Cool cars cruise into the capital city this weekend

Get ready, Springfield. Hundreds of street machines, muscle cars and hot rods will rumble into the heart of the capital city starting Friday. They will be followed by thousands of spectators for a weekend of family fun, live music and entertainment. The festival, in its 22nd year, starts Friday with the Route 66 City Nights Cruise, which begins at the Capital City Shopping Center at 6 p.m. Cruisers travel west on Stevenson Drive and then north on Sixth Street to downtown. Several downtown streets will be closed for the festival, which features hundreds of classic cars on display from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Judging will take place Saturday in various categories. Not only cars will be on display; vintage campers will be parked at Fourth and Washington streets. Also, the popular burnout competition is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Seventh and Washington streets. "My Classic Car" host Dennis Gage will check out the vehicles on Saturday.

International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Fri.-Sun., Sep. 22-24

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