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1st Annual U.S. Route 6 Weekend


Page 4 Annual U.S. Route 6 Providence to Provincetown weekend, launched through the initiative of 10 car clubs that conduct


cruise and car show events along the Massachusetts stretch of America’s longest U.S. highway, well, the second longest since 1953, was successfully completed on Oct. 6 & 7. The belief of everyone involved is you WILL get twice the kicks on Route 6 despite U.S. Route 66 getting all the recognition as America’s iconic highway by auto enthusiasts who place travelling its length on their


bucket lists. Besides that, U.S. Route 6 is in our back yard.


This inaugural cruise, conceived two years ago and sparked by the U.S. Tourist Association’s Massachusetts Executive Director Don Doucette, was later followed up with an initial meeting of several car clubs led by Bob Bramwell and his Cuz’s Club in April of 2012 along with representatives from the Downshifters, Bay State Street Machines, Bristol County Street Rods, Mass Cruisers and Mass Corvette auto clubs to get support for placing this weekend cruise event on their upcoming fall calendars. As follow-up meet- ings progressed, each time with additional clubs getting on board with the planning, the 1st


annual PTown cruise was final launched


from the Seekonk Rally point at the Sam’s Club parking lot on Saturday morning October 6 with 13 cars starting off at 8:30 am. As the cruise progressed along Route 6 through Fall River & New Bedford, additional cars from rally points in Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Mattapoisett joined in with more than 60 cars heading into Bourne on Route 6 to the Buzzards Bay RR Bridge park where they were to be joining additional Route 6 Tourians coming from the north and west for a planned Factory Five Racing hosted pit stop with refreshments. Unfortunately, this was the only glitch on the cruise weekend when a group running 5 & 10K benefit races that had not reserved parking spaces at the park with the Chamber of Commerce took over all available parking leaving no room for


our planned coffee break.


Fortunately, Mass Cruisers member Bob Wood stopped by early and gave us the heads up by cell phone about the parking conflict. Bob posted himself there, as he does directing traffic at our Bass Pro Shops cruise nights, redirecting everyone to continue on to the next rally points at the West Barnstable RR Station off Rte. 6A and the Centerville Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Factory Five had to return its big rig back to their facility in Bourne for two groups with previously scheduled plant tours that morning so nothing was really lost except the opportunity for some disappointed cruise participants who wanted to see their big rig show display and enjoy the pit stop. Both the West Barnstable and Centerville Rally Points worked out well handling all the


Route 6 Tourians that stopped in before lunch.


Bob Bramwell had travelled ahead earlier to set up his 33 ft. motor home at the Provincetown Province Lands Visitor Center at Race Point as the cruise destination HQ where 200 Route 6 Tourians ultimately checked in and received their Factory Five Racing sponsored dash plaques and signed certificates of completion. The weather and location proved to be a perfect Rally Point for eve- ryone to relax, listen to music provided by Bob and enjoy the views before heading off to Provincetown and hotels later in the


afternoon.


Author Joe Hurley and his wife Pat along with Don Doucette and his wife Nancy had joined with the cruise participants in Seekonk for their first ever cruise event. Joe set up a table at the Province Lands cruise central HQ autographing copies of his “10 Million Steps of Route 6” book and answering questions about his 3,400 mile coast-to-coast trek across America on foot. The answer to


how many pairs of shoes he wore out was 6 but you’ll have to buy his book to find out who his inspiration was for this journey.


Everyone was on their own Saturday night with some coming back to the Province Lands cruise central HQ Sunday morning to share stories of their overnight adventures while others like myself took the slow ride back home along the Old King’s Highway, Route 6A, a truly beautiful American treasure with hidden jewels to be discovered and historical landmarks and vistas begging to be photographed. There will be a follow up debriefing meeting of the club representatives before winter sets in and our memories fade to formulate what worked well and what needs to be changed for next year’s cruise weekend. I can’t wait to repeat this cruise


next October as many others had also expressed afterwards. Pictures of the cruise are on page 8


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