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OC Car and Truck Show this weekend

(June 12, 2015) The 14th annual Ocean City Car and Truck Show will feature hundreds of vehicles from classic cars to customized trucks inside and outside the convention center on 40th Street this weekend.

There will be live radio broadcasts from Power 101.7, a Scion zone and Sound FX will sponsor a vendor alley. The event, hosted by Live Wire Media, will have some of the best unique and custom cars on the East Coast, said Brad Hoffman, who created the show more than a decade ago. 

“Exotics, SUVs, low riders and Jeeps, there is something for everyone,” Hoffman said. “There is a melting pot of all types of vehicles.”

The Scion zone will feature Josh Croll’s only right-hand drive Scion TC in the world, which Hoffman calls a “creation and spokescar.”

“Scion is our title sponsor this year and it [Josh Croll’s Scion TC] exemplifies our show,” he added.

A customized Nissan GTR Skyline, FRS Scion sports car and 8thGEN Honda Civics will also be on display.

The Truck Invasion Zone features a growing 4×4 truck market and will take place both days outside the convention center.

“It has grown a lot in three or four years [truck customizations] and to keep on top of the trends we will feature a truck invasion with 4×4’s and more,” Hoffman said. “People add customized rims, electronic upgrades, interiors, installs and exhausts to their trucks.”

The event is family-friendly with numerous activities for Senior Week visitors and younger children.

“We pride ourselves on designing a car show with a family environment where kids and parents can safely look at cars parked at the convention center all weekend,” Hoffman said. “Part car show, part beach vacation, we welcome everyone to come out.”

A kid’s zone will include a plethora of activities such as corn hole and sheets of vehicle silhouettes for children to color in and design their own cars.

“I can’t wait for these kids to come back years from now as an engineer or automotive designer for General Motors, Ford or Toyota,” Hoffman said. “Igniting the passion at an early age is our goal.”

New to the show, Power 101.7 will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday with deejays playing tunes all day long. Following at 5 p.m., hip hop/rap/Reggae artists Rubio and Shorti will perform. 

Visitors can check out the vendor alley for sales of up to 80 percent off head units, screens and more from Sound FX.

“A big component of the show is Sound FX bringing on-site technicians and parts needed to upgrade vehicles,” Hoffman said. “These quality items are 40 to 80 percent off for state-of-the-art goods.”

Other attractions include the Miss OC Car Show Bikini Contest with a cash purse of $500 at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Bryshere Gray, “Hakeem” from the television show, “Empire,” will perform on Sunday afternoon.

“He’s a young guy who is a rising star in music and the television acting world,” Hoffman said. “He is a perfect addition to our show and drawing 60-year-old women who would have never came because they want to meet Hakeem.”

All weekend the show will feature free giveaways including T-shirts and ear buds.

“Our event attracts people who have a passion for custom cars and it’s an automotive lifestyle,” Hoffman said. “Builders are on hand to give inside information and it’s an extension of their personality, that is why they do it.”

Dozens of clubs will be showcasing their custom rides and generally park near one another in order to discuss and learn more about the vehicles they drive.

“Come to hear and see what people have taken to the next level,” Hoffman said.

The OC Car and Truck Show will take place rain or shine, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the 40th Street convention center. Tickets cost $16 for adults or $10 for children under 12 and seniors over 65, and will be on sale at the door. Children 7 and under get in free with an adult.

Visit www.occarshow.com for more information and to buy tickets.

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