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More than 260 cars and trucks packed Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio for the dealership's first Friday Night Cruisin of the season.

The beautiful weather not only brought out a lot of Chevys from around the area but also a lot of spectators. The band Electric Super Friends lit up the evening with classic rock tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. The band sounded great!

The featured Chevrolets this month were:

  • Maxton's Favorite Corvette from the years '53-'67, '68-'82, and '84-present.
  • Maxton's Favorite Truck
  • Maxton's Favorite Corvair
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The Empty Pocket Cruisers held their Spring into Summer car show on Saturday. This was the second event of the year hosted by the club.

The location of the show was changed this year from the Hilliard Historical Village to the St. James Lutheran Church on Trabue Road in Columbus, Ohio.

No question the new venue is a marked improvement over the Historical Village. There is ample parking on both the blacktop and grass. The grass area is part of a ball field so there are no dips, ruts or exposed tree roots to grab your car like the Historical Village

Due to a scheduling mix up, the event was going on simultaneously with the Auto Smarts Cruisin' Classics show only four miles away. Because of this and the weather, the show only registered 57 vehicles compared to 148 last year.

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Friday evening's Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio paid tribute to the life of Dalton Shank. Dalton who was 14 years old passed away unexpectantly in a fire on June 2 in Michigan. He is the son of Creative Towing employee, Greg Shank. Through the generosity of local businesses and the sale of raffle tickets, the show raised $700 for the family.

With a beautiful evening of weather, attendance was one of the highest in the show's six-year history with 47 cars.

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The Driving Guitars provided "Live" music at this week's Tuesday Night Cruise-In at the Hilton Polaris. The band is made up of three members from the band the Danger Brothers. Many of you may remember the Danger Brothers. At one time they were pretty well known around Central Ohio. Having "live" entertainment brought the cruise-in to a another level.

Great weather for the second week in a row pushed Tuesday evening's attendance just a shade shy of 70 vehicles.

There was a nice mix of classic and modern vehicles on display. Examples included Steve Andrix with a 1948 Chevy pickup, and Arch Mayer with a 2004 Mustang Mach 1.

Another example of the old and new mix was this Edsel station wagon and Tesla Model X.

My favorite automobile of the evening was this 1957 Chevy Bel Air. If I were picking a "Best of Show", this would have been my choice.

Classic Resurrection out of Grove City, Ohio did the build. The car only has 400 miles on it since being restored. As you can imagine, the owner is a little apprehensive about driving it around.

The engine is a modern fuel injected LS2 from a Chevy Tahoe. The front seats were taken from a 2015 Chevy Camaro where they were modified and reupholstered. All I can say is the car is a real beauty!

Let me close by saying Chad Schirtzinger, the host of the Tuesday Night Cruise-In, has been very aggressive getting the word out about this event and it's starting to show. For a new cruise-in to get 70 cars two weeks in row is a tribute to his hard work. If you're looking for something to do on a Tuesday evening, I highly recommend checking out the Hilton Polaris Cruise-in.

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As I wrote in last week's report, I did not attend any events this weekend because of family visiting from out-of-town. However, I did have eyes and ears at several shows in the area, just not my own.

Springfield Spring Swap Meet and Car Shows

The Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio is home to four swap meets each year (spring, fall, winter, and February). Along with being some of the largest swap meets in the midwest, the spring, fall, and winter meets also include car shows as part of the festivities. The shows are held on both Saturday and Sunday during the spring and fall events, and just on Saturday for the winter meet.

This year 142 cars turned out for the Saturday show. With a forecast calling for rain and thunderstorms, the Sunday show only had 15 cars.

Twenty-five awards are presented at each show. There are no special awards or Best of Show. The judges just pick their top 25 vehicles.

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The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held their first cruise-in of the season on Thursday evening.

The cruise-in registered 104 vehicles, 14 of which were first time participants.

Prior to raffling off the deserts and gift card, Wayne Nisly led a memorial for longtime cruise-in regular Carey Davis who passed away in February.

Cary's beloved Chevy El Camino was parked in front of the foodshed. A tree has been planted in his honor next to the shed. The restaurant also passed out two dash plaques. One to remember Cary and the other a "Thank You" for making 2018 a record-breaking year.

At the end of the memorial, everybody got in their vehicles and on cue started their engines. The entire cruise-in gave a few engine revs and horn honks in unison for Carey.

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Approximately 30 - 40 cars showed up on Tuesday evening for the first Polaris Hilton cruise-in. Considering the colder than normal temperatures, this was an impressive start.

As you can see from the photos, the parking area is huge. It can easily support more than 100 vehicles. There's also plenty of room for canopies and lots of shade trees around the perimeter whenever the weather around here finally decides to warm up.

The N.S.R.A Safety Inspectors were available to anyone wishing to have their vehicle inspected.

The Hilton passed out coupons giving vehicle owners special pricing at The Bar@8700 inside the hotel.

My only complaint was the lack of music. Without it, the environment seemed a little sterile. Otherwise, this cruise-in shows a lot of potential. I can't say I'll make it every week, but I'll definitely show up to a few more before the summer ends.

The Central Ohio weather on Saturday suddenly changed from early spring to mid-summer overnight. Afternoon temperatures in the mid-80s and lots of sunshine brought out the cars on Saturday. Just about every show in the area had better than expected turn out. Some even set registration records.

I managed to break away for a few hours Saturday evening to attend the Cruisin' with the King show in Marysville, Ohio. The Shankles were once again kind enough to send me lots of photos from the Empty Pocket Cruisers Armed Forces Day Car Show they attended earlier in the day.

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I received an email this week about a new cruise-in starting up.

The cruise-in will be every Tuesday evening from 5 PM to 9 PM starting this coming Tuesday (May 21) and going through the end of September.

The location will be the large surface lot adjacent to the Columbus/Polaris Hilton Hotel. The lot has over 130 parking spaces. All vehicle owners will receive a coupon for discounted food options at the Hilton's bar @8700.

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If you're into cruise-ins, there's now the Hilton on Tuesday, Wendell's Pub on Wednesday, and Der Dutchman on Thursday.

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I only attended one show this weekend. I had plans to participate in the Jim Hamilton show on Saturday but my father was rushed to the hospital with chest pains and shortness of breath early Saturday morning. I spent most of day at the hospital with him. Thanks to friends, I have a bunch of photos from the Hamilton show.

Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts

The Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show Friday evening was my one and only show of the weekend.

This was the second show of the season for the monthly event that takes place at the Advance Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio. This month's show registered 21 vehicles.

Five members of the Rod Knockers Club of Marion, Ohio made the drive from Marion to attend the show.

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