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Annapolis downtown expecting to shut down due to “Hoonigan” filming this Thursday, October 22.

Updated: Oct 19


The city of Annapolis’ mayor’s office announced Friday that the presence of film crews will cause the shutdown of parts of downtown Annapolis.

The city’s press release states the filming is being undertaken by Hoonigan Productions.

“The project will involve precision driving and stunts. Areas of downtown will occasionally be secured for the safety of the public,” it reads.

Hoonigan Productions did not appear to have a functioning website. It was unclear if the website, Hoonigan.com was affiliated with Hoonigan Productions.


The website Hoonigan.com, describes a “hoonigan” as “A person who operates a motor vehicle in an aggressive and unorthodox manner, consisting of, but not limited to, drifting, burnouts, donuts, as well as acts of automotive aeronautics, One who hoons.”

“We’re much more than a brand,” the website states. “We’re a community, an entire

subculture fueled on the shared passion of going fast and breaking things. We don’t just create our content. We live for this shit.”



"an entire subculture fueled on the shared passion of going fast and breaking things."

Hoonigan.com’s header states: “We’re about this life: Cars. Fun. Debauchery.”

The mayor’s press release states the City of Annapolis receives reimbursement for use of public areas and associated costs for public safety staff.

The project will involve precision driving and stunts. Areas of downtown will occasionally be secured for the safety of the public.


Filming is set to take place in the following areas:


  • 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - City Dock/Newman Street/Compromise Street and Dock Street areas. Expect road closures and parking restrictions. This area will not be open to the public.

  • 11:30 to 4 p.m. - School Street/Church Circle/West Street. Expect road closures and parking restrictions. Taylor Avenue/Poplar Avenue (behind the Graduate Hotel). Expect road closures.

The statement reads: "Road closures will be limited to a few minutes at a time. Designated film crew staff will facilitate resident access to their homes during the time of filming. Annapolis Police will assist with traffic control and road closures. “No Parking” signs will be posted 48 hours in advance of the filming."

The city has provided a Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) page to help answer some residents' questions.

The FAQ indicates drones will be used, residents with residential parking space that is eliminated for the filming will have to get a pass for a public garage from the city. Noise from the cars being filmed may be loud at times.

In late September, a pop-up car rally in Ocean City, MD resulted in near-riot conditions, at least 100 people were arrested, and a state trooper was knocked unconscious by a suspect.

Friday's Annapolis press release concludes by stating:

"The public should be aware that there may be areas of downtown that are completely off-limits during the time of set-up and filming. If you plan to come to watch, please be aware that you may be turned away at the site.


Efforts to reach out to the film company Friday were not successful.