Route 66 Events

parita1[1]Who: Gary Turner, Curtis Gobeli, Jerry McClanahan

What: Unveiling of a new painting by Jerry McClanahan

When: 12:00 (meet and eat)and 1:00 (unveiling) on Saturday May 17, 2014

Where: Gay Parita, MO

Noted Route 66 authority and artist Jerry McClanahan will be unveiling his latest painting at Gary Turner’s Gay Parita Station near Halltown, MO on historic Route 66.

Jerry McClanahan is the author of the best selling EZ 66 Guide and co author of the Here It Is Route 66 Map Series as well as a creator of fine artwork depicting classic vehicles along Route 66. He greets Route 66 travelers at McJerry’s Route 66 Gallery in Chandler, OK and his work is found in collections across the world.

On June 6 of 2013, Curtis Gobeli, celebrating having turned 66 years of age with a dream trip down Route 66, stopped at Gary Turner’s world famous replica Sinclair Station while driving his immaculate 1966 Pontiac GTO. Meeting Jerry later at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, the two, inspired by the many examples of “66” embodied in Curtis’ visit to Gay Parita, conspired to create a highly detailed watercolor commemorating that visit, with the GTO posed in front of Gary’s eye catching homage to the roadside past. In the sky above the scene float depictions of other Route 66 icons that Curtis and his wife Kath encountered on their cruise, as well as a map of 66 and a short prose history of the Route.

The finished artwork will be unveiled at 1 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Gay Parita. All are welcome to attend. Hot dogs and refreshments will be offered at noon for those who wish to arrive early and hang out with Gary, Jerry and Curtis. Signed prints of the painting will also be available after the unveiling.



Gary’s Gay Parita 21118 Old 66 Ash Grove, MO, 65604

(about 25 miles west of Springfield, MO (3 miles west of Halltown) and about 52 miles east of Joplin on Old Route 66)

google map coordinates: 37.194289,-93.679174




By: Bob Schwartz & Glenda Pike

  ROCK ON!  2014 HOT SUMMER NIGHTS–CRUISING ON THE BAGNELL DAM STRIP IN LAKE OZARK, MO.  Get ready for one great fun season at Missouri’s #1 family oriented “cruise-in” on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip for 2014.  The dates are May 9; June 13; July 11, Aug 8 and Sept.5.  There will be fun for the entire family with new and exciting items added for the year.

On Friday, June 13, the theme for the evening is “The Lake Salutes Route 66”.  The Route 66 Association of Missouri and the author of Route 66: The Highway and Its People, Susan Croce Kelly Kirkpatrick, will be our special guests for the evening. Towns that were on Route 66 have been invited to the event to showcase the historic parts of the Route 66 that they represent.  The Route 66 Tourist Centers on I 44 have also been invited to participate that evening and Katie Steele Danner, Director, Missouri Division of Tourism has been invited to the event.  The “National Full Size 1965 & 1966  Chevy Club” will be in town and during the evening they will caravan down the Bagnell Dam Strip.

In addition the Route 66 Association of Illinois, the Oklahoma Route 66 Association and the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association have also been invited to have booths giving information about their states involvement in Route 66.  All Association’s members are invited to stay over until Saturday. A joint informal gathering and lunch is being planned for Saturday.  Information on lodging, lunch and location will be forthcoming.  Please check with your president and the Route 66 Association of Missouri website  HYPERLINK “” ,or contact Tommy Pike, President, Route 66 Association of Missouri, at 417-865-1318 or   “”   This will be an excellent time to visit with our sister Associations and become more acquainted with each other.  Please mark June 13-14, on your calendar, and make plans to attend this event.  We want to see all 66 roadies not only from Missouri but Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The official time for all Hot Summer Nights cruises is 6 -11 pm rain or shine but plan on the June 13, “The Lake Salutes Route 66” cruise to start about 4 pm because of the heightened interest for this night. Friday May 9, is the first Hot Summer Nights event getting you warmed up for one great series of events. On July 11, the theme will be; “A Salute to the Muscle Car Era”.  August 8, will be the theme from the movie “Grease”.  The final event on Sept. 5, will be “Vettes for Veterans”.  The Lake of the Ozarks Corvette Club will be parading our veterans down Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark as we tribute our veterans and the international T-Buckets will also be in town.

Hot Summer Nights is one huge and fun event.  There is no registration as this is a cruise for all classic cars, trucks and motorcycles; and all are definitely welcome! Great music, clowns, face painting, balloon tying and so much more for kids of all ages will be in

abundance. There will be some fun items raffled off during the event and of course free admission and participation for all.  There is no registration as this is a cruise for all classic cars, trucks and motorcycles; and all are definitely welcome!

Hot Summer Nights is a “slice of small town Americana” the way it was when Route 66 was strong.  We are unique in that from the top of the Bagnell Dam Strip to the dam is one mile and we block off the center turn lane for parking of the classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.   People can cruise down one side of the Bagnell Dam Strip and come up the other side looking at the vehicles in the center lane and both sides of the strip.  People can even come to the Hot Summer Nights “cruise-in” by boat and dock at Beavers at the Dam.  We are just a short detour off Route 66 to the Lake of the Ozarks; 36 miles from Lebanon off I-44.

For additional information contact Joe Page at: 573-365- 2220; Jeff Van Donsel at 573- 365- 2460; or Bob Schwartz at 573- 348- 4053. You can follow Hot Summer Nights with almost daily updates on or  HYPERLINK “”

Hot Summer Nights is American Graffiti revisited and a “slice of Americana” all rolled into one event. See you there June 13.


ARRANGEMENTS for the evening of June 13 have been made at the Quality Inn on the start of Bagnell Dam Blvd in Lake Ozark,  MO. They are part of  Local phone number is: 573 365 2700 or toll free at 1-800 4CHOICE.  Their regular rate is $99/109 for that time of year but anyone from Route 66 can get a discount rate of $85 for a King and $95 for a double queen.  When making reservations be sure to call the local 573 number and let them know you are coming to Hot Summer Nights as a member of the Route 66 Association.  Reservations should be made as soon as possible.




Note: Events in this section are not official activities of the Route 66 Association of Missouri and have no connection whatsoever to the Missouri Department Of Natural Resources, Route 66 State Park or Route 66 Association Of Missouri. The above entities and/or their employees, officers or directors shall not have any responsibility or liability, in whole or in part, for any loss, damage, injury to person or property, or any negligent act or omission resulting from, arising out of, or occurring at or during any activities, programs, tours, meetings, transportation, meals or other services and facilities furnished or supplied in conjunction with any events described below. All events are subject to last minute changes – please contact the organizers to confirm details.


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