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Looks to be a good week of shows and cruise-ins in Central Ohio.  The biggest event of the week will be the 2nd Annual Performance Classic Car Show (formerly Blast from the Past) in Delaware, Ohio. Last year the show registered 450 vehicles. I anticipate attendance will be around the same or better this year.

We have a rare occurrence on Friday evening where two Chevrolet dealers will host competing events.  Jack Maxton Chevrolet will hold their July Friday Night Cruisin'. At the same time Chesrown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC will hold it's 3rd annual Friday Night Cruise prior to the downtown Delaware show. I haven't made up my mind which event I'll attend. Check in next week to find out which one I pick.

UPDATE (7-18-18):

A reader sent me an email that Chesrown will not be holding the Friday Night Cruise this year prior to the downtown Delaware show.  I contacted the dealership and they confirmed that this year's event is cancelled and will hopefully resume next year. 

UPDATE (7-20-18):

Thunderstorms are preventing electrical hook-up at Jack Maxton.  Friday's cruise-in has been postponed until next Friday (7-27-18)

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I was unable to attend any events this past week. My wife had shoulder replacement surgery on Tuesday which thrust me into the role of primary caregiver as well as nurse for the week. Her recovery is going well so I hope to get back out and attend a few shows this weekend.

Thanks to the Shankle's for once again sending me photos and info from the shows they attended.

I noticed that attendance seemed a bit down this week.  It could be that a lot of classic car owners were a little "burned out" from the two big shows the week before and felt the need to take a break.  This is also the peak time for summer vacations which may have been another contributing factor. Whatever the reason, the shows this weekend didn't seem to have big attendance numbers.

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Here's the events I found for this week.

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With temperatures in the low 90s, and humidity pushing 100%, and zero breeze to speak of, the majority of participants in 21st Annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike Show in Urbana, Ohio chose to park in the wooded area surrounding Skelly Lumber rather than the open field. The annual 4th of July car show hosted by the Champaign Cruisers registered 472 vehicles this year.  This was down from the 640 cars and trucks that registered for last year's show.  No doubt the heat and humidity had an effect on attendance.  It was beastly hot even in the shade!

Prior years the president of the Champaign Cruisers Car Club was the lead organizer of the show.  This year organization was turned over to a committee of club members. I'm please to report that the committee didn't miss a beat.  This is one of the best organized shows you'll ever attend and this year was no exception.

The show is also a pretty good bargain.  The $10 registration fee automatically enters you in the drawing for door prizes (most of which are gas cards) and the drivers pot.  One lucky participant went home after the show $472 dollars richer. The show also claims to be largest 50/50 raffle drawing in the area.  The winning half on Wednesday was over $1000 dollars making this claim hard to refute.

There were plenty of food choices.  I counted no less than nine food vendors at the show. They offered everything from kettle corn to pizza.

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With a mid-week 4th of July celebration, the 36th Annual Arthritis Classic Car Show, and the 21st Goodguys PPG Nationals on the schedule for the weekend, there's no question this is biggest week of the season for Central Ohio car shows. Every car enthusiast should be able to find something to attend this weekend.  Here's hoping the weather cooperates.

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As I indicated in last week's Upcoming Events, I was out-of-town this past weekend attending a family reunion. Special thanks to Jeff and Pam Shankle who graciously jumped in for me and sent reports from the three events they attended over the weekend.

Der Dutchman:

After being literally washed out the previous week, the Der Dutchman Restaurant cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio was back in business on Thursday. While no new attendance record was set, the cruise-in continued strong participation with 141 cars.

Here are some cars I don't remember seeing at prior cruise-ins.

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Here are the shows and cruise-ins I've been able to find for this week.

I'll be out-of-town starting on Thursday to attend a family reunion. I'll be relying on my good friends to send me information and photos about any shows they attend over the weekend.

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The Empty Pockets Cruisers made an excellent decision to reschedule the Hilliard Historical Village Car Show from Saturday to Sunday.  Not only did the show not have to contend with scattered showers, but the move made it the only major show on the schedule in Central Ohio for Sunday.

With the good weather and date change, the show managed to register 148 vehicles. This compares to 111 vehicles registered last year when the show was held on a Saturday and had some other competition. I overheard one of the Empty Pockets Cruisers say this was the second best turn out they've had for the Hilliard Historical Village show.

Jim McGruder once again provided the music for the show. There were door prizes plus a 50/50 raffle. Food was available from members of the Hilliard Historical Village. Haggerty Insurance was there with a vendor booth.

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Two episodes of showers failed to dampen the 9th Annual Dave Gill Summer Car Show. Fortunately, the last half of the show stayed rain-free so the roads were relatively dry for the drive home.

The Cross Flags Corvette Club helped host the show at Dave Gill Chevrolet on East Broad Street and Hamilton Road in Columbus, Ohio.  Music  was provided by C. S. Sound. Poppy's Roadside Diner provided food and refreshments.

Everyone who registered  a car was automatically entered into a drawing at the end of the show for a 4K Samsung TV.

Speaking of registration, the show registered 90 vehicles. The weather forecast kept registration down to about half of what it has been in previous years.

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A rare mid-week show at The Inn at Olentangy Trail is on the schedule for this week.

I couldn't find anything for Sunday so it looks like a good day to catch up on those home projects you've been putting off.

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