The weather made a 360 degree turn around this past week. Going from monsoon-like rains of the previous week back to summer's normal hot, dry, and humid conditions.
I managed to get four events in this week thanks to the weather and Ohio State having a late game on Saturday evening.
I once again started the week at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. The weekly cruise-in had another strong week of attendance with 139 registered vehicles. Twenty-five of the 139 were first time participants.
One of those first-timers was Kevin Kelly and his 1932 Ford hot rod. For those who may not know Kevin, he ran the weekly cruise-in at Wholly Joe's restaurant in Lewis Center. With the restaurant closing its doors, Kevin's Thursday evenings are now free so I'm guessing we'll see him a little more at Der Dutchman.
The cruise-in has set a goal to reach 200 cars this coming Thursday (9/20). If the goal is reached, everyone will receive a free cup of ice cream! The weather forecast is calling for sunshine and warm temperatures. If you're free Thursday evening, come on out to Der Dutchman and help set a record.
I can't remember the last time the weather washed out an entire weekend of car shows.
I received information that no less than six events were either rescheduled or cancelled altogether because of the heavy rains left over from tropical storm Gordon.
Even the organizers of the Ohio Corvette Alliance All Corvette Show finally succumbed to the weatherman and cancelled their show around 6AM on Sunday.
The only event I managed to attend over the weekend was the Der Dutchman Cruise-in on Thursday evening. Only 30 cars braved the threat of rain and turned out this week.
One of those cars was this 2005 Ferrari Scaglietti belonging to Tim Smith.
The drawing for desserts and gift card was held about 45 minutes early so everyone could head home before the rains started falling again.
At the moment, the weather forecast looks dry for this coming week. Hurricane Florence, however, is on a course to hit the east coast later in the week. Let's hope it has little impact on Central Ohio's weather. I don't know if I can take another "washed out" weekend.
PLEASE NOTE: Events are being cancelled or postponed due the weather forecast. I'm updating this week's upcoming events as I get information on the event's status. Still a good idea to call the event contact before heading out to any show this weekend.
On The Rocks Bar and Grill in Dublin, Ohio held their annual fall car show on Sunday.
In past years, the fall show has been held on the second Sunday in September. However, this year the date was changed to the first Sunday of the month.
I found out about the date change through a regular visitor to this website who sent me message on Wednesday that the show was scheduled for Labor Day weekend. I couldn't find any announcement on oldride.com, the bar's website or it's Facebook page. Matt Herman was kind enough to send me a link to the show's flyer. I'm still waiting to hear where Matt found it.
Unfortunately, the combination of date change and lack of promotion lead to less than 80 registered vehicles. Normally the spring and fall shows attract well over 100 vehicles.
There were still some very nice vehicles on display despite the lower than usual turn out. And as always, the money raised from the show goes to support the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
This past weekend turned out to be a busy one. I managed to get in four events over four consecutive days. During those four days, my car was exposed to monsoon-like rain storms twice!
It all start with my usual Thursday evening hangout at Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio
I didn't get there until after 6 PM because I had to pick my car up from Esoteric Fine Auto Detailing in New Albany, Ohio. The car was there for installation of perfectly illegal window tint. Let me just say the drive from New Albany to Plain City in rush hour traffic is not a pleasant experience.
By the time I arrived at Der Dutchman, there was a significant number of cars already parked on the other side of the fence.
The combination of perfect weather and rain the week before worked together to help set another attendance record. The cruise-in registered 169 vehicles beating the previous record by 22 cars! Nineteen of the 169 were first timers.
To thank everyone for coming out and setting a new record, the restaurant raffled off two $30 gift cards to the restaurant and gift shop instead of the usual one.
Wayne Nicely, host of the cruise-in, is shooting for 200 cars on September 20. If you're free that evening, stop by Der Dutchman. Wayne has promised FREE ice cream for everyone if the cruise-in meets that goal.