Ralph Sikes is the owner of American Resto Mods. He met his wife Mary 25 years ago in the parking lot of an apartment complex where they both lived. At the moment of their first meeting, Ralph was putting a fiberglass 56 Speedster Porsche body onto a rolling chassis. We have to assume she knew what she was getting into given the circumstances of their first meeting.
Since then, Mary has grown to love classic cars just as much as Ralph, and she even has a customized 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible that the shop built for her. Throughout the years, the couple has embarked on several classic car tours. The last was the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour where they decided to take all 4 of their kids, one of the kid’s friends, and 3 cars. What a crazy adventure.
This time around it’s going to be just Ralph and Mary as they head out on the 2014 Orange Blossom Tour put together by Classic Motorsports Magazine. The first event was in 2010 and the second was in 2013. This year the tour will take place March 2-6, 2014, and is officially part of the amazing Amelia Island Concours. The Classic Motorsports Orange Blossom Tour will depart Amelia Island, Florida, and end up back on the Island, just in time for Concours activities. Touted as a real insider’s look at historic Florida, participants will experience some of the most picturesque paved roads and best hidden tourist venues Florida has to offer.
Only 25 cruisers will be allowed to come along for the ride. So far, there are 11 participants signed up:
1972 Morgan Plus 8
1961 Lotus Seven
2005 Morgan Aero 8
1985 Alfa Romeo GTV-6
1960 Daimler SP250
1969 Porsche 911S
1965 Lotus Elan
1960 Jaguar XK150
1972 Datsun 240Z
1936 Bentley Open Touring
1963 Chevrolet Corvette
Ralph and Mary will be the couple in the 1972 Datsun 240Z. In the past, Ralph and Mary have chosen the 1972 Fastback Mustang or Olds to cruise about in, but Ralph has been dying to take the ole Z out for a cruise since the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour. The car just hasn’t been ready for a long haul until recently.
Although the tour formally ends before the Concours weekend starts for the Ameilia Island Concours d’Elegance and tickets are not included in the price, the organizers have worked a special VIP package for Orange Blossom Tour at the discounted rate of $175 per person.
For more information and to join in on the cruise, check out: http://OrangeBlossomTour.com
And don’t worry if you can’t make it because Ralph and Mary will be taking plenty of pics so you can live vicariously through them.