The Murrieta Rod Run is one of the most beloved car shows in Southern California and was held last weekend in Riverside County. The show commandeered a quaint little stretch of an old school main street that has long been eclipsed by massive development and sprawl but miraculously, has survived intact.
The Rod Run is a mainstay not only for car fans from the sister cities of Murrieta/Temecula but from the surrounding areas as well. With 400 cars, 20,000 spectators, food, and other epicurean goodies, the show was as vibrant and as healthy as ever, even after the nutty COVID winter of 2020.
The Temecula Valley has sweeping, unbridled beauty. Surrounded by rolling hills and mountains, it has the best weather in the world from November to June, then buckle up as the temps soar through the summer.
Murrieta/Temecula was once a sleepy hamlet with around 20,000 people, but since the 1990s the population exploded and is now roughly a quarter of a million people, most seeking refuge from high home prices, and the urban ills of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Remarkably, the small-town feel and open space remain and are fertile ground for automotive enthusiasts.
The 2021 Murrieta Rod Run was last weekend, October 8th and 9th, and was well attended this year. We stopped by on Friday night for the “cruise-in” and then again on Saturday. The weather was fantastic and there were many killer cars in attendance. Here are a few that grabbed our eye, in no particular order.
That wraps up another Rod Run on Murrieta folks. Be sure and check back and plan to attend next year’s show. A special thanks to all the sponsors: Paradise Chevrolet, Murrieta BMW, Murrieta VW, Gosch Ford, and a whole bunch more.