West Coast Challengers once again attended the annual Tour d’Orange, a local cruise event with over 500 cars of all makes and models, from exotic cars to hot rods to our Dodge Challengers. Taking place on New Years’ Day, the Tour d’Orange is notably the first car event of the year. This being the fourth year attending for the club, we have it seen it grow from a few hundred cars to over 500 this year.

A little over 40 club members put off the holiday cheer this year so that they could wake early in the morning for the event. So large was our club showing this year, that we had to arrange a special staging area for them all. Last year we took up an entire city block while staging, so this year was definitely larger than that.

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Meeting up nearby, at what seemed like the crack of dawn, club members took over the parking lot and visited with each other while waiting for the rest to arrive.

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Once everyone was present and accounted for, the club members caravanned to our reserved staging area for the event. After parking, the club members then took off in various directions to take in all of the various makes and models of cars that attend the event each year.

Tour d'Orange 2014

Tour d'Orange 2014

Tour d'Orange 2014

Tour d'Orange 2014

This event never disappoints and the variety of cars never ceases to amaze us. If it runs and rolls, it shows up at the event.

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At 9:00 am, 500 cars in the staging lanes began to roll out and onto the highways. Trying to get a group as large as us to merge with traffic always poses a challenge but one we have overcome with years of experience and often rolling with much larger club caravans.

A rival Dodge Challenger club decided to make an appearance for the first time this year and immediately got lost — over and over again. It seemed every time we would come across them, their members kept merging with our caravan obviously wanting to get to the final destination without getting lost anymore. At one point, we came across them stopped right in the middle of the highway with their club members out of their cars causing a very dangerous situation.

The route for the cruise takes participants down to the Pacific Coast Highway and into the seaside cities of Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. A left turn later, we were heading north through Laguna Canyon, and then worked our way north towards through the cities of Irvine, Lake Forest and Mission Viejo before entering Modjeska and Silverado Canyons. A beautiful drive that club members love to do on their own on off weekends.

The final destination is In-N-Out Burger in Tustin, CA, where the club members get together and share their pictures and experiences regarding the cruise over lunch. A great event to be sure and one that the club members look forward to each year.

More pictures from the 2014 Tour d’Orange cruise event can be found in our Club Photo Gallery.

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