Joliet, Ill. (August 9, 2019) — The D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic returns to Route 66 Raceway on August 17, 2019. The event will pay homage to the early days of drag racing and hot rod culture, presenting the ultimate trip down memory lane for all. Fans will be treated to a blast from the past as they walk through the gates of the World’s First True Stadium of Drag Racing and leave the world of 2019 behind.
“The D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic is an opportunity to turn back the clock and rekindle fond memories of the good ole days,” said Route 66 Raceway President Scott Paddock. “This feel good event will feature an impressive collection of nostalgia cars, exciting drag racing action and unparalleled midway content that only Route 66 Raceway can deliver.”
Unlike any other event at Route 66 Raceway, the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic will solely feature nostalgia match drag racing. With an expected 150 car count (1987 and older), including Funny Cars, Altereds, Pro Stocks, Super Stocks and more, the event will give participants , the chance to take a pass during the event. Tom Motry’s Drastic Plastic Nostalgia Nitro-Altered Funny Car will face off against John Lawson and the Runaway Nitro Funny Car in a can’t-miss battle. Route 66 Raceway will also offer a Runn Tuff Eliminator competition which was made famous at US-30 Dragstrip and Oswego Dragway as well as a Test & Tune.
Classic Car Cruise-In
In recent years, Route 66 Raceway has witnessed an outpouring of vintage vehicles with interest in in the Classic Car Cruise-In. To accommodate the number of vehicles wishing to attend, the Classic Car Cruise-In footprint was enlarged in 2018 and will remain the same for 2019. With an increased footprint, Route 66 Raceway is calling all classic car owners to attend the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic and display as a part of the Classic Car Cruise-In. Attendees who pull up in an antique automobile, 1987 and older, can purchase entry for the event for only $25 between 10 a.m. and Noon, including all patrons in the vehicle.
Miss Classic Pin-Up Contest
The crowd will be privy to the third-annual pin-up contest, featuring a flock of lovely ladies who rock the iconic look in hopes of becoming “Miss Classic.” Contestants will perform in front of a live audience and panel of judges in two sessions, highlighting both their vintage-inspired fashions and a brief Q&A. The winner will be crowned by 2018 Miss Classic Caroline Rose and receive a substantial prize basket. As part of the contest, the ladies will be challenged to enter the racer pits and solicit donations benefitting Pits for Patriots. The contestant that earns the most in donations in that timeframe will be crowned the Queen of Hearts.
Pits for Patriots rescues and trains pit bulls as service dogs for veterans and first responders with physical and emotional needs. The organization works fervently to alter the negative public opinion surrounding the pit bull breed while simultaneously delivering veterans and first responders with the support they require. Pits for Patriots provides a trained animal to the recipient for no cost.
Under the tent in the vendor midway, event attendees can explore an area showcasing the artistic components of hot rod culture. The Cultural District will feature live airbrushing and pin striping by the Chicago Brushmasters, who are known for their presence at the World of Wheels Car Show in Rosemont, Illinois. Pieces created by the 20-plus artists in attendance will be auctioned off throughout the day to benefit Route 66 Raceway’s charitable entity, Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Brushmasters will showcase a Musical Panel Jam as well. Five artists are set up with five panels to paint, each with a different color. A 45 RPM record is played and once the song is over, each artist moves onto the next panel and so on until all five colors are on and done. In addition, event attendees can get their hair and make-up done in vintage pin-up or greaser style for free by the students of Professionals Choice Hair Design Academy, then head next door to purchase the full look from Hollyville Retro Boutique.
Real live retro Chicago rock and roll will be provided by The Neverly Brothers and 3 On The Tree. The Neverly Brothers concerts are a tribute to one of the most exciting chapters in music history: the birth, near death and resurrection of rock and roll. Their one-of-a-kind high energy stage performances take you on a musical guided tour of rock history from 1955 to 1965. Led by Pat Jones, 3 on the Tree is a trio of guys that love playing real rock and roll music loud and fast. They enjoy getting their crowds fired up with on stage performances that will keep phones flashing and shoes tapping. And remember, dancing is highly encouraged!
Be sure to come hungry and grab some throwback fare! Route 66 Raceway will be serving up classic diner favorites, including Mom’s Meatloaf Sandwiches, loaded mac and cheese and Mega Milkshakes. The Sneaky Tiki Bar will also be dishing a variety of tropical drinks!
Attendees can watch as counties clash on the quarter-mile during the Fourth Annual Will County vs. Grundy County Grudge Matches. Once again, the event will feature the return of Will and Grundy County officials who will duke it out on the dragstrip. Local officials with be equipped with vehicles provided by D’Arcy Buick GMC, and will select a local charity to benefit from their participation in the event. In 2018, R.A.C.E. donated $17,500 to 10 community organizations as a result to the Route 66 Classic Grudge Matches.
To purchase tickets to the D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic, or any of the other 2019 Route 66 Raceway event, visit us online at www.Route66Raceway.com, call 888-629-RACE, download the Route 66 Raceway mobile app, visit the Route 66 Raceway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.