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Photos, Videos Show a Bonkers Renegade Car Show in Ocean City This Weekend

The unofficial H20i event "can never happen again," the mayor says.

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said a car show this past weekend “placed our town, as well as our citizens and visitors, under siege and in danger.” It was an unofficial meeting of H20i, a legitimate car show that left Ocean City two years ago, though gearheads still tend to show up in a fog of nostalgia, or maybe that’s smoke from all the burnouts they did all over the roads.

There were fistfights, arrests, excessive cambering, fireworks, and a lot of people in banana costumes. And there was unsafe driving, in incidents like:

• A white car festooned with the words “THOT PATROL” in what looks like blue painter’s tape nearly hits a bunch of people.

• A BMW hits two onlookers. (Police say both declined medical help.)

Here’s a video of an apparent fistfight punctuated by a dinosaur waving a US flag. And, of course, there was a large group of people in banana costumes celebrating.

 

Were there burnouts and tire smoke? Oh my friend, there were burnouts and tire smoke.

 

A Chaotic Scene from the Unsanctioned H2Oi Car Event

A chaotic scene from the unsanctioned H2Oi Car event in Ocean City. A large crowd follows two cars doing burnouts before they are stopped by police.

Posted by WBOC TV 16 Delmarva's News Leader on Sunday, September 29, 2019

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Police told the Baltimore Sun that a group of people threw bottles and rocks at officers when they tried to break up a crowd of hundreds of people at 13th Street and Baltimore Avenue. This video appears to show a person getting tased in an unrelated incident:

“What took place this past weekend in Ocean City can never happen again,” Meehan wrote in a Facebook post Sunday, calling on Ocean City’s citizens, government, and businesses to come together and “take whatever action is necessary to stop this group from returning.”

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute, TBD.com, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.