McJerry66 is your online source for information about the creations of noted Route 66 authority and artist Jerry McClanahan.
66 GTO at Gary's Gay Parita on
May 27, 2014 at 3:36:44 pm
The unveiling of my new painting of Curtis Gobeli's 66 GTO at Gary Turner's Gay Parita Station near Halltown Mo was a lot of fun! We had a nice group of people, and Gary got a kick out of seeing the finished art. Curtis and Kath had driven 66 last summer, when he was 66, and they stopped at Gary's on June 6! All those "66's" led him to commission me to do a painting commemorating his stop and the entire trip (with Route 66 icons hovering around a map of the route and a short history of 66 "floating" in the sky). Curt and Kath (plus friends Paul and Ruth) drove down from Minnesota for the event (Curt again drove his 66 GTO). See my gallery page for info on available signed (by Gary, Curt and me) dated and numbered prints...limited quantities!(note...no more limited edition prints...but I do have regular prints ...not signed by Curt or Gary...but I'll sign them!)
Feb 13, 2014 at 3:15:26 pm
Alexandre and Manuelle sent me a cool little model of a 1963 Citroen 2CV from France as a commemoration of their visit last year. I've got their postcard photo (standing in front of the End of Trail 66 sign at the Santa Monica Pier) but lost the package with their address, so I am thanking them here.
It will be displayed in my gallery...as soon as I finish some remodeling.
Terry Kemp (of Bay City Michigan) sent me a couple of dvds of great photos from his 2013 trip! I met him at Craig Parrish's Joliet to Pontiac tour. Terry has got a sweet yellow 1937 Ford...a real eye dazzler.
And last but not least, Nate "Igor" Smith sent me a copy of his photo book "Get Your Kicks"...number 43 of 250 printed. This is not your fathers Route 66 photo book...I started paging thru it...nice photos of 66 scenes...then I spotted the first NUDE! Yep...Igor photographed models along the Mother Road in various states of disrobement! A well crafted but unusual Route 66 book, for sure. The book is copyright Driven By Boredom Productions from Brooklyn, NY.
Whiting Bros photos. on
Jan 15, 2014 at 6:55:39 pm
Fellow Whiting Bros nut Phil Gordon has had an exemplary website about this long gone Route 66 icon for a while. Now he and I have collaborated on putting up a special section on his website featuring photos that I have taken of surviving stations and ruins back in the 1980s and 1990s.
Check out my page at:
..and Phil's great site at:
NOTE: currently my service provider, ATT is blocking the webege domain due to sites unconnected with Phils'. Hope this gets fixed.
Frontier Motel, Truxton AZ on
Jan 08, 2014 at 6:23:18 am
I got a phone call from New Zealand tour guide Sam Murray, who has bought the closed Frontier Motel and Cafe in Truxton! Renovation of the 7 unit motel is underway, and the cafe will reopen as well....likely in 2014. He also plans to repair the iconic neon sign (which had been repaired with a federal grant some time back but had fallen into disrepair). Sam got the chance to acquire the property almost by accident, as he connected with a relative of the late owner while buying an American car to ship back home. Sounds like he genuinely loves the route and wants to preserve this historic property. He's looking for a couple to lease and run the turnkey cafe and motel (there is a 4 bedroom house too), so here's someone's chance. Sam will be running 3 or 4 tours down 66 each year under the name "Gilligan's Wild West Tours." He also bought an old gas station across the road, which will become a bar. Another example of worldwide interest helping to restore Route 66.
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!)