The weather looked a bit iffy, but it held off, making the first ever Orange Blossom Tour a complete success. Traveling from Amelia Island, the morning after the famed concours event, of the same name and ending in Sebring five days later, just in time for the famous 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, this tour for classic cars was a lot of fun.
Hosted by the staff of Classic Motorsports, this tour featured cars from as far away as California and raised nearly $2000 for the Amelia Island Foundation to benefit Hospice.
Sponsored by Bridgestone Tire, Mazda and Heacock Classic Insurance, drivers averaged over150 miles per day for five days with only two minor mechanical difficulties, that were easily remedied by Classic Motorsports staffers.
Popular stops included the Brumos Porsche Collection, an eco-tour on the Dora Cannel and the highlight of the tour for most participants, hot laps in their cars on the high banks at Daytona.
Evenings were no time to slow down, as Peter Brock entertained entrants one evening with his exploits at Shelby, General Motors and BRE Racing and Bill Warner of Amelia Island Concours fame, had entrants laughing another night with tales of the first Cannonball event.
Special guests included Group 44 legends Bob Tullius and Lanky Foushee, head of GM design Wayne Cherry and drag racing legend, Don Garlits.
When it was all said and done, tour participants drove their classic cars through over 800 miles of old Florida and had a great time doing it. Unseasonably cool temperatures guaranteed neither cars, nor participants ran hot during this unique event.
Plans are under way for the second annual Orange Blossom Tour. Details can be found at: http://classicmotorsports.net/events/orange-blossom-tour/