Except for Manhattan, there may be no settlement in America more inimical to the automobile than Provincetown. (Try driving down Commercial on a Saturday evening in summer. Drop me a line if you ever get to the West End.) What are we to make of the fact that at the gateway formed by Commercial and Bradford Streets, visitors have long been greeted by an automotive service center? In the ’30s, it was a Socony outlet (pictured). By the ’50s, it was a Texaco dealership run by Manuel Peters, succeeded by Joe Peters. Beginning in 1983, Todd Henning ran it as Todd’s Repair Service. It is currently Rego Automotive, under Josh Rego, a skilled machinist.
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