprecedented content that will not only pay homage to early drag racing and hot rod culture but will present a trip down memory lane for any historical enthusiast. Fans will leave the world of 2017 when they enter the gates and propel into the era of poodle skirts, pin-up girls, sock hops and more.
Classic Car Cruise-In
Route 66 Raceway is calling all vintage vehicle owners to attend the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic and display as a part of the Classic Car Cruise-In. Attendees who pull up in any antique automobile, 1979 and older, can purchase entry for the event for only $20.
Unlike any other event at Route 66 Raceway, the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic will solely feature nostalgia match drag racing. This means that Funny Cars, Altereds, Pro Stocks, a jet car and over 200 other vehicles, all 1979 and older will have the chance to take a pass during the event.
Wedged between the Classic Car Cruise-In and the Vintage Faire, event attendees will explore an area showcasing the artistic components of the hot rod culture. The Cultural District will feature live airbrushing by Eddie Figus and pinstriping by Bill “Jive” Jarvis. Pieces created throughout the day will be auctioned off that evening to benefit Route 66 Raceway’s charitable entity, Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.). In addition, event attendees can get their hair and make-up done in vintage pin-up or greaser style for free by the students of the Salon Professional Academy, and even receive a real tattoo by traditional artist Brendan Heneghan.
Classic from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s will be provided by not one but two bands throughout the day on August 19. First, the local-favorite Greg’s Fender Benders will get folks motoring with their rendition of classic hits. Then, the Three Blue Tear Drops will provide a blast of rockabilly energy that kicks the crowd out of their seats and into their dancing shoes.
First-Ever Miss Classic Pin-Up Contest
The crowd will be privy to a Pin-Up Contest featuring a flock of lovely ladies who rock the iconic look in hopes of becoming the first ever “Miss Classic.” Contestants will perform in front of a live audience and panel of judges in two sessions highlighting both their vintage-inspired fashions and a brief Q&A. The winner will be crowned by the Loop Rock Station’s very own poster girl April Rose and receive a substantial prize basket including beauty and fashion products. Contestant entries will be accepted beginning in April through the Route 66 Raceway website with the announced in July.