KINGMAN - The Seligman-to-Topock Annual Fun Run on Route 66 turns 29 this year, and attendance is expected to surge because of another anniversary - the Mother Road's 90th year.
The Fun Run takes place April 29-May 1, with events planned in Seligman, Kingman and Topock/Golden Shores.
"I think people are seeking out Route 66 now while they can still see it for themselves, because the Mother Road is locked into the American psyche," said Josh Noble, president and CEO of the Kingman Visitor Center. "It's become part of who we are as Americans."
The Fun Run is not a timed race. It's a 140-mile pleasure cruise of classic and custom vehicles.
The event will get under way April 29 in Seligman with registration, live music and a car parade through town. Kingman will host the Fourth Annual Route 66 Drive-In event, featuring "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977) at Best Western King's Inn at 8 p.m. Friday.
The first leg of the journey officially begins at 10 a.m. April 30 with a cruise from Seligman to downtown Kingman. The route takes drivers through attractions and communities such as Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs, Truxton, Valentine, Keepers of the Wild, Hackberry and Valle Vista.
In Kingman, participants will line up their cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, buses and vans on Andy Devine Avenue and Beale Street for a "show and shine" viewing and judging. Vendors, entertainment, food and the museums in Kingman's historic district will be available until 5 p.m.
After the judging, participants can attend a live auction dinner at Beale Celebrations Event Center, the Kickin' It on Route 66 Diner & Show at the Ramada Kingman, or simply enjoy Saturday night at one of Kingman's eclectic restaurants.
The second leg of the journey begins the morning of May 1. Departing from Kingman, participants will head to Topock/Golden Shores for the final gathering and awards ceremony at 1 p.m. This scenic back road winds past Cool Springs, Gold Road, Sitgreave's Pass and Oatman before heading down the backside of the Black Mountains for the shores of the Colorado River.
Registration for the event is $50 per vehicle ($55 after Friday). The fee includes a T-shirt, dash plaque, commemorative license plate, Mother Road Buck and entrance to the Kingman show & shine and Topock/Golden Shores award ceremony.
For more information or to register, visit www.azrt66.com or call 928-753-5001.