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.
Eight years ago the Discover Church in Dublin, Ohio held their very first car and truck show. The show back then was called Hot Rods for Hatti. In 2015 it was renamed Cruisin' for a Cause. Each year the show raises money for a specific cause. Last year it was scholarships for children of the fallen. This year the cause was Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. The disease mostly affects boys, but on rare occasion can also affect girls.
The show has a reputation for giving out unique custom hand-made trophies. I happen to have two of them from past shows and they are two of my most favorite trophies. This year was no exception. Ark Hot Rods once again provided some of the most unusual awards you'll find at any car show.
A family wedding on Saturday left Sunday as my only day this weekend to attend a car show. A friend and I decided to stay close to home and participate in the On the Rocks Fall Car Show at Karric Square in Dublin, Ohio.
On the Rocks Bar & Grill has been holding two car shows a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, for as long as I can remember. I participated in my first On The Rocks show in September of 2012. This year marked the 9th annual Fall event. All proceeds from the spring and fall shows go to support the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Despite perfect weather, attendance yesterday was down slightly from the spring event. The show registered 108 vehicles in comparison to 131 for the spring show.
Once again there was strong participation from several local Corvette clubs.
The all-day drizzle on Saturday washed out my original plans to attend the 10th Annual Coughlin Car Show in Pataskala, Ohio. Fortunately, the rain moved out of the area just in time to bring nice weather for the shows scheduled on Sunday and Labor Day.
RIVER CAR RALLY CRUISE IN
Despite wet roads early Sunday morning, I made the drive to The River Church In A Barn Car Rally Cruise In. The church is located a few miles north of Delaware, Ohio on Rt. 42.
This is the 15th year the church has held
the rally cruise-in on the first Sunday of September. It's also my third year participating in the event.
The cruise-in offered free registration, hot dogs, popcorn and sno-cones. Sunday
Service at 10AM was open to anyone wishing to attend. Anyone registering an automobile was automatically entered to win a nice selection of door prizes. Raffle tickets could also be purchased to win a 13 drawer tool chest. All donations benefitted the Orphan Outreach program.
New this year was a ragtime band providing "live" entertainment.
I think the early morning wet roads caused attendance to be down a little from previous years. Only 53 automobiles and eight motorcycles turned out for this year's rally.
Despite the great weather, the two major downtown shows on Saturday saw a drop in registration compared to previous years.
The Performance Classic Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio (formerly Blast from the Past) ended up with around 450 registered vehicles. In recent years, this show had registration figures in the 600-700 range. The show set an all time high of 750 registered vehicles in 2015.
I participated in the downtown Plain City downtown show two years ago and registration that day was well over 200 cars. This year the show missed the 200 mark by 11 cars. I'm assuming the change in the hours of the show was to attract some cross-over participation from the Delaware show.
It certainly didn't help that Columbus and surrounding area had nine other shows on the schedule for Saturday. Word on the street had the Jax Wax registration at around 250 cars. If anyone has registration numbers from any of the other shows on Saturday, please post them in the comments.
After rain cancelled the previous week's cruise-in, the fall-like weather on Thursday fueled a record 103 automobiles at the weekly Der Dutchman cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio. This is the second cruise-in this season to see 100 or more vehicles. This week also saw 18 participants new to the cruise-in.
Here's a sampling of autos from Thursday evening.
Host, Wayne Nisely, and his wife, Luella, raffled off 14 deserts and a $30 gift card at the end of the cruise-in. No question the Der Dutchman cruise-in is turning into a popular event on Thursday evenings.
CHESROWN FRIDAY NIGHT CRUISE
For the third year in a row, Chesrown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC held a cruise-in at their dealership on Rt. 23 the Friday evening before the Delaware downtown car show (formerly known as Blast from the Past) .
As I wrote in last week's Upcoming Events post, my goal this past weekend was to participate in four events. With rain showers cancelling the Der Dutchman cruise-in on Thursday evening, that left three shows in three days to do! Here's the big report I promised from those shows.
FRIDAY NIGHTS UPTOWN
After attending the first two Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin', I decided to change things up this month and attend the final Marysville Friday Nights Uptown.
The Friday Nights Uptown is a monthly community block party put on by the city of Marysville from May through August. The August event has traditionally included a car show organized by the Mid-Ohio Cruisers car club.
I estimated a crowd of well over 1000
people attended the event Friday evening.
Along with the cars, there were 11 food trucks to satisfy everyone's culinary tastes, bounce houses for the kids, and live entertainment from the band Wille Phoenix and the Soul
With a $10 registration fee, the car show registered 72 automobiles. There were no door prizes, however, the show did have a 50/50 raffle.
One of the first things I noticed about this show were number of vehicles I was seeing for the first time this summer.
Saturday I traveled south of I-70 to attend my first Purple Door Cruise-in at the Grove City United Methodist Church in Grove City, Ohio. This show is part of the 2017 Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride sponsored shows. Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio was on hand to help with the judging and present the awards.
With just about perfect weather, the show registered more than 130 automobiles. There were door prizes, 50/50 raffle, DJ, and food provided by the church.
Registration was only $10 and included a raffle ticket for the door prizes, and a coupon to get a second sandwich free with the purchase of the first sandwich. All proceeds from the show help to fund the work of the church's mission committee.
After the first hour, I thought I might have the only car above the above the year 2000. By the end of registration, however, there were at least a dozen late-model vehicles entered in the show. Although not entered in the show, a white 2017 Camaro ZL1 belonging to one of the Judges was parked a few cars down from mine. What are the odds that TWO brand new Camaro ZL1s would show up at the same show?
This past Thursday saw 84 vehicles turn out for the weekly Der Dutchman cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio. Sixteen of those vehicles were first-time visitors to the cruise-in. One of those first-time visitors was my 4-year-old grandson, Henry, who drove his battery-powered Dodge police cruiser from the parking lot to the cruise-in.
I can't tell you how excited Henry was to participate in his first cruise-in. According to his Dad, he even cleaned his car for the show.
I helped him register for the raffle prizes, and fill out the card with the all information about his car.
Everyone seemed to enjoy having Henry there, and I know he had a great time. He even handled not winning any of the raffle prizes pretty well for a four-year old. Hopefully this experience starts him on a life-long love of cars.
Last week a 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster showed up at the cruise-in. I wrote that I was disappointed the owner didn't open the hood so I could see the engine. Well, the car returned this week and asked the owner if I could see the engine. Come to find out the car is a reproduction Auburn Boattail that's powered by a Chevy crate motor.
The great weather brought out quite a few convertibles to this week's cruise-in. These included a 1953 Ford Sunliner convertible with flathead engine, a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible, and of course, Henry's police car.
It turned to be another evening of great weather, great automobiles, and great fun at Der Dutchman...