Corvettes

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Corvettes

Corvettes

The other day it was the 64th anniversary of Chevrolet making Corvettes.  They’ve been around for 64 years now.

What do Corvettes have to do with Route 66?

It was a Corvette that characters Tod and Buz cruised Route 66 in the TV series named Route 66.  Since then, Route 66 has been associated with the iconic car.  In fact, Paul and I are often asked, “Are you going to drive a Corvette.”  While it would be nice, there might be some decommissioned sections where a Corvette might be too low to the ground.

As a result of the rough roads, we’re sticking to a large sedan.

OFFICIAL ROUTE 66 DAY

It’s official for us.  Only 66 days until this tour hits the road!

Sponsors

We continue to add sponsors.  Here’s a short list of what we lack.  These would become the official (exclusive) _______ of the 2017 Route 66 Photographers Tour…

  • Camera,
  • Lens,
  • Tripod,
  • Laptop,
  • Internet access,
  • Camera bag, and
  • Flash (off camera/TTL speedlights).

In addition, we need meal and lodging sponsors…

  • As little as $25 gets you mentioned on our website and blog/vlog as a meal sponsor, and
  • $100 gets you mentioned as a lodging sponsor.

My Wife’s Comment

I guess not everyone has my vision about this tour.  Most of our sponsors joined us in the last week.  I was complaining about how difficult it is to find sponsors.  My wife then made this statement…

“You might not get a lot of sponsors for this trip, but when they see the quality of your work they will be more ready to listen the next time you take on a project like this.”

There’s good reason I married her.

Here’s the deal… I am to make this page… the one you are looking at right now… the best and comprehensive Route 66 page.  And, if I don’t become THE BEST, it will be up there with the best of them… especially for the photography.

For Your Entertainment

Here’s something for you to enjoy…


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Let’s Make This Clear

Let’s Make This Clear

Let’s make this clear — this is not your a typical road trip.  Our Route 66 Tour is going to be very comprehensive.    I’ve studied other Route 66 websites and books, and if you have interest in Route 66, you’ll want to follow our adventures.

I’ll bet after a couple of days on the road we’ll be hearing from would-have-been-sponsors.  Don’t regret this chance.  Now is the time to set up and get on board.

The Plan to Make this Work

We realize there are many of you who will never get to drive Route 66.  You’re Americana fans, but for various reasons you’ll never drive the Mother Road.  The plan is for us to provide you with an armchair experience of traveling Route 66.

Our days will be half filled with shooting, and the remainder filled with driving, uploading images and video, and writing about our experiences.  That’s why we estimate it will take us more than 30 days to complete!

For Sponsors

For sponsors that means 30+ days of advertising.  But, not just any advertising.  Our plan is to present your products or services in context with our trip.

Let me give you an example…

Let’s suppose your company (we’ll call you Best Widgets) sponsors for a day (i.e. $100 level).  That night people following us will see, hear or read, “Hey, we’d like to thank Best Widgets for providing us with one of their widgets today.  Here’s a photo Paul took using the Best Widget.  We’ve fallen in love with Best Widget and thank them for their sponsoring our lodging last night.  Without people like the people at Best Widget this journey wouldn’t be what it is – spectacular.”

For Interested Individuals

Let’s say you’re not a company, but want to help us make this a success.    We’ll be happy to mention you too.  Just send us your sponsorship and tell us how you want to be mentioned.

Here are some individual ideas…

  • Sponsor us for the date of a friend or loved one’s birthday.  Have us wish them a happy birthday.
  • Pick a location and sponsor us for the day we’re in that location.  It could be a family member’s birthplace, for example.  Tell us what’s important about that location and who your message is for and we’ll make sure they get the attention you want them to have.
  • Sponsor us for a specific location and tell us what you want to see at that location.  For example, you may have wondered about the TeePee Motel.  Sponsor us for that location and tell us what you want to see while we are there.
    • Example:  “A special shout-out to Bob for sponsoring us today.  Bob wanted to know more about the TeePee Motel so here’s a visual tour just for Bob.”
  • You might want a postcard from a specific location.  Let us know when you sponsor us.  We’ll send you a postcard with a handwritten note thanking you for your contribution to our trip.

You can provide sponsorship via GoFundMe.

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For Your Entertainment

For your entertainment, here’s one of the best Route 66 renditions by Asleep at the Wheel (live)…


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Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

Here’s a mellow swing style rendition by none other than Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters. Let’s not forget Vic Schoen & his Orchestra. Most people associate Bing with White Christmas, but those of us old enough remember his crooning along with the Andrews Sisters Trio and their tight harmonies.

Have a listen…

Only Seven Months Away

With only seven months away, Paul and Brent are actively looking for sponsors.  Just think… a month’s worth of intense advertising for a small investment.  $100 gets you a spot on our web site, a vlog mention with your logo, and a blog mention (also with your logo.)

