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.
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.
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.
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
The Saturday morning cruise-in at the Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio had such a good turn out that parking had to be extended to the grass areas surrounding the bank. The bi-monthly cruise-in saw more than 43 cars and trucks drop in during the three-hour event.
Some really outstanding vehicles made an appearance this month. Continue reading
The Giant Eagle store at Grandview Yard was the site of the third annual Jim Young Memorial Car Show benefiting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
Attendance for the show has steadily increased each year from a first year total of 35 cars to this year's record attendance of 102 vehicles.
Donations were accepted in place of a set registration fee. The show also included a bounce house, kid games, raffle prizes, 50/50 drawing, and baked goods. You could even paint a Volkswagen Beetle.
Live entertainment was provided by the Revelators. This band only plays for charity events. I've got to say it was refreshing to hear something other than 50's and 60's music for five hours.
The event was well-organized. Volunteers helped park cars as the parking spaces started to fill up. There was plenty of food and drink options available at the Giant Eagle. Which, by the way, is one of the largest grocery stores I've had the pleasure to shop in.
You couldn't ask for better weather to kick off the first Der Dutchman cruise-in of the season. The restaurant in Plain City, Ohio registered 90 vehicles during the evening. Of the 90 that registered, 20 were participating in the cruise-in for the very first time.
Scattered showers played havoc with this week's car shows. On Friday, the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride at Tin Pan Alley in Hilliard, Ohio had only 17 cars register for the show. Cruisin' with the King in Marysville, Ohio didn't do much better on Saturday evening with just 16 registered cars.
I had planned to do the Meet to Beat Leukemia car show at Columbus State on Saturday afternoon and Cruisin' with the King Saturday evening, but showers right as I was ready to leave for both shows killed those plans.
Luckily, the weather gave us a break from the showers on Sunday so the whole weekend wasn't a complete wash out (no pun intended).
4TH ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CAR SHOW
The Empty Pockets Cruisers' made a wise decision on Friday to move their Armed Forces Day Car Show at the VFW Post 4931 in Hilliard, Ohio from Saturday to Sunday. As it turned out, Sunday's weather was near perfect for a car show.
Despite a forecast of rain and storms, I managed to make it to three events over the weekend, one as a spectator and two as a participant. Best of all, not one drop of rain fell on my head.
Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights
I started the weekend with a visit to Lewis Center, Ohio on Thursday evening for week two of Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights.More than thirty cars showed up during the hour I was there. Because of the limited parking, the cruise-in is reserved for vehicles 25 years and older.
One of the vehicles to show up this week was this awesome Chevrolet Thriftmaster pick up. The truck was absolutely pristine!
The Rod Knockers Car Club registered more than 100 vehicles for their May show at the Rural King in Marion, Ohio.
As always, the show attracts a lot of great vehicles from around the area. There's always good participation from the Marysville, Delaware and, of course, Marion areas.
One thing I love about going to car shows is discovering something different and unique. This month it was a 1978 Cadillac "flower" car.At first, I thought the car had been modified by the owner but later was told there are several aftermarket companies that purchase factory vehicles and modify them to be used to transport flowers for funeral services.
I got a kick out of seeing a drain in the back of flower bed.