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.
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.
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.
Jack Maxton Chevrolet has finally posted their Friday Night Cruisin flyer to their Facebook page. This is a free registration ALL Chevy-powered car show held on the third Friday of the month from June through September.
With the start of May, I predicted that cars shows taking place in 40-degree weather would be over for a while. Boy, did this weekend make a liar out of me!
Rain and cold temperatures both Friday and especially Saturday kept a lot of cars at home. The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio First Friday cruise-in had only 20 cars show up this month.
The good news from the evening is that our good friend, Frank Sanborn, won the 50/50 raffle and donated his half back to the club. As a result, $110 will be going to Hospice of Delaware.
I was one of only nine cars that turned out for Coffee and Cars at the Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio on Saturday morning. Temperatures fluctuated between 49 and 50 degrees all morning with a pretty stiff wind out of the north.
Because of Easter, all the events this weekend were on Saturday. The Good news -- the day stayed relatively dry. Just some on again, off again sprinkles throughout the day. The bad news -- it felt more like late October or early November than it did April. In other words, it was cold, damp and dreary!
April Cruisin' with the King in 2019
The Mid Ohio Cruisers held their first monthly cruise-in of the year on Saturday evening at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio. This marks the 35th year the club has been cruising at Burger King.
Fortunately there was no rain to speak of during the evening, however, temperatures hovered in the mid-40s with a brisk wind out of the northwest. I don't have any sales figures, but I'm guessing Burger King sold more coffee and hot chocolate than normal for a Saturday evening in April.
The show registered 24 vehicles, which isn't bad considering the weather conditions.
This weekend saw the first weather cancellation of the 2019 season. The C-Town Cruisers made the decision on Friday to call off their show at Buffalo Wings and Rings on East Broad Street scheduled for Sunday. This is a monthly show at the restaurant so hopefully, the May weather forecast will be a little more cooperative.
Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show
On Friday, Creative Towing and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their first show of the season.
For the second week in a row, showers in the morning gave way to partly cloudy but dry skies in the afternoon and evening.
This month's show registered 29 vehicles. Tickets sales from the door prize and 50/50 raffles raised $105 for the Marysville Food Pantry.
Pepsi and Auto Smarts Radio have announced their Cruise and Ride schedule for 2019.
Just want to make everyone aware thatI've been adding events to the Save The Dates Part 2 page as I come across them. Please feel free to check that page often for future events to mark on your calendar.