This week's winner is David Sills of South Bend, Ind., who took Indiana Auto and RV along on a trip to Santa Monica, Calif. He is shown at the end of the trail of Route 66. He started in Chicago and drove Route 66 as much as possible to the end. He is shown on the right with a copy of the popular magazine. Mike Metcalfe of Osceola is on the left. Both are members of the Michiana Corvette Club.
The two men drove the route in Metcalfe's 2010 Grand Sport Corvette. The trip took 19 days and was 5,800 miles. The gentlemen spent 10 days visiting along Route 66 with side trips including the Miraculous Staircase at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, N.M., and visiting the southern rim of the Grand Canyon.
Metcalfe is a Navy veteran so the men also went to San Diego to visit the decommissioned USS Midway aircraft carrier. In Fallbrook, Calif., they met former South Bend resident Larry Feece. Feece has a good friend named Jay, who owns an exotic car and motorcycle collection as well as steam engines and steam cars in Burbank. Feece took the men to see the collection and meet Jay Leno.
They spent three days in Las Vegas, went through Denver and the Rocky Mountains before heading home.
They were told that 70 percent of the travelers on Route 66 are from Europe and they talked with people from there. Europeans get four weeks vacation so many spend time in America.