Hans Hansson in his Volvo PV Hot Rod on Route 66 Near Barstow, California
This photo was taken by Jonas Hansson, a very good Swedish friend of mine, on his trip with his father Hans (another great friend) in 2006 (via their vintage Volvo PV hot rod convertible) across the USA on Route 66. Here Hans sits in his converted Volvo PV along Route 66 near Barstow, California. I've known Hans and his wife Margareth since 1970 when I lived in Sweden, and it was great fun to see Hans and Jonas when they visited me in San Diego, CA in 2006 after their fabulous trip down "The Mother Road".
With Jonas' permission, I've been selecting some of my favorite photos of their road trip along the "Mother Road" and doing some post processing... enhancing, cropping, tone mapping, special effects, etc. In this photo I enhanced and cropped the original. They had such a wonderful time - a trip of a lifetime for Hans and Jonas.
As the song by Bobby Troup goes:
If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, the highway that's the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66!
Below is a link to Hans and Jonas' blog about their historic trip:
INFORMATION ON ROUTE 66:
U.S. Route 66 (also known as Route 66, U.S. Highway 66, The Main Street of America, The Mother Road and the Will Rogers Highway) was a highway in the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. highways, US 66 was established on November 11, 1926. It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles for a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).
Route 66 was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive even with the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.
US 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27,1985 after it was decided the route was no longer relevant and had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System. Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, New Mexico, and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway of the name "Historic Route 66". It has begun to return to maps in this form. Some portions of the road in southern California have been re-designated "State Route 66", and others bear "Historic Route 66" signs and relevant historic information.
Over the years, U.S. Route 66 received many nicknames. Route 66 was advertised as The Main Street of America by the U.S. Highway 66 Association to promote the highway. In the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath, the highway is called The Mother Road, the title that The Route most often receives today. Lastly, Route 66 was unofficially named The Will Rogers Highway by the U.S. Highway 66 Association in 1952.
In 1990, Route 66 associations were founded separately in both Arizona and Missouri. Other groups in the other Route 66 states soon followed. The same year, the state of Missouri declared Route 66 in that state a "State Historic Route". The first "Historic Route 66" marker was erected on Kearney Street at Glenstone Avenue in Springfield, Missouri. Other historic markers now line—at times sporadically—the entire 2,400 mile (3,860 km) length of road.
Many preservation groups have tried to save and even tried to landmark the old motels and neon signs along the road in different states. In 2008, The World Monuments Fund added Route 66 to its World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites. Sites along the route, such as gas stations, motels, cafes, trading posts, and drive-in movie theaters are threatened by development in urban areas, and by abandonment and decay in rural areas.
As the popularity and mythical stature of Route 66 has continued to grow, demands have begun to mount to improve signage, return Route 66 to road atlases and revive its status as a continuous routing. Along these lines Route 66 has been established as a National Scenic Byway in Illinois, Arizona and New Mexico with National Scenic Byway status pending in Oklahoma and Missouri as of 2007. Another move is also afoot that aims to reinstate Route 66 as an official U.S. Route.