This is my favorite photo, from my first Route 66 trip back in 2004. I was still shooting film back then. Robert Delgadillo at The Snow Cap Drive-In pulled his father Juan’s famous mustard bottle trick on me. He asked “Would you like mustard with that?” I replied “yes” and he hit me with what I though was mustard, that really made me jump. I asked if he could do it again so I could create a photo. One frame was all I took. I didn’t want to hold up the line and bug him to repeatedly do it. For the rest of the trip I prayed that the image turned out.
When I got back to the darkroom a few weeks later, naturally this was the first roll of film I processed, and created a contact sheet. When I pulled out the loop and looked at the contacts, I couldn’t believe my eyes, the image couldn't have been better if I took 100 more shots! From there, I had the negative scanned and the only the only photoshop work was coloring in the mustard bottle and string to make it pop.
To this day It’s still one of my favorite 66 images I’ve created. Sadly, when I returned 2 years later with a print for Robert, I arrived to find that he had just passed away. However, I left several prints for The Delgadillo family. They have expressed that it’s their favorite images of Robert. It makes me so happy to have created an image that his family treasures. One of the prints actually hangs in the window of The Snow Cap on the west side of the building.
I always look forward to my visit to the Snow Cap, it’s one of the most original and quirkiest places on Route 66. The tradition has been carried on by next 2 generations of Delgadillos that started with Juan Delgadillo started way back in 1954. When your passing though Seligman on your Route 66 trip, make sure you stop here. You won't be disappointed!