Monday, August 16, 2010


Ron M. and I drove up to Afton after my dialysis specifically to meet and greet the intrepid Micro Car group that was due there in the late afternoon. Betty W., her sister Marlene, Tattoo Man, David, Marly, and Michael Wheat and his wife from Pryor, OK were all gathered in anticipation of their arrival.

They were a bit late, but it was well worth the wait. These were very tiny cars that made our Citroen 2cv look like a luxury car! These brave folks have been driving their cute vehicles across Route 66 from Santa Monica to Chicago and enduring intense heat, no air conditioning, and precious little room to stretch out the legs. Nevertheless, they were a very upbeat group, and it was obvious they were having fun. (This has to be true because the "Fun Meter" badges they were wearing had little dials and all of them pointed to "Extremely Fun". LOL) The folks were from many states and several countries. The convoy was followed by a large truck holding two of the vehicles which had experienced some mechanical problems (or perhaps just road weariness) along the way. I found it amazing that the group is on schedule despite a couple of breakdowns. They average a mere 40 mph! Tonight they're in Joplin, MO.

We also had a few other visitors today, all from the U.S., but since it's getting late and because we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, I'm just going to post some photos here so you can see the Micros for yourself. I'm sorry I can't identify each car by make and model, but more info can be found at: Facebook (38) Micros On Route 66


Ken Riches said...

They are so cute :o)

DennyG said...

I've seen one of those cars before. Jeff Lane, of Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, is driving their Fiat 500 on the trip. It's the white car (with the big 'L' on the side) second in line in your first picture. However, the 500 is so big and luxurious that it's not admitted to the museum's own microcar section. That's reserved for cruisers like a 100 cc 401 pound Rolux or a 125 cc 342 pound Mochet.

Anonymous said...

Words cannot begin to express how much I want a tiny car like that.