Ask any high-performance car owner what the most gratifying part of ownership is and the majority will tell you it’s the driving experience. The simple ability to pull into the local gas station, tank up, and hit the open road. It doesn’t matter if you’re headed out to a local cruise night, rolling highway exits on the road to nowhere, or on your way to a national event. Nothing beats the exhilaration and sounds of a hopped-up V-8 as it moves through the gears. Now add a cool destination to the mix that promises sun, surf, and plenty of hot cars as far as the eye can see and you’ve got a magic combination for a wicked weekend horsepower festival.
Now celebrating its 21st year, Endless Summer Cruisin’ in Ocean City, Maryland, creates the perfect atmosphere for any automotive fan with a formula that can’t be beat, all wrapped up in a very quaint seaside venue. This year over 2,000 registered guests checked out the 10-mile strip packed with a full schedule of neat happenings.
Your day gets started at the Inlet, a zone that serves as the epicenter of the event through the weekend. There’s nothing better than being surrounded by the sun, manicured beaches, and killer surf. The area accommodates 1,500 vehicles, which gets packed early, but since this is a true driving event, spaces open up regularly throughout the day. The vibe is nothing short of amazing. Everywhere you look there’s an endless array of Chevy muscle cars, hot rods, customs, classic trucks, and restos. Anchored by an old-time amusement park complete with a boardwalk that literally stretches for miles, it’s a true walk down memory lane where arcades and amusement park rides once ruled. As you review your program you can set times to hit the strip to check out a number of satellite events as the day moves on.
The schedule is so well balanced that it’s easy to set a course for many of the neat happenings, including an early morning cruise down the historic boardwalk with fans cheering you on from the sidelines. There’s also an indoor car show and get-together at the convention center, and mini-shows at neat places like Hooters, Cowboy Coast, Phillips Crab House, and others. When the sun sets, it’s time to hit the strip and participate in the cruise, which lasts well into the night. There are also a number of special celebrity appearances, countless trophy ceremonies, and scheduled entertainment.
This is an event that’s sure to sell out so plan ahead for next year. You can check it all out at specialeventpro.com. CHP
Photography by Chuck Vranas