It started as a small, somewhat underground gathering of rebellious truck and car enthusiasts during the height of the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders in 2020. The Quarantine Cruise, organized and clandestinely communicated through the Instagram page Qruisinpch, has captivated the SoCal custom car and truck scene. It’s secretive, with cruise-route beginning and ending locations revealed via last-minute texts. It’s rebellious because anything secretive has a twinge of rebellion. Yet, it’s diverse, with literally every form of custom vehicle represented. And it’s enormous, with thousands of custom vehicles driving the full cruise route or showing up at the end of the route to remind enthusiasts that we all have a lot in common.
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Backdropped by the beautiful SoCal coastline, the 2020 Quarantine Cruises kept hope alive, inspiring gear heads to get out and (safely) do what they love most—cruise. Thankfully, a calendar of monthly cruise dates has been released by Qruisin PCH for 2021, keeping the momentum alive by cruising the coast. Quarantine Cruise 11 will kick off 2021 on January 24. The cruises will occur on the third or fourth Sunday of each month. As for the exact cruise routes? Those’ll require texting “Cruise” to 21000.
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For now, at least we can mark our calendars and get the hoopties running. Here are the 2021 dates: January 24, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 23, June 27, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, and December 19. As always, dates are subject to change; text “Cruise” to 21000 for updates. Lastly, a note from the cruise promoters: Stay safe. Stay in your car. Wear a mask and please practice social distancing.