Route 66 hood from the Roamin Rich Adventure truck auctioned off on Facebook

December 13th, 2016

The Adventure truck sees a lot of wear and tear while it’s taking me to explore the depths of Route 66.  Lots of things on the truck take a beating.  Every so often these consumables need to be replaced… Tires, batteries, wipers, seals, and hoods. – Hoods?!  Yep.  The signature Roamin Rich Route 66 shield that graces the hood

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The late Laurel Kane signs the 1st generation Route 66 adventure truck hood in 2011

of the adventure truck takes a beating.  Tree limbs, bird droppings, hail storms, rocks, you name it.  This being the case I have decided to replace the hood with the 3rd generation.  It will look the same as the 2nd generation hood.  You’re probably thinking… “what about the first generation hood, Rich???”  Answer:  The first generation hood is in my collection.  It not only has the Route 66 shield on it, but it also doubles as a canvas.  Many notable icons of the road have signed and immortalized their being on the adventure truck hood.  It’s a prized possession of mine because some of these legends that have signed the hood are no longer with us.  When the time is right, the first generation hood will be displayed at a museum for all to enjoy.

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First generation Route 66 hood from the Roamin Rich adventure truck

I wanted to give my special roadie friends the opportunity to own the 2nd generation hood.  So on December 1st, 2016 I announced that the hood was available to anyone that would in consideration donate a sizable amount of money towards the Save the Meramec River bridge campaign.  This campaign targets the old reverse truss bridge east of Eureka that used to serve the ghost community of Times beach and most recently the Route 66 State Park. However the bridge has been stripped of its deck and threatened with being dismantled if a new owner doesn’t step up to take possession.

The 2nd generation hood ready for its new home at the Elbow Inn in Devil's Elbow, MO

The 2nd generation hood ready for its new home at the Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow, MO

 
The reaction to my offering went over well and I had multiple responses with good offers.  Scott and Lisa Rogers from Elkhart, Indiana stepped up and pledged $1,000.00 to the GoFundMe campaign designated for the Meramec River Bridge!  There’s your winner folks!  What a great gesture from Scott and Lisa!  They weren’t done yet though…. as an added bonus, they decided to pay it forward and donate the hood the Terry Roberson’s Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow, MO.  The idea was well received.
Terry is honored and excited to accept the hood on behalf of Scott and Lisa Rogers. Their generous donation towards the Save the Meramec River Route 66 Bridge – Missouri campaign allowed them to take possession of my Route 66 hood that has been up and down the Route numerous times since 2012. Many of those trips include shield painting on the road and have been depicted at Hooked on Route 66. Thanks everyone for your involvement and I look forward to seeing you all down the road!
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The first generation hood in the Roamin Rich collection.

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