In what has become an annual event for the club, West Coast Challengers celebrated the New Year by taking part in the 10th annual Tour d’Orange, a cruise with over 300 cars of all makes and models, from classic Mustangs and Mopars to exotic Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The Tour d’Orange is notably the first car event of the year taking place on New Years Day.

For those club members who celebrated New Years’ Eve and could still manage to roll out of bed in the morning, we met up in Costa Mesa at a local McDonald’s restaurant. Based on our sign-up list, it became evident, some had celebrated the night before maybe a bit too much. Still, 28 club members, shared the morning waking up with coffee and conversation while waiting for the rest to arrive. Club members came as far away as Fresno and Lancaster this year to join the club on the cruise.

This year, with the number of cars that we were bringing along on the cruise with us, the club decided to create a staging area of its own just behind the main staging lanes of the event. Taking up a city block, club member cars were stretched along the street in single file.

At 9:00 am, as soon as we saw the staging lanes begin to move, the club circumvented the main staging area and rolled around the corner onto a parallel street and then onto Red Hill Avenue as one single line of Dodge Challengers with no interruptions in traffic. Once on Red Hill Avenue, the club gave the event coordinators a signal that we were coming and they graciously held one of the staging lanes while we passed by.

Now out and on the route, the cruise took us down to the Pacific Coast Highway and into Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. A left turn later, we were heading through Laguna Canyon, and then worked our way north towards through Irvine, Lake Forest and Mission Viejo.

After about an hour of cruising, we took an off-route pit stop and while there learned that the roads up ahead in the canyon had been closed due to a car having gone off of the road that happened earlier that morning (unrelated to the event or its participants). Sure enough, we saw several cars enter the canyon and a few minutes later return the same way that they came. Watching the accident report updates, club members held up at the pit stop area and waited a bit for the accident to clear as the canyon in front of us were best part of the event and everyone wanted to move forward rather than back track around to some lesser canyons. Based upon what the accident report was reporting as to when the road would re-open, the club sent a runner car up through the canyon and sure enough, the accident report was correct, and the roadway was just being cleared as the runner passed through. A quick phone call and the club members began rolling out from the pit stop area.

After passing through the north canyons, the club worked its way through the streets of Irvine and North Tustin en route to In-N-Out Burger located at the District in Tustin. Once there, the club members headed inside for lunch and some more conversation before calling it a day and heading home after a great day of cruisin’ Orange County.

Here is a short video from the days’ event. Enjoy!

More pictures from the New Years’ Day event can be found in our Club Photo Gallery.

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