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Thank You To These Generous Donors!

Monday, July 17, 2017  

THANK YOU to these generous donors who contributed items for our 2017 National Driving Tour welcome bags!

Cadillac and LaSalle Club  Our mother ship.

           Keeping us connected with education and fellowship.

Cadillac North Central Region  Cadillac is the oldest

           continuous automobile manufacturer in the US.  Since 1902.

Champion Auto Parts 

           Creating sparks since 1905.  …3,2,1 Ignition!

Coker Tire 

           Specialty tires and wheels since 1958.

Cook County Farm Bureau Located on Historic Route 66 in Countryside, IL.

Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center

           The Visitors Center serves as a gateway to area attractions, including

           Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln-related sites.

Double Good Popcorn

           Illinois company established in 1988.  50% of every dollar supports a

           charitable cause.

Funks Grove Maple Sirup

           Route 66 icon.  The farm was established in 1824 by Isaac Funk, friend

           and supporter of President Abraham Lincoln.  Commercial sirup production

           began in 1891.  Nearly 200 years later it remains a family-owned

           operation.  Yes, it’s “sirup” with an “i”.

GM Parts North Central Region Rain or shine they have us


Goodyear Tires  Founded in 1898 and named for

           Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber.   Traditionally in

           North America more new vehicles, including Cadillacs, have been equipped

           with Goodyear tires than any other brand.

Hagerty Insurance

           Insuring our beloved classics.

Harrah’s Casino, Joliet

           Located one block off Historic Route 66 in downtown Joliet, IL.

Hawk Cadillac  There is ALWAYS room for one more!

Hortons Home Lighting Serving Chicagoland for over

           100 years.

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

           The Mother Road and reason for our Tour!

Jewel Foods

           Established in 1899 as a door-to-door coffee service, later Jewel Tea

           Company, the company grew to hundreds of grocery delivery routes

           for small towns in 43 states.  Route 66 made that job easier!  Jewel-Osco

           is now owned by Albertsons and remains a leading grocer in Chicagoland

Jim Finnerty Agency State Farm Insurance State Farm’s

           corporate headquarters is a stone’s throw away from Historic Route 66

           in Bloomington, IL.

Joliet Area Historical Museum Where we’ll learn more

            about the 4th largest city in Illinois and its ties to historic Route 66.

            Fun fact: Joliet Jake of Blues Brothers fame was released from the

            prison’s east gate.

Mecum Auctions  Family-owned and operated since the first

           auction in 1988 at the Rockford, IL airport.


           Family-owned and operated since 1901.  It started with furniture polish

           so it was a natural segue to automotive products when the new wooden

          “horseless carriages” hit the streets.

Michael Baker Agency Inc.  BINGO!  

THANK YOU !!!  to these generous donors


Mothers Polishes

           Started in the 1970’s with Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish.

NAPA Auto Parts

           Replacement parts since 1925.


           Protecting engines since 1963.

Pilot Knob Comforts

           Produced on a family-owned, multi-generational century farm in Oneida, IL 

           Illinois is a leading US corn producer.

Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum and Visitors Bureau 

           Go. See. Do.


           What’s a road trip without tunes?

RockAuto A family business founded in 1999.  “Someday, it

           may be possible to build an entire car using parts from RockAuto!”

Route 66 QR Code “The Ultimate Guide to

           Route 66”.

Route 66 Association of Illinois

          “Traveling The…New, Historic Route 66 of Illinois”  by John Weiss.

           John’s help and his book have been invaluable to us while

           planning the Tour.

Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

          Springfield is the capitol of Illinois and the place Abraham Lincoln called


St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau

          St. Louis is our destination point and our country’s early gateway

          to westward expansion beyond the mighty Mississippi.

Steele Rubber Products  

           Lynn H. Steele founded Steele Rubber Products in 1958 when he began

           making hard to find parts for his 1931 Cadillac in his garage.


           Super Easy. Super Fast.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard  Tennis champion Ted

            Drewes Sr.opened the current Chippewa location (his fourth) on historic

            Route 66 in 1941. It is a fourth generation family-owned business.

            Their signature “concrete”, created in 1959, is a malt or shake so

            thick that it is served upside down. For the holidays Ted Drewes

            Nova Scotia Christmas trees have become a St. Louis tradition. 

Universal Vintage Tire Company

           Vintage tire manufacturing since 1968

Vogue Tyre & Rubber Company

            Founded in Chicago in 1914.  Custom luxury tires. They invented the



            This Girard restaurant near a 1926-30 alignment of Route 66

            still uses a1950s-era Whirl-A-Whip ice cream machine to whip each

            cup of ice cream individually.  Don’t forget your token!

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