About a thousand classic cars will be on display in Springfield Sept. 21-23 for the annual International Route 66 Festival. The word international applies, according to Springfield mayor Mike Houston.
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“Cruising on Route 66 is a new rite of passage for many foreigners who want to do something ‘American’ and take that experience home to their loved ones,” he said.
He says when he worked at a bank along MacArthur Boulevard in Springfield, he noticed a group of people with some vintage Volvo automobiles they had flown here from Europe. They had binders of information about where Route 66 is now and what to see: Houston’s bank, as it turns out, was on the Mother Road.
The event benefits a different charity every year. This year’s is the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, which treats veterans of World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam to trips to Washington.