Exclusivity

We also offer exclusivity!  That’s right.  Check out our list under our sponsorship page and find out how your business can get exclusive coverage during the trip.  It’s worth it.  Brent, in fact, is vowing to make this epic and viral.  To the best of our knowledge, there has never been a tour of Route 66 like this.  That in itself makes exclusivity worth it.

Fujifilm #fujifilm , Canon #canon , Sony #sony and Nikon #nikon Paul and I are hoping your paying attention.  One of you run the chance of being our exclusive camera sponsor.  The first company to step forward will be that exclusive sponsor.

Exclusive Camera sponsorship also means royalty free license to ALL of the images we shoot.  ALL!!!  100%  Even if you only use 2 or 3 images from the collection it will be worth it for what we’re asking.

Don’t procrastinate.  This is first come, first serve.


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Sample Video Blog

Sample Video Blog

This post is a sample video blog entry.  This is to give you an idea of what we will be posting as we drive Route 66.  In this example, we are featuring only one sponsor, Bay Photo Labs, however the actual video blogs (vlogs) and blog entries will feature several.

Route 31 – October 14th, 2016

Today Paul and Brent hit the Village of Palmyra, New York, on New York’s State Route 31.  If NY SR 31 is Western New York’s Main Street, then Palmyra is the hub.

Situated halfway along NY SR 31, Palmyra is known as the Queen of the Erie Canal.   This little village, founded in the late 1700s, became a bustling place in the 1820s because of the Erie Canal.

Main Street Palmyra (Route 31) intersections NY SR 21.  At that corner are 4 churches.  There is one on all 4 corners.  Guinness World Book of Records lists it as the only such intersection.

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Looking West on NY SR 31 (Four Churches, steeples, can be seen)

The Village Hall on Route 31 once featured an opera house.  Next door is the old firehouse, now a gift shop.  Across the street is Village Park.  Main Street Palmyra is beautiful with its 19th century buildings and charm.

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Village Hall (left) and Former Firehouse

Who Would Have Thought?

The crowning gem on Route 31 is the E.B. Grandin Building (aka The Book of Mormon Publication site).  Who would have thought in April, 1830, when this book was published it would be part of a world-wide religion of nearly 16 million members!

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Inside the Grandin Press Building

Paul and Brent stopped at an iconic location for lunch.  Mark’s Pizzeria, located at the east end of the business district on NY SR 31 in Palmyra, makes a great pizza.

Listen while Paul gives a little overview in today’s VLOG entry…

The pizza was great, the place is clean, and it has plenty of seating.  Sean, the manager, tended to the oven with the pizza peel (we learned a new word – peel – that big spatula they use to maneuver the pizza inside the oven.)  Paul and Brent posed for a quick picture.

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Brent (l) and Paul (r) at Mark’s Pizzeria, Palmyra, NY, NY SR 31

Thanks to…

Thanks to Bay Photo Labs for their sponsoring us.  Turn to Bay Photo Labs for all your printed product needs.

Bay Photo Labs Logo


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Life is a Highway

Life is a Highway

Life is a highway when you’re traveling on Route 66.  By highway, I don’t mean freeway or Interstate.  I mean HIGH WAY.  It’s the better way to travel.

I never drove Route 66 when it was the main artery from Chicago to L.A.  I was too young and we lived too far away, however I remember much of those Americana icons.  I remember the top loading soda machines, the cans of oil, full-service service stations, Burma Shave signs, and other things you find along Route 66.

Why I-40 Killed Route 66

People ask why I-40 killed Route 66.  To understand why, watch the movie Cars.  While it is a cartoon, it explains what happened.  With an interstate freeway, people stop less often, and when they do stop, they stop at freeway exits.

The old way of travel took you through tiny towns.  You drove by mom-and-pop stores.  You might very well find a service station in the middle of nowhere.  True, it took longer to get from point A to B, but it is the journey that matters.

 

And now for your entertainment…

Life is a Highway, from the movie Cars, by Rascal Flatts applies to Route 66.  It’s not the Route 66 theme song, but the movie Cars is all about Route 66.

From our Friends at B&H


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Clarification

Clarification

For clarification sake, we want to reiterate that this tour is being taken by Paul Bardotz and D. Brent Walton.  It is not open to the public to join them.  (Sorry, perhaps another time.)  If you want to follow along, you may do so but we will not be reserving your hotel room, providing transportation, or meals.  We will communicate where people can meet up with us.

However, if you watch this blog and follow our Facebook page you can keep track of where we are along the tour.  If you want to meet up with us as we drive through your city, or as you drive Route 66, that’s the way to do it – watch and follow our blog and Facebook pages.

Again, for clarification sake, this is not a “tour” as in a guided tour, but two photographers doing an in depth tour of Route 66.  Others may join us but they are responsible for their own transportation, meals and lodging.

Get On The Car!

Get on the car!  Your magnetic sticker that is. We will put your magnetic sign on our touring car if you qualify.  See http://route66photographers.com/sponsorships/ for details.  Like a racecar with its sponsors stickers, we’ll be cruising Route 66 displaying our sponsor’s logos.

