H2Oi 2016 | Ocean City

Ocean City, Maryland, has become a synonymous amongst not only the East Coast VW & stance scenes in North America, but now Worldwide. Thousands of enthusiasts drive thousands of miles for the annual experience of the fabled straight piped VR6 alarm clock, the infamous OCPD at every turn, and the awe inspiring multi-day rolling car show on Coastal Highway.

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We were greeted on Sunday by sunshine, fluffy clouds, and peaceful seas. A delightful change of pace, compared to the now famous Hurricane H2Oi of 2015. In true Ocean City fashion, the clouds were due to change throughout the week. This gave us everything from rain, wind, and the opportunity to hone one’s indoor mini golf skills with friends in between rounds of happy hour tacos and laps of the strip, if only to prove that Mother Nature cannot impede a good time while on vacation.

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When blessed with the occasional flash of sunshine, many rushed to open their detailing bags and get to work on their cars, for more window-down enjoyment on Coastal Highway. Wastegates flutter. Anti-lag gets shown off at stoplights. OCPD gets one on the hook for negative eleven degrees of camber on a late model Volvo wagon. Crowds gather on the sidewalk to watch brightly colored, freshly waxed vintage metal cruise past. Cameras pan across traffic from the sidewalk and balconies. Someone does a burnout in a fox-bodied Mustang. John Ludwick and friends cruise into a fried seafood shack on the strip to snack and watch traffic pass for an hour. Taco happy hour rolls around once more.

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Words can scarcely describe the ever diverse display on Coastal Highway, which eventually settles down for the big event down at Fort Whaley Campground. Then, all too soon, it’s time to pack up for the long haul home, and begin marking the 360+ days until the next chance to live the H2Oi dream again.

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Until next year, Ocean City.

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Photography: Sadie Fortin
Words: Brian Buckley

Check out the full album here: H2Oi 2016

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