CRUISIN’ OCEAN CITY Thousands of the nation’s finest classic, custom cars showcased during four-day event

CRUISIN’ OCEAN CITY Thousands of the nation’s finest classic, custom cars showcased during four-day event

(May 17, 2013) Ocean City residents and visitors can expect to see several thousand custom and classic automobiles, hot rods, muscle cars, street machines and trick trucks around town this weekend during the 23rd annual Cruisin’ Ocean City event.

One of the top automotive events in the country, the four-day show, which began Thursday, will feature an estimated 3,200 cars from approximately 20 states and Canada, on display at the inlet parking lot and at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, as well as Boardwalk parades, entertainment, celebrity guests and representatives of manufacturers from across the United States.

“It’s just a great family-friendly activity that highlights the car show culture with a little something for everyone,” said Cruisin’ co-organizer Meredith Herbert.

Participants were asked to pre-register, and the event reached maximum capacity in mid-April, she said. Many car owners participate annually. Herbert said there are also a number of first-time participants this year, as well.

Friday’s Cruisin’ events will begin with a Boardwalk parade at 8 a.m., followed by car shows all weekend at the convention center and inlet parking lot. A “Patriotism Parade” along the Boardwalk, honoring the military, EMS personnel, police officers, firefighters and rescue workers, will kick off Saturday’s festivities at 8 a.m.

Express Auctioneers will again host a Hot Rod and Custom Car Auction at the convention center. This year, the auction will be a two-day event. The first auction took place Thursday. The second auction is set for today, Friday. A preview of the cars to be auctioned off will begin today at 9 a.m. The live auction is scheduled for noon.

In addition, there will be a Special Charity Banner Auction on Saturday at 11 a.m., inside the convention center. The Charity Auction will feature different banners.

Cruisin’ attendees will have the chance to meet “Mountain Man” from the television show “Duck Dynasty” on A&E. He will be at the inlet from 4-5 p.m. today and at the convention center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Kevin Byrd, host of Two Guys Garage on Speed Channel, will be at the inlet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and at the convention center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs.

This year, some of the top national manufacturers will be on hand —  Billet Specialties, Bimbo’s Xtreme Polishes, Chevy Performance, Cobra Performance, Demon Carburetors, Flaming River, K&N Engineering, Lucas Oil, Optima Batteries and Tremec, to name a few.

The Golden Touch Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, at Hooper’s Crab House, located at the foot of the Route 50 bridge in West Ocean City. The group plays a variety of 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and Motown music. The show is free.

Cruisin’ Ocean City hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (inlet) and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (convention center). General admission costs $10 per day. Children under the age of 14 are admitted free with a paying adult.

For more information, call 410-798-6304, e-mail infoevent@aol.com or visit www.cruisinoceancity.com.

In addition to the main event sites, nearby restaurants and businesses will also sponsor their own cars shows. Many will even offer entertainment and awards.

–The Classic Cruisin’ XXIII Car Show will take place at the Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City today, May 17. Registration is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Tanger Shopper Services, Suite 685, located between Coach Factory and Chico’s outlets. The cost to participate is $10. Registration proceeds benefit Maryland Lower Shore Special Olympics.

Judges will present five awards and a Best of Show trophy around noon. There will be music and giveaways throughout the day. There is no cost for spectators. For more information, call 410-213-7898.

–The Town of Berlin will host a car show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the downtown area. Main Street will be closed to accommodate the classic cars. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost to participate is $10. The first 50 registrants will receive a commemorative dash plaque. Awards will be presented to the top cars in nine categories.

Admission is free for spectators. Event T-shirts will be available for purchase. For more information, call the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410-641-4775.

Tickets for the chance to win a 2013 Chevy Cruze, LS, provided by Barrett Chevrolet Inc. in Berlin, will also be sold during the event. Tickets cost $20 each.

Approximately 3,200 custom and classic automobiles, hot rods, muscle cars, street machines and trick trucks will be on display this weekend during Cruisin’ Ocean City.

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