The 26th annual motor tour of the Route 66 Association of Missouri — Hub and Spoke Tour: Hot Rods and Cool Caves — is planned for Sept. 11-13 along the Mother Road in Missouri.hub-and-spoke-logo

This may be the first “hub and spoke” format motor tour ever held on Historic Route 66. The “hub” for the weekend of Missouri Historic Route 66-focused travel and fun will be St. Robert.

One “spoke” will be a trip to Strafford and back, and the other “spoke” will be a trip to Leasburg. After 25 successful one-way motor tours, this new format should be exciting for all tourists.

Everyone will get to appreciate the beauty of the Ozarks that makes traveling Historic Route 66 in Missouri so special. On Friday, Sept. 11, motor tour check-in will be from 4-10 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Ft. Leonard Wood/St. Robert. The motel is holding a block of rooms until Aug. 21. For reservations, tourists must contact the motel directly at (573) 336-3355 and mention the motor tour.

Guides identifying places to visit and sights to see, including activities and things to do in Waynesville/St. Robert, will be provided. Driving instructions will also be provided. Each paid registration will receive a dash plaque and window decal. T-shirts and other memorabilia will be available for purchase. A mini-tour will be held that evening.

On Saturday Sept. 12, check-in will resume at 8 a.m. After departing at 9 a.m., the motor tour will follow the westward “spoke” to Bushmaster’s Rockin’ Race Place outside Strafford to view an interesting collection of hot rods, race cars, and racing memorabilia. There will be a $10 admission fee to tour the museum. As always, tourists can create their own itinerary and stop anywhere they like.

At the banquet room of the Hampton Inn that evening, a hearty and delicious meal of fried chicken and roast beef with all the trimmings will be served. Details regarding the evening’s activities will be announced later.

On Sunday Sept. 13, a non-denominational service will be held at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn. The motor tour will depart at 9 a.m. and follow the eastward “spoke” to Onondaga Cave State Park outside Leasburg. On the way, the owner of Belmont Vineyards and Winery outside Leasburg will provide a complimentary tour of the operation. However, tourists may choose to stop anywhere they like.

The motor tour will end with a box lunch at the picnic pavilion inside Onondaga Cave State Park. Either before or after lunch, tourists may tour Onondaga Cave, a unique Missouri show cave, at a special group rate of $10 offered only on this day.

Visit www.missouri66.org to download a registration form, find more details, or check for updates. Or visit on Facebook at facebook.com/missouri66. For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Robert Schulz at schulz@htc.net or (618) 799-8021, or Tommy Pike at furyon66@earthlink.net or (417) 865-1318.

Completed registration forms and payment for registration and meals must be received by Aug. 21. Meals cannot be reserved after that date.