It’s more than just having your logo on the car.  Nightly mentions, Facebook posts, and more will give your company some great exposure.  Look at our sponsorship page and see what benefits come with sponsorships.

We’ll be using products provided by sponsors.  That’s right, even down to the cameras we shoot, we’ll be using their products where applicable.

So, get on board!

And now…

And now for your entertainment, here’s Depeche Mode’s version of Route 66…


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Advertise on Route 66

Advertise on Route 66

Advertise on Route 66 for your business.  Even if your business is NOT on Route 66, our posts are going to reach the WORLD.  It doesn’t matter where your business is, we will spread your name all over the place.

Think about this… we are spending the next year gathering followers.  Many of those followers will follow us daily.  So, think about hearing this in our nightly video.  (Assume your business is XYZ Corp.)

“Today’s journey through Cadillac Ranch was made possible by our friends at XYZ Corp.  Make sure you visit their website at xyzcorp.com!”

Even if you’re a small mom and pop shop that serves local businesses, we’ll help drive business to your web site through links and special mentions.  You’ll find it is cheaper than many other forms of on-line advertising and you’ll benefit from our own Search Engine Optimization (which is gaining momentum with each post.)

Please consider sponsoring our tour.

Trip Readiness

Our trip readiness becomes more and more crucial each day.  This isn’t a trivial drive.  Paul and Brent will be on the road for about one month.  This means planning stops for doing laundry, making sure things are handled back home, and more.  The plan is crucial!

On days when we fall short on making our mile marker, we will be scrambling to make new hotel reservations and change existing reservations.  There will be days when we overshoot our goal too.  There might even be breakdowns or flat tires along the way.  In all cases, we must prepare.

Part of that preparation is making sure sponsors sign up early in the plans.  In return for signing up early, we will reward accordingly.    A $100 of sponsorship paid today will be rewarded more than a $100 sponsorship paid two months from now.  Thus, get on board early.

For Your Entertainment

Here’s Asleep At the Wheel performing the Route 66 Theme Song….


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Going Live

Going Live

We are going live today, September 24th, 2016.  Our tour is a little over one year away, and we have a lot of preparation to do.  We are including you, our readers, in our preparation and plans.

Our plan is to broadcast and post every day of the tour.  You’ll see every inch of this historic route.  For those not old enough to know the importance of Route 66, it was the highway that connected the east to California.  There were no freeways.  U.S. Highway 66 went from Chicago, headed southwest, through the southwestern states, and terminated in Santa Monica, California.

Listen to Manhattan Transfer as they describe the journey…

What’s Epic About Our Tour?

We’re going to photograph every mile we can find.  When I say, “that we can find”, I will explain…

Route 66 was decommissioned 1984.   May portions fell in to disrepair.  Some no longer exist.  In many respects, Route 66 became to highways what ghost towns are to cities.

An important part of American history, Route 66 is the Mother Road.  For a while, there was a TV series named Route 66.  Actor Martin Milner was one of the stars of the series (also known for his role in Adam-12).

Here’s a little trivia for you… We are starting our trip down Route 66 the day before Martin Milner’s birthday!  We’ll stop on 9/5/2017 and have a celebratory lunch on what would have been his 85th birthday!

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Why Sponsors?

You might ask why we are looking for sponsors.   It’s simply this… we have our own businesses that will shut down during this period.  And, like any entertainment venue (and this will be entertaining), sponsors help bring the entertainment to the public.  Sponsors buy ads on TV shows so you can watch the TV shows at no cost.  If it weren’t for sponsors, there wouldn’t be free TV.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we’re driving this road (for however long it will take us), and we’re sharing what we find with the world.  Think of it as Guy Fieri teams with Charles Kuralt armed with cameras.  You’ll be able to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, this web site and more.


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Welcome

Welcome to Route 66!

Welcome to our Route 66 Photographer’s website.  We are live!

Here is a map to our web site:

  • Home – just as it implies.  That’s our landing page.  You will find the latest blog entries at the bottom of this page.
  • About –  Paul’s and Brent’s biographies.
    • Tour dates – these are estimated dates of where we plan to be.
    • Route links – these are other Route 66 websites.
  • Sponsorships – This tells about sponsorship opportunities.  This is a “must visit” for business owners and managers.
  • Sponsors –  This lists our sponsors.
  • Models – Are you a model?  Do you want to meet us along the way?  Check out this page.
  • Terms of Use – Think twice before spamming us.  You need to read this page before you spam us.

Check Back Often

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Road to Oatman

Check back often.  We are updating this site constantly.  It will be updated regularly before the tour, during the tour, and for a period after the tour.  Who knows, we may do this again in which case we’ll update it then too.

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Route 66 Highway

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned because we are offering branded  items.  Shirts, hats and bags are all on the list of Route 66 Photographer tours items will will sell.  Watch our blog for the announcement.