Route 66: Dream of the Mother Road

America’s Car Museum brings the “Dream of The Mother Road” back to life with an immersive, interactive collection of cars and memorabilia to celebrate America’s iconic roadway, Route 66.

Route 66 once gauged a growing American economy, connecting Chicago to the Pacific Ocean, the “road to riches” was traveled by millions of American families. A road so quintessentially American, Route 66 has become a permanent part of our cultural memory.

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Lowriders in Route 66

ACM is cycling 11 lowriders, a couple of lowrider-themed bicycles and various artwork into its Route 66 display to celebrate America’s lowrider pastime.

As one of ACM’s rotating exhibits, Route 66 regularly undergoes change-outs and modifications to tell a variety of stories that define different aspects of America’s motoring heritage – this time giving a nod to lowriders that were heavily influenced by Southern California’s Chicano culture during the ’50s, when this then-new type of motoring hobby started. Past Route 66 themes include hot rods, station wagons, convertibles and more.

“When we began planning the next installment of Route 66, our admiration for the Washington lowrider community was important to share with our visitors,” said ACM Curator of Exhibitry Scot Keller. “They are an important part of our automotive heritage.”

To source vehicles for Route 66 ACM turned to the Lows Traviesos Lowriders Club of Washington, and its members stepped up to have their lowriders on display until April 15.