West Coast Challengers made its fifth appearance at the annual Tour d’Orange this year. The Tour d’Orange is a local cruise event with several hundred cars of all makes and models participating in a coordinated cruise through the streets and canyons of Orange County. It is also, notably, the first car event of the year.

Club members who put off the holiday cheer the night before and who were willing to brave the very cold morning, woke early to meet up around the corner from the event. This year, we saw many sleep through their alarm clocks and, arriving late, met us in the staging area of the event.

From our meeting location, the club members caravanned over to the staging area for the event. After staging, the club members then took off in various directions to take in all of the various makes and models of cars that attend this event each year.

This event never disappoints and the variety of cars always amazes us. Everything from exotic cars, to race cars, to show cars, to mom’s car shows up at this event each year.

The route for the cruise changed a bit this year and took 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 often do on their own.

The final destination is In-N-Out Burger in Tustin, CA, where the club members get together and share their experiences regarding the cruise over lunch. The club members are already looking forward to the cruise next year.

KABC Channel 7 was once again on hand at the cruise to cover the event.

Drone coverage of the staging area as cars began showing up.

More photos from this cruise event can be found in our club photo gallery.

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