There's nothing more gratifying than hitting the open road in your vintage Corvette. The ability to experience the adrenalin rush associated with putting down the miles in America's most revered sports car is the stuff legends are made of. When its time to make plans for visiting an outdoor automotive event half of the fun is actually plotting out the course and driving there regardless if it's in your own backyard or somewhere across the country. Now imagine a place where there's unlimited cruising bordered by perfectly maintained beaches, amazing surf and an endless schedule of things to do. For the 29th year the promoters of Cruisin' Ocean City in Ocean City, Maryland, have rewritten the book on what makes a car show cool.
The picturesque seaside community welcomes over 3,000 registered car and truck owners every May to enjoy cruising their 10-mile strip while also participating in a weekend long celebration of horsepower. This is a true driving event where you can put down as many miles as you like from the moment you get into town. Once you pick up your credentials its time to head to the Inlet which acts as the epicenter for the weekend with parking for up to 1,500 cars on a rotating basis. You're immediately consumed by a vast array of Corvettes, muscle cars, hot rods and customs all parked beachside creating an amazing backdrop to frame the show. The sounds of the ocean accented by hopped-up V-8's makes for a truly memorable experience especially when combined with a classic amusement park complete with a Ferris wheel.
As the weekend unfolds you're able to participate in early morning cruises down the historic boardwalk while being cheered on by an endless stream of fans. When the need to feed hits there's nothing like the intoxicating scent of fried goodies on the boardwalk to transport you back to when you were knee-high to a C1 bumper. You'll find plenty of mini-events scheduled at numerous venues up and down the strip including ones at the Convention Center, Hooters, Crab Alley and many more. There were also a number of special celebrities to meet as well as numerous award presentations to attend. Once night falls most cars shows wind down but in Ocean City the streets come alive with plenty of thundering V-8's cruising on the strip under the lights bringing plenty of magic along with it. Plan ahead for next year to experience all the fun, you can check it all out at www.specialeventpro.com
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