The Mid Ohio Cruisers kicked off the 2018 car show season on Saturday with their annual Snow Ball Cruise-In at the Burger King restaurant in Marysville, Ohio.
Much better weather last year saw 20 vehicles show up for the cruise-in. Snow fall earlier in the week made road conditions for this year's cruise-in less than ideal and forced many to keep their cars in winter hibernation. Only nine vehicles, mostly rat rods, braved the messy roads and registered for the show.
Despite the road conditions, the Snow Ball Cruise-In provided an excellent opportunity for a mid- winter "get together". The Burger King dining area was packed wall to wall with car enthusiasts. The crowd had good representation from the Rod Knockers Club of Marion, Ohio and the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio.
Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle were offered along with trophies for three "Favorite" vehicles selected by the members of the Mid Ohio Cruisers.
Here are this year's trophies winners:
The Mid Ohio Cruisers will begin their monthly cruise-in schedule for 2018 on April 21. For those of you who may not know, the cruise-ins are held on the third Saturday of the month from 6-9 PM, April through October at the Marysville, Ohio Burger King. Registration is free and open to all makes, models and years. So mark your calendars, it's a great way to spend a Saturday evening.
Editors Note: I was unable to attend this year's cruise-in due to a death in the family. A special shout out goes to my good friends Jeff Shankle and Frank Sanborn for their on-site reporting in my absence.
As the end of the year rapidly approaches, It's a good time to take a moment to look back at the 2017 car show season. I had planned to write this year-end recap back in November, but family commitments, Thanksgiving, my spouse convalescing from a total knee replacement, and updates to the website delayed this by a few weeks.
Now that things have started to settle down a bit, let's look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2017 season.
I managed to attend 80 events from January through November. Of the 80 events, only six did I attend as a non-participant.
The list below reflects my opinion of the events I attended. In no way does it encompasses ALL the events that took place in Central Ohio during the season. If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good or bad, please share it in the comments. Feel free to also post a comment if you disagree with any of my choices.
Ok, so let's get started with the Good.
BEST REGISTRATION FEE CAR SHOWS:
Champaign Cruisers 4th of July Car Show at Skelley's Lumbar Company in Urbana, Ohio. You can tell the Cruisers have been doing this for 20 years. The show is extremely well-organized. The club even goes as far as to mark off parking areas in the grass with spray paint. There were plenty of food vendors, nice door prizes, a unique venue, and great mix of vehicles from Ohio and Indiana.
Vettes, Rods and Classic Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio. Hosted by the Capital City Corvette Club, this show has grown steadily every year. The Creekside district makes a unique venue for a car show. There are plenty of restaurants in the district to meet most everyone's culinary tastes. Judging is based on a point system, and awards are presented in two categories, one for the Corvettes and the other for the rods and classics.
Cruisin' for a Cause at the Discovery Church in Dublin, Ohio. This show
raises money for a different cause each year. This year the cause was Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. In addition to the cars, there's also a craft show and model car contest going on simultaneously. Each year the show offers unique custom hand-made trophies. All vehicles are thoroughly judged and awards are based on a point system.
As I mentioned in the Upcoming Events post from last week, I did not attend any shows this weekend because of the Ohio State vs Penn State game, and family visiting from out-of-town specifically for the game.
Speaking of Ohio State vs Penn State, can you believe that game! It will go down as one of the "classics" ever played in Ohio stadium. My wife and I almost left after the fumbled exchange between Barrett and Dobbins at the 13 minute mark of the 4th quarter. We decided to stick it out to the end, and boy am I glad we did.
Even though I was unable to attend any shows this weekend, my good friends Jeff and Pam Shankle along with 23 other "hearty" soles braved the cold temperatures on Sunday to attend the Axes and Axles Firefighters Car Show in West Jefferson, Ohio. Jeff and Pam were kind enough to send me some photos from the show.
The show was held at Ann & Tony's Restaurant in West Jefferson, and hosted by the Jefferson Township Fire Department.
I recognize a few of the cars from the show.
Here's Mike Gibson's 1947 Buick Super convertible.
And Frank Deering's "Proud To Be An American" Corvette.
I think I see Quentin Sayer's and Craig Grunkemeyer's Corvettes in this group.
The Shankle cars.
You know it's cold when you have to break out the gloves and blanket.
The forecast on Saturday proved to be correct for a change. As promised, it turned into a two car show day.
TRUNK OR TREAT
I started the day at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church on Leap Road in Hilliard, Ohio for the Empty Pockets Cruisers Trunk or Treat Car Show. The show has quickly become the number one Halloween themed car show in Central Ohio. With afternoon temperatures in the 70's and plenty of sunshine, the show set a new record with 168 registered vehicles.
The Zombie Disposal Unit arrived early to protect everyone from ghouls, ghosts, goblins, and of course, zombies.
Turned out to be interesting weekend of car shows and cruise-ins for me.
Friday evening my car suffered its first door ding (see red circle below) at the final First Friday Cruise-in held by the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware. It appears to have come from a fellow Camaro owner which made it even worse.
