My pics from 6th annual "Tour d’Orange"

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  • #126764
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    A bunch of Z owners in SoCal participated in this year’s “Tour d’Orange”, a long drive routed through OC from the ocean to the mountains. It’s open to all cars and generally draws the same sorts that attend Cars & Coffee. The event was posted on several BMW boards, but mostly it was Zs that showed up. It seems strange to me that driving around at mostly legal speeds could actually be fun (I’m more of a speed demon), but the atmosphere and HUGE mix of cars made it very interesting. The trip started at http://www.bench-racing.com and ended at a mall for lunch and an impromptu car show. Below are my pics.

    It was very foggy when I left at 7am:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/1_Drive%20to%20lineup/CIMG5943.JPG[/IMG]

    Heading down the 55:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/1_Drive%20to%20lineup/CIMG5946.JPG[/IMG]

    Pulling into the 3-row-deep car lineup:
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    The other Zs, lining up for the drive:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/CIMG5953.JPG[/IMG]

    Parked, waiting for more cars (ended up with 4 rows, a good 40+ cars in each). This shot is less than 1/2 way to the back:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/CIMG5956.JPG[/IMG]

    Next to me a GT40, behind me a 2nd-gen Viper:
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    More Zs:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7503.JPG[/IMG]

    Z, Vette and Triumph:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/mages/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7506.JPG[/IMG]

    My first up-close look at a Z4 Coupe in the wild:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7512.JPG[/IMG]

    From the front of the Z lineup, but you can’t see to the end:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7513.JPG[/IMG]

    A Plymouth’s grill:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7517.JPG[/IMG]

    More Zs:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7518.JPG[/IMG]

    A few of the 10 or so Minis that showed up:
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    BMW and Mopar:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7525.JPG[/IMG]

    Remember when interiors looked this classy (maybe without the dice)?
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7529.JPG[/IMG]

    And when cars had hips?
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7530.JPG[/IMG]

    Z4 Coupe owner checking out my MC, and toward the end of the rows:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7537.JPG[/IMG]

    #130789
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    Closeups of the GT40:
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    Remember when knockoffs meant race wheels that needed a hammer to be removed, not of a cheap clone of a good wheel?
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7543.JPG[/IMG]

    Another beautiful Vette:
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    ’40 Ford Woody, ’60s 911 and ’08 Challenger:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7570.JPG[/IMG]

    Whale tail and Mustang Bullit:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7576.JPG[/IMG]

    Lotus 7? I have no idea. But it’s light!
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7580.JPG[/IMG]

    A proper flathead-powered Ford roadster:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7581.JPG[/IMG]

    Vette, Viper GTS and 350Z:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7585.JPG[/IMG]

    From the back of the lines:
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    From my MC forward, about ready to start the drive:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/2_Morning%20lineup/IMG_7551.JPG[/IMG]

    #130790
    Anonymous
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    Heading out on the drive:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5960.JPG[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5962.JPG[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5966.JPG[/IMG]

    Turning toward the freeway:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5972.JPG[/IMG]

    Being tailed by a Z3 M Coupe and Viper:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5976.JPG[/IMG]

    BMWs and others:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5978.JPG[/IMG]

    Briefly on the 55 again:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5980.JPG[/IMG]

    Still foggy:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5983.JPG[/IMG]

    This is my favorite picture from the event. Modern and classic, domestic and imported. It was a truly surreal experience being part of a massive moving car show.
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG5993.JPG[/IMG]

    More:
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    Coming up on the site of the original Cars & Coffee in Crystal Cove:
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    Cruising PCH with some classic Porches:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6032.JPG[/IMG]

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    In this shot you can see just a small portion of the huge mass of participants:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6038.JPG[/IMG]

    More Zs:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6039.JPG[/IMG]

    Through the hills northwest of Laguna:
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    #130791
    Anonymous
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    Entering Laguna Beach:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6049.JPG[/IMG]

    Through Laguna, before the town wakes:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6051.JPG[/IMG]

    North of Laguna the fog melted away into bright sunshine:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6062.JPG[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6064.JPG[/IMG]

    Closer to Irvine the fog came back:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6069.JPG[/IMG]

    Passed by a group of Mustangs:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6070.JPG[/IMG]

    Hitting the El Toro offramp and heading inland:
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    Hitting the canyon:
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    Pimping SpeedVentures in the mirror:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6104.JPG[/IMG]

    #130792
    Anonymous
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    Through the trees to Cook’s Corner:
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    Cook’s Corner:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6142.JPG[/IMG]

    Moving closer to Orange:
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    Our caravan’s fearless leader, Luca, and his Z3:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6167.JPG[/IMG]

    Some Minis catching up as we approach the car show:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/3_The%20drive/CIMG6173.JPG[/IMG]

    #130793
    Anonymous
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    Parked at the car show:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7596.JPG[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7601.JPG[/IMG]

    Minis and CF:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7603.JPG[/IMG]

    Mini car, monster horns:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7607.JPG[/IMG]

    The Mini lineup:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7608.JPG[/IMG]

    Cool plate and car:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7616.JPG[/IMG]

    ’65 Mustang set up for the track:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7618.JPG[/IMG]

    The obligatory “Where’s Mad Dog” pic, since he didn’t show for the meet:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7620.JPG[/IMG]

    A pair of 427 Cobras:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7621.JPG[/IMG]

    A lineup of CSLs:
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    The original BMW Motorsports logo:
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    A older 2000CS:
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    Z3 MC closeup:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7677.JPG[/IMG]

    As usual, the last cars remaining:
    [IMG]http://www.myz4mcoupe.com/images/Misc/09,01-01,%20Tour%20d%27Orange%20drive/4_Lunch%20meet/IMG_7671.JPG[/IMG]

    #130794
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Great Pics! I didnt know about this…. When and where was this?

    #130795
    Anonymous
    Guest
    YOUZZI;13751 wrote:
    Great Pics! I didnt know about this…. When and where was this?

    -It was New Years Day, morning, and the start point was in Irvine.

    #130796
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Wow! Looks like a blast! Thanks for the pics!

    #130807
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Looks fun! Wish we had these roads in NV.

    #130797
    Anonymous
    Guest
    NevadaJoe;13841 wrote:
    Looks fun! Wish we had these roads in NV.

    There are great roads in NV! Just in my short time around LV I’ve been introduced to several that are much more fun to drive than most of the OC roads, and less crowded.

    #130798
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Thanks for sharing the pics !! Nice write up as well. I enjoyed the event, what a way to start off the New Year. IMHO, it is one thing to have all those great cars parked in one spot and another to cruise the streets with all those beauties. Thanks to Bench Racing for yet another well thought out event !!!! This was my second year attending.

    #130799
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Awesome that the sun came out….must have been a great drive.

    #130800
    Anonymous
    Guest
    500;14099 wrote:
    Awesome that the sun came out….must have been a great drive.

    -Yeah, even in a caravan it was pretty fun. What sticks with me most is the “happening” of it, more than just the roads.

    #130808
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    So kewl! I won’t miss this next year.

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