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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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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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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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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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Participants of Saturday evening's Cruisin' with King car show at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio  watched as thunderstorms skirted around the area. Lightning and thunder could be seen and heard north and east of the restaurant, but luckily only a few light sprinkles fell on the cars.

The unusually warm temperatures and the threat of storms kept attendance down to 58 registered vehicles for this month's show. More cars showed up during the evening but chose not register. This is always puzzling since registration is free.

You can count on some unusual and unique vehicles to show up at a Cruisin' with the King show. This month Nathan Zuver brought his 1949 Crosley Sedan. The Crosley was manufactured in Marion, Indiana from 1939 to 1952.

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Beautiful summer-like weather greeted the first Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin' of the season. Music by the Hipnotics mesmerized the crowd throughout the evening.

Nice weather and first show is generally a combination that attracts a lot of cars. Friday's cruise-in was no exception. The show "officially" registered 252 Chevys. Counting the cars that showed up but didn't register the exact total was likely more than 300 cars.

My friend and I got there at 3:30 PM so we could get parking spots in front of showroom.  We knew if we showed up much later all the spots out front would be gone.  I've been to previous Maxton first shows of the season that had cars parked in between rows of parked cars.  Even though Friday wasn't quite as crowded as some past shows, there were still a lot of cars.

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For the second week in a row the Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City, Ohio set an attendance record at its weekly cruise-in. 

This week 144 vehicles were registered during the evening.  Thirty-five of those vehicles were first time participants.

Here are some of the cars from this week's cruise-in:

First and sixth generation Camaros.

Dan Varner brought another one of his "Survivor" cars.  This time his 1968 Pontiac GTO.

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For the second week in a row, the weather forecast played havoc with car shows scheduled for the weekend.

After two consecutive months of record-breaking attendance, The Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show on Friday evening in Marysville, Ohio got hit by area rain showers.  Only nine cars managed to dodge the rains drops and make it to this month's show.

A line of storms north of Marion, Ohio on Saturday morning put a damper on the two shows scheduled in Bucyrus, Ohio.

Sunday wasn't any better. The On the Rocks show in Dublin, Ohio and the Whitehall VFW Post 8794 show were postponed and cancelled because of the threat of storms in the afternoon. (As I write this at 2:14 pm on Sunday not a single rain drop has fallen).

It's just a fact of life that outdoor events scheduled during the spring months in Central Ohio run the risk of bad weather spoiling the fun.

INSIDE I-270 ON SATURDAY SAVES THE WEEKEND

Fortunately, the weekend wasn't a total bust. Two shows held at locations inside the  I-270 outer belt around Columbus, Ohio were able to avoid any bad weather.

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The third cruise-in of the season at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio set a new attendance record with 130 registered vehicles.

To handle all the cars, the inside of the horse pen was utilized for the overflow parking.Of the 130 cars that turned out on Thursday, 29 were first time visitors to the cruise-in.

One of those first time visitors was Dave Bratton with his 1937 Ford convertible. Dave is a regular participant in Central Ohio car shows.

Doug Leffel brought his 2018 Chrysler 300 "Hemi" this week instead of his Porsche.  The paint color on his car is called "Magnum Steel".  It can look black, gray, or dark blue depending on lighting. Continue reading