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Most of my time this week has been spent moving my Dad from skilled nursing care to assisted living. As a result, I haven't had much time to devote to this blog. I hope to have a report from last week posted before the end of the week. Keeping my fingers crossed...

A few more events have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. We're almost half-way through the season and I can't believe the number of events still being posted.

Just want to give everyone a heads up, This site is linking to an old version of the Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride 2019 schedule. The old version has Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard scheduled for a show this Saturday (7/20). The date of that show has been changed to September 7. If you have a copy or link to an up-to-date version of the Auto Smarts schedule, please let me know. I'm told there may be as many as six versions floating around the interweb. Unfortunately, I can't find any of them.

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The "Big Dog" in town this week is the 22nd Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.

For those not interested or able to attend Goodguys, there are still plenty of smaller shows in the area to pick from.

A few more events have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. Most notable are the Aladdin Shrine and Blackwing Shows.

One thing to note is the date change for the Discover Church Cruis'in' for a Cause show. The original set of flyers has the date as September 15. The date has been changed to September 22 because a number of church members are unavailable on the 15th.

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Sorry, I don't have much to report on from the July 4th weekend.

I drove to Tee Jay's restaurant at the corner of Morse Road and High Street Saturday evening only to find out the show had been canceled that morning because of the threat of weather.

To say I was a little perturbed at finding the show canceled would be an understatement. I had been on the Facebook pages of both www.carshows.com and Ohio Car Shows and Cruise-In multiple times Saturday afternoon and there were no postings indicating the cancellation.

All I can say is there's got to be a better way to get the word out when a show is canceled. I suppose you could argue that I was the idiot for not calling the restaurant before driving over. In all fairness, it was perfectly sunny (although hotter than blue blazes) when I left the house. Radar showed most of the showers were north of Columbus, and the hourly forecast called for only a 10-20% chance of rain during the show hours. Fortunately, I live less than 6 miles from the restaurant so it wasn't a long drive. And I did manage to catch my friend who lives on the west side of Columbus before he left the house.

I guess you can chalk it up as one of the risks of doing car shows in Ohio during the summer months.

Vintage Auto Club of Delaware First Friday

Marty Ruiz was kind enough to send me the link to the photos he posted on his Facebook page from Vintage Auto Club of Delaware First Friday cruise-in at Freddy's Restaurant on Route 23.

It looks like they had about 20 cars show up. Given how hot and muggy it was Friday evening, that's not bad.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Massey's Pizza

Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride 2019 show tour made its way to Massey's Pizza in the Indian Mound Mall in Heath, Ohio on Sunday.

The show registered 65 cars. Best of Show went to this numbers matching 1958 Corvette Roadster belonging to Jane and Dave Winkle of Granville, Ohio.

That's it for this week's report. As I wrote at the beginning, it was short sweet and to the point.

This week the "Big Dog" in town will be the 22nd Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals at the Ohio State Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. I've been wanting to do the All American Sunday event for the past four years. My goal is to finally do it this year. Hopefully, the weather cooperates. Look for a substantially bigger report next week.

The C-Town Cruisers hosted their annual Independence Day car show on Thursday at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus, Ohio.

The past two years I've driven to Skelly Lumber in Urbana, Ohio to participate in the Champaign Cruisers Car Club annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show. This year, however, I decided to stay a little closer to home.

It also helped my decision about which show to do that the C-Town Cruisers planned to present awards between 2:30 - 3:00 PM. All the other shows advertised awards at 5:00 PM. The thoughts of spending all afternoon in July's heat and humidity did not have much of an appeal to me.

The show registered a total of 36 vehicles. I figured the number would be closer to 50 cars based on the Veterans Day show last November. I guess heat and humidity are a bigger deterrent to car show participation than cold and salt.

Inside, members of American Legion Post 144 put together a very nice potluck for the cruisers. Cost was based on whatever you felt like donating. There were hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and potato salad, chips, and plenty of deserts.

Just like the Veterans Day show, the C-Town Cruisers created custom trophies to celebrate our great country's birthday. The trophies included 25 "Favorite" and a "Best of Cruise".

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The combination of July 4th on Thursday plus the first weekend of the month make this one of the busiest weeks of the year for events.

Just a reminder, no Der Dutchman Cruise-In this week due to the holiday.

A few more events have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. July and August are "jam packed" with events to mark on your calendar.

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The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain, Ohio held its first ever Coffee + Donut cruise-in Saturday morning. The event turned out to be a big success with 69 registered vehicles. Twelve were first time participants. Not bad considering the other shows in the area going on simultaneously.

For a little change of pace, the coffee and donuts were served out of the barn. The cost was $1 for a donut and $1 for a cup of coffee.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the coffee and pastries.

The cars parked in the field adjacent to the barn rather than the usual Thursday evening cruise-in spot.

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Wednesday evening The Inn at Olentangy Trail senior Center registered 56 vehicles for their third annual car show. More than double of what turned out for the first show in 2017.

Cars from as far away as Marion and Bucyrus drove down to participate in the show. By 5 PM parking was at a premium.

Even Boots from Auto Smarts Radio stopped by with his "BADD '57".

Show registration was $10. The Inn served hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and a beverage for the cost of whatever you wanted to donate. There were door prize baskets and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from the show go to Alzeheimer's Association.

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The big event this week will be the 37th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In in Dublin, Ohio. There are still plenty of events in the area for those of us not going to the Arthritis show.

Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio will be holding its first Coffee and Donut Cruise-In Saturday morning. There will be special pricing on donuts at the Cruise-In. I can taste the long johns already.

Another dozen shows have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. July and August are "jam packed" with events to mark on your calendar.

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More than 260 cars and trucks packed Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio for the dealership's first Friday Night Cruisin of the season.

The beautiful weather not only brought out a lot of Chevys from around the area but also a lot of spectators. The band Electric Super Friends lit up the evening with classic rock tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. The band sounded great!

The featured Chevrolets this month were:

  • Maxton's Favorite Corvette from the years '53-'67, '68-'82, and '84-present.
  • Maxton's Favorite Truck
  • Maxton's Favorite Corvair
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Summer officially begins on Friday at 11:24 AM. Woo-hoo!

We've got a full slate of events for Friday and Saturday this week. Choices are a little lite for Sunday.

A dozen or so events have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. Flyers for shows in July, August, and September are finally being posted.

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