Celebrating a Historic Highway: Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

The fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival was back and better than ever. The festival recently featured new activities and attractions, garnering larger crowds than ever before. Events like a two-day car and motorcycle show highlighted some of the coolest vehicles on two and four wheels in the area.

Musical events like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pure Prairie League, Cindy Woolf, and Mark Bilyeu sold out, according to The Intelligencer. Dating back to 1926, Route 66 has maintained its status as one of the most famous roadways in the world.

“We were excited about adding another full day of festivities to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival,” says Cora Scott, director of public information and civic engagement for the City of Springfield. “With the variety of activities and events, there [was] something for everyone.”

Proceeds from some of the festivals activities were donated to the Route 66 Roadside Park Fund, helping to restore and maintain areas of the historic stretch of highway. Though it was removed from the official US highway system in 1985, we still hold this landmark in high esteem.

Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge: A One-of-a-Kind Mobile Car Festival

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT
The Challenger was on full display at Dodge’s Roadkill Nights event!

The first ever Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge was a huge success, premiering at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise festival. Tons of souped-up cars, a 1/8-mile drag strip, and more than 10,000 auto enthusiasts added up to one fun time.

According to Chrysler, this free pop-up car festival featured flashlight drag races and over 200 classic and modern muscle cars, each of which participated in an unprecedented drag race. The overall winner was Brandon Phillips of Sterling Heights, Michigan, who took home a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI Hellcat V8 engine.

“The ‘Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge’ came together very organically and in a very short amount of time. Not knowing what to expect, we planned for this to be a one-time-only event, but after experiencing the incredible performance enthusiast turnout, and after hundreds of requests to do it again, we’ve committed to teaming back up with Roadkill to do it again next year,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT Brands.

Dodge also hosted a Viper Owner’s night, as well as a Dodge Night for Charger and Challenger models. Scat Pack Forum members also had a get together. With this many muscle cars in one area, the Dodge Roadkill Nights were unforgettable.