Approximately 30 - 40 cars showed up on Tuesday evening for the first Polaris Hilton cruise-in. Considering the colder than normal temperatures, this was an impressive start.
As you can see from the photos, the parking area is huge. It can easily support more than 100 vehicles. There's also plenty of room for canopies and lots of shade trees around the perimeter whenever the weather around here finally decides to warm up.
The N.S.R.A Safety Inspectors were available to anyone wishing to have their vehicle inspected.
The Hilton passed out coupons giving vehicle owners special pricing at The Bar@8700 inside the hotel.
My only complaint was the lack of music. Without it, the environment seemed a little sterile. Otherwise, this cruise-in shows a lot of potential. I can't say I'll make it every week, but I'll definitely show up to a few more before the summer ends.
The Central Ohio weather on Saturday suddenly changed from early spring to mid-summer overnight. Afternoon temperatures in the mid-80s and lots of sunshine brought out the cars on Saturday. Just about every show in the area had better than expected turn out. Some even set registration records.
I managed to break away for a few hours Saturday evening to attend the Cruisin' with the King show in Marysville, Ohio. The Shankles were once again kind enough to send me lots of photos from the Empty Pocket Cruisers Armed Forces Day Car Show they attended earlier in the day.
I received an email this week about a new cruise-in starting up.
The cruise-in will be every Tuesday evening from 5 PM to 9 PM starting this coming Tuesday (May 21) and going through the end of September.
The location will be the large surface lot adjacent to the Columbus/Polaris Hilton Hotel. The lot has over 130 parking spaces. All vehicle owners will receive a coupon for discounted food options at the Hilton's bar @8700.
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If you're into cruise-ins, there's now the Hilton on Tuesday, Wendell's Pub on Wednesday, and Der Dutchman on Thursday.
I only attended one show this weekend. I had plans to participate in the Jim Hamilton show on Saturday but my father was rushed to the hospital with chest pains and shortness of breath early Saturday morning. I spent most of day at the hospital with him. Thanks to friends, I have a bunch of photos from the Hamilton show.
Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts
The Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show Friday evening was my one and only show of the weekend.
This was the second show of the season for the monthly event that takes place at the Advance Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio. This month's show registered 21 vehicles.
Five members of the Rod Knockers Club of Marion, Ohio made the drive from Marion to attend the show.
Jack Maxton Chevrolet has finally posted their Friday Night Cruisin flyer to their Facebook page. This is a free registration ALL Chevy-powered car show held on the third Friday of the month from June through September.
Because of Mother's Day, I could only find one car show for Sunday. The Facebook post for this show only has information about time and location. If you're interested in going, I would recommend giving Chazziz DJ Service a call (937-218-2290) before making the trip down I-71. Update: I was sent info about a second car show scheduled on Sunday in Springfield, Ohio.
The first Der Dutchman cruise-in is two weeks away. I received the following email from Wayne Nisly asking for help spreading the word on several matters associated with the cruise-in. Here's Wayne's email:
Could you help me spread the word on two matters, please?
For our first Cruise In this year, May 23, we are doing a little memorial for Carry Davis. I have planted a tree in his memory; the tree is by the building where we serve the Cruise In food. Also, for that evening, I have a gift for the first 200 who bring a car.
Second; Paul Wightman had a stroke and is in intensive care and on a ventilator.
Thanks, I hope to see you soon
If you're looking for a list of future events, check out the 2019 Save The Dates Part Two post. It's the most complete list of Central Ohio events on the web.
With the start of May, I predicted that cars shows taking place in 40-degree weather would be over for a while. Boy, did this weekend make a liar out of me!
Rain and cold temperatures both Friday and especially Saturday kept a lot of cars at home. The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio First Friday cruise-in had only 20 cars show up this month.
The good news from the evening is that our good friend, Frank Sanborn, won the 50/50 raffle and donated his half back to the club. As a result, $110 will be going to Hospice of Delaware.
I was one of only nine cars that turned out for Coffee and Cars at the Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio on Saturday morning. Temperatures fluctuated between 49 and 50 degrees all morning with a pretty stiff wind out of the north.
As we head into May the weather should finally start to warm up. Hopefully, no more car shows in 40-degree temps for awhile.
May looks to be a busy month. The Roundtown Cruisers and Der Dutchman Restaurant start their series of events this month. The big swap meet in Springfield is scheduled at the end of the month. The end of the month will also see several events celebrating our Armed Forces. Let's hope the weekends stay relatively dry.
If you're looking for a list of future events, check out the 2019 Save The Dates Part Two post. It's updated each week as events around Central Ohio are announced.