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.
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.
The All About Autism Car Show at Quaker Steak and Lube on Polaris Parkway originally scheduled for Saturday was changed to Sunday because of the weather.
It's always tough to write a negative review but Sunday's All About Autism show will not make my list of favorite shows this season. Myself and an estimated third of the 123 vehicles that registered for the show left well before the awards ceremony. I know the money went for a good cause, but I still expect better from a $20 registration fee. And here's why...
"Peoples Choice" judging. If you've read any of my prior posts, you know I dislike this method of judging. It turns judging into a popularity contest rather than based on the merits and appeal of the vehicle. I don't understand why organizers can't find four or five volunteers to walk around the show and pick their favorite cars. They don't have to be car experts, although that would certainly be a plus. Anything is better than peoples choice judging, in my opinion.
Lack of security surrounding the ballots. They were just sitting in a stack on the registration table. Anyone could come up, grab a handful and write-in their car in the first place spot on each ballot.
Timing of the awards ceremony. The show was advertised from 11 AM to 5 PM. The silent auction didn't start until after 3 PM. It was still going on at 4:30 PM with no indication of finishing anytime soon. I would guess more than a third of the cars had left by then. I had a commitment after 5 PM and couldn't stay any longer. I had been there since 10 AM which made for a long day!
This is the first time I've ever left a show before it was over. I couldn't help but feel a little ripped off as I drove away. I left feeling the cars were just a minor component of the show instead of a feature.
Car shows are supposed to be fun. Unless you hung out at the bar all afternoon drinking, the fun factor for this show was pretty low, at least it was for me. That's a shame since the show attracted some really nice vehicles.
If you attended this show, please let me know what you thought about it in the comment section. I'm curious to know if my perception is off-base.
Friday morning the index finger on my right hand encountered the supercharger belt on my Camaro. This gave me the opportunity to meet two very nice Columbus Police and Fire Department paramedics and spend eight hours in the OSU Medical Center Emergency Department. Let me just say the entire incident won't top my list of brilliant moves.
Since typing at the moment isn't very efficient, this week's report will be a little shorter than normal.
Starting with Der Dutchman, the cruise-in set a new attendance record this past Thursday. The restaurant registered 147 vehicles braking the previous record by four cars. More than 20 were first time participants.
The Thursday cruise-in has become so popular this season that the restaurant has added a second port-a-potty!
Boot's from Auto Smarts Radio stopped by again this week with his BADD '57 Chevy. He invited Bill Fowler (see arrow) From Baer Brakes to come out. Bill brought some Baer shirts with him that were raffled off at the end of the cruise-in.
The sweltering heat on Saturday didn't stop more than 300 cars from turning out for the Vettes, Rods, And Classics show at Creekside.
It was so warm that at least one participant had to be taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. I'm pretty sure I lost 10 pounds of water weight just cleaning up my car for the show. Water and shade were definitely your best friends on Saturday.
This is the 4th year the Capital City Corvette Club has hosted the show at the Creekside business district in Gahanna, Ohio. The district is a great venue for a car show. Along with plenty of restaurant and shopping choices, the area also includes a beautiful plaza and adjacent park. In four short years, this show has become one of the premiere car events in Central Ohio.
The weather this week rallied back from an almost complete washout the week before to be just about as perfect as one can get. Almost all events this weekend enjoyed dry skies and a little lower than normal temperatures and humidity. The only exception was Der Dutchman where a threat of showers on Thursday evening kept a few cars away. I'll talk more about that later.
JACK MAXTON FRIDAY NIGHT CRUISIN'
Despite being postponed a week, the Jack Maxton all Chevy show on Friday still managed to register 205 vehicles. The strong attendance relieved owner Jeff Mauk's fear that word wouldn't get out about the show's postponement.
This month's live entertainment was provided by the Electric Super Friends band. The band sounded good and played lots of familiar songs.The featured Chevys this month were the Chevelle, Camaro, Nova, Monte Carlo and wagon. It seemed like two out of every three cars at the show were Camaros.