Hi Jawaad. Screenshot by Alex Lau/Car vs America
Hi Jawaad. Screenshot by Alex Lau/Car vs America

We’ve called H2Oi the most ticketed car show in America, but you don’t understand just how many cars there get pulled over until you show up. Which we did. And we got got, too.

This year, H2Oi was cancelled. Well, it was postponed. Well, the official car show that is H2Oi didn’t take place this year. But that didn’t really damped anything. Just about everyone going to Ocean City, Maryland, taking over its main drag and side streets for the entire H2Oi week only went to go to Ocean City to take over its main drag and side streets. So this year’s unofficial H2Oi was just as crazy as it’s ever been, if not more so.


We went down to Maryland and brought a TV crew along with us this time. Last year, we went in a slammed Subaru Baja on bags. This year we bummed rides from other attendees and filmed all the action. For our very first trip down Coastal Highway, we sat right seat with Elizabeth Perez (known to her 60,000 Instagram followers as @Mickbeth) and her buddy Jawaad Shafique in a static Scion FR-S with a Rocket Bunny bodykit and a BMW 335i on air ride. It took us about five minutes before we got pulled over.

Only it wan’t us, it was our camera car, and then our camera car again, and again. I don’t even remember how many times we had run-ins with the cops over the course of that weekend.


No car event I’ve ever been to has had more of a cat-and-mouse atmosphere, cops versus stance kids. H2Oi might not be your scene, but you should go, if only to feel that sense of total immersion into a complete car world, where all cars are modified, where every moment of driving feels illegal.

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Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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