The Empty Pockets Cruisers held their annual Trunk or Treat car show at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio on Saturday. Wind gusts in excess of 25 mph made for a very breezy afternoon. It became a challenge keeping all those Halloween decorations from blowing away to other parts of Hilliard.
This was the third and final show of the season hosted by the Empty Pockets Cruisers. The club registered 117 vehicles, down from the record setting 168 that registered last year.
Trick or Treating was held from 1-3 PM so everyone that registered a car was encouraged to bring candy.
Over 200 people attended the annual Der Dutchman cruise-in banquet on Thursday evening.
The banquet is the restaurant's way to says thanks to everyone that participated in the cruise-in throughout the summer. It also gives everyone a chance to get together one more time before the cars are put away and the season officially comes to an end.
Wayne Nisly, cruise-in manager, was the master of ceremonies for the evening.
Everyone that brought a car to at least one cruise-in received a nice plaque from Wayne and the restaurant in appreciation for reaching the attendance goal of 200 cars. That occurred on September 20th when the cruise-in registered 253 vehicles! It was quite an evening.
The evening came to close with the cruisers presenting Wayne, his wife, Luella, and Victor, assistant manager at the restaurant, gifts in appreciation for all the work they did to make each cruise-in a success.
The Der Dutchman cruise-in grew by leaps and bounds this year. It will be a tall order to top that success going forward. Wayne, always thinking big, has set a goal of 300 cars for next year. There's also discussion of having one Saturday morning coffee and donuts cruise-in. 2019 is already shaping up to be another great season. Can't wait....
Construction of a sea lions habitat at the Columbus Zoo moved the 11th Annual Colo's Classic Car Show from Jungle Jacks Landing to the main parking lot.
This was my third time participating in Colo's Classic. The first two were inside the zoo. I must say that I preferred the parking lot over Jungle Jacks Landing.
In my review of last year's show, I complained that it took more than 30 minutes to get inside the zoo, and that cars were packed in like sardines in a can. And in the process of parking my car, I inadvertently ran over someone's cooler.
There was none of that this year. I waited less than 10 minutes to enter the show area. The parking lot allowed plenty of space between cars so no one had to worry about door dings or running over something. It also afforded plenty of room for canopies. You could even save a spot for a buddy if needed.
Now some will argue that there were no shade trees and that the black top was hot. I'll grant them those complaints. But I'll argue that it's rare for temperatures to be in the upper 80's the first week of October. The easy access and ample parking far out weighed the lack of shade, in my opinion.
For the second week in a row, the 1948 Chevy pickup truck belonging to Steve Andrix took the Best of Show award.
Last week the truck received top honors at Cruisin' for a Cause held at the Discover Church in Dublin Ohio. This week the truck took the top award at the Fifth Annual USA Days Car, Trucks & Motorcycle Show in Centerburg, Ohio. If you get a chance to see Steve's truck, you'll know why it consistently competes for top honors.
The USA Days show, which is held at Memorial Park in Centerburg, was originally scheduled for September 9th. Weather forced postponement until September 23rd. Despite the two week delay, the show still managed to register 387 vehicles. Obviously word got out about the new date. And Sunday's weather was just about as ideal for a car show as one could get.
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.