ROUTE6x6 and Amphibious All Terrain Vehicles "AATV"

What is a AATV? It's History? Who is behind it now ? Who started it and why?

The 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 reputation.

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 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.
  • Establishing 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 here.

Who created ROUTE6x6?

Route6x6 was created and first posted to the public in mid 1990's by Jeff Baudin in Califorina.
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 PRO

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 6x6 parts.

Thanks for visiting and welcome to Route 6x6!


Richard Clark and Jeff Baudin

Listed below is a feature index with description as found on the ROUTE6x6 HOME PAGE

Owners Registry A state by state listing of owners and their interest, You are welcome to list yourself
What's new Section stating how ROUTE6x6 has been updated lately
Events and Messages Listing of Event, Shows and Rides, also special messages, Send your EVENT in!
New Toys Latest brochures of new All Terrain Vehicles
Information Bank 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
Museum Small section about some machines from the past, soon to be combined: Information Bank
Photo Gallerys Readers section: RESTORATION, ACTION and GENERAL sections
How To Step by step guide: How to repair your machine
Tips How to take care of your machine by Richard Clark
FAQ Answers to a few questions
Memory Lane Large collection of magazine articles
Classifieds PHOTO ADS of machines for sale, also a text ad section listed at bottom of the section
Discussion Board The internets largest Message board for AATV's: Moderated with over 20,000 messages
Shoppe Shop for VIDEOS, MANUALS and T-SHIRTS and more.....
Cartoons Real AATV cartoons
Parts for ATV's ROUTE6x6's owners personal section about his large collection of AATV parts FOR SALE
Links Links to other 6x6 sites of interest
Videos Live links to 6x6 videos across the wen, sent in by Route6x6 readers

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 brands.

Thanks and please enjoy ROUTE6x6

Richard Clark: Editor
Richard Cherwak: Classified ad manager
Jim Stopinski Web adminstration
Mike Schnell: Tech manager


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