Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vintage Vacations...Radiator Springs!

Get your kicks on Route 66...
Somewhere down Route 66 lies a sleepy little town called Radiator Springs.  During the heyday of American road trips it thrived...with plenty to offer hungry, thirsty and sleepy travelers.  The locals...a hardy bunch of eccentrics...managed to eke out a living in the middle of the desert.  Then the unthinkable happened...the interstate came, bypassing the little town.  Its formerly bustling main street lay baking in the hot desert sun with only tumble weeds for traffic.  And thus it would have died a long slow death, but for the arrival of an exciting stranger, whose lively personality brought life...and tourists...back to Radiator Springs.  I think we need a closer look...did someone say Road Trip?

Life is a Highway...
Where it all began...

Beautiful Desert Scenery...

Famous Landmarks...

Welcome to Town... 

"No Vacancy" when night falls...

The Cozy Cone is bustling...

Ye Olde Curio Shoppe...

Hey! Mater's in Town... 

Fillmore's for everything "organic"...

Sarge's Surplus Hut...

Night Life...
When the sun goes down...the night life heats up...

Everybody heads for Flo's V8 Cafe...the most happenin' place in town...

At night it's a Neon World...

Signs of the Times...
For you neon lovers...
Entry to Radiator Springs Racers...
Lots of fun if you don't mind the wait...2+ hours without a fastpass!

Sparky's Spark Plugs

Oil Pan...good to the last drop...

Flo's V8 Cafe...

Luigi's Tires...

Cozy Cone Motel...No Vacancy!

Sarge's Surplus Hut...

Mr. Curb Feeler...

Lube-O-Rama...

Ramone's House of Body Art...

Time to head home...

I sure hope you enjoyed your trip to Radiator Springs.  This is part three in my series of Vintage Vacations.  I have more in store as time goes by.  In my opinion the two most beautiful words in the English language are....Road Trip!










12 comments:

My Vintage Mending said...

We are headed out on a Road Trip next week...it is such a joy....smiles...Renee

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

WOW..that looks like a great trip! My Grandgirl might enjoy going there. Guess I better save some pennies!
Deb

Tammy's in Love said...

Is this in Disneyland!?!? I must go! Oh, wish I could drive the 57! Grandson (5 yrs) says my Chevy looks like 'Flo'!

Perfectly Printed said...

How fun is Route 66? Thanks for the road trip!!

chris

vintage grey said...

What a fun trip Shirley!! Would love to go there! ;) xo Heather

Dorothy said...

I LOVE this post!! Great pictures, I have only seen Route 66 once on a trip to Arizona.
Did you watch the movie RV with Robin Williams? So funny, they sang the song "Get your kicks, on Route 66".
Dorothy

Tresa said...

I feel a need to go to Radiator Springs. What a great post!!! The pictures are great. Thank you for posting.

Lynn said...

Hi Shirley,
Thank you so much for sharing this place with us!! Also thank you so much for the fun surprise in the mail yesterday!! I squealed out loud when I opened the envie and hubby came running into the living room from the kitchen thinking I had fell again!!! Imagine his surprise when he saw me holding up all my cute vintage button cards!! Thank you so much! You have been suching a blessing to me and I know that God has let you know somehow and some way that I am in a bad and sad place and you send something just when I need a pick me up!! Thank you for all you do for me and all the prayers you pray on my behalf! I can feel them working!! You are one of the sweetest and most caring souls I have ever come in contact with! I so wish I lived closer so I could give you the biggeest hug and thank you ever!
Hugs,
Lynn

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Shirley!
What fun...it was to ride along on your "Road Trip" post! Having been child of the 50s these neon signs take me back to the road trips we made from Oregon to Missouri nearly every year. I can remember being packed (there were six of us little kids) tightly into the station wagon...and, all the wrangling that took place for a seat by the window. My dad was a slave to a schedule...Grrr...We would stop, only after he had driven 1000 miles, at our first motel. I do remember the glow of lights as we would sleepily approach remote little towns...Some of them resembling Mobil City.
I love your writing style, Shirley! It is always such a pleasure reading your stories and insightful features.
I hope you are having a nice weekend. I am at the Oregon Coast with my Mom and sisters. We waded in the cold Pacific today, searched for seashells and got a little sunburned. It was so much fun to get away for a few days!
Thanks for your dear friendship,
Blessings,
Carolynn xo

Betsy said...

I love to see all this vintage places. We've driven parts of Route 66, and have always wanted to take it from one end to the other. One of these days!

Turfanda said...

Hi Shirley! What fun...it was to ride along on your "Road Trip" post! Having been child of the 50s these neon signs take me back to the road trips we made from Oregon to Missouri nearly every year. I can remember being packed (there were six of us little kids) tightly into the station wagon...and, all the wrangling that took place for a seat by the window. My dad was a slave to a schedule...Grrr...We would stop, only after he had driven 1000 miles, at our first motel. I do remember the glow of lights as we would sleepily approach remote little towns...Some of them resembling Mobil City. I love your writing style, Shirley! It is always such a pleasure reading your stories and insightful features. I hope you are having a nice weekend. I am at the Oregon Coast with my Mom and sisters. We waded in the cold Pacific today, searched for seashells and got a little sunburned. It was so much fun to get away for a few days! Thanks for your dear friendship, Blessings, Carolynn xo

giL said...

My son has been watching Cars the movie lately and I got interested to route 66 and radiator springs. It's kinda funny that they're real places. :)