Birthplace of Route 66 Festival draws thousands of classic car lovers to Springfield

Published: Aug. 13, 2016 at 9:36 PM CDT
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In its second day the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield saw thousands of visitors from all over the World.

"I'm sure I've taken 50., says Paul Logsdon ans he thumbs through pictures on his digital camera.

For Logsdon, taking pictures of old cars takes him back to time when he was a kid. "I like the muscle cars from the '60's and '70's that's when I was in school and I just appreciate the quality of workmanship of these guys who have restored them."

Thousands of visitors traveled back in time at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival by admiring old cars like Jim Campbell's '65 GTO l.

"Back in the 60's that's where we went, we cruised from down Kearney Street and down Glenstone," says Campbell.

It was racing cars along the mother road that made Campbell a Pontiac man.

"GTO was the first muscle car, that's arguable but the 421 was eating the Chevrolet's alive so I've been a Pointiac person ever since," says Campbell.

"We called it a goat, a GTO and we had our family pictures amde on the hood of the car so, I love old cars," says Laura Mooney.

The festival attracted several visitors who just happened to be traveling down the mother road when they passed through Springfield and found this gold mine of Classic car Americana.

"We have been in Chicago from Dallas so we are on vacation for ten days; we have been routing through St. Louis and Springfield," says Lalid Oberoy.

The festival continues Sunday morning at eight with a 6.6K and 3.3K run.