Participants in the inaugural Route 66 Motor Tour will arrive Friday in Tucumcari.
Forty people pre-registered for the three-day tour along Route 66 from Tucumcari to Gallup, said Vickie Ashcraft, president of the New Mexico Route 66 Association.
Ashcraft said the New Mexico Route 66 Association is sponsoring the tour to encourage people to explore communities along America’s Main Street. She said travelers can stop wherever and whenever you want; take time to enjoy New Mexico’s beautiful scenery and hospitality.
“I am expecting a good turnout for this event, “ Ashcraft said. “This is the type of event that will build year after year.”
Friday, the 23 travelers will register from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Safari Motel. They will be given registration packets stuffed with goodies, coupons and a travelogue to guide.
The packet will include a last minute “up to date” itinerary with all the must see stops.
Saturday morning the tour will begin at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Anyone still needing to check in can do so there.
The tour is self paced and stops along the route will have barbecues, car shows, sidewalk sales, a neon cruise, passport stops and more.
Once settled in Albuquerque, Route 66 will be closed off at Nob Hill for a stop and stroll event and those wanting to participate in the tenth annual Neon Cruise will gather on the west side at Enchanted Trails and parade down the Mother Road.
Sunday the tour will leave from Route 66 Casino and journey through the desert southwest on the way to Gallup.
The tour is then wrapped up at the historic El Morro Theater with awards, raffle prizes and Indian Dances at the Courthouse Square.
Advanced registration is $35 or $45 on the day of the tour. Anything with wheels is welcome — classic or contemporary, car motorcycle, travel trailer.