Today we have a pair of photos that are courtesy of Joe Sonderman, who has authored many books about the famed Route 66 Highway. We will be posting photos from his collection, that show us the automotive and human interest side of the American road. To start out and get some great background information on Route 66, check out the very well-done National Park Service site. It has an interactive map that will show you many interesting spots along the famed route.
The postcard (above) shows us the Cucamonga Garage, which appears to have been a a going, full-service concern operating during the mid-thirties. Note the neat, light-colored-shop-converted-tow-car equipped with a wrecker boom and a spare tire cover with Richfield Oil Co. signage on it. Just behind it, is seen a sport coupe, that has been converted into pickup by removing the deck lid and inserting a wooden bed.
* Update * Thanks to Reader Kevin Preston’s research we now know that there was also a gas station in front of the garage and it has has survived. The garage itself has collapsed and the front part of it has been torn down and removed. Visit The Good Life with Dutch Preston to see both Google satellite views and photos taken by Preston yesterday, where you can see the gas station and property which is for sale.
The photo of the Biddulph & Dunton Motors Ford-Mercury (above), which was located in Kingman, AZ, shows two racing cars that the dealership sponsored, one of which was the tow-car. The post-war number eighteen Ford Coupe, is towing a 1933-34 Ford five-window coupe on a hand-built trailer. Note the single chain holding the rear of the car to the trailer and the vertical racing tire rack on the tongue of the trailer.
To learn and see much more about this famed American highway, take a moment to check out Sonderman’s books which are filled with historic photos of this storied and legendary road.