and Amphibious All Terrain Vehicles "AATV"
What is a AATV? It's History? Who is behind it now ?
Who started it and why?
6x6 ATV is a unique vehicle with an interesting history, an unusual
demise and one that is making a surprising revival.
The 6x6 was developed
in the early 60's and quickly became popular in both the US and Canada.
By 1970 there were almost 60 companies producing amphibious 6x6 vehicles.
There was even a professional racing association dedicated to the 6x6
which held numerous competions across the country. The 6x6 was almost
a decade old and had firmly established itself as a popular vehicle
to enthusiasts and professionals worldwide. Sears-Roebuck even sold
their own model. Earning it's own classification and even coining the
term ATV (all-terrain vehicle), the 6x6 seemed to have a bright future
in the early 70's. Then three items turned the 6x6 industry on it's
head: the Arab oil embargo that created the "energy crisis",
the introduction of a new 3-wheel vehicle by Honda and the biggest item
was the fact many of these new companys were building and selling inferior
and poorly enginerred machines, this in turn gave the industry a poor
The energy crisis
took it toll on many vehicle companies, but the hardest hit were manufacturers
of recreational vehicles, like motor homes and 6x6 ATVs. New sales plummeted
as Americans and Canadians tightened their collective belts. The nail
in the coffin for the 6x6 ATV industry, however, came from overseas.
Honda Motor Company introduced their 3-wheel "ATC" which sold
for a mere $800. Compared to the 6x6 ATV, which had an average price
of $1500, Honda had cornered the market by introducing a product that
was well below the magic $1000 line. Within a few short years, most
of the 6x6 companies had closed their doors forever. Never in the history
of the motorized vehicle has a successful design disappeared in the
fashion in which the 6x6 industry vanished.
Between 1975 and
1993, little happened in the 6x6 industry. The four surviving companies,
Ontario Drive & Gear, Recreatives Industries, Attex and Hustler
continued to offer their vehicles, upgrade their equipment and introduce
some new models. Attex and Hustler eventually folded in the mid-eighties,
leaving only the Argo and Max as the surviving major players of the
6x6 industry. The 3-wheel Honda heralded a new generation of Quad ATVs
which has since dominated the industry for the past twenty years. Then
starting sometime in 1995, something interesting happened: Quad ATV
sales seemed to reach their peak and many people began to look for the
next thing in ATVs. A whole generation of people now exist that have
never seen a 6x6 and whom are fascinated by this "new" vehicle.
This is easily demonstrable. It happens every time I take out my All
Terrain Vehicle. People point. People smile. People ask questions and
they want to try it. Quads are so common, people don't notice them.
6x6's are so far out, that they are in again.
The future looks
bright for the 6x6. A new company in Canada called Triton has introduced
a new 8x8 called the Predator. Hydrotrax is a new company doing well.
Rumors claim that a company has purchased the tooling from Attex intent
on reintroducing that line. Meanwhile, Max and Argo sales are better
than ever. Maybe we'll see the races come back...in fact we have.
This site was created
as the fruit of frustration, in trying to find information about the
history of the 6x6 and its present state and offerings.
Mission of ROUTE6x6:
- Letting others
know these cool vehicles exist.
- Providing general
and technical information on 6x6 vehicles.
a rider's club for organizing group trips.
- Create a classified
section for used 6x6 ATVs and parts.
- Provide links
to related sites.
- Keep everyone
in touch with each other no matter which machine they have.
If you have any
questions about 6x6 vehicles, send me a note and I'll try to answer.
If you have any information, pictures or links related to 6x6 ATVs,
please let me know. I'd like to add more information to this site. If
you have interesting articles, pictures or ideas for ROUTE6x6. You can
reach me by clicking
Who created ROUTE6x6?
Route6x6 was created
and first posted to the public in mid 1990's by Jeff Baudin
Jeff started the site, out of the fact there was nothing on the web
about these vehicles. Jeff knew there
was interest in these machines and had future insight into the development
of the web. Jeff is owner and founder of MICROMAT,
the developer of APPLE computer utilites software TECH TOOL
Jeff keep ROUTE6x6 for a couple of years, then passed the site to Richard
Clark who has kept it
served to the public.
Route6x6 has been
kept mostly informational, as Richard has also has acommerical site
called RICHARDSRELICS.COM selling
Thanks for visiting
and welcome to Route 6x6!
Richard Clark and
Listed below is a feature index with description
as found on the ROUTE6x6 HOME PAGE
|| A state by state listing of owners and their interest,
You are welcome to list yourself
||Section stating how ROUTE6x6 has been updated lately
|Events and Messages
||Listing of Event, Shows and Rides, also special messages,
Send your EVENT in!
||Latest brochures of new All Terrain Vehicles
||Section where LOTS of information about older machines,
Find your machine in this section
|Blast from the Past
||Articles about the ATV racing from the past
||Small section about some machines from the past, soon
to be combined: Information Bank
||Readers section: RESTORATION, ACTION and GENERAL sections
||Step by step guide: How to repair your machine
||How to take care of your machine by Richard Clark
||Answers to a few questions
||Large collection of magazine articles
||PHOTO ADS of machines for sale, also a text ad section
listed at bottom of the section
||The internets largest Message board for AATV's: Moderated
with over 20,000 messages
||Shop for VIDEOS, MANUALS and T-SHIRTS and more.....
||Real AATV cartoons
||ROUTE6x6's owners personal section about his large
collection of AATV parts FOR SALE
||Links to other 6x6 sites of interest
||Live links to 6x6 videos across the wen, sent in by
ROUTE6x6 is provided for all to enjoy, with NO
POP-UPS, NO EMAIL SPAM
Your email address is NEVER provided to others. the DISCUSSION BOARD
is free and moderated to keep it clean for all to enjoy.
I do have a section called PARTS
FOR ATV'S in which I have available the worlds
largest inventory of new, used and reproduction AATV parts., for all
Thanks and please enjoy ROUTE6x6
Richard Clark: Editor
Richard Cherwak: Classified ad manager
Jim Stopinski Web adminstration
Mike Schnell: Tech manager