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5/2/2013 6:00:00 AM
Route 66 Fun Run hitting the road


Fun Run Events
Noon to 6 p.m. registration at A.C.M.E. mobile storage in Seligman.
2 to 5 p.m. Arizona artist Neil Logan at Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop.
2 to 6:30 p.m. Wine and beer tasting at Roadrunner Café.
4 to 9 p.m. All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at St. Francis Catholic Church.
6 to 10 p.m. live music at the Snow Cap Drive-In
7 to 11 p.m. Driftback band featured at the Black Cat Bar
7 p.m. Cruisin' Route 66 parade. Line up at 6:45 p.m. at the General Store.

Dawn: Early bird line up to start run
7:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at the gazebo
7:30 to 10 a.m. final registration
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Official start with Angel Delgadillo

Grand Canyon Caverns
All day
Live music, food and drink
$5 and two for one tours of the caverns

Peach Springs
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hualapai Culture Center art expo and open house
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Annual Hualapai Tribe pit barbeque and Indian taco lunch

All day at Hackberry
Old Route 66 visitors center open
Music by Hack and the 57s
10 a.m. Valle Vista fireman's barbeque
craft and bake sale

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tour the Route 66 Museum and Mohave Museum of History and Arts, activities, vendors and entertainment at Locomotive Park
3 to 5 p.m. Show & Shine car show on Route 66. Judging from 3 to 5 p.m.
5:30 to 9 p.m. Route 66 scholarship dinner at the Powerhouse

Dawn: early birds line up for run to Oatman at Powerhouse Visitor Center
9 a.m. vehicles start run to Oatman led by Jingles (Kingman Police Department's historic police car)

Cool Springs
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tour historic 1926 Mobile Station

All day: music, live burros and gunfights by the "World Famous Oatman Ghostriders" and the Oatman Outlaws

Topock/Golden Shores
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Golden Shores Civic Association food and vendor booths
1p.m. Show & Shine awards

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - One local car enthusiast, Gary Juneau, has a big decision to make before heading out to the 26th Annual Route 66 Fun Run in Seligman on Friday - which car does he take?

His 1948 station wagon?

One of his two 1954 sedans?

The 1932 Buick, the 1957 Buick or the 1957 Ranchero?

There's also the Model T.

And then there is the cherry red 1955 Thunderbird.

The car was a gift to himself after retiring from the steel fabrication business he owned in California.

"I've always wanted a convertible," he said. "And I'd rather spend $100 on a car than on a round of golf."

Juneau purchased the car several years ago in California and literally brought it home in pieces. It took him a year and a half to reassemble the car using car catalogues and assembly manuals.

"It was what they call a basket case. It was all in pieces. I had to put everything back together," he said. "I lined up all the parts on one side of the garage and the car on the other side and I'd go back and forth.

"It took me two days to build one of the doors, because they didn't label the parts left or right. It took me three hours to finish the other door," he said.

He also had to refit the front windshield a couple of times.

"1955 was the first year they made them. They made them in response to the Corvette, which came out in 1953," Juneau said. "A lot of people liked them because they had more amenities then the Corvette. They had a better radio and roll-up windows instead of snap on curtains. You could get them as an automatic or stick shift and in a V8.

"The Corvette at the time only came in a V6 and they didn't offer an automatic."

It cost him around $10,000 to put the car back together.

"That's all right. It's worth about $30,000. So I'm on the right side of things and I've enjoyed it," he said.

Juneau drives his classic cars every chance he gets, which includes the annual Route 66 Fun Run.

"I think the first time I did the Fun Run it was in the '80s in a 1965 Chevelle," he said. "I was living in (Lake Havasu City) and a friend told me about it."

Every year the Fun Run starts with a party in Seligman on the first Friday in May.

Then hundreds of classic cars, trailers, RVs, motorcycles and military vehicles line up on Saturday morning and drive Route 66 to Kingman, stopping along the way for food, music and entertainment at the Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs for the annual barbecue and Indian tacos, Truxton, Hackberry and Valle Vista.

"We take our time. We stop every year in Truxton at the old gas station. I have the original phone from the station. I bought it from the owner's son. I bought a lot of things from the station - old parts, hubcaps, engines," Juneau said.

In Kingman, part of Andy Devine Avenue near the Powerhouse Visitor Center is closed and the cars, RVs and other vehicles line up for the annual Show & Shine Car Show.

On Sunday morning, the cars line up and are led out of town by Jingles, the Kingman Police Department's historic police car.

The run ends around 2 p.m. in the Golden Shores/Topock area after rolling through the historic Cool Springs gas station and stopping for the gunfights and burros in Oatman.

Juneau has driven the Fun Run off and on for the last few decades until he moved to his current home in Golden Valley in 2004.

"I haven't missed one since," he said.

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