LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
Cruisin’ at the inlet parking lot.
The fall car show continues to be one of the largest in the eastern region, according to coo rganizer Meredith Herbert of Special Event Productions Inc., as the 2011 event included approximately 2,200 vehicles. Organizers were able to accept an additional 200 cars last year by using the south parking lot and one of the halls at the Ocean City convention center.
“It was the most cars we’ve had for the October show,” she said. “We’re excited to be able to use the inside of the convention center again this year.”
For 2012, approximately 2,500 cars will be showcased during Endless Summer Cruisin’ at the inlet parking lot, which will take place in conjunction with the 32nd annual Hot Rod & Custom Car Show at the convention center on 40th Street.
Butch Patrick “We have sold out with 2,500 cars this year. It’s the most cars we’ve taken because we have access to the convention center and [its] parking lot,” Herbert said. “This is the second year we’ve combined the shows. It was a big hit last year so we decided to do it again this year.”
The October Cruisin’ event, which began Thursday, is open to all years, makes and models of cars. A similar show held each May features hot rods, customs and classics made 1976 and earlier.
Those attending the event this weekend will have the opportunity to meet Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on “The Munsters” television show. Patrick will be available to meet fans today, Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the inlet parking lot, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., inside the convention center. A Munster display will be set up inside the convention center today and Saturday, featuring the Munster Koach, Drag-u-la and little Eddie’s go kart replicas.
Also on display at the 40th Street venue during the annual Hot Rod & Custom Car Show, held Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., are the “Fun ’55” Chevy Watermelon Pickup, “Brilliant Yellow” ’36 Ford Coupe and the “Classic Muscle” ’65 Ford Mustang Fastback.
AAA Mid-Atlantic, General Motors Performance Division, Miller Electric, Slide-Lok, Flowmaster Exhausts and Summit Racing Equipment are just some of the companies that will offer automotive products.
The Maryland State Lottery will also have prizes and giveaways.
The Endless Summer Cruisin’ Boardwalk parade of cars will kick off today’s activities at 8 a.m. The cars will roll along the boards, beginning at 27th Street and ending at the inlet parking lot. There will also be a parade at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Car trophies and awards will be presented, with the grand finale ceremony scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. Business owners, event sponsors, community leaders and town representatives will select the winners.
Endless Summer Cruisin’ hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the inlet parking lot. Hot Rod & Custom Car Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at the Ocean City convention center.
Admission costs $10 per day. Children 14 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more show information, visit www.endlesssummercruisin.com.
Hundreds of additional cars are expected to arrive in Ocean City this weekend with visitors who want to take part in