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The 2013 Car Craft Anti Tour

From Camarillo to Morro Bay and back - the annual tour was fun for everyone

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There's nothing better than building a customized classic car and cruising it. It's safe to say our readers agree. This weekend was the yearly Anti Tour, filled with no advertisements, rules and criteria for fun. It's a rebellion to most "tours," and we like that it has a dedicated following.


Friday - Cruise to Wilwood Engineering

The tour launched Friday, May 3rd, in Camarillo, CA, at the Wilwood Engineering plant. In case you're not familiar with the brand, Wilwood is a performance brake specialist, manufacturing, engineering and distributing its own specialized products to customers. The company has been in business since the '70s and continues to grow, producing all sorts of unique brake kits for American Muscle cars, motorcycles and a variety of other performance vehicles. The company produces calipers, rotors, bearings, brake pads, master cylinders, hubs, flexlines, valves, pedals and much more. Check-out its full catalog at www.wilwood.com.

At Wilwood's building, the tour participants, including the Car Craft staff, all shared in donuts, coffee and stories as we waited for everyone to arrive. The parking lot quickly filled to capacity by 9:30am and we hit the road shortly thereafter.


The Tour to Morro Bay, CA

It was a trail of muscle cars, mostly American '60s and '70s Chevy, Ford, and Mopars, as far as the eye could see. We had a group of disco-vans that showed up for the cruise and also a strong representation from the SoCalLXs (late-model Challengers). During the cruise on Friday, we handed out all 60 pre registered passes for the Cruisin' Morro Bay car show; at least 60 cars cruised the Anti Tour, including two Datsun 510s.

American muscle was bumper to bumper as everyone got out, met one another, caught up, and told stories.

Friday was spent cruising through the canyons of Southern California, driving the CA-33 and CA-166; our first stop was a gas station 33 miles from Camarillo, where we had to take turns filling up. The next stop was about 8 miles North at a campground where we ran out of room for all the cars on the sides of the roads.

From the campground we continued the cruise - 60 miles - with no gas stations or rest stops. We arrived at the Burger Barn (on CA-166) in the desert and formed a line that stretched clear out of the door. After an hour break our bellies were stuffed with tasty burgers, and then we hit the road headed for Morro Bay, CA. The final rest stop was a gas station 55 miles away where we fueled-up and grabbed something to keep hydrated. After snapping off some more pictures and taking a short break, we were back on the tour.

We arrived in Morro Bay, CA, as the sun was heading over the ocean; the tour split up, some people headed to campgrounds nearby, others went to dinner. We checked-into our hotel, and then began to walk the quaint fishing town to observe the cars. Most people reunited later that evening as Cruisin' Morro Bay began.


Cruisin' Morro Bay

Custom and stock show cars began to line-up downtown; the cruise started at 6pm and toured the town of Morro Bay for a couple hours. The sun was setting and the skies were clear as spectators lined the streets to watch as a couple hundred classic cars circled the town. As the sun set, the cars dispersed in all different directions and the town was quiet again by 9pm. We headed for dinner by the shore and then back to the hotel to rest for the car show on Saturday.


Saturday - Car Show at Morro Bay

On Saturday morning, we awoke to the sound of horsepower. The streets began to line with classic '30s, '40s and '50s street rods. There were a handful of American muscle, but most of which came on the Anti Tour. Lots of chrome and glass-like paint jobs lined the streets Saturday morning. The skies were covered in a dense fog, not giving way to sunshine nearly all day.

The show in Morro bay was a delight. Lots of people walked the closed streets and hundreds of cars formed a rectangle surrounding the town. Cross streets connected the sides of the show and jammed-pack even more cars to see. Food vendors and local restaurants fed the attendees as they wondered the town inspecting the wicked builds. The show went into the late afternoon, but we decided to take a trip to Pismo to scope a possible addition for the next year's Anti Tour. When we arrived back at Morro Bay the show had ended, the town was quiet, and it was time for dinner.


Sunday - Anti Tour Comes to an End

Sunday morning the group met at the "big rock" in the bay for a photo shoot and then dispersed from there back home. Some made the same trip back, others hopped on the 101 and headed South for a quick drive to Los Angeles. Overall, the 2013 Anti Tour was a great success; everyone had a blast, and it was a good retreat for the weekend. The biggest success of the weekend was touring with some of our local, and not so local, dedicated readers. A huge thanks to all those who came for the tour! It wouldn't be the same without you.

At the moment, next year's plans are tentative. We'll likely start at Wilwood once again and cruise to Morro Bay, CA. We're hoping to add a mini-cruise on Saturday to Pismo, CA, but we're still not set on the logistics. We'll keep you informed as we solidify the plans - stay tuned!


Check Out the 2013 Anti Tour and Cruisin' Morro Bay Photo Gallery Below!

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