West Coast Challengers rang in the New Year by taking part in the much celebrated 9th annual Tour d’Orange, a cruise with over 200 cars of all makes and models, from exotic Lamborghinis and Ferraris to classic Mustangs and Mopars.

Waking early in the morning (for those who had not celebrated too much the night before), the club members met up on Bristol Street in Costa Mesa at a local McDonald’s restaurant. Before long, the club actually took over the parking lot, taking up every available parking space and had to borrow an adjacent parking lot for what seemed like an endless flow of Dodge Challengers coming out of the thick fog.

Club members came as far away as Bakersfield to join the club on the cruise, notably the first car event of the year.

Upon arriving at the staging point for the cruise, the club was directed to a nearby business parking lot, which we quickly filled up. The early morning marine layer of fog was thick and come 9:00 a.m., when the cruise began to roll out, much of it had burned off but not as much as we would have liked.

Once on the road, directions and route in hand, the club headed towards the Pacific Coast Highway via MacArthur Blvd. The roar of countless Hemi engines came to life in unison as speeds quickly picked up. Once into Corona Del Mar, speeds were slowed and a caravan’s nightmare of close distance red lights were encountered. The club members did an excellent job of staying together regardless of what the route threw at them.

Once in Rancho Santa Margarita, the club made an off route, pre-scheduled, pit stop. While parked in a local shopping center parking lot, the club was visited by a Rancho Santa Margarita police officer, who’s dream car coincidentally was the Dodge Challenger. While several club members ran down a laundry list of reasons why he should go buy one, his family situation, sadly, just wouldn’t allow him to do so, but he did stay a while to check them all out. The Deep Water Blue Inaugural Edition 392 was his favorite.

By the time the club rolled into Santiago Canyon, the marine layer had completely burned off and clear skies ruled the rest of the day in what could be compared to a nice summer’s day with temperatures into the 80’s.

After cruising past Cook’s Corner and out of the canyon, the club headed over to In-N-Out Burger in Tustin at The District, where fellow car enthusiasts gathered for the end of the cruise and an impromptu car show.

The 9th annual Tour d’Orange didn’t disappoint again this year, and club members are eager to do it again.

More pictures from the days’ events can be found in our Club Photo Gallery. A video of all of the cars rolling out from the staging area can be seen here as well.

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