New Mexico Debuts First-Ever Route 66 Motor Tour

Tour set to take place from July 23-25

By: By Kerry Tiedeman

The Route 66 Association of New Mexico is celebrating its dedication to the education, preservation and promotion of historic Route 66 with its first-ever New Mexico Route 66 Motor Tour.

From July 23-25, up to 150 vehicles — automobiles, motorcycles, travel trailers and bicycles — will ride along Route 66 from Tucumcari, N.M., to Gallup, N.M. The tour is not a race, and participants are encouraged to stop along the way for car shows, sidewalk sales, barbecue cook-offs and other planned festivities.

“Our intent is to promote tourism by showcasing New Mexico’s segment of the Mother Road and the communities it passes through,” said Vickie Ashcraft, president of the Route 66 Association of New Mexico. “This is a great way to see the scenery and meet the friendly people of our Route 66 communities.”

Tour participants will be able to register on July 23 in Tucumari. The tour begins on July 24 by heading West, following the old Route 66 alignment. That day, road-trippers will be able to stop in Albuquerque and take part in the annual Neon Cruise to Nob Hill. There, a section of Central will be closed off for Route 66 Days and Nights, an event featuring car shows, live music, vendors and other entertainment. The following day, July 25, drivers will continue heading West to Gallup, where Native American Dancers, prizes and awards await them.

New Mexico Route 66 Association


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