Raised, raised and hot trucks converge on SoCal!

Although the world doesn’t seem to hold it together with the specter of the now two-year-old pandemic hanging over our heads, normal life – whatever that currently means – appears on the horizon. And while we’re still grappling with what the “new normal” might look like, we know that on the third Sunday of every month in Orange County, California, the coast, they cruise. It’s not just an old cruise, it is The Cruise – Quarantine Cruise, with thousands of trucks, hot rods, muscle cars, Tri-fives, K5s, Broncos, trucks, Jeeps, VWs – pretty much anything you can think of can be vintage or cool Or both—combining together to celebrate the love of horsepower and shiny (and not always high-gloss) paint jobs, to continue the carburetor versus fuel injection debate, and of course, sailing. So many great rides came out on Cruise 24 that we’ll just focus on the sweet trucks, assembled SUVs, and buggies, and save the rest for another story.

Believers arrive early at SOCO in Costa Mesa and MIX Center. Like, early dawn. The location, like attendees at The Cruise themselves, is eclectic. Combining some of the finest home furnishings and an impressive array of dining options in a designer environment, the district provides a great backdrop for a group of photographers and videographers converging on the action for epic hot content. The event begins just after dawn. why? Because after all, with over a thousand of the most eye-catching rides on their way, no one wants to miss the upcoming motorcade parade. Oh yeah, they came. One by one, two at a time, in groups of 10, 20 or 30, as individuals or clubs, but always with smiles on their faces, just as they have done since those early days of 2020. Once they arrive, they are part of the movement. Now, two years later, the smiles are just as big, the lineup of cars is just as impressive, and the Quarantine Cruise has become a Southern California hot road establishment.

Once again, participants came from all over the world for the 24th edition of the cruise in March. Drawn from as far afield as Northern California and Yuma, Arizona, the allure of a Southern California weekend getaway combined with equally enthusiastic hot bars was an undeniable draw for a handful of believers. While an overnight spray washes the soon-to-be-traveled Pacific Coast Expressway clean in the morning, it didn’t deter the crowd from making it the biggest gathering the group had seen in months.

Is the cruise, companion, scenic PCH, the thrill of being along with the largest collection of hot bars assembled anywhere each month? It may be a combination of all of the above. But Wahoo’s Fish Tacos with cold Cerviza at the end of the trip didn’t hurt.

The FiTech Quarantine Cruise offered by CPP was created by Jason Scudellari (@week2wickedjason), Hek Valdez (hektattoo), Patrick Wagenbrenner (of keystoneautomotiveoperations, a large aftermarket distributor) and Ken Johnson (ken), who wanted to bring together, both of Tired of postponed or canceled gatherings caused by seemingly endless COVID lockdowns. Backed by sponsors FiTech, CPP, and real estate agent Dave Castle, what started with just 35 cars in the first event has swelled to an event that now regularly sees between 1,000 and 2,000 rides each month.

The event also has cool Qruisin PCH merchandise and loot for sale these days. So, if you’re in the area and want a good excuse to get out and unleash your pride and happiness safely, or just check out the best cars in the area and plan your next project, text “CRUISE” to 21000 for track info and details, or check out their Instagram page Their on @qruisinpch. To learn more, visit qruisinpch.com.

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