Vintage 1940 Car on Route 66
This beautiful car was sat outside a derelict garage on Route 66 just outside Chicago. We saw it out of the corner of our eye and loved it straight away. It reminded us of our wedding car – it was the same colour – but even older. An original Illinois 1940 number plate complete with rust – we just think this is a gorgeous picture – we can imagine the original owners driving on Route 66 all those years ago. You can buy this picture here. You can also get this image printed onto other items here:
Vintage Car on Chain of Rocks Bridge, Route 66 near St Louis, MO
We had started this day visiting the Memorial Gateway Arch in St Louis, MO and came back to the Chain of Rocks Bridge before we set off across Missouri. Cheating a little bit, I know, but the previous day we had driven the whole span of Illinois and met some friends in St Louis for dinner. We parked up on the Missouri side and walked across the bridge (you can’t drive across it anymore – even though they let Billy Connolly drive across it on his Trike – jealous much!). Halfway across the bridge where the Missouri State Line cuts the Mississippi River in two, we found this car – I just loved the contrast between the red of the car and the dark metal of the bridge. I even got in and had a little pose for a photo – however, that one has less appeal than this little beauty. You can buy this photo here.
Vintage Illinois Gas Station
This gas station was left unattended when we saw it and we got out for a little peek. There were some fairly new looking cars inside the garage itself, but some very vintage looking gas pumps covered in rust outside. I love the colours in this picture. It was quite a cloudy autumn day and the leaves that had fallen off the trees somehow brought the ground and the pumps together with their brown shades. I tried to imagine what the place would have been like in its heyday – with people buzzing around and motorists filling the busy highway that was now deserted. You can buy this atmospheric picture here.
Vintage Truck at Ash Grove, Missouri
You can buy this photo (as part of a triplet) here. This photo was taken at one of our favourite places along the whole route. We had not heard of this place before we got there – but we saw this adorable little restored gas station, called Gay Parita, in Missouri and had to pull over for a look. We met a wonderful friendly guy there called Gary and he showed us around and chatted to us about the route for about half an hour. He had numerous old vehicles on his site so we got a bit snap happy! It’s places like this that make Route 66 what it is!