Ala. men hope Route 66 trip on CNG proves a point

ARCADIA, Okla. (AP) - Two Alabama men hope their trip down old U.S. Highway 66 encourages people not just to be nostalgic, but to consider what they see as the future of vehicle fuels.

Mark McConville and Keith Barfield of Birmingham are making the 2,450-mile journey from Santa Monica, Calif., to Chicago in a candy-apple red 1966 GTO that's been converted to run on compressed natural gas, or CNG.

The men started what they dubbed as the "Drive to Inspire" on June 27, passed through Oklahoma on Thursday and Friday and plan to finish their trip on July 4.

Their ultimate goal is to win converts to the cause of using CNG as a vehicle fuel in the U.S., where it has yet to significantly catch on as an alternative to gasoline.

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