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ROAD TRIP! Plan a Scenic Journey North to Discover Unspoiled Florida

Written by Barbara Toombs

We all are likely familiar with Florida’s “big” attractions: Walt Disney World, the Everglades, Daytona Beach, Miami … the list is endless. Others are not so well known. For example, did you know you can jump in your car in Palm Beach, head north on I-95 and, just over two hours later, arrive at the longest unspoiled beach in Florida?

The Canaveral National Seashore (also known as CANA) is 24 miles of pristine coastal sanctuary for people and wildlife. Stand on the beach here, marvel at the solitude and revel in the refreshing ocean breeze, coming straight across the Atlantic from far-off Africa. Take some time to look around you. Incredibly, there’s not a high-rise condo in sight. You may spy a majestic bald eagle soaring overhead or perched on a tree near the seashore; it’s one of the 310 bird species that call this secluded paradise home.

The longest expanse of undeveloped land along the east coast of Florida, CANA contains nearly 58,000 acres of beaches, dunes, mangrove wetlands and a large portion of the Mosquito Lagoon, one of the most diverse and productive estuaries in North America. It is prime habitat for many threatened and endangered species and provides nesting beaches for several thousand protected marine turtles. (During turtle nesting season, look for yellow stakes in the sand marking the seashore’s turtle nests.)

Plan to come early (access is limited; rangers count entries and cut them off when the park is full) and enjoy the sun and surf on the immaculate beaches. Or perhaps you’d prefer to swim, fish, surf and comb for shells, sea beans and sea glass. Enjoy hiking? Take a short self-guided trail to an ancient Native American shell mound or through a lush coastal hammock. If you’re an angler, imagine surf fishing at sunrise with nothing but native vegetation and an access boardwalk behind you on the dune, while just offshore schools of pompano and whiting are ready to take the bait.

Looking for a serene place to paddle? Two-thirds of Canaveral National Seashore is in Mosquito Lagoon, with 156 miles of recreational opportunities. One popular activity is kayaking, which offers a chance to see the park from a whole new perspective and experience complete solitude just a few minutes from shore. While kayaks can only be rented outside of the park, you can rent canoes at the Apollo Beach Visitor Center.

Another bonus: your visit to CANA may just allow you to cross a big item off your bucket list – witness an actual rocket launch! The park’s proximity to the Kennedy Space Center (another amazing place to visit if time allows) provides incredible launch viewing. Playalinda Beach offers the closest view of the launches, but it’s important to note that incoming traffic may be restricted for security purposes prior to a launch, so it’s a good idea to be in the park early. SpaceX, NASA, ULA and other entities are sending more rockets up from the Space Coast than ever before, so you may be lucky enough to be in the perfect place at the perfect time (check online or use an app like Space Launch Now to see when the next launch will be).

A visit to the Canaveral National Seashore is an authentic, Old Florida experience: sand, surf, sky and no development except for the boardwalks that allow for an easy walk over the sand dunes. Plan a day (or two) to escape today’s hectic world and enjoy what is truly a national treasure.

Canaveral National Seashore is located along Florida’s East coast in both Volusia and Brevard counties. To access Apollo Beach (the northern entrance), take I-95 to exit 249, then go east until it turns into A1A. Follow A1A south to the park entrance. To access Playalinda Beach (the southern entrance), take I-95 to exit 220. Go east through Titusville on Garden Street, continue east and follow the signs. The seashore operates daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Apollo Visitor Center in New Smyrna Beach is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Bring provisions. No food or drinking water is available at the beaches; restrooms are available.) For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cana.

Photos courtesy of the National Park Service/NPGallery

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ROAD TRIP! Plan a Scenic Journey North to Discover Unspoiled Florida
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Published Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2024 16:29:55 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
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Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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