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    Are they still coming that first weekend in October, 1st - 4th?

  • #2
    Yes they are. And while most of them are trying to encourage the rest to behave, it's that other element that has been stirring things up. They're going to test the police as much as they can. It's Winefest weekend at the inlet too and that's such a nice event. Such a shame.
    Sorry, but you won't catch me near OC that weekend.
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    • #3
      Thank you for the response. I am vacationing in OC from Sept 25th - Oct 4th. It looks like I will have to deal with them or leave early. Last year was the worst that I have ever seen it with this car event. It had nothing to do with showing off the cars. It just was a drunkin, noisy mess. It's a shame, but OC has been ruined with all of these car events.

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      • #4
        All I can tell you is that the city is aware and have plans in place to help control the madness. And the organizer of the show has been repeating over and over again to the participants to behave themselves. They've been on FB telling everyone to behave. It is supposed to be only for VW and Audi cars, and the event itself is just that. But there are so many kids with souped up bumble bees that just go there to raise heck, drink, and try to get away with stuff. I sure hope this year is different.
        The good thing is that Frontier Town, Fort Whalley, and Castaways were all recently sold and hopefully the new owner will say "no more" after this year. Fingers crossed.
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        • #5
          I was there for this event last year.

          While I was in one of the taverns on the Boardwalk (thankfully, I don't even think most of the riff raff is of legal drinking age), I heard one of the bartenders say that he was heard from one of his buddies at the OCPD, who said that they'll be ready for them this year and won't be caught off board.

          Hopefully, the OCPD delivers and makes examples out of the trouble makers.

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          • #6
            This event caused us to cut our vacation short last year to go home. The noise and commotion was awful. It was overwhelming.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ocfan View Post
              This event caused us to cut our vacation short last year to go home. The noise and commotion was awful. It was overwhelming.
              That's awful. In what part of town were you staying?

              I was there the last weekend in September last year. We stay in West OC, and when we went into town, we stuck to the downtown / Inlet area. While there was a lot of noise and obnoxious dirtbags on the roads, we weren't bothered in the West OC Harbor, or on the Boardwalk.

              But I heard midtown was a disaster.

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              • #8
                One thing needs to be clarified here. This event is NOT part of Ocean City, is NOT put on by Ocean City or endorsed in ANY way by the city. The event is held outside of OC at the Fort Whalley campgrounds. It is a private event. It started out as just for Audi and VW owners, but word got out and now every kid with a rice burner shows up to go crazy. The kids just book hotels in OC and like to drive into town to raise hell. And OC is left to clean up the mess.
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                • #9
                  As someone who has been coming to this event for 15 years, I can tell you that the constant referencing to the crowd as all 'kids' is absolutely incorrect.

                  I don't know if any of you live in OCMD, but if you do, I would imagine that you remember the event that long ago as well. When it was still held at Ocean Downs (before the casino was built)

                  You want to know what the issue is? It has nothing to do with these people and German car crowds or these people and Japanese car crowds...

                  H2Oi was always the 'laid back BBQ and music fest' and at some point, idiots decided that they would try to ruin it. It used to be ONLY VW and Audi owners who would go for the weekend, but as German cars were among the first in the US to be a part of the 'wheel fitment' and 'stance' scene, a lot of those younger, irresponsible turds who want to fit into a group and be cool and be famous on Instagram started showing up and being 'internet tough guys' in real life. It is slowly happening to Cruise Week as well.

                  VW & Audi purists are among the most relaxed and chill people in the entire world of cars. They are trying so hard to police the show themselves, but the problem is that the non-VW/Audi group has now outnumbered them. Again, this isn't pointing blame at any group of car owners, but the whole point of the show has been lost and overshadowed by what happens in OC proper. I remember the first year I went, which was the first year I got my license, and it wasn't any of this parking lot rioting or street racing on Coastal Hwy...we would just sit on the side of Coastal and watch cars drive by - EXACTLY like Cruise week...well, almost.

                  See, the other thing I don't understand is how everyone accepts Cruise week, and bashes H2O. Cruise Week is a bunch of super loud, super old muscle cars with more than a handful doing burnouts and racing down Coastal Hwy in 1000+hp cars made 40 years ago that are clearly the safest things known to mankind. If you don't want to believe me, just go type in 'cruise oc burnout' or 'cruise oc street race' into Google. You take testosterone and gasoline, mix them together, and it doesn't matter what kind of car it is...it becomes a **** measuring contest.

