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Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:05 am

ABE GETS HIS KICKS

If there’s one fact about Abe Lincoln that everyone remembers, it’s that he loved cars. Okay, that’s not really true. Although a steam-powered precursor to the modern car was invented in 1769, the first president to ride in an automobile was William McKinley in 1899. Still, Abe’s surname graces the Lincoln line of cars, and his sizeable intellect probably would have been drawn to the technology that makes cars work. (Lincoln is the only president to hold a patent, by the way.) All of this is to say that Abe Lincoln is going to be the special guest at the Route 66 Mother Road Festival on Sept. 23, where he’s slated to do a nasty burnout in a souped-up ride to showcase the festival’s Muscle Car Performance Burnout competition. This year is the festival’s 15th anniversary and the 90th anniversary of Route 66, which ran through Springfield along various routes from 1926 until it was supplanted by Interstate 55 during the 1960s. The festival runs Sept. 23-25 in downtown Springfield. Get details at www.route66fest.com.

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