Happy 4th of July!
Today is the day we all love to express our freedom. One of the coolest ways to do that is to hop in a classic American car and cruise Route 66, like Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck recently did. On first glance, the robin’s egg blue panel truck is clearly a beauty…
But on closer inspection, the 1941 Chevy Panel Truck known as “Gypsy” transforms into something truly special.
This one-inch stripe around the circumference of the panel isn’t any old stripe. Look closer now.
That stripe is a mural depicting Gypsy traveling Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica.
There are scenes in a Kansas tornado.
And of Richard changing a flat tire in Arizona.
All created by artist Jim Pearson based on a Route 66 Calendar the Figveds had.
Gypsy and her Owners
Twenty-three years ago, Richard and Debbie Figved–owners of That Trophy Shop in Rio Rancho New Mexico–went on the hunt for a classic car.
I went to an old car junk in Albuquerque looking for a car but this truck kept calling me back to her so she came home and, with three years of work, we had a finished truck.Richard Figved
The couple believes classics should be driven not trailered.
They take Gypsy on sightseeing tours all over the place, like this trip from Albuquerque to Sedona, Williams, and Showlow and back, plus they regularly take her to car shows all over the country as evidenced by the many placards inside the rear doors of the panel.
Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck
But the Mother Road is clearly their favorite. Even the interior is a testament to their love of Route 66.
Many thanks for cruising Route 66 to Winslow Arizona and sharing your special Route 66 Panel Truck with us! Keep on living that Gypsy life.
Until next time…
Take it Easy
Celebrate the 4th in Winslow!