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Gypsy The Route 66 Panel Truck

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…

Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck sitting on the corner in Winslow Arizona

But on closer inspection, the 1941 Chevy Panel Truck known as “Gypsy” transforms into something truly special.

Richard pointing out the mural on his 1941 Panel Truck, Gypsy

This one-inch stripe around the circumference of the panel isn’t any old stripe. Look closer now.

1" mural of Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck driving route 66

That stripe is a mural depicting Gypsy traveling Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica.

1" mural showing Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck driving along route 66

There are scenes in a Kansas tornado.

Kansas scene on mural Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck

And of Richard changing a flat tire in Arizona.

Route 66 mural on Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck

All created by artist Jim Pearson based on a Route 66 Calendar the Figveds had.

Gypsy and her Owners

Richard and Debbie Figved standing next to Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck in Winslow Arizona

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
Photo of Richard Figved behind the wheel of Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck

The couple believes classics should be driven not trailered.

No trailer sticker on Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck

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.

Car show placards inside Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck

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.

Interior of Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck

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.

Gypsy the Route 66 Panel Truck in Winslow Arizona

Until next time…

Take it Easy


Celebrate the 4th in Winslow!

Flyer for Winslow Freedom Fun Festival

And tonight…

WINSLOW’S FAMOUS

FIREWORKS SHOW!!

Northern Arizona’s Largest Display of Fireworks!

Volunteers are already up and working to put on the very best show around.

8:30 PM · Emil Nasser Stadium 

See you there!!


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