Bowties by the Beach

By Chuck Vranas   –   Images by the Author

For diehard Chevy owners there’s nothing finer than rolling open the garage door after a long winter of wrenching on your ride to welcome another season of amazing weather and the opportunity to burn plenty of high-octane fuel. To take it up yet another notch, add in the promise of plenty of sun and surf combined with the opportunity to hang out with an endless stream of high-horsepower rides for a fun-filled weekend and you’re destined for muscle car nirvana. If you dig hopped-up Bowties packing everything from huffed big-blocks to turbocharged LS engines and everything in between, then the 33rd Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City in Maryland is your promised land. This picturesque little seaside community was the place to be May 16-19, 2024, along with well-over 3,000 registered car and truck owners rolling into town to cruise the 10-mile strip and check out just what makes this event so very cool.

002 Classic car show with Ferris wheel and roller coaster in the background

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Picture the sight of miles of manicured beaches with the echoing sounds of surf complemented by plenty of old-school amusement rides and arcades while the hypnotic scent of numerous food vendors brings you back to days gone by. After picking up your credentials at the convention center, it’s a short drive down the strip to the “Inlet” which serves as the epicenter for the weekend’s festivities. With the ability to accommodate up to 1,500 vehicles, it’s the perfect place to check out many of the region’s most-wicked muscle cars, hot rods, customs, and classic trucks packed with all the right goods, making them truly stand out under the sun. With a jam-packed event schedule, you’ll find plenty of exciting mini events happening across the strip throughout the weekend, so parking turns over regularly, allowing everyone a chance to stop in and visit. One of the most coveted tickets of the weekend is getting a chance to participate in the early morning cruise down the historic boardwalk while being cheered on by legions of enthusiasts lining the route.

003 Black 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS with a supercharged engine on display

But wait, there’s even more to check out, like the numerous mini events in the area at a number of venues, including ones at the convention center, Grand Prix, Seacrets, Northside Pit & Pub, Green Turtle, Jay’s Café, Gold Coast Mall, and Papi’s Tacos, to name but a few. The team at Cruisin’ always strives to bring plenty of great entertainment and celebrities to the party and this year it was an amazing get-together starting with comedian and true automotive enthusiast, Jay Leno, performing live on stage. There was also a 50th anniversary of Happy Days with Anson Williams and Donny Most as well as custom car builder Chuck Miller showcasing both the Red Baron and Bugs Buggy iconic show cars for visitors to enjoy.

004 Black 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS driving on a boardwalk

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While most events call it quits by the end of the day, at Cruisin’ it’s time to top off your tank, grab a bite, and head out on the ’strip while endless crowds line the sidewalks to check it all out well into the night. The promoters generate even more excitement with numerous trophy award ceremonies and scheduled entertainment. This is one show that always reaches capacity well in advance, so plan ahead for next year!

005 Black 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS drag car with Novacaine written on the side

You can check it all out at specialeventpro.com.

006 Blue 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS with custom body modifications indoors
007 Yellow 1955 Chevrolet Nomad dragster with a raised front end
008 Silver and black 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS with a supercharged engine
009 Orange 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS parked near a Ferris wheel
010 White 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS with hood scoops in a parking lot
011 Blue 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS parked near a Ferris wheel
012 Custom 1955 Chevrolet Nomad with flame paint job and hood open
013 Black 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS with hood open
014 White 1965 Chevrolet Nova Gasser with American flag paint job
015 Green 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS with 396 badge
016 Orange 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS with hood open
017 Blue and white Chevrolet Vega Motion Super Vega
018 White 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS with hood open people gathered around
019 Beige 1966 Chevrolet Nova drag car with First Love on the side
020 Detailed view of a polished engine inside a red Chevrolet
021 Detailed view of a polished engine in a racecar with Steve Ismael Racecars valve cover
022 Polished Chevrolet engine with red spark plug wires in a light green car
023 Engine view in an orange car with detailed chrome components
024 Polished Chevrolet engine with dual carburetors in a white car
025 Tri power engine setup inside a red classic car
026 Engine with individual throttle bodies in a black engine bay
027 Red and silver 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air with hood open
028 Light green 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS with hood open
029 White 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS with hood open
030 Blue 1979 Chevrolet Camaro with hood open
031 Dark green 1961 Chevrolet Impala with hood open
032 Silver and black 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS with supercharged engine
033 Black 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS parked near trees
034 Red and silver 1964 Chevrolet Corvette with flames hood open
035 Red 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS with black interior
036 Dark blue 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS with chrome wheels
037 Red 1966 Chevrolet Corvette with hood scoop
038 White 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS parked at a car show
039 Red and white 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air with chrome accents
040 White 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS with hood open
041 Maroon and white 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air with chrome wheels
042 Detailed view of a polished engine with Vortech supercharger
043 Polished twin turbo engine in a black car
044 High performance engine with dual carburetors in a white car

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