Links & Events


The Fun Run 

The next Historic Route 66 Fun Run will be the weekend of May 5th, 6th & 7th 2023. To register go to


Click here for the history of the FUN RUN 


Angel Delgadillo and family are featured in the standing Smithsonian Exhibit about Route 66

The Smithsonian Exhibit 

Angel and the Delgadillo family are featured in a permanent exhibition about the Smithsonian National Museum Of American History. The exhibition features a section called "The People's Highway" which chronicles how Route 66 affected the lives of certain families during the 1930s and 1940s.

The link above will take you to the online exhibit.



 Why Seligman is Radiator Springs

In 2001, the Pixar team headed by John Lasseter, decided they were going to do a film about Route 66. Lasseter wanted his team to not only learn about Route 66 but to experience it as well. He asked Michael Wallis, author of “Route 66: The Mother Road,” to guide them on a journey of the historical and the present-day Route 66. Led by Wallis, the team embarked on a Route 66 road trip to diligently research their upcoming project which would become the beloved movie “Cars”.

One of the things that inspired them the most was the story of the little towns that were by-passed by the Interstate system. This inevitably led them to interview the man who was so upset by being by-passed that he did something about it: Angel Delgadillo of Seligman, Arizona. They interviewed Angel for hours. The Pixar crew heard the saga of Seligman’s by-pass by I-40 when the 9,000 cars traveling through town each day on Route 66 disappeared. They learned of the long years Seligman spent with little traffic and little income coming through town. They discovered that the triumphant return of Route 66 was due to this small town barber’s efforts to rally local business owners to help him revitalize the economy of his hometown. They learned how Seligman celebrated their success in the revival of Route 66 by having a big party where everyone put on their neon and cruised through town.

Five years later, in 2006, when the movie “Cars” was released in theaters, Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote,

“Another beloved figure the movie salutes is Angel Delgadillo, a soft-spoken barber in Seligman, Ariz. One of his memories is the inspiration for the movie's most poignant scene. When Interstate 40 was completed in northern Arizona in the early 1980s, the people of Seligman thought it would be an even bigger boon for the town than Route 66, which had functioned as their Main Street since the 1920s. But the day the interstate opened, as the shopkeepers waited behind their decorated storefronts, it was like a curtain dropped. Businesses quickly closed, and the population dwindled.”

Although the look of the town of Radiator Springs is a composite of Route 66 landmarks from across the country, Angel’s account of Seligman and its relationship with Route 66 helped create the narrative of the animated town. Angel’s story of Seligman essentially became the story of Radiator Springs.


You can see some of Angel’s interview with John Lasseter on the “Inspirations” special feature on the “Cars” DVD or on along with many other Angel interviews and entertaining videos about Route 66.


Some Other Links Worth Checking Out:


Still Finding Kicks on Route 66: Washington Post Article September 8, 2016


THE ROUTE 66 PODCAST -Talks with people living and working along the Mother Road


Arizona Bucket List: 50 Outstanding Ways to Experience Arizona (we are #43!)


Our TripAdvisor Page


NBC News / Associated Press Article


Spiegel Magazine Article (Germany)


 Smithsonian Magazine Article


Gatekeepers of History


Route 66 for The Czech Republic


National Geographic Photo Contest Picture (but it's JOE not George!)


Daily Mail Article (U.K.)


The Route 66 Archives of Route 66 ARC



Sonic Roadman



Flicker Gallery



Route 66 Coast to Coast Article


Back Roads and Byways of Arizona Book


Arizona Central: Arizona's Route 66


 NAU interview with Angel Feb. 19, 2007


NAU interview with Mauricio & Mirna Feb. 19, 2007



Arizona Central: Route 66, A Highway of History


"Life Along The Forgotten Highway" clip