Law enforcement and elected officials will meet Friday to discuss final preparations for the upcoming tuner car event dubbed the pop-up rally, expected to take place the weekend of Sept. 25.
The Motor Event Task Force consists of several local and state officials and residents of Ocean City to address several car events that take place in the resort.
Since its evolution from another car event, the pop-up car rally has turned into a social media-generated event of mostly 18-40-year-olds with Hondas, Mitsubishis, and various other car brands – mostly Asian – that are outfitted with spoilers, nitrous oxide systems, and engine tune-ups that force backfires with loud pops.
But along with showing off their cars, drivers often tear up and down the streets and challenge each other. Some of the challenges include burnouts or spinning donuts in intersections blocked off by a crowd of spectators.
Officials are preparing for the worst, and on Friday they plan to discuss things like adding temporary speed bumps and rumble strips on heavily traveled roads as well as enforcement of trespassing on private property protected by the Ocean City Police Department after hours.
The implementation of a special event zone, where speeds will be lowered in the resort area and enforcement will be strict, will also be discussed on Friday. To enforce the speed zone, neighboring law enforcement agencies are expected to be in Ocean City for the rally.
The Motor Event Task Force meeting will take place on Friday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. at City Hall on Third Street and is open to the public.