Ocean City’s late-summer Street Rod Weekend this year will feature a downtown sock hop on Friday night and a concert by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday night.
The Classic Car and Street Rod Show is scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9 in Ocean City. The 43rd annual event will feature a display of modified cars 30 years and older. The annual Corvette Show – featuring models from every year Corvettes were manufactured – moves to the same weekend this year and rolls onto the boardwalk on Sept. 10.
As part of the tribute to cars and nostalgia, Cafferty will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. His band recorded the soundtrack to “Eddie and the Cruisers” in the 1980s and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the single “On the Dark Side.” The band has toured for more than three decades.
Tickets are $25 to $30 and are currently on sale at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling (609) 399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.
The street rods will be on display on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 before cruising down Asbury Avenue to the 1300 block (between 13th Street and 14th Street) at 6 p.m. That block will be closed to traffic for a free outdoor sock hop featuring Dick Richards and the Ready Rockers. Richards, 93, was an original member of Bill Haley’s Comets, and the drummer leads a rock band. Food vendors will include Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor and Boyar’s Market. The cars return to the Tabernacle from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 9, then move up to the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m.
Anybody interested in participating in the event can find more information and a registration form at ocnj.us/streetrods.
The Corvette Show will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 on the boardwalk between Sixth Street and 10th Street. For more information, visit boardwalkcorvettes.com.