Ocean City Today

Cruisin’ Ocean City this weekend

By Kara Hallissey | May 17, 2018
More than 3,000 vehicles including hot rods, customs, street machines, muscle cars, rat rods, antiques and classics from 1976 and earlier will be on display during Cruisin’ Ocean City this weekend at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street and downtown at the inlet parking lot.

(May 18, 2018) Boardwalk parades, vendors, live music and celebrity appearances highlight the 28th annual Cruisin’ Ocean City this weekend.

The event began on Thursday and continues until Sunday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street and downtown at the inlet parking lot.

New this year, activities will also take place at the U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, Delaware.

Thousands of spectators are expected to check out the more than 3,000 registered cars over the course of four days. Hot rods, customs, street machines, muscle cars, rat rods, antiques and classics from 1976 or earlier will be on display at those locations.

“A major reason for the continued success of the event, in addition to the location, is the Cruisin’ format where participants have the pleasure of driving from one location to another all day and each day of the event,” said promoter Meredith Herbert. “It’s a great opportunity to see some sweet rides, check out new automotive products and visit with people who share a love of cars.”

Attendees can meet Rob Wolfe from the hit television show “American Pickers.” He will be in the convention center on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the inlet on Saturday during the same hours to pose for photos, sign autographs and meet fans.

In addition, television star Erin Murphy, who is best known for playing “Tabitha” on the television show “Bewitched” will be on hand to pose for photos, talk about the show and meet fans. Visit Murphy at the inlet on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the convention center on Saturday during the same hours.

Also appearing at the event this year is Courtney Hansen from the hit shows: “Overhaulin’” and “Powerblock/Power Nation.” Fans can meet Hansen on Saturday at the U.S. 13 Dragway from 12-3 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. or at the inlet on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Show Car will be on display inside the convention center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well.

New this year, car enthusiasts can check out “Takin’ It To The Strip” at the U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar on Friday and Saturday.

“This event will feature two days of action motorsports including a “No Prep Shootout” on Friday night, “King of the Strip” showdown on Saturday, burnout contests, jet dragsters, vendors and car shows both days,” Herbert said. “Saturday will also include front engine dragsters, kid’s power wheel races, and special guest Courtney Hansen. Takin’ It to the Strip is open to all years and makes.”

Show hours are 5-10 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased at the U.S. 13 Dragway and cost $20 for adults and $15 for military members and first responders with an ID. Children under 14 are free with an adult.

For more information and a complete schedule of events visit takinittothestrip.com or call 302-846-3911.

Top national companies will be showcasing their products at the manufacturer’s midway in the inlet parking lot throughout this weekend’s festivities.

Look for companies such as Chevy Performance, Mothers Polish, Miller Electric, Flaming River, Ridetech Suspension, Ron Francis Wiring, GEICO, Flex Seal, Advance Auto Parts, Amsoil, March Performance, Meguiar’s Car Care, Krietz Auto, Covercraft Industries and Speed Unlimited, among others.

At the convention center, Treasured Motor Cars and Wilwood Engineering will join additional vendors selling automotive merchandise alongside arts, crafts, vintage items, jewelry, T-shirts, LulaRoe, gear, car parts, Scentsy and other specialty items.

There will be more than 100 vendors inside and outside both venues, Herbert said.

Cruisin’ will feature live music all weekend in both locations and activities such as free bingo and a Cruisin’ 2019 artwork contender showcase where spectators can vote for their favorite car inside the convention center.

Another popular feature of the 28th annual Cruisin’ event in Ocean City includes the Express Auctioneer’s OC Collector Car and Memorabilia Auction, which kicked off on Thursday and includes dozens of unique cars such as a 1936 Ford Sedan Humpback, 1949 Ford Custom, 1972 C10 pick-up truck, 1968 Camaro, 1979 International Scout, and a 2004 Cadillac Limousine.

An auction preview begins at 9 a.m. Friday, with a live auction at 10 a.m. in the convention center.

Bidders can register onsite before the event, online at www.occollectorcars.com or call 410-365-2759 to participate.

Another favorite of annual Cruisin’ participants is the Boardwalk parades, which take place Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. starting at North Division Street and proceeding south to the inlet. Staging begins at 27th Street.

“The Boardwalk parade is a great way to start the day as the cars parade down the iconic Ocean City Boardwalk,” Herbert said. “Then, spectators can follow the cars down the Boardwalk and into the inlet parking lot where they can get an up-close look at them as well as check out the sponsors, music and entertainment.”

A swap meet will take place on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the convention center where participants can buy, sell or trade car parts and collectibles.

There will be more than 3,000 prizes given away throughout the event including Yeti coolers, concert tickets, tote bags, sunglasses, T-shirts, fuzzy dice, and weekend getaways, Herbert said.

There will be more than 500 trophies, plaques and awards handed out before the weekend comes to a close, Herbert said. The Grand Finale Awards ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the inlet on Sunday.

In addition, Cruisin’ will also award $500 memorial scholarships to five graduating seniors, she said.

On Friday night, a “Party Under the Stars” will take place at Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin from 6-10 p.m., with live entertainment from Golden Touch, the fourth annual Cruisin’ pin-up contest at 8 p.m. and exclusive cars on display.

Check out Trimper Amusements Family Fun Night near the inlet from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday for giveaways, rides, a deejay and a neon and LED car show where attendees can vote for their favorite vehicle with all donations going to the local Boy Scout Troop 261.

“There will be over 3,000 registered cars participating in Cruisin’ Ocean City 2018 driving from as far north as Canada, as far south as Florida and as far west as Idaho,” Herbert said. “Plus, thousands more come down to enjoy the weekend in Ocean City. It is family friendly and there is something fun every night of the event,” Herbert said.

There will be car shows in the convention center and inlet parking lots in addition to the U.S. 13 Dragway, Bayside Cantina, Marina Deck, Big Easy on 60, Crab Alley, Harpoon Hanna’s, Hooters, Phillips Crab House, Seacrets, Decatur Diner, Embers/Blu Crabhouse, Cowboy Coast, Micky Fins, Northside Pit & Pub, Ocean Downs Casino, Trimper Amusements, Tanger Outlets, and the towns of Berlin and Snow Hill this weekend.

“Cruisin’ Ocean City has always held safety as our number-one priority,” Herbert said. “The event does not tolerate unlawful activities or the disrespect of Ocean City. The new Special Event Zone is intended to give the OCPD and its allied agencies the tools they need to keep Ocean City safe for residents and visitors. We support them in their efforts and encourage everyone in town to drive safely.”

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the 40th Street convention center and downtown at the inlet.

Friday and Saturday admission cost is $15, and $10 on Sunday. A four-day pass costs $35. Children under 14 get in free with an adult and passes are good at both locations.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.cruisinoceancity.com or call 410-798-6304.

Also, stop by Berlin’s Spring Cruisers event, which will take place on Main Street between Jefferson and West streets, Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration runs from 7-10 a.m. with a cost of $10 per vehicle, payable to the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, who hosts the event each year.

The event is a smaller version of OC Cruisin’ with hundreds of classic cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s parked along the street in downtown Berlin. Judges will score the different vehicles in a number of categories and trophies will be handed out at 2 p.m. to the winners.

No pre-registration is required. The first 50 registrants will receive a commemorative dash plaque. There is no fee for spectators. For more information, call the Chamber at 410-641-4775.

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