History

History of the Route 66 Car Club of Flagstaff

The Route 66 Car Club was established in 1983. It started out as one of the first car clubs active in the area that had, as its primary focus, the Chevrolet Corvair marque and older classic cars. Over time, it evolved into a club with more diverse interests and continues evolving today.

In 1993, the Club was incorporated as a community-oriented, non-profit Arizona Corporation focused on providing services and good memories for its members and the community of Flagstaff through active participation and fund-raising activities. In 2008, the Route 66 Car Club of Flagstaff took a big step and became a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In 2012, the Club voted to donate the Club’s historical documents (yearbooks, car show records, photos, newsletters, etc.) to Northern Arizona University’s (NAU’s) Cline Library for archiving. The documents are accessible to anyone through the Cline Library. The record is incomplete, so when you’re doing your spring cleaning and run across a stash of paperwork from the Club’s past, please let the Club know before you dispose of it.

Our current monthly membership meetings are held at Quality Automotive, located at 5301E. Empire Ave. in Flagstaff, AZ on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 P.M. sharp. Minutes of the meetings are published in the club newsletter and the Club Bylaws can be downloaded here.

Many of our members have a
particular affinity for “The Mother
Road”
, having grown up on or near
the old link connecting Chicago and
Santa Monica, CA.

The Club currently welcomes all types of vehicles. Our “inventory” now includes older classics, specialty cars, restorations, racing cars, trucks, motorcycles and even tractors—something for everyone.

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The club is comprised of an eclectic group of friends who enjoy meeting new people with a common interest in all kinds of vehicles as well as the fellowship and camaraderie of our members. OUR PRIMARY GOAL IS TO HAVE FUN!! We do this by participating in various social events in and around Flagstaff and northern Arizona, “hanging out” with fellow members, organizing and going on cruises and rallies, supporting our Community by actively participating in local events, taking part in and contributing to charitable events, causes and organizations–all while promoting an interest in automobiles and other vehicles. Some of these activities are shown below:

Our members also enter their cars, trucks (and tractors) in CAR SHOWS around the southwest. Many of our members also belong to other car organizations such as The Goodguys, Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI) as well as many others. At right is a picture from a Willys Convention in Moab, Utah.

Competing at car shows requires the grueling preparation and constant fiddling with the cars; shining this, polishing that, the never-ending attention to detail. Notice the effort exhibited by the hard-working crew shown here at a show in Winslow (left).