The first Rendezvous took place in 1990 at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore with 300 vehicles and about 4,000 spectators enjoying the cars. A cruise down “E” Street and a concert were highlights of that first event.
In 1991, the event moved to the National Orange Show grounds and expanded with the help of the Over the Hill Gang.
The Rendezvous moved to the heart of downtown San Bernardino in 1992. That year, more than 700 vehicles filled the streets in celebration of the 66th anniversary of Route 66 “The Mother Road.”
The turning point that put the Rendezvous on the map as a major celebration for nostalgia buffs nationwide came in 1997 when Stater Bros. Markets, a locally owned supermarket chain, came on board as the title sponsor.
In 2011 car buffs from all over the country gathered to get their “Kicks on Route 66” at the four-day and three-night cruisin’ classic car show that encompassed 35 blocks of downtown. Attendance has continued to grow each year with an estimated attendance of over 500,000 at the event.
A highlight of the event was the “2011 Cruisin’ Hall of Fame,” which was established in 1995 by the SBCVB, in conjunction with the City of San Bernardino, to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the uniquely-American automotive cultural phenomenon of cruising.
A landmark area called the “Route 66 Plaza” was created just outside City Hall as a backdrop for the Cruisin' Hall of Fame. A specially designed wall, with a map of "America's Main Street," serves as the actual monument. Every year, a plaque is added to identify new members of the Cruisin' Hall of Fame.
The nominees must fit into one of the following categories: Legendary Builder and/or Designer; Automotive Manufacturer or Specific Vehicle; Entertainment or Media; or Historical/Miscellaneous.
The 2011 Cruisin’ Hall of Fame Inductees