I called my paintless dent repair guy, Jan Golebiowski, on Saturday morning to see if he could work his magic. By 10 AM Monday, the dent was gone.
If you're ever in need of paintless dent repair, send me an email using the Contact Us form and I'll be happy to give you his phone number. I've used him on multiple occasions and his work has always been impeccable.
The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held the end-of-the-season cruise-in banquet on Thursday. More than 134 people signed up for the festivities.
For a little historical perspective, this marked the sixth year the restaurant has held a weekly cruise-in from May through September. The very first cruise-in occurred on May 24, 2012. A total of seven cars showed up for that first cruise-in. Boy have things come a long way since then.
Here are some of the highlights from this season...
The cruise-in reached 100 automobiles (104 to be exact) for the very first time on June 29. The 100 mark would be reached again on August 24 and September 28.
Bad weather affected five cruise-ins including the first week
Host, Wayne Nisely, missed his one and only cruise-in on June 22 because of a health issue.
Wayne celebrated his 79th birthday on July 27, however, the celebration had to be postponed to the following week because of bad weather
This season had 183 first-timers. There were first-timers every week except for two of the rain outs
327 people participated in at least one cruise-in this season
My four-year old grandson recorded his first ever cruise-in
Der Dutchman presented everyone that registered for the banquet a beautiful plaque commemorating the season.
Of course, there had to be group photo of Wayne and the gang before the evening ended.
I think I can speak for everyone when I say a heart-felt thanks goes out to Wayne, his wife, Luella, Victor, Drew, and the Der Dutchman management for making this season the best one yet.
Next year's cruise-ins will kick-off on May 24, 2018. I've already got it marked on my calendar. Can't wait for another great season.
On Sunday, automobiles started lining up on Riverside Drive around 6:00 AM to enter the Columbus, Ohio Zoo to participate in the 10th annual Colo's Classic Car Show. Last year the show set an attendance record with over 1300 vehicles. With a perfect weather forecast on tap, this year's show smashed the previous attendance record with more than 1500 registered vehicles! After GoodGuys, Colo's Classic has become the second largest single day car show in Central Ohio.
I arrived at the zoo around 8:20 AM. The line of cars waiting to get in to the Zoo went down Riverside Drive and wrapped around to Powell Road. It took me more than 30 minutes to get into the Zoo. I was directed to the zone 2 parking area which was just south of the Jungle River Falls ride. The cars in this area were packed in like sardines. I was instructed to park in the back corner of the zone. I pulled forward to straighten my car before backing into the spot and ran over someone's cooler with the front of my car. As you can imagine, I was pretty freaked out over the incident. Fortunately it was a soft-side cooler and as far as I can tell no damage was done to the cooler or my car.
Obviously, everyone had the same idea I did and arrived early. For those that did not pre-register, the registration fee was collected as you entered the zoo. This contributed to the long line of cars waiting to enter the zoo. The cars were directed into two lanes which helped, but the service road from Riverside Drive was never intended to hold two lanes of traffic. Things were really tight.
I hope the organizers rethink how cars enter the zoo. It took about 5 minutes to exit the show through the main parking lot to Powell Road. It seems to make sense to have vehicles also enter from the main parking area instead of the service road off Riverside Drive.
Once I got settled and verified that the front splitter on my car was okay, it was finally time to enjoy the show.
On Saturday the Medicine and The Arts Board at The Ohio State University held their second annual car show. The show took place at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research located at 930 Kinnear Road.
Last year the inaugural show at Don Scott Airport attracted 50 automobiles. This year only 15 cars registered for the show.
Despite the low turn out, the show had a nice mix of domestic and foreign models.
The oldest car at the show was a 1927 Ford Model A. The newest a 2018 Corvette Stingray.
Porsche, Fiat, Triumph, Volks Wagon and Lamborghini represented the foreign models.
I made the drive to Sunbury on Sunday morning to participate in the 28th Annual Sunbury Lions Club Country Cruise-In (formerly ASC Sunbury Relay for Life Country Cruise-In).
Although the weather was unusually warm for this time of year, no one complained too much. We all understood there won't be many more warm and sunny days left in this year.
The Lions Club did something new this year that I think deserves comment. They added three additional "Favorite" awards for vehicles 2000 and newer. This brought the grand total of "Favorites" to 73.
From what I understand, there were a few complaints last year about some of the newer cars receiving awards. You can count my 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible as one of those newer cars to receive a "Favorite" award at last year's show. Some felt the show was exclusively a "classic" car show, and as such, only classic vehicles should be eligible for an award.
I think any show intended for "classic" only cars should be up front about this in all advertising and marketing. I have no issue with a show specifying that it's for cars of a certain age. On the other hand, understand that those of us with modern sport or muscle cars do enjoy showing off our vehicles too. If we give up an afternoon and pay the registration fee to participate in a show, it's only fair that our vehicle be considered for award. What is frustrating is a show that readily takes your money but has no intention of considering your car for an award.
With that said, I applaud the Lions Club for recognizing the newer cars. This makes good business sense as it will expand the number of vehicles likely to participate in the show each year. There's talk of increasing the number of 2000 and newer awards to five for next year's show.