On Sunday, October 23, we participated in a “Drive and Dine” event with our Florida Citrus Region PCA group on a perfect weather day – and ended up at the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont. Not a bad way to spend a fall Sunday in Florida.
We met at Magnolia Park in Apopka to start the drive. In all, 47 cars were lined up to go – 44 Porsches, a C7 Corvette, a Lambo and a BMW. All were members of PCA, though. We brought Sparky, our 1987 924S, which turned out to be the oldest car there. As usual, Sparky attracted a bit of attention from the 911/Boxster/Cayman crowd in attendance.
Our route took us through about seventy-five miles of back roads through actual hills on the Mid-Florida Ridge. This area in the center of the state is known for its topography, since most of Florida is rather flat and swampy. It’s not “the mountains” like other areas of the country, but if you’re used to driving flat roads, the Mid-Florida Ridge is pretty special. We also stopped at Sugarloaf Mountain overlooking Lake Apopka – the highest point in Central Florida at a whopping 245 feet above sea level. (We remembered to bring our supply of oxygen bottles so that we could survive the thin air – no worries.)
Leaving in groups of six or seven cars, we all made our way to the Lakeridge Winery. The Lakeridge is a working vineyard and winery with some great wines, beautiful grounds and great people, Most weekends they create a festival-like atmosphere with live outdoor music, wine and beer, festival food and just sitting out on the grass in the shade – and this weekend was no exception. The food was good, the music was great, and the wine was, well, pretty good too!
One of the benefits of these kinds of events is that Ms. 924S944.com can take some “art-quality” photos using our cars as a backdrop. Below see the slideshow of some of these great photos. (If you see something you like, please download and use – it’s free!)
In all, a great way to spend a Sunday. Temps in the low 80’s, not a cloud in the sky! There is a reason why we live here!
Thanks to President Karyn Rinaldi and the Florida Citrus Region crew for a great event!