Local automobile enthusiasts will greet a 75-year-old Ford Deuce Coupe Roadster at the Coleman Theatre today as part of a promotional celebration of the Kit-Kat Klock, itself a 75-year-old icon.
“We've been a Route 66 company for all of our existence,” said Woody Young, owner of the clock company and a deuce coupe collector. “We just thought it would be a great way to celebrate the anniversary.”
Young, 63, started out on the 75-day tour June 21 in Santa Monica, Calif., and hopes to finish Labor Day in Chicago after traveling the length of Route 66. The highway has long connected Chicago with Los Angeles and points in between. Today, Route 66 is a nostalgic travel route for three generations of Americans who used the highway for vacations or as a route from small midwestern towns and farms to prosperous and sunny California.
“Like many other Americans, we've traveled Route 66 many times as a family,” Young said. “Route 66 is such an American tradition and we're a 100-percent American company, so we thought why not do it again.”
Young and his deuce coupe should arrive at Miami's Coleman Theatre at approximately 3 p.m. today, according to Amanda Davis, program director with the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Young is travelling with a 75 inch or 6-foot, 3-inch tall Kit-Kat Klock. The clock will be on display for public viewing when he is in town.
“People just love to have their picture taken with it,” he said.
Once here, Young and those traveling with him are expected to tour the Coleman Theatre, meet with members of local car clubs and have supper at the Pizza Hut Express.
“After that, I think what I'd like to do is take an evening cruise with the car clubs,” Young said. “ I think that would be a fun thing to do.”