McJerry66 is your online source for information about the creations of noted Route 66 authority and artist Jerry McClanahan.
Route 66 The Road Ahead on
Nov 29, 2013 at 4:53:01 pm
I got back earlier this week from a conference about the future of Route 66 held by the World Monument Fund at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Over 100 route 66 stakeholders and others (experts in marketing, branding, etc) were invited to sit down over 3 days and brainstorm.
Out of this came many ideas...some good, some not so good (who'd want a Route 66 toll road?!!).
The challenge is how to attract more growth (which requires $$) to the road without ruining it. Our grass roots efforts have caused Route 66 to grow every year....any future efforts should be aimed at assisting and facilitating (not dictating to) our various existing groups and organizations (any umbrella organization should be more of a "concierge" to the state associations, helping to meet their needs and requests), and retaining that authentic, Route 66 experience. The Route 66 Alliance and the Historic Route 66 Federation may be joining forces to be just such an "umbrella."
NEW PAINTING on
Oct 07, 2013 at 3:50:23 pm
I've started a new commissioned car portrait of a client's classic 1966 Pontiac GTO at Gary Turner's "Gay Parita" station at Paris Springs, MO!
I met Curtis this summer while he was doing his "I am 66 years old and driving 66 in a 66 GTO" trip. I was coming back from Tucumcari, so we met at Cadillac Ranch, where I photographed his sweet ride.
Coincidentally, he stopped at Gary's place on June 6!
Its a large watercolor with lots of details.
And yes, I will have prints for sale later.
Munger Moss painting is DONE! on
Jul 22, 2013 at 10:25:57 pm
Finally...my painting of the famous Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon Mo is FINISHED! Took a while, what with road trips, home projects and other interruptions...now to get it professionally photographed (Red River Photo in OKC) and make some prints! The painting will hang in McJerry's Route 66 Gallery in Chandler, OK until someone comes along and falls in love.
See the gallery page for a snapshot. 13x19 and 8.5 x 11 Prints are available. I plan to have larger prints made...someday!
EZ 66 GUIDE THIRD EDITION! on
Feb 16, 2013 at 7:09:02 pm
The Third Edition of the EZ 66 Guide is now out! What a relief! This took many months of revising and updating to accomplish. As a result of feedback from visitors to my gallery here in Chandler, I have added mileage readings to the directions on most pages. This will help travelers to know when to get ready for an upcoming turn, or to know that they can relax for a while. Along with the many updates, just about every page has been changed in some way. I've also listened when tourists have had trouble navigating certain complicated areas and made the routings easier. I'm happy to be including such recently restored places like the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba and Carthage's Boots Motel, plus added some choice Mom and Pop's that I've experienced on many trips over the last two years (covering the whole route in both directions).
Its been a pleasure to be able to connect with so many people because of the EZ 66 Guide, and I look forward to the upcoming season. I will continue to offer free updates on mcjerry66.com (and don't forget the Federation's Dining and Lodging guide...which I use myself for areas where there is NO good Mom and Pop motel.)
You can order the EZ 66 Guide at wwww.national66.org (there's a link on the update page).
I look forward to seeing you on the road (I'll sign your copy if you drop by)!
John and Jody Banta on
Jan 16, 2013 at 4:22:56 am
John and Jody visited me on both directions of their trip from Chicago to Santa Monica in their Mini (bought me brunch on the way back!). Besides being rare winter visitors, they had the unfortunate distinction of having their car broken into while parked on the MO side of the Chain of Rocks bridge. In the soon to be forthcoming 3rd Edition of the EZ 66 guide, I will recommend that travelers AVOID the MO side of the bridge, as this problem is not getting better (the Bantas are the first I have met personally who suffered this fate).
But, despite being shaken up, they decided to press on regardless, and did not let the actions of some scum ruin their trip.
The city of St Louis may have bigger problems to tackle, but incidents like this are making some people think twice about spending any time (or money) in the city. They better shape up and do something about saftey at the bridge.
Jan 16, 2013 at 4:17:33 am
I am spending the cold days ensconced in the studio, working on a detailed drawing of Cyrus Avery's long-gone gas station and Old English Inn in Tulsa, OK. I'll pair this with the portrait of Mr Avery (the father of US 66) I did quite awhile ago for the original Cyrus Avery Award plaque. Then its on to a new big oil painting to replace the Sayre, OK painting I sold last summer to a Japanese collector.
Wonder what i should paint? (update 1-15-14...I started the big oil painting, but had to put it on hold due to the need to work on customer's paintings!)
Gallery Visitors on
Nov 14, 2012 at 2:42:24 am
I finally got around to posting about 60-70 photos of cool vehicles and cooler people who visited my gallery over the last few years on my Facebook page. If I took your photo look for it...I haven't put ALL the visitor pix up yet...got to find the rest on whatever drive or cd-r they are on.
OK events on
Nov 13, 2012 at 4:40:12 am
I attended the dedication of the Cyrus Avery statue in Tulsa on Nov 9th. Located on the east side of the Arkansas river at Avery Plaza, the statue depicts a huge Model T ford, driven by "The Father of Route 66", confronted by the rearing horses of a oilfield wagon. A large crowd attended, including many members of the Avery family.
Also, Bill Fernau has repainted his classic Phillips 66 station here in Chandler in the original colors! I'll try to post some pix on facebook soon. Donations to his ongoing restoration are welcome.
NM page 4 on
Aug 31, 2012 at 7:44:19 pm
Just a reminder that all the Tucumcari phone numbers are now area code 575. (no longer 505)
Wallis Award on
Aug 19, 2012 at 10:49:53 pm
Jim, Shellee and I were astonished and proud to be awarded the 2012 Wallis Award at the Victorville Route 66 Festival for our book "Route 66 Sightings!"
I had a good time at the festival, and on the road coming and going. visiting with old friends and making new ones (and taking way too many photos!)