OCEAN CITY — The 21st Annual Endless Summer Cruisin Car Show returns Ocean City on Thursday.
This four-day automotive event continues to be one of the mid-Atlantic’s largest fall car shows with more than 2,000 hot rods, street machines, customs and more attending. Show hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 6 and the Grand Finale Car Show and Awards Ceremony from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Inlet. This event will have various car shows at the convention center on 40th Street, both inside and outside, as well as the downtown Inlet parking lot and various citywide locations.
Scheduled to appear at Endless 2018, to help celebrate American Graffiti’s 45th Anniversary, are Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins. Clark and Hopkins will be at the convention center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and at the Beachside Inlet Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for meet and greets. Joining the fun, from the hit show Roadkill, Mike Finnegan will be at the event for one day only, Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Inlet.
Being held in conjunction with Endless Summer Cruisin is the 38th Annual Hot Rod & Custom Car Show Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. inside the convention center. It will feature some of the hottest show cars in the mid-Atlantic. Plus be sure to check out the American Graffiti show cars that will be on display and the “Black Out” Veteran Tribute Truck. Plenty of live entertainment on stage including Mook Jones on Thursday, noon-3:30 p.m., and Golden Touch, performing Friday and Saturday, noon-3:30 p.m. Also check out the vendor showroom for all your automotive needs plus jewelry, arts and crafts and more all inside the convention center.
Live in concert during Endless Summer Cruisin’s first day on Thursday will be one of the world’s best vocal groups, Rockapella, at 8 p.m. inside the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. The group has showing audiences everywhere the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality, featuring your favorite motown, classic, pop, rock and more. This will definitely be a fun night. Tickets are on sale now at the Ocean City Box Office (1-800-OC-OCEAN), TicketMaster (1-800-551-SEAT) or online at www.oceancityconcerts.com.
Some of the top national names in the country will be on display at Manufacturer’s Midway located at the Inlet including Advance Auto Parts, AMSOIL, Automotive Lift Service, Events Apparel, Keen, Maryland Lottery, Miller Welding, Sundance Vacations and more.
Another Endless Summer Cruisin Car Show highlight are the special Boardwalk parades that will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Staging begins at 26th Street on the boardwalk and the parade is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. from North Division Street on the boardwalk going south to the Inlet.
Tickets are $10 a day Thursday and Sunday and $15 a day Friday and Saturday, good at the Inlet and convention center. Children under 14 are Free with an adult. Four-day event passes are also available for $35. For additional information visit www.endlesssummercruisin.com or call 410-798-6304.
New this year, Endless Summer Cruisin and US 13 Dragway have teamed up for Takin’ It to the Strip, Oct. 5-6 at the U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar. This event will feature a “No Prep Shootout” Friday, “King of the Strip” Showdown Saturday and burnout contests, jet dragsters from Larsen’s Motorsports, vendors and car shows both days. Saturday will also feature meet and greets with Mike Finnegan from the hit show Roadkill from 7-9 p.m. and an American Graffiti race down the track with the American Graffiti replica cars. Events are open to vehicles of all years and makes. Show hours are Friday, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Spectator tickets are $15 Friday and $20 Saturday and will be sold at the U.S. 13 Dragway. Children under 14 are free with an adult. 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 www.takinittothestrip.com or call 302-846-3911.
Event organizers issued a safety statement ahead of this week’s event. It read, “Endless Summer Cruisin has always held safety as our 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. We encourage everyone that comes to Ocean City for Endless Summer Cruisin, both participants and spectators, to respect the town and abide by the rules. We look forward to a wonderful and safe Endless Summer Cruisin for 2018 and years to come.”