Thirty years later, I finally got the legendary artist Tim Prythero to do an homage to my father's gas station on Hilltop in Kingman, circa 1957. I first saw his work in a New Mexico magazine many years ago and swore, someday I would get him to do my dad's gas station. The years went by and I never could find the time or a way to contact the artist (typically, after several moves, I forgot his name, and lost the magazine). Well, last year, when Kathy and I were in Santa Fe for the taping of the second season of "Gunslingers" we visited the New Mexico Museum of Art and I saw one of his Route 66 Curios pieces and there was his name. A simple Google search later, I captured his gallery and the next thing I knew, Tim was working from photos of Al Bell's Flying A from "The 66 Kid." Here is a sneak peek (it's not quite finished):
"Fill it with 100+ Octane, ma'am?"
—Standard greeting for every car that pulled onto the tarmac at Al Bell's Flying A