(June 7, 2019) For the 19th annual Ocean City Car and Truck Show, presented by Live Wire Media, organizers are splitting the weekend-long event into two separate shows, which will feature hundreds of vehicles inside and outside of the convention center on 40th Street.

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Gil Guevara, of Queens, New York, works under the hood of a Chrysler 300 with roughly $80,000 in modifications dedicated to the memory of fashion designer Gianni Versace at the OC Car and Truck Show, inside the convention center on 40th Street, last year.

“I created it because there was no event like this in this market 18 years ago when cars were starting to become popular. There really wasn’t an indoor/outdoor car show,” said Brad Hoffman, Ocean City Car and Truck Show founder and owner of Live Wire Media. “I thought it was a good fit and the first year it worked really, really well. We had a huge success ... the show quickly grew to become one of the premiere shows in the country.”

On Saturday, the Ocean City Car and Truck Show will take place both inside and outside the convention center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, the all-truck Shoreline Showdown will be outdoors only.

“With our show, we’re not big like Cruisin’ and some of these other shows but our quality is over the top,” Hoffman said. “We have some of the finest cars inside which is a representation of award-winning Volkswagens to top-end muscle cars to some of the most amazing trucks in the country. We’ve focused on quality and bringing some of the best cars so when you come in you don’t see the same stuff every year.” 

The 19th annual Ocean City Car and Truck Show will feature hundreds of vehicles from exotic cars to customized trucks.

Hoffman said he anticipates between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators and anywhere from 200 to 300 vehicles.

“The cars are the stars,” Hoffman said. “Last year we were at 340 cars total and 60 trucks [the] next day.”

The event will include a bikini contest, giveaways and an MC battle taking place outdoors.

Awards will be presented to vehicle owners with the best interiors, exteriors and unique modifications.

Judging starts at noon, with awards at 6 p.m. The top five Battle of the Beach vehicles will receive “Big Wave” awards and compete against each other for cash and the overall Best of Show award. All other cars will be judged within their class based on the registration.

Event sponsor Sound FX out of Lewes, Delaware, will have its annual sale with up to 76 percent off automotive electronics including remote starters, head units, DVD players, speakers and sound system units.

On Sunday, the Shoreline Showdown hosted by East Coast Minis will take over the convention center parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The car show is a family friendly event with numerous activities for children. A kid’s zone will include activities such as vehicle silhouettes for children to color in, free giveaways and photo opportunities.

“I’m proud of the Ocean City Car and Truck Show,” Hoffman said. “It’s my baby. It’s something I built over the years with friends and partners. I’ve kept it going all these years by keeping my focus on the car enthusiasts.” 

Car owners can still register their vehicles Saturday or Sunday morning before 10 a.m. Cars can arrive at the parking lot as early as 8 a.m. There is still plenty of spaces available, Hoffman said earlier this week.

The Ocean City Car and Truck Show will take place rain or shine, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the 40th Street convention center.

General admission tickets cost $20 for adults; $10 for children under 12 and seniors over 65 and will be available at the door. Children 7 and under get in free with an adult. Weekend passes can be purchased for $30.

Visit www.occarshow.com for more information.

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