                  I apologize for rambling, but personally I am more irritated that the event is ruined than about people pointing fingers. The fact that the OCPD has decided they can check a car's alignment (camber) on the road to impound it, yet not bother gigantic lifted diesel trucks or tubbed out drag cars on the street is also irritating.

                  I do know that I can't deal with going anymore after being stuck in the middle of the mess (I'll just call it a riot, cause that is what it literally was) at 45th Street, not to mention the traffic nightmare and all the disrespectful people that will undoubtedly show up. And that's where the problem lies...the troublemakers WILL come back, and people like myself who show up the next morning to help clean up trash in parking lots so the image of what the show really is doesn't get lost, won't.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by frankenstein! View Post

                    See, the other thing I don't understand is how everyone accepts Cruise week, and bashes H2O. Cruise Week is a bunch of super loud, super old muscle cars with more than a handful doing burnouts and racing down Coastal Hwy in 1000+hp cars made 40 years ago that are clearly the safest things known to mankind. If you don't want to believe me, just go type in 'cruise oc burnout' or 'cruise oc street race' into Google. You take testosterone and gasoline, mix them together, and it doesn't matter what kind of car it is...it becomes a **** measuring contest.

                    There is a double standard. Pure and simple. And I am a guy in his mid 40's (who drives a modified Subaru....so I don't fit the kid mold either). It seems to be that the prevailing thought is that H2Oi is full of those rowdy kids looking for trouble, and Cruisin is an older crowd that are all saints. When there is trouble during Crusin, well it isn't the cruisers, it is other people that come down.
                    I've been harping on this since last year. OCPD really stoked the flames by setting up just before the Rt.50 bridge and stopping cars and sometimes impounding cars for "safety" violations. Ticky tack stuff like ride height. Cars that were otherwise not involved in any moving violations. This is stupid on their part. So now you have pissed off people, add alcohol to the mix and spread rumors about cops harassing people for no good reason and, voila recipe for disaster.

                    Meanwhile, during Cruisin you get burnouts and speeders left and right .When pressed, we get the response of "well these people aren't part of the show". Why aren't the H2Oi crowd afforded the same benefit of the doubt? It seems like the cops are more interested in harassing the "kids" and leaving the older crowd alone. No matter what the Cruisers do. During Cruisin week, I notice tons of cars that are NOT street legal. Cars that should not be on a public road. Also, if the cops are going to harass the "kids" with ticky tack violations, why not do the same thing to the motorcycles? Such as maximum sound level? I have 30% hearing loss and even I had pain in my ears from many of these bikes this weekend. They were deafeningly loud. In MD the law is 86dB at 50 feet. So many, many bikes far exceeded that.
                    But that will never happen because of the double standard that exists.

                    For example, during Cruisin week, I had a headlight go out on my drive down to OC. The next day, I get pulled over DURING THE DAY (3pm.. I have daytime driving lights) The cops didn't see me and assumed I was a kid (remember I am in a modified Subaru). I saw him walk up to my bumper and then he stayed their for a while. I was wondering what the heck was going on so I turned on my rearview camera and I see him measuring my bumper. What a piece of work. My car isn't even close to being that low. It has a 1" drop from a stock STi. Meanwhile cars are doing burnouts at the light near where I am pulled over. He was surprised when he finally came up to my window (I assume because he was expecting a kid and he got me). So I got a safety repair warning. No big deal for me as my friend owns a repair shop and he just signed my repair order. But I was irked that instead of pulling over people driving insanely on Coastal, he has me pulled over for a headlight being out.

                    I would like to see OCPD address moving violations. Stop the speeders or the red light runners. I really don't care if a lowered car is driving around super slow. I care about my kids and I risking our lives walking along or crossing Coastal Hwy, or the dirtbags that decide that they want to perform a burnout at a light. Stop them. The only safety violation I care about is cars that have slicks. (only seen this during cruisin) They have no business on public roads.
                    Last edited by Cobra617; 09-20-2015, 04:45 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Well said, frankenstein! & Corba617, & very well written! Someone connected to each of those events should make sure that all OC councilmen/women, the mayor & Chief of Police receive a copy of those posts. I think that big problem with both events is the wannabees. And, short of simply not having the events there really isn't a good solution. There is just no way for the police to sort out the real event attendees & those who just came to act like event attendees & cause trouble. It would be nice if there was a way to turn the bad guys away at the Rt. 50 bridge.

