The founding father of H2O Worldwide not too long ago posted a letter to the occasion’s web site in an try to defend his place after heavy criticism of the automobile present.
Jay Shoup of Berlin addresses what he believes are public misconceptions of the 20-year-old occasion.
Shoup condemns Ocean Metropolis officers, police, misbehaving youngsters, different automobile reveals and the media in his prolonged deal with.
The founder writes his automobile present has nothing to do with Ocean Metropolis, and it shouldn’t be blamed for the actions of some who additionally haven’t any reference to H2Oi.
The present most not too long ago happened in Whaleyville earlier than it was canceled final 12 months, and attendees usually keep within the close by resort.
The occasion identify “H2O” references modern-era Volkswagens and Audis which might be water-cooled, slightly than air-cooled. Shoup canceled the present in 2017, however drivers joined collectively in an H2Oi Fb group with greater than 35,000 members to arrange a weekend in late September.
With the cancellation, Shoup writes that nothing ought to be labeled as H2Oi that occurred final 12 months, arguing it is a totally different set of individuals and occasion.
Shoup describes how H2Oi has developed an unfair fame, writing that different automobile reveals like Cruisin’ and OC BikeFest trigger undesirable exercise but are sanctioned to be on the town.
The “actual” occasion in Whaleyville, he writes, doesn’t trigger points and is totally totally different than what happens in Ocean Metropolis.
Space automobile reveals have struggled for years with methods to manage the actions of these interested in the gathering of those autos however who don’t formally take part within the occasion.
Shoup writes he is provided to pay for extra for regulation enforcement, assist clear up and donate to the police division as an olive department, however he is depicted as elusive determine by Ocean Metropolis leaders.
He additionally alleged media shops of sharing misinformation and never talking with him. Delmarva Now has reached out to Shoup many instances in earlier years with no response.