Monday, August 16, 2010

Unique Road Side Auto Shops

While visiting some friends outside of St. Louis recently, I came across a couple of unique automotive shops off of the I-44. I had passed them on my way out of town and made sure to stop by again on my way back into the city. What made the stops unique were that the owners of each place were both customers of California Car Cover, so it was nice to meet them.

The first stop was Route 66 Motors in Rolla, MO. It is a small car lot that specializes in classic and project cars for sale. As you can see in the photos, there are a few cool cars on hand, all in various states of completion. It is owned by Wayne Bales, who has been a classic car fan all of his life. The open air garage has a nice collection of road side relics and signs.

My favorite item in his shop was this Pepsi sign. It shows the distances in miles from Rolla, MO to various cities across the country.

If you ever find yourself on the I-44 in Rolla, be sure to stop by and check out Route 66 Motors.
12661 Old Hwy 66
Rolla, MO 65401
Our next stop was Flying A Motorsports, which is just down the road in Cuba, MO. The replica Flying A gas station is what caught my eye from the highway, so I just had to stop in and see what they had inside. The company specializes in enclosed trailer and toter home sales, but I was most interested in the gas pumps and old signs.

We walked into the store and started talking cars and bikes. Soon we found out that they were customers of ours. It is a pretty small world when you happen to find friends and customers while out on vacation. Alan Cape from Flying A has known my father for many years, so it was nice to talk shop and cars with him before we had to head back out on the road.

They suggested we ride these bikes into St. Louis instead of our rental car. Too bad there was no place for our luggage.

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