5/4/2014 6:00:00 AM Kingman visitors flock to Route 66 Fun Run
TJ Lee (holding Max, 2 ½ years) and Colt Chmidt (behind him) were at the Fun Run with (left to right, looking in trunk) Tripp Schmidt, 5, Brenna Lee, 8, and Roxy Mazurkiewicz. Here, they check out a custom 2011 Chevrolet Camero named “Throttlebot” inspired by the movie “Transformers.” It has a movie player in the trunk, as well as several movie prop replicas. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
A line of Fun Run participants heads down Route 66 Saturday toward Kingman. (ALAN CHOATE/Miner)
KINGMAN - Hundreds turned out Saturday afternoon for the 27th annual Fun Run in downtown Kingman.
The Fun Run Cruise began Saturday morning in Seligman and down Route 66 past the Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs and Hackberry before stopping in Kingman for the remainder of the day, according to the Kingman Tourism Department.
Gary and Cindy Larson came all the way from Nebraska to register their car in the show, along with eight others from the Midwest, which they have been doing for two years.
They said they found out about the Fun Run through their auto club, and were invited to participate.
"We came quite a ways, but we love it," said Cindy Larson. "You all do such a great job with this; your community is so good to us."
Events centered around the Kingman Visitor Center at 120 W. Andy Devine Ave., near where Gene Archunde, of Kingman, had his 1931 Model A Ford pickup on display.
It's the second year he's done so, he said.
"It was real good," Archunde said of the Seligman ride into Kingman.
The event gets bigger every year, said Shaun Gardner, who said he has been attending the Fun Run for the last 15 years, driving in from Flagstaff.
"It's a good one," he said. "It's a nice car show."
This morning, the Fun Run Cruise continued west through Cool Springs, on to Oatman, and will conclude at Topock with an awards and trophy presentation, according to the tourism department.
"You guys got a great deal going here," said Gary Larson.
"At our age we know all about Route 66. We lived the day," Cindy Larson said. "We appreciate your community doing this."
Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
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Another great event put on by the Route 66 Association of Arizona...Kudos to all, we really enjoyed participating.
Seems to me we also had a greater number of International participants this year and that's super.
The only "downer" of the day was that the owner of a local sign company here refused to bring out and erect the traditional Route 66 archway that the cars had driven under in the past, which provided an excellent photo op, saying that it was too windy yesterday. Good thing he doesn't make his living as a weather forecaster!
But aside from that mess-up, we had a great time, our daughter got to drive it for the first time and we're hoping to do it again next year.