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Thousands of car enthusiasts from across the country spend all year looking forward to spending the last weekend of September in Ocean City, Maryland.

It’s the same period when the resort town of less than 10,000 year-round residents braces for a storm of sorts. 

In 2018, the H2O International car show officially left Worcester County to set up shop at a New Jersey hotel. Its promoter condemned Ocean City officials, the media and others, writing in a letter that they unfairly tied the event to a flood of unruly visitors in the town.

The event’s relocation has done little to quell the droves of spectators and drivers who flock to the Eastern Shore at the end of September to showcase often heavily modified vehicles with burnouts, doughnuts and other daring roadway displays.

Thousands of car enthusiast flock to Ocean City Maryland over the last few days for the unofficial H20i. Police agencies from around the state were in full force, enforcing the event zone, as hundreds of the cars were impounded and towed. Thousands of people were out looking and participating Saturday, September 26 in Ocean City. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Daily Times)

Although these visitors may be filling hotel rooms and patronizing local restaurants and bars as the resort season begins to wind down, they’ve also earned the ire of locals and town leaders who have described their behavior over the years as disruptive, disappointing, dangerous and appalling.

Here’s a look back at how H2Oi got its start in Worcester County and the evolution that spawned an independent gathering of thousands of car enthusiasts who continue to come back even after the formal event’s relocation.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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