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VW & OLD ROUTE 66 MURAL AT TNT ENGINEERING
painted by Bob Waldmire in Kingman, Arizona
Photographed by Gerald Thurman of Tempe, Arizona

Here is an interesting example of a mural that has been "improved" with time. We still like the earlier version taken in May, 2004 which shows the juxtaposition of a vintage VW bus similar to the one shown in the mural. This mural can be found at the TNT Automotive Machine Shop on historic Route 66 in downtown Kingman (535 East Andy Devine Avenue).

11/19/06 Update: Michael Bates of Tulsa, Oklahoma met Bob Waldmire, the creator of this mural, at the Rock Café, a famous route 66 roadside diner in Stroud, Oklahoma. A noted artist and a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, Waldmire has been creating Route 66-themed art for over four decades. He drives a vintage VW bus and has been credited with being the inspiration for the character "Fillmore," the hippie van in the animated movie Cars. According to Bates, the artist considers the mural in Kingman incomplete and expects to return and add some more detail some time in the future. He has been known to barter repair work on his 1972 VW for additional work on this mural. In addition to his love of Route 66, the artist has high appreciation for Ford Mustangs, and his Web site is very interesting. For more about Bates' encounter with Waldmire, click here.

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Photographed by Gerald Thurman, June 2, 2006
Posted on RoadTrip America 9/06

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