Route 66 Tractor Drive, remembering

June 17, 2017 was a first for us, it was our first tractor drive and the first that we know of in the area on Route 66.  We started out from the Macoupin County Fair Grounds in Carlinville, Illinois where the Land of Lincoln Tractor show was underway and headed to the square in Girard.  On the way back, we stopped at McClintock’s in Standard City.

Thirty-two tractors started out as we made our way on historic Route 66.

Many thanks to the Macoupin County Sheriff’s police, the Girard police, the Village of Girard, Doc’s Soda Fountain, and McClintocks for working with us.  Also many thanks to Bill Miller for putting on the first ever Land of Lincoln Show that brought over 300 tractors to Carlinville from all over the US.

A special tribute should also be mentioned to Becky Huyear, Lynn’s new bride. They were married the weekend before the show and they put their honeymoon to Hawaii on hold to help plan and orchestrate this tractor drive.

Love of tractors, love of history and love of the ride, it was an awesome experience.

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  1. Rick Shaw

    I was pretty excited to take part in the tractor drive but my Farmall 656 decided it wasn’t all that big on the idea. Just after departure a fuel issue developed sending me back to the fairgrounds rather than causing mischief for the others involved.
    There are several tractor drives through central Illinois, I took part in one the weekend before. My choice of tractors was better. Historic Route 66 was a great path to travel though. I noticed a fellow driver on the drive that I had visited with the prior weekend. He has a goal to put 1000 miles on his Farmall H this year. I’m glad there is plenty of opportunity for him to reach that goal.
    I’m glad all had a great time and I’m enjoying the pictures you’re posting here and on Facebook

  2. Cindy

    Thanks for joining us Rick! There are so many stories from the drivers out there and each one is special, thanks for sharing a bit of yours.

  3. Norm Claussen

    Sorry I had to miss it!! 🙁 We were at Red Power Roundup, hope to be at the drive next year. 🙂

    1. Cindy

      That was the catch. As much as I loved being here for the tractor drive and Land of Lincoln Expo, it meant missing the Red Power Round Up for me. Too bad we can’t be at two places at once!

    2. Cindy

      It will hopefully happen again in two years. I hated to miss the Red Power Round Up too!