The Great American Road Trip was created from a 50’s phrase when it came to traveling Route 66 in years past. Whether creating a caravan of Air Streams or venturing off on your own, Route 66 was the Mother Road that took you cross country and through the heartbeat of America.
Today, we want to bring that back to the lifestyle of Kustom Kulture. For years, we have seen folks attend local car and bike shows nationwide. Well, that’s all good for most of the year, but come on, is that what your ride is all about? Let’s cruise round trip less than 25 miles to a local parking lot. Then when we get there, most places have nothing to offer; maybe if you are lucky the show is located at a bar or restaurant. There is no entertainment. There is nothing exciting. Then, you wait, getting frustrated for the loss of a trophy that cost less than $5, and you paid $20 to get into the “show”. Not to mention that you do absolutely nothing with those trophies at all. Then, you cruise back to the house, only to hide your ride until the next disgruntled weekend show. Why?
Well, the crew who has created Rockin Route 66 has taken a road trip for the last 5 years through Route 66, enjoying more and more every year. We refuse to stop at the quick convenience roadside stop. We venture into town at whatever exit we get off at. We eat only at local eateries. We do our very best to stay at local motels. We do not rush the trip or the experience. We have found ourselves wandering town and city streets for hours. We have made friends everywhere we go. We have driven off-road with the cows, watching only to find ourselves having to turn around when the roads were washed out and laughing about it the whole time.
Our point is Route 66 is full of life. The heartbeat of America is alive when you travel down the roads less traveled. They are rich with history. There has not been one town where we felt uninvited. Now, we completely understand not everyone has the same schedules, so we have created a fun challenge for those who are able and encourage all to at least take time to see as much as you can of Route 66 when visiting Tucumcari, New Mexico.
So, here’s the challenge. We have created an East and West challenge, as well as an entire Route 66 challenge. Now, during your road trip, there are some minor expectations in order for you to receive points and receive some great prizes when you land at Rockin’ Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico from June 27th – 30th.
To begin your trip, we have created a list of iconic Route 66 stops for both East and West. You will need to complete the entry form on the Great American Road Trip so we can keep track of all who plan to take a fun road trip. On your own schedule, you are to travel and document your trip in order for us to log and track your stops. Now, we require you to log into instagram app. and begin to follow Rockin Route 66. At every designated stop, you need to go to your instagram and post your picture of your stop and visit at those locations. We need you to tag every picture with: @rockinroute66 #rockinroute66 #greaseinc
We have provided a downloadable list of stops for each side of Route 66. During your adventure, you can always wander off and see more. As a matter of fact, we recommend that you do just that! In addition, there are stops along the way that you can earn extra points and wooden nickels. With these nickels you can redeem them at the Rockin Route 66 Festival for items like t-shirts, patches, stickers, hats, and more!
For anyone who properly completes one side challenge, whether East or West, the promoters will provide you two weekend passes for the Friday and Saturday night headliners at the Tucumcari Convention Center and Route 66 Museum. That means, you are simply receiving a reward just for enjoying Route 66! Are we crazy? Heck no… We are about the road trip, as well as the destination. Trust us, we know when you come to Tucumcari, you will feel you’re at home, so enjoy the ride. That is what it’s suppose to be about anyway.
Anyone who completes the entire Route 66 outline will receive a complete VIP package including:
*VIP early entry to Friday and Saturday Night Headlining Concerts
*VIP reserved seating at Friday and Saturday Night Headlining Concerts
*Backstage Meet and Greet with Bands and Entertainment
*Autographed Commemorative Rockin Route 66 poster by Artists and Bands headlining the Festival
*Access to the Welcome Party at all locations on Thursday
*A special invitation to the Freaky Tiki Party with Bands, Vendors, and Sponsors on Sunday, including an all-you-can-drink Voodoo Punch
*A Rockin Route 66 Official Event T-Shirt (any T-Shirt style and size)
*One year subscription of Grease Inc. magazine mailed to specified address
Map and Links for “The Great American Road Trip”
The map includes a link to Roadtrippers, where we mapped out the entire “challenge” to enjoy. You may download the free app to your phone or ipad as well for easy access and to sync to GPS. Again, you do not have to just take this route, as there are so many places to “get lost” on Route 66. These are the stops for the challenge. Here it is broken down for you.
East Coast Challenge: Stops from the beginning in Chicago through 31. On the east side you will be blown away with the change of scenery as you go from one of America’s largest cities to the plateaus of the dessert. There is rich history on Route 66 throughout this stretch. Have fun getting lost in your journey. We will see you in Tucumcari, New Mexico at Rockin Route 66.
Stops numbered 32 thru 36 focus on some amazing stops while you are in Tucumcari. Now these are not officially a part of the challenge, but all of the stops are a part of Rockin Route 66 at some capacity. Make sure you stop by each location to visit while you are in town!
West Coast Challenge: Stops numbered 37 to the Santa Monica Pier are the opposite half of the “challenge”. On the west side of the trip, you will be lost in “God’s country”. It’s like the horizon never ends. If you are great at planning your trip, you can stay at the famous Wigwam TeePees. One of the most fun stays on Route 66.