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The road never ceases to amaze me.  In this edition of Show Me 66, you’re going to read about how you and I are resurrecting icons along Route 66 and bring the road to a whole new audience like never before.  Recently, we relit the old Shamrock with your help.  It now stands as a literal beacon along Route 66 and I44 in Sullivan MO, making every passerby think about what that place is.  Literally, dozens of people pull into the Shamrock at all hours to take photos of the reborn roadside attraction.  On March 19th we activated the switch that energized and breathed life into the old building, in the form of new neon signage and lighting that surrounds the building?  Haven’t seen it? Well just take a drive by the old Shamrock in Sullivan anytime between dusk and 12:30am.  You can’t miss the warm glow of the pink and green neon.  It’s truly a major accomplishment that we all can be proud of.  Thank You for your support.

Something else new to report on.  We started the journey of getting our own official license plate issued by the Missouri State Dept of Revenue.  The License plate was designed by famed Route 66 artist and author, Shellee Graham.  It is stunningly adorned with Route 66 and nostalgic character.  That journey started roughly a year ago…  I’m proud to announce, we were successful!!!  We were approved for the request to add our Missouri Route 66 to the lineup of available vanity license plates offered by the DOR.  I can’t tell you exactly  when the vanity license plates will be available from the MO DOR license offices, but we are now negotiating the final design of the Route 66 license plate.  This is a big deal.  People will not only get to share their love of Route 66 and car culture with motorists, but every license plate registration brings revenue to our association which means we’ll be able to make a more significant impact to our community.  I’m so excited I can’t wait to order plates for my cars.  To keep updated with this news, please check out our website as progress develops.

Speaking of making an impact, we have more neon projects happening this year.  The neon heritage team has targeted at least one sign in Oklahoma that may get restored along with another here in Missouri.  We’ll release more info about those projects soon on FaceBook and our website.  You’ll be able to contribute to those fundraisers.  If you’re in a hurry to donate, please feel free to go online tour websites ‘donate’ page and check out the different missions you can give to.  Don’t forget we’re a 501c3 nonprofit, so your donations are 100% tax deductible.  

Last but not least, we are teaming up with the national car club, The Pharoahs in May to repaint the largest Route 66 shield in Missouri, located in front of the Gay Parita Sinclair station that Barb Turner runs just west of Halltown MO.  The shield project was part of a private fundraiser I created in the fall of 2018.  Interestingly enough, it was a top secret project that not even the donors were privy to.  The only details about the project that were divulged was that it was going to be BIG and it would take place ON Route 66 in Missouri.  People blindly donated to the project which ultimately led to us fulfilling the dream of a lifetime for the late Gary Turner:  A giant Route 66 Shield that took up the entire width of the road in front of Gary’s place.  Surely, Gary was impressed from heaven above.  It’s been a little more than 3 years since we painted it.  The painted finish of the road art is tattered and worn.  She’s due for a paint job.  The Pharaohs are excited to assist us in refinishing the giant shield.  For dates, please check our website under events right now!  We’ll gladly accept any help in the form of volunteer labor or financial assistance.  In 2018, it cost about $1,000.00 to create and paint the shield.  It should cost roughly half that this go around.  Hope to see you out there!

Alright, that’s it for me.  Enjoy this awesome magazine.  Don’t forget to follow our FaceBook page and website.  We have lots of events and special engagements planned this year.  Go Your Own Way!

Roamin’ Rich

P.O. Box 8117
St. Louis, MO 63156

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