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                      • #12
                        EllAnn, the city has NOTHING to do with this event so all of the letters in the world won't make any difference. This event is not sanctioned or put on by Ocean City. It is a private party who hosts the actual event outside of Ocean City. But the participants and the wannabe's stay in OC, and drive their cars in OC, and cause a whole lot of problems for the town. And that being said, the police have every right to stop them when they're acting irresponsibly or in ways that violate the town's laws.
                        This year, I think the participants, etc. are going to find a big difference from last year. The police are ready for them. There are new rules in place pertaining to gatherings in public places and places where businesses have stated that the cars aren't welcome. But the event organizer has asked publicly and on all of the forums and FB pages that pertain to this event for everyone to behave responsibly, and to obey the laws, and to be respectful of the town and police. He himself is saddened to see what the weekend has become. Because the show itself is good! Nice people. It's the one's who don't attend the show but just drive down for the weekend to raise hell.
                        It's going to be interesting to say the least. But I for one will be far away.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Z06RL View Post
                          EllAnn, the city has NOTHING to do with this event so all of the letters in the world won't make any difference. This event is not sanctioned or put on by Ocean City. It is a private party who hosts the actual event outside of Ocean City. But the participants and the wannabe's stay in OC, and drive their cars in OC, and cause a whole lot of problems for the town. And that being said, the police have every right to stop them when they're acting irresponsibly or in ways that violate the town's laws.
                          This year, I think the participants, etc. are going to find a big difference from last year. The police are ready for them. There are new rules in place pertaining to gatherings in public places and places where businesses have stated that the cars aren't welcome. But the event organizer has asked publicly and on all of the forums and FB pages that pertain to this event for everyone to behave responsibly, and to obey the laws, and to be respectful of the town and police. He himself is saddened to see what the weekend has become. Because the show itself is good! Nice people. It's the one's who don't attend the show but just drive down for the weekend to raise hell.
                          It's going to be interesting to say the least. But I for one will be far away.
                          Hopefully, the OCPD will stop the reckless drivers. I don't care about those cars that are lowered to crazy levels. Those are the "low and slow" crowd. If anything they drive too slow. They are the ones that got picked on for ride height violations by the the OCPD last year. Meanwhile, we had the fast and the furious flying around my neck of the woods. (North OC). I didn't see a single car get pulled over for driving like a lunatic.
                          I look forward to that weekend as it gives me a reason to bring my car down. (Usually we drive an SUV down). I look forward to cruising on Saturday night.
                          There was, what I thought to be a great idea floating around. Give these kids a legitimate place to park and show off their cars. (Convention center maybe) Charge a nominal admission fee. That way tensions are lowered. Instead of chasing them away from various parking lots, they can have somewhere to go where they won't be harassed. Kind of what skate parks are meant to do. (Give kids a place to skate where they won't be harassed) Does my generation not remember what it was like to be a teen?

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                          • #14
                            I want to add one more thing. While I am not an OC local, I am as close as you can get. We are there Friday/Saturday/Sunday of every week as well as a couple of 2 week stays. (Except Jan/Feb where we only go down twice a month) So my family and I are there, about 40% of the year.

                            From my experience, from a safety perspective, Cruisin weekend is far worse than any other show. Bike week is the biggest nuisance. H2O had issues with speeding cars, but IMO Cruisin was worse. Now I am in North OC so I didn't get to witness the fiasco on 45th st of H2O weekend last year.

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                            • #15
                              Cobra,

                              I have to agree with you on the nuisance of the bikers. Some of those bikes are so loud, they could nearly bust an eardrum. I know the town has a noise ordinance in place, so why are bikes excluded? Most of them are way louder than any stereo blaring from another balcony, that I've heard. And driving on the road with them... A good portion of them are self-righteous, entitled, a**hole riders that pay little respect to any other drivers EXCEPT other bikers. You have the crotch-rockets zig-zagging between vehicles at 80MPH and then you have the old hogs going 15MPH under the speed limit in the far-left lane, just looking all around at everything. And what is the point of sitting at a red light, revving your engine 18 times?? Let's just add to the noise pollution. I'm glad they give the town a boost on business past Labor Day but I am not sorry to see them go.

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