Norwegian Tourists get their kicks on Route 66
Did you see that caravan of Mustang convertibles making their way down Route 66 recently? Turns out, they're not from around these parts.
On Saturday, June 8th, a group of Norwegians on a Route 66 junket, stopped in Sapulpa to tour the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum. Rolf Berg, who lives in Levanger, Norway, has been hosting road trips on iconic Rt. 66 since 2003. Mr. Berg rents motorcycles and cars for the tourists who make the round trip journey from Chicago to LA.
The current group is riding motorcycles and driving Mustang and Camaro convertibles. Mr. Berg said the next group will be driving only Mustangs. Berg drives a van towing a trailer with a spare motorcycle and parts, in case of breakdowns.
Mr. Berg told the Sapulpa Times that he was in Chip Foose’s shop when the custom 1965 Chevy Impala that the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum has on display, was being built. The group seemed to thoroughly enjoy the museum and was impressed by Sapulpa’s hospitality.
The tours are conducted from May to October every year. Mr. Berg told the Sapulpa Times that Norwegians, and Europeans, in general, are fascinated by Route 66, thus making Sapulpa part of a popular foreign tourist itinerary. The web address for the tour company is www.route66usa.info It should be noted, however, that the website is in Norwegian.
About the Author
Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.