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Get Your Kicks on Route 66

There is probably nothing more iconic in relations to American vacation plans than the idea of a “road trip.” And there is probably nothing more spiritually tied to that sojourner’s dream than Route 66, the “Main Street of America.” Indeed, the beauty of this country and the fun of its people are both to be found along this fabled ribbon of asphalt in addition to some “crazy by-way kitsch” that is the source of both memories and amusement.

Join me as I begin this journey and travel this 2,500 mile thoroughfare from Chicago to Santa Monica stopping at many places along the way. In this first piece I pay tribute to the motorcyclist and their modern day iron horses. Look closely in the painting and you might recognize one of film’s earliest two-wheeled rebels as well as a notorious easy rider. I have also placed references to some of the most noted makes of motorcycle for you to discover as you explore my canvas.

My grandfather loved the lure of the open road, a feeling that was translated to my father and uncle and now to me and my own brothers. The joy of the ride is often as satisfying as the destination and so it is in this case. There will be several stops on this trip and further tributes to be paid. In the future you will be invited to America’s drive-in theaters and diners and the great automotive traditions of this county will be explored. Finally I will try to capture the best of the roadside attractions that so fundamentally define this motoring experience. Thank you all for coming and joining my adventure in art!

~ Zac Kinkade

  • Get Your Kicks on Route 66 is the first painting in the Main Streets of America series.
  • The 2,500 mile journey across Route 66 is a “Bucket List” trip for motorcycle riders from the United States and around the world.
  • Each location or sign in Get Your Kicks on Route 66 has a relationship to motorcycle lore and history. Can you find the references to these motorcycle brands: Ace, Harley-Davidson, Honda Rebel, Indian, Norton, Pierce-Arrow, Royal-Enfield, Triumph and Victory?
  • Each of the motorcycles in this painting is representative of a bike style: Antique, Chopper, Cruiser, Dual Sport, Sport, Sport Cruiser, Standard and Touring.
  • Can you find the two classic movie references? Hint: Find the Rebel is Easy.
Title Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Published April 2016
Subject Location Creede, Colorado
Collection Main Street of America I
Classification Zachary Thomas Kinkade

Image Sizes

16" x 20"
24" x 30"

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