Route 66 in the News

From China to Route 66

2011-08-17 20:15:02

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Chick Kirk, president emerita of the Route 66 Museum Board, finds it ironic that many locals haven’t set foot in the museum while travelers from at least 78 foreign countries have excitedly paid a visit.

On Wednesday afternoon, a group of 20 from China visited the museum as part of their journey from Chicago to Santa Monica. Many in the group were from the press in China and five were from Shanghai General Motors, according to museum director Jim Conkle.

“The main purpose is General Motors wants to sell more cars, more Cadillacs,” said Sharon Foster, volunteer coordinator of the museum. “(They came) to understand the cars more so they can sell them.”

Around 2:30 p.m. the group was still touring the museum, taking pictures of historical pieces and older cars. Kirk said the visitors were interested in the big American cars “with fins.”

The group wanted to see older cars in their original setting to understand the history and background behind them, Foster said.

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