Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/20/12 11:50 a.m.

Cars are meant to be driven, and what’s more fun than sharing the experience with a group of like-minded individuals?
Automotive rallies and tours surround you with good people who like to socialize and speak your language. These events offer support, too. Sure, you can travel by yourself, but there’s safety in numbers, especially if you suffer a mechanical issue or face inclement weather.
Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, is that someone else will be tasked with the grunt work: figuring out where to drive, where to stay and where to eat. This job may not be as easy as circling a few places on a map, but it is rewarding.
We have personally participated in at least a hundred automotive tours, rallies and press trips. On every one, there were things we liked and things we didn’t.
We figured we could use that information to organize the perfect tour. At the same time, we’d show our participants that Florida is a beautiful state that offers some great driving roads. The result was this past spring’s Orange Blossom Tour.
Hosting this event yielded another benefit: this article about how to host a tour yourself. Don’t worry, though; this piece isn’t based solely on our experience. We also called in some outside experts, like Jim Sitton, Phil Shires and Jeremy Barnes, to help with the story. Jim and Phil are involved in the Going to the Sun Rally and the Colorado Grand, respectively. As Mazda’s director of communications and national events, Jeremy oversees the company’s media launches.
Whether you’re planning a yearlong rally from here to Argentina or just a fun afternoon drive for your local club, some real experience from the best in the business will make things smoother and more fun for all involved. We hope it helps—and that you don’t get lost.

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