(Oct. 5, 2018) The 21st annual Endless Summer Cruisin’ event kicked off Thursday and will take place throughout the weekend in the Ocean City inlet parking lot and at the convention center on 40th Street.
Over 2,000 hot rods, street machines, trick trucks, customs and classics will be featured during one of the eastern region’s largest fall car shows.
“We’re really excited about the event this year,” Meredith Herbert, Cruisin’ organizer and promoter, said. “Fall is the perfect time to visit the beach and Endless seems to be a great opportunity for people to get out and show off their cars before having to put them away for the winter.”
Show hours for both the inlet and convention center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The Grand Finale Car Show and Awards Ceremony will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the inlet.
Last year, thousands of people attended to see over 2,200 vehicles on display, according to Herbert.
“Many people make Endless Summer their end-of-the-summer vacation,” Herbert said. “You’ll see moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and kids all down to enjoy the week cruising in a hot rod.”
Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins are scheduled to appear at Endless Summer 2018 to help celebrate “American Graffiti’s” 45th anniversary. Clark and Hopkins will be at the convention center Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the inlet on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for meet and greets. Show cars from “American Graffiti” will be on display.
From the hit show “Roadkill,” star Mike Finnegan will also appear at the event Saturday only, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the inlet.
Check out another Endless Summer Cruisin’ Car Show highlight: the Boardwalk parades which will take place Friday and Saturday mornings. Staging begins at 26th Street on the Boardwalk and the parade is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., going south to the inlet.
Automotive merchandise and products will be featured at the Manufacturer’s Midway in the inlet parking lot. Vendors include Advance Auto Parts, AMSOIL, Automotive Lift Service, Events Apparel, Keen, Maryland Lottery, Miller Welding and Sundance Vacations.
At the convention center, the band Golden Touch will perform today and Saturday, 12-3:30 p.m. The vendor showroom will display various automotive needs plus jewelry, arts and crafts and other merchandise.
In addition, attendees can ride a mechanical shark at the convention center inside the Cruisin’ lounge on Friday and Saturday.
Also new this year, Endless Summer Cruisin’ and U.S. 13 Dragway have teamed up for “Takin’ It to the Strip,” Friday and Saturday at the U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, Delaware. This event will feature a “No Prep Shootout” on Friday, “King of the Strip” Showdown on Saturday and Burnout Contests, as well as Jet Dragsters from Larsen’s Motorsports.
Show hours are Friday, 4-9 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Spectator tickets cost $15 for Friday and $20 for Saturday and will be sold at the U.S. 13 Dragway. Children under 14 are admitted free with an adult. Events are open to vehicles of all years and makes.
Endless Summer Cruisin’ participants will receive free spectator admission into “Takin’ It To The Strip!”
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit takinittothestrip.com or call 302-846-3911.
“We’re hoping that will give people a place to cruise to for the racing and burnout contest and give people a safe place to see and do these activities,” Herbert said.
Tickets for Endless Summer Cruisin’ cost $15 a day Friday and Saturday, and $10 on Sunday for activities at the inlet and convention center. Children under 14 enter free with an adult. Weekend event passes are also available for $35.
For additional information visit endlesssummercruisin.com or call 410-798-6304 or visit the Facebook page Cruisin Ocean City MD.
“Endless Summer Cruisin has always held safety as its number one priority. The event does not tolerate unlawful activities or the disrespect of Ocean City.”
During Endless Summer Cruisin the town of Ocean City will be classified as a Special Event Zone where there will be increased fines for speeding, negligent/reckless driving, spinning wheels and alcohol related offenses. The speed limit on Coastal Highway will be 30 mph.