Endless Summer Cruisin

More than 2,000 hot rods, customs, classic, street machines and other cars will be on display this weekend at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street and the inlet parking lot. 

Thousands of automotive enthusiasts will return to the resort as engines roar for the 24th annual Ocean City Endless Summer Cruisin’ event.

This year, organizers Meredith Herbert, Jacklyn Lehr and Bob Rothermel plan to give attendees one of the East Coast’s largest fall car shows, featuring thousands of street machines, trick trucks, hot rods, classics and customs, which will be on display at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street and the inlet parking lot.

“The fall event is a little more laid back,” Herbert said on Tuesday. “We take less vehicles for this event.”

Though slightly smaller than the Spring Cruisin’ event in May, all 2,500 entry spots into this week’s Endless Summer Cruisin’ event were sold out weeks ago.

Unlike the spring event, which features cars from 1979 and before, Endless Summer is open to all automobiles.

This year, entrants will be allowed to take part in the Boardwalk parades on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. Staging for the parades begin at 27th Street, and cars start rolling at 8 a.m. to the inlet parking lot.

Drive-in movies will also make their return this year at the inlet lot. 

By popular demand, Herbert said, “American Graffiti” will be shown on Thursday night, and on Friday, “Back to the Future” will be featured. Both movies will begin at 7 p.m., and although it is free to watch, people are reminded they will have to pay for parking in the lot.

There will be car shows and corrals at the inlet lot and convention center Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday there will be a neon and LED light show from 7-9 p.m. 

Admission to the car events on Thursday and Sunday is $10 per adult, and $15 for adults on Friday and Saturday. Children under 14 are free with a paying adult, and tickets are good at both the convention center and inlet lot.

Along with car shows, the inlet parking lot will have top brands like Advance Auto Parks, AMSOIL, GEICO, Advantage Lifts and Summit showcasing their products in a midway. Vendors will also be setup at the convention center, both inside and outside, selling automotive merchandise, arts and crafts, jewelry, T-shirts, and a wide variety of other items.

Jerry Mathers, also known as “The Beaver,” from the classic television show, “Leave it to Beaver,” is scheduled to appear at the convention center on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the inlet parking lot on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also making an appearance is Joe Zolper of “Garage Squad,” who will be at the inlet lot on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the convention center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another event scheduled for this year is the pedal car show, Herbert said, which features small cars for kids that are decorated by their parents to make them look like hotrod strollers.

Herbert said the pedal car show is a way to get future cruisers involved at a young age. It will take place at 6 p.m. in the inlet parking lot. 

And to bring things to a close, the Grand Finale Awards will take place on Sunday in the inlet lot, where more than 500 trophies, plaques and awards will be handed out along with over 3,000 giveaways.

For more details about registration, health guidelines, hotel accommodations and more, visit https://specialeventpro.com/endless-summer-cruisin.

The city has been under Special Event Zone regulations since Tuesday, which means the speed limit is 30 mph, fines are higher and enforcement will be stricter, including the possibility of arrest.  

To learn more about the Special Event Zone visit https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/police/special-event-zone/

This story appears in the print version of Ocean City Today on Oct. 8, 2021.

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