Cruisin 2016 featured close to 3,500 Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Trick Truck and more cruisin the streets of Ocean City Maryland during the four day long automotive event. Participants came from over 20 states plus Canada! With so much to see and do, Cruisin 2016 was fun for all!
The epicenter of the event was the Inlet Parking Lot. With the beatiful beach on one side the classic boardwalk on the other it makes for an ideal location for car shows. Leaving the Inlet one could visit various satellite car shows through out town including the Ocean City Convention Center, Crab Alley, Embers Restaurant, the Gold Coast Mall, Hooters Restaurant, Phillips Crabhouse, Phillips Seafood House, Ropewalk OC and Seacrets, just to name a few. Throughout the weekend over 500 awards were selected by various businesses, town representatives, community leaders, event sponsors and others which were presented at the daily award ceremonies and the Sunday Grand Finale Awards.
Special guest at this year’s Cruisin, from the hit TV show "Vegas Rat Rods," custom car builder Steve Darnell was at the event Friday and Saturday. As the mastermind behind all the builds at Welder Up Steve was on site to talk about all of his wild creations, plus sign autographs and pose for pics. Also joining in on the fun, television and movie star Alexandra Paul, best known for her role as “Lt. Stephanie Holden” on “Baywatch” and loved by car enthusiasts for her role as Leigh in the horror masterpiece “Christine.” Alexandra was at the event for meet and greets Friday & Saturday. Plus spectators could get the rare opportunity to take a pic of Alexandra with the 1958 Plymouth Fury "Christine Show Car," which was on display inside the OC Convention Center.
Some of the country’s top national names were showcasing their products in the manufacturers midway at the Inlet parking lot including ACCEL, Advance Auto Parts, Axalta, Baer, Comp Performance, Eckler Industries, Flaming River, Flowmaster, GEICO, Goodmark, Grundy, Holley Performance, K&N, KJR, March Performance, Meguiar’s, Miller Electric Welding, MSD, Optima, QA1 Precision, Radley Chevrolet, Ridetech Suspension, Ron Francis Wiring, Slide-Lok, Speed Unlimited, State Farm, Tremec Transmissions, USA Lifts and Wissel & Walsh Insurance. At the Convention Center there was Mishimoto, Treasure Motorcar Services and many other vendors selling automotive merchandise along with arts, crafts, jewelry, t-shirts plus other specialty items both inside and outside.
Back by popular demand The Doo Wop Project rocked the stage Thursday, May 19th at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center (located inside the OC Convention Center) in front of an almost sold out crowd! This show featured stars from the Hit Broadway shows “Jersey Boys” and “Motown the Musical!” Concert goers got the chance to hear some of their favorite songs by Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Four Seasons, Jason Mraz and others! The show received a standing ovation with everyone wanting more!
Express Auctioneers returned to Cruisin Ocean City Thursday May 19th and Friday May 20th for the OC Collector Car Auction inside the OC Convention Center. Lots of great rides went across the auction block and found a new owner at the sound of “SOLD!”
Friday night featured the “Friday Night Lights NEON & LED Show” at south first street and the boardwalk. Many cool rides displayed some gnarly lights and trophies were awarded to David Galban with a 68 Pontiac, Brian Cope with a 66 Chevy, Artie & Kathy Bunting with a 68 Chevy, Rich Hall with a 34 Ford and Lovelle Mason with a 68 Buick.
Saturday night the 2nd Annual Cruisin Pin Up Contest took place at the 28th Street Pit & Pub. Many lovely ladies were decked in their best pin up attired while the crowds cheered for their favorite. Over $500 in cash and prizes was awarded. First place went to “Macey Mae Snap” Macey Holyak, second place “Chevelle” Amy Shaffer and third place was “Lady Rockwell” Lori Dodson.
Additional Cruisin Ocean City highlights were the special Boardwalk Parades that took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Participants were able to take a cruise down the famous OC Boardwalk while spectators could sit back, relax and watch the cars go by.
On Sunday there was lots of excitement on the inlet stage. Starting things off was the Charity Banner Auction, which raised over $1,000 in ten minutes to benefit Building Better Days. Scholarships were awarded to four outstanding students, Alexander Martinazzi, Rachel Nelson, Shannon Robinson and Allison Shumate. This year’s door prize theme was Staycation or Vacation. Lucky participants could choose between items for their staycation (big screen Tv, Yetti Cooler, Garage tools and more) or items for their vacation (featuring travel bags with over $2,000 cash). Cruisier of the year was awarded to John Diaz from Staten Island New York, and a member of the Legendary Muscle Cars. An emotional moment during the Sunday Awards was when Wayne Pergonde won the Embers Award with his 39 Ford on behalf of his late brother. It had always been on their bucket list to drive to the Cruisin show from Hales Corner WI and this year Wayne made the drive for the first time, in his brother’s honor. Finishing out the show was The Grand Finale Awards where participants took home some pretty big trophies! Before Cruisin came to an end there were more than 500 trophies, plaques and awards presented plus over 3,000 giveaways.
We hope everyone had a safe trip home and we look forward to seeing you at the 27th Annual Cruisin Ocean City May 18-19-20-21, 2017.
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Please note the town of Ocean City has implemented a new trailer parking ordinance which prohibits trailer parking on city streets from May 1st – October 31st. Any Cruisin participants that will be parking a trailer on city streets will need a trailer parking permit. For more information on trailer parking please click here. When making your reservations p lease check with your hotel or condor to see if they provide trailer parking.
May 18-19-20-21, 2017
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May 17-18-19-20, 2018
October 4-5-6-7, 2018
Cruisin' Ocean City
May 18-19-20-21, 2017
Ocean City, Maryland
|This event is open to Rods, Customs and Classics 1976 and earlier.
All vehicles must be street legal with current state tags, licensed and insured (no motorcycles or scooters). No excessively loud exhaust systems. This event is limited to approximately 3,000 vehicles and sells out. The Entry Fee includes Driver, 1 Adult Passenger and Children under 14. Additional event passenger/guest passes may be purchased for $25 each in advance. (The entry fee minus processing fee is refundable with written request prior to March 1, 2016.) You do not have to be present all 4 days to be eligible for trophies, event plaques, sponsor awards or merchandise give-aways. Parades will be restricted and limited based on car count and time restrictions. Activities are subject to change. Parking is limited at all locations. The police take a very active and pro safety role in this event. You must drive responsibly and obey the laws at all times.
|CAR SHOWS, PARADES, ENTERTAINMENT and MORE...
Hat Pins & Dash Plaques to all Participants.
Locations include Inlet Parking Lot, Convention Center, plus various other shows.