Left to right: Charlie Kerker, Mike Cartwright and Glen Whitworth. (Background, Mike Cartwright's 7 HP Foos).
23511 E.95th Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74014
Once again the show season is over in Oklahoma. We can tell this because the 6th annual Route 66 Fly-wheelers Show in Catoosa is history.
First, I will give a short history of our group. Our show was started by Catoosa's mayor, Curtis Conley, and a small group of enthusiasts. What started as a small gathering held in conjunction with a street festival has grown into a popular event by itself.
The 1997 show was our best yet. We always have a great turnout, but this year was above normal. Our great attendance could be because of our location, a picnic ground between Oklahoma Route 66 and Historic Route 66. It could also have been because of a dry weekend with temperatures in the upper 60s (the weather in northeastern Oklahoma is always a coin toss this time of year).
We had well over one hundred engines, several tractors and many collectible cars. Our group has never openly advertised for tractors or cars, but we have always had a fair turnout. We would like to have more of these exhibits. The restaurant across Historic 66 (this is the original two lane road) has allowed us the use of their parking lot and field for this. We also have a small group of arts and crafts and flea market vendors, with plenty of room for expansion; there is no vendors fee.
There is usually a food vendor or two for the general public, and Lil Abner's Restaurant is right across the road. We sure appreciate all of Lil Abner's courtesy and use of their parking lot through the years. As far as exhibitors are concerned, we have a small group that likes to cook over an open fire nearly as much as spinning flywheels. All of the beef, pork, beans and other fixings that is cooked or smoked is donated by the exhibitors. We usually even cook up some bacon, eggs and biscuits on Sunday morning.
So, if you happen to be cruising down Route 66 with Tod and Buz in their Corvette, or driving down the highway in your pickup and wind up five miles east of Tulsa, on October 24 and 25, 1998, we would love to have you stop in and exhibit or just say 'Howdy.' Our show is located at the gazebo on Historic Route 66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. For you out-of-towners, that's the intersection of Cherokee and Antry Streets.