By Liz Lane
(June 7, 2013) The 12th annual OC Car and Truck Show will fill the Ocean City convention center once again and it’s gearing up to be the biggest event to date.
More than 900 cars will be featured inside and outside the 40th Street venue, Saturday and Sunday, along with vendors, displays and entertainment.
The show is produced by Spark Productions, LLC, which is co-owned by Brad Hoffman, Brian Stoehr and Dave Bafford. Hoffman said this year’s show is going to be “bigger and better than ever.”
“We always say that, but somehow we always deliver,” Hoffman said.
Stoehr said with the vehicle count “drastically up,” the public can see tuners, trucks, exotic Lamborghinis, classic cars, bikes and “anything with wheels.” Tricked-out tricycles will even be on display for the children.
Being an organizer of the car show for 13 years has made Stoehr appreciate all cars. In previous years there have been vehicles equipped with 50 TVs, 450 horsepower, or cars lifted up 8 feet high.
“Even if there are two Lamborghinis or two classics with the same make and model sitting next to each other, each one is different,” he said. “This is a custom car show so it’s cool to see how different they all are and how creative the builders get.”
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, will showcase the “Scion Trilogy,” featuring the last three winning vehicles from SEMA’s Scion Tuner Challenge. Stoehr said he believes the presence of SEMA will increase the overall quality of the show.
Stoehr said the recent premier of “Fast and Furious 6” generated much excitement for the show this year. The show features some of the same cars that are featured in the movie and Stoehr said it “brings the movie to life.”
The vendors are another reason people continue to return to the car show annually, Stoehr said. This year, top manufacturers including Scion, Kicker, Pioneer and Sony will offer products discounted more than 70 percent.
“That encompasses the automotive lifestyle and is a way to get this stuff for pennies on the dollar,” Stoehr said. “Next year’s products will be on display too so it’s also a way to see what the future holds for the automotive life.”
The two-day event will also feature the Miss OC Car Show Bikini Contest, deejays, models and “Blood and Grease Pop-Up Boutique,” an auto-themed clothing boutique-style display, among other activities. Hip-hop artist Fat Joe will perform Saturday night and,
In addition, children can get their faces painted or climb up a rock wall.
“The show offers something for everyone and that’s what we strive for,” Stoehr said. “If you’re 6 years old or 106 years old, it’s great family entertainment.”
Hoffman said there is value in the show because of the numerous activities scheduled and it has become an annual tradition in Ocean City. He said the fact that no alcoholic beverages are sold makes it a good activity for Senior Week visitors.
“Some people are into fishing and some people are into cars,” he said. “We’re proud of our ability to provide good, clean fun and a platform for people to bring their passion and energy and love of cars to Ocean City.”
A number of gifts will be given away this weekend including two big prizes: a complete Sony car audio system and free gas for the entire summer.
The show takes place rain or shine Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger and senior citizens 65 and older. Children younger than 7 are admitted free.
Stoehr said the show is the “best entertainment in town if it’s not that perfect beach day.”
For more information, visit occarshow.com or call 302-436-0183.
“The industry is always changing and we want to be on the forefront of that,” Hoffman said. “We’re always listening for way to be different, new and exciting but not lose the soul and vibe of the show.”