Classic Trucks, Wagons and VWs Invade the 26th Quarantine Cruise
Two years – and what crazy years they have been. Do you remember April 2020? Events were canceled left and right. Local cars and coffee? Faded away. No neighborhood car shows, no national events. Nothing. Zipper. No. As toilet paper rationing became the hot thing, many of us got kicked home from the office and went straight to work…in the garage. The home workshop has become a haven from daily pandemic updates and political discourse. Some rediscovered long-forgotten projects, and others suddenly had time to finalize the finishing touches.
For Jason Scudellari (@week2wickedjason), it was an opportunity to realize his 1949 Chevy 3100 dream project. Then, one Sunday in early April 2020, he decided to go for a drive. Not just any car ride, mind you: Living in Huntington Beach, California, just down the road from the Pacific Coast Highway, he was heading into the spring morning sun to cruise along this famous coastal road. After a few calls, a few friends who needed some time away from home also signed up. The group, which included Jason’s friend and tattoo artist Hek Valdez (@hektattoo), was soon rolling down the quiet coastal thoroughfare and into downtown Huntington Beach. And that’s how it started. They encountered a content-starved Patrick Wagenbrenner (of @keystoneautomotiveoperations, a major aftermarket distributor), who was lingering in the area, photographing passing vehicles, and the group devised a plan. “Let’s get more people on cruises” was the conclusion. And that’s what they did.
Social media is many things. Love him or hate him, it can be a powerful tool, and with his help – and the addition of Ken Johnson (@ken) to the team – “more people” has taken on a whole new meaning, à la birth of the quarantine cruise. By the third event, the group had attracted nearly 3,000 like-minded enthusiasts who shared a need to get out of the house and show off their rides, from SEMA-commissioned show cars and Reno champions to ongoing projects. In the words of Scudellari, as the cars entered QC3, “They just kept coming.” Two years later, the Quarantine Cruise has become a staple for regulars and a must-attend event for many more. Over 1,300 cars, mostly classics, customs and hot rods, with a sprinkle of K5s, Broncos, Volkswagens and just about every other flavor of desirable vehicle came out to share in the celebration of the second anniversary of The Cruise last April.
The principle is the same today as at the beginning: each month, everyone meets in the same place and, after spending a little time checking everyone’s rides, hops in their car to drive down the coast to a predetermined destination. In two successful years, the cruise has gained some excellent partners, with title sponsorship from FiTech, as well as CPP and local real estate broker Dave Castle. The spectacular SOCO and MIX dining, shopping and design center have been established as the anchor spot to start the day, with a different destination each month. For the anniversary event, cruisers headed to one of Huntington Beach’s favorite spots, the Old World Village, giving attendees the chance to delve into local favorites and soak up the atmosphere of Old World Germany.
The event also features Qruisin PCH merchandise and merchandise for sale these days. So if you’re in the area and want a good excuse to get out and drive safely your pride and joy, or just want to check out the best cars in the area and plan your next project, text “CRUISE” to 21000 for itinerary info and details or visit their Instagram page @qruisinpch or qruisinpch.com to find out more. –Photos by Drew McCullough, Mike Coutts and Masahiro Kanai