D’Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic
Joliet - Route 66 Raceway welcomes the return of the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic on August 19. While in its seventh year, the event has been reimagined and loaded with an level of content that will not only pay homage to early drag racing and hot rod culture but will present a quarter-mile blast down memory lane for any historical enthusiast. Fans will leave the world of 2017 when they enter the gates and propel into the era of poodle skirts, pin-up girls, sock hops and more.
Unlike any other event at Route 66 Raceway, the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic will feature nostalgia match drag racing. This means that Funny Cars, Altereds, Pro Stocks, a jet car and over 200 other vehicles, all 1979 and older will have the chance to take a pass during the event.
Classic Car Cruise-In
Route 66 Raceway is calling all vintage vehicle 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 any antique automobile, 1979 and older, can purchase entry for the event for only $20 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with all passengers included.
First-Ever Miss Classic Pin-Up Contest
The crowd will also be privy to a Pin-Up Contest, featuring a flock of lovely ladies who rock the iconic look in hopes of becoming the first-ever “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 at 2:15 and 6:15 p.m. As part of the contest, the ladies will be challenged to enter the racers pits and solicit donations benefitting Pits for Patriots. The contestant that earns the most in donations will be crowned the Queen of Hearts.
Pits for Patriots rescues and trains pit bulls to be 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.
Vintage Faire Market
An outdoor market will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in yesteryear. The Vintage Faire is a shopping extravaganza featuring a collection of talented vendors including artists, creators, antiques, primitive, salvage, industrial and more!
Wedged between the Classic Car Cruise-In and the Vintage Faire, event attendees will explore an area showcasing the artistic components of the hot rod culture. The Cultural District will feature live airbrushing and pinstriping from the Chicago Brushmasters. Pieces created throughout the day will be auctioned off at 1:45 and 5:30 p.m. to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. 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 Professional's Choice Hair Design Academy.
Classic from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s will be provided by not one but two bands throughout the day on August 19. First, the local-favorite Greg’s Fender Benders will get folks motoring with their rendition of classic hits. Then, the Three Blue Tear Drops will provide a blast of rockabilly energy that kicks the crowd out of their seats and into their dancing shoes.
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, Mega Milkshakes and Coke Floats. A variety of vintage candies and popcorn plus old-school favorites will be available as well.
Attendees can watch as counties clash on the quarter-mile during the Second 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 drag strip. 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 2016, Route 66 Raceway’s charitable foundation, Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) donated $21,000 to 11 community organizations as a result to the Route 66 Classic Grudge Matches. Charities to benefit from dignitary participation in the event are as follows:
Mayor of Joliet Mayor O’Dekirk Miracle League of Joliet
Mayor of Morris Dick Kopczick Grundy Resource Organization
Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton Easter Seals Joliet Region
Morris Police Chief John Severson Morris Police Benevolent Society
Joliet Fire Deputy Chief Greg Blaskey Muscular Dystrophy Association
Morris Fire Chief Tracey Steffes Team Make A Difference
Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley Special Olympics Law Enforcement Touch Run
Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan Grundy County PADS
Will County States Attorney Jim Glasgow Will County Children’s Advocacy Center
Grundy County States Attorney Jason Helland Coal City Soccer Club
Will County Executive Larry Walsh United Way of Will County
Grundy County Executive Chris Balkema Grundy County Community Foundation
Tickets for the 2017 events at Route 66 Raceway are on sale now and will be available by visitingwww.Route66Raceway.com or by calling (888) 629-RACE.
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