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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...


On Saturday, the Capital City Corvette Club once again hosted their Vettes, Rods and Classics Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio.

This is the third year the club has organized the show. The number of registered cars has steadily grown each year. With weather about as perfect as one could ask for, this year's show set a record with 309 registered vehicles!

Much of Mill Street and the adjacent parking areas were closed to the public starting around 10 AM Saturday until the end of the show.  The street and parking areas were reopened at noon for show parking only.  Cars arriving before noon were able to park in several designated lots until parking opened for the show.   I arrived around 11:40 AM and was parked and off to the registration tent about 30 minutes later.  Next year I plan to arrive after show parking is officially open to avoid all the traffic congestion at the beginning.   All in all, I have to commend the club for the job they did getting all the cars parked. It didn't look easy.

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The Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City, Ohio has seen rain cancel its weekly Thursday evening cruise-in three out of the last four weeks.  But yesterday the weatherman finally blessed the cruise-in with a dry evening.

Last week the cruise-in host, Wayne Nisley, celebrated his 79th birthday!  His wife, Luella, had planned to surprise him with a birthday cake at last week's cruise-in but the bad weather postponed the Birthday celebration to this week. Congratulations Wayne! I hope I'm as young-looking as you are when I'm 79.

With the dry weather this week, the cruise-in saw 61 registered vehicles -- nine of which were new to the cruise-in.

One of the new cars was this rare 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster. It was a real stunner.  I wished the owner would have opened the hood.  I would have loved to have seen the engine compartment.

Another new car was this 2016 Camaro SS convertible.  The couple it belonged to were out for a ride and happened to see the cruise-in and decided to stop in.

Harry Mullins has made several appearances at Der Dutchman this year but always in his 1955 Pontiac.  This week he brought his 1968 Ford Ranchero.

Per usual, Wayne and assistant manager, Victor, closed the evening by raffling off cookies, pies, cakes and a $30 gift card that can be used at the restaurant and gift shop.

As has been the pattern this year, I did not win any of the deserts or the gift card. I was once again forced to walk over to the bakery to buy something sweet.  I really don't mind.  The calories are worth every bit of the cost.

If you're looking for something to do on a Thursday evening, stop by the Der Duthman cruise-in.  It's always a good time.


With only three shows in the area, the schedule of Sunday events was significantly leaner than Saturday.  The biggest show of the day was the 38th Annual Poor Man's Nationals held at the Past Time park in Plain City, Ohio.

Beautiful weather graced the Central
Ohio Area for a second day attracting 272 vehicles to the show from all over the area.

Organized by the Buckeye Rod Builders, the show offered music, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, food concessions, and games for both young and old.

This was my first time attending the Poor Man's National.  The size of the Past Time park is large enough to easily handle the number automobiles.  But unfortunately much of the road surface in and around the park is gravel. A LOT of dust  was kicked up by cars coming in and out of the park.  Depending on where you parked, your vehicle could end up a different color by the end of the show.

My friends and I parked back among the trees, well off the beaten path.  We decided shade and less dust was more important than a little tree sap on our cars.

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With 11 events in the central Ohio area on Saturday, it was a tough call as to which event to attend.  In the end, the Battle of the Brands in Sunbury, Ohio won my afternoon.

This is the third year for the show organized by the GTO Association of Central Ohio and sponsored by the Big Walnut Grill and Jets Pizza.

With weather just about as perfect as one could
wish for, attendance exceeded expectations.  Registration had to be stopped at 160 vehicles because the club ran out of window placards.  Parking turned out to be a little tight because a motorcycle porker run had also been scheduled for Saturday.

Registration was $10.  There were no door prizes, however, the Walnut Grill offered a $10 buffet to show participants, and Jets Pizza had two pieces of cheese or pepperoni pizza plus a drink for $5.  There was a 50/50 drawing  which reached a winning half of $150.
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Last week at Ruby Tuesday's I met Dave.  I see Dave again on Friday at Maxton's Friday Night Cruise-in.  In the course of our conversation, Dave mentions a cruise-in held every Tuesday at Wendell's Pub in Westerville, Ohio.  I do a little digging and sure enough I find a flyer about the cruise-in on the pub's Facebook page, so of course I decide to check it out.

I arrived at Wendell's shortly after 6 PM.  The pub had already roped off about four rows of parking for the cruise-in with one of those rows being directly in front of the pub.

When I arrived there were five or six cars in the designated cruise-in parking.  The bulk majority of cars arrived  between 6:30 and 7 PM, although cars were still coming in at 7:30 PM.  I counted a total of 33 automobiles while I was at the cruise-in.

The flyer lists the Rollin' 88s c.c. as a co-sponsor of the cruise-in.  There was also a sign for the Rollin' 88s c.c. in front of the pub. I had never heard of the Rollin' 88s c.c. before Tuesday.   I was told it's  a small Columbus car club with about 15 members.

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UPDATE: Jack Maxton has posted photos from the cruise-into their Facebook Page.

Everyone was greeted Friday evening with heat and brutal humidity at Jack Maxton's July Cruise-in.  The cool jazz sounds of the Arnett Howard Band tried hard to kept crowd comfortable throughout the evening.

Because of the weather, only 160 vehicles registered this month - down almost 100 vehicles from the June cruise-in.

A passing rain cell around 8 PM brought about 15 minutes worth of sprinkles to the show.  It dropped Just enough water to bring out the drying towels.

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I spent two long days at the Arthritis Foundation's 35th Annual Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in this weekend.  By Saturday evening I was sunburned, exhausted, and just a little bit upset.    Let me explain why.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Chevy Camaro.  To honor 50 years of the Camaro, the show made the model one of the featured marques cars.

I saw more Camaros participate in this year's show than in the past four years primarily because of the marque designation.  On Saturday 68 Camaros from all six generations competed in the class judging.  The previous high had been 34 cars.  Last year, for example, only 18 Camaros signed up for the Saturday portion of the show.

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Showers on Thursday cancelled the Der Dutchman week 7 cruise-in.  Despite the cancellation, about 17 cars showed up including yours truly.  Everyone stuck around until about 7 PM before heading home.

Showers again on Friday evening cancelled my trip to Delaware and the First Friday Cruise-in hosted by the Delaware Vintage Auto Club. This left Sunday as my only day to do a car show over the weekend.  With Goodguys still in town,  there were only two local shows in the area.  It was either cruise at City Barbeque on East Main Street or cruise at the Yacht Club at Buckeye Lake.  I chose to stay closer to home and attend the show at City Barbeque.

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Friday morning I made my first ever visit to the Goodguys PPG Nationals at the Ohio Expo Center.

The past four years I've attended both Friday and Saturday of the Arthritis show.  The last thing on my mind come Sunday was another car show.  This year with Goodguys and the Arthritis show on different weekends, I finally had my opportunity to spend a few hours at Goodguys.

I arrived around 8:30 AM and paid the $7 fee to park in the Mapfre stadium lot.  Entry into the Goodguys show was another $20.

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