Getting their kicks

More than 50 classic cars and 100 bikers rumbled down Tucumcari's stretch of Route 66 during a pair of weekend events.

Classic cars drive along Route 66 Thursday as a part of the Cruise 66 event for the Wheels on 66 event.

Gatherings for Wheels on 66 and the Mother Road Rally were held in conjunction at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

"It was a good turnout and we definitley got some good groundwork for next year's event," said Kevin Mueller, Wheels on 66 coordinator.

The weekend's festivities were kicked off with the registration of the New Mexico Route 66 Association's 2012 motor tour.

Mueller said the cars participated in a cruise of Route 66 and a horn symphony directed by Route 66 musician Bob Saar.

Later residents gathered at the convention center to meet and speak with several Route 66 authors and artist.

Saars debuted his newest song, "Tucumcari Good," during the social hour.

Route 66 musician Bob Saars sings his new song "Tucumcari Good" Thursday night at the Wheels on 66 event.

The shine and glamour of the classical cars faded as the association continued their tour to Gallup, though the void was quickly filled with the luster and rumble of motorcycles.

"The exact number of bikers we had attending the rally is not known, though we did have 101 register for the poker run," said Rally Coordinator Melissa Foster.

The two-day Rally event was kicked off with a parade on Route 66 and featured vendors, food booths and music.

There was also a car and bike show hosted by the local Rollerz Only car club.

Bikers participated in a poker run and a series of biker games on the second day.

To close out the event a dance was held live music from the Santa Fe based classic rock tribute band Mid Life Crisis.

Bikers on motorcycles lined Route 66 Saturday for the Mother Road Rally.

Trying to beat the heat Debbie McClure and Donna Rivera share a shaved ice treat in a pineapple fruit shell.

Gabriella Gutierrez has little time to react as a water balloon is about to strike the ground near her. Gutierrez was trying to beat the heat playing the Water Wars game Saturday at the Mother Road Rally.

Residents take in a view of the classic cars Thursday at the Tucumcari Convention

Classic cars drive along Route 66 Thursday as a part of the Cruise 66 event for the Wheels on 66 event. More than 50 classic cars were featured.

People view the cars entered in to Saturday's car show at the Mother Road Rally.

Stanley Brown participates in the slow ride, a biker game at the Mother Road Rally Saturday at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

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