SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. (September 6, 2006)- The Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous® Presented by Firestone is less than one week away as the largest cruisin’ classic car show in California kicks off Thursday, September 14, 2006 through Sunday, September 17, 2006 in San Bernardino, Calif. The four-day and three-night event is San Bernardino’s signature event, drawing over 2,000 classic, custom and hot rod vehicles from across the United States for a 35-block cruise, show-n-shine, contests and more. Spectator admission is free but there is a fee to register your pre-1974 vehicle for the show. For event information, visit

Nearly 500,000 spectators visit San Bernardino over the weekend to check out the Route 66 Rendezvous’ vehicles as well as live entertainment, celebrities from our Cruisin’ Hall of Fame®, vehicle displays from Overhaulin’, displays and children’s activities at Meadowbrook Park. Don’t miss out on the new Movie in the Park on Friday, September 15, 2006 and Saturday, September 16, 2006 starting at 8:00 p.m. The documentary film “Tales of the Rat Fink” on the life of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth will be shown free to the public.

On Saturday September 16, 2006, four automotive industry icons, Gene Winfield, So-Cal Speed Shop, Kenny Youngblood and the Teardrop Trailer, will be inducted into the Rendezvous’ Cruisin’ Hall of Fame®. The Ceremony takes place at the Clarion Hotel at 9:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased for $25.00 at the San Bernardino Convention & Visitors Bureau at 201 North E Street Suite 103 in San Bernardino, Calif., before Monday, September 11, 2006.

The downtown contests take place at the new Contest Area on 3rd Street between Arrowhead Avenue and Sierra Way. On Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 8:00 p.m., vehicles light up the downtown area during the Neon Light Contest. Friday, September 15, 2006 heats up with the fan-favorite Firestone Burnout Contest at the Orange Show Speedway starting at 7:00 p.m. where registered vehicle participants burn rubber and spin their tires and Big Foots performs his car-crushing show; gates open at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 8:00 a.m., San Bernardino is movin’ as cars cruise around town collecting playing cards for the Poker Run Contest, where the First Place winner receives a $500.00 check. On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., vehicles compete for the Loudest and Best-Sounding engine at the Open Header Contest and Cruise, which leaves echoes and rattled windows throughout the city.

Visit event sponsors during the Rendezvous for more fun and prizes. The Stater Bros. booth at Court Street Square features activities, live entertainment, celebrity autograph signings and more. Drop by the Firestone booth on 3rd Street and D Street to enter the Firestone Choice Award where one lucky vehicle participant, cruising on Firestone Tires, receives a $5,000.00 prize. American Graffiti stars Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins will be in The Sun newspaper booth signing autographs.

Come celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile in downtown San Bernardino, California!

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