(Oct. 11, 2013) Custom and classic cars, hot rods and trick trucks will be out in Ocean City this weekend for the 16th annual Endless Summer Cruisin’ event at the inlet parking lot and 40th Street convention center.
Events kicked off Thursday with car shows, vendor showings and awards presentations and continue through Sunday, with more than 2,000 automobiles on the streets and on display.
The main events take place at the inlet, where car shows run throughout the weekend, said event promoter and organizer Meredith Herbert of Special Event Productions Inc.
“It just seems like a great location with the beach there and the Boardwalk,” Herbert said. “People come from all over. We even get participants from Canada.”
Today (Friday), Endless Summer Cruisin’ starts at 8 a.m. with a Boardwalk parade. Cars will start at 27th Street and travel to the inlet parking lot, where the day’s other events take place.
“That’s one of the highlights of the weekend,” Herbert said. “It’s just a new experience for the guys, the participants, to drive down the boardwalk.”
At the inlet and convention center, car shows will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Around 30 vendors will be on site selling “anything from nostalgia automotive-related items to jewelry,” Herbert said. There will be live entertainment.
At the inlet, national names like Chevy Performance, Classic Underwriters, Delaware Tire Center, Dynomax, Flowmaster, Maryland Lottery, Miller Electric, MSD Performance, Optima Batteries, Royal Purple, Slide-Lok and Summit Racing will be on display at the Manufacturer Midway.
Endless Summer Cruisin’ also features celebrities each year, who do meet and greets, photo ops and answer questions. Lou Ferrigno, known for his role as “The Incredible Hulk,” will be at the convention center today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Custom car builder and host of the hit Spike TV show “Search and Restore” Tim Strange will be at the inlet at the same time.
Saturday morning kicks off with another Boardwalk parade of cars at 8 a.m., followed by a full day of shows at the inlet and convention center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ferrigno will appear at the inlet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Strange will be at the convention center at the same time.
On Sunday, the show will take place at the inlet only, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ferrigno and Strange will appear from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At 2 p.m., the Grand Finale Awards Ceremony starts. Around 400 awards will go to the winners among the 2,400 cars registered, Herbert said. Events wrap up around 4 p.m.
Spectators can buy day passes at the event for $10 or a pass for the entire weekend for $30. Children under 14 get in free with an adult.
Endless Summer Cruisin’ events run today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the inlet parking lot and 41st Street Convention Center and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the inlet. For more information, visit www.specialeventpro.com/endless.
Hundreds of additional cars will arrive this weekend for other festivities in and around town. There will be a few other sponsored car shows in the area:
Held in conjunction with Endless Summer Cruisin’, the 33rd annual Hot Rod & Custom Car Show is back at the convention center today through Sunday. Bright paint, bright chrome and tricked out America street rides distinguish the event, which features around 60 custom and classic cars, trick trucks, muscle cars and other automobiles.
A day pass to Endless Summer Cruisin’ admits visitors to the Hot Rod & Custom Car Show, Herbert said. “Its kind of like two shows for the price of one.”
To learn more visit www.specialeventpro.com/hotrod.php.
Across the Route 50 Bridge in West Ocean City, Tanger Outlets will host its Endless Summer Car Show today (Friday), from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
There will be hundreds of classic cars and live entertainment by the Billie Carlins duo at the free event. Cars will compete for one of five Outstanding Show awards and the Best in Show trophy. The show runs rain or shine.
A few miles further from Ocean City, Berlin will host its Fall Cruisers event on Saturday, Oct. 12. Classic cars will line the streets of the historic district starting at 7 a.m., with judging of antique cars, hot rods and trucks to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It’s a casual, comfortable environment to see some really neat cars up close,” said event organizer Tanja Jones. “You can walk up and down, get close to the vehicles, go into the shops and have lunch.”
Up to 200 cars will line the parking lot and Main Street until 2 p.m.