European Jaguar Club in Elk City, Oklahoma
The pull that Route 66 exerts on the popular imagination isn’t felt only in the United States. Far from it. According to the staff at the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma, most of the visitors they see coming through their doors hail from abroad.
On Saturday, it was a stopping point for a cross-country rally sponsored by a Jaguar Club from Europe.
In all, 66 cars — all shipped to the United States by boat — had entered the rally. The two-person teams in each car had paid 6,000 euros each (about $8,000) for the excursion, which began in May 9 in New York, where their cars arrived by boat, and will end on May 30 in Los Angeles.
Jean Van Der Elt, 60, and his wife Isabella, 43, from Ghent, Belgium, were making the coast-to-coast trek in in their red 1956 Jaguar 140 XK — one of three Jaguars the Van Der Elt’s own.
So far, the 66 cars in the rally hadn’t had suffered any serious mechanical breakdowns during the jaunt — “just the kind of things you expect with an old car,” Jean said.
“There’s always something,” Jean said. “Overheating. Carburetion.It’s a little warmer here than in Belgium.”