The humidity and potential threat of showers kept a few folks home this week.  Fifty-six vehicles turned out for week four of the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery cruise-in.

A number of cars made a first time appearance this week.

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The central Ohio car show season kicked into high gear this weekend. There were shows in no less than seven area cities.  These cities included Bellefontaine, Bucyrus, Columbus, Dublin, Marysville, Newark and Reynoldsburg. I have reports from three of the shows.

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Another beautiful Thursday evening for a cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio.   Attendance was down a little from last week but still very good with 69 registered vehicles.

As usual, all sorts of tasty goodies and a $30 Der Dutchman gift card were raffled off at the end of the cruise-in.

Here are some of the vehicles that stood out from week three's cruise-in.

The wood parts of this 1950 Ford Woody were absolutely gorgeous.

These two Oldsmobiles were new to the cruise-in and both looked to have been recently restored.

The frame off restoration of this '55 Chevy Bel Air was completed about four years ago.

All in all, another fun Thursday evening at Der Dutchman.

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The nice weather from Thursday continued into the weekend.

Friday evening I spent a few hours at Freddy's restaurant in Delaware, Ohio for the monthly cruise-in hosted by the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware.

Thirty-one vehicles turned out for this month's cruise-in. There was music from the 50's and 60's, a  50/50 raffle, and several door prizes.  The winner of the 50/50 went home with $75.

Cabela's Charity Car Show and Cruise In

On Saturday the Capital City Corvette Club hosted their charity car show and Cruise In at the Cabela's store on Gemini Place.

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Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio held its first cruise-in of the season last Thursday, but heavy showers kept most everyone away except for seven hardy souls who showed up to say Hi to friends they hadn't seen since last year.

This week's cruise-in was a completely different story. The perfect weather gave a great excuse for everyone to bring out their cars and hang out with other car enthusiasts for a few hours on a Thursday evening.

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I wasn't able to do any "judged" shows this weekend because of family committments. However, I did manage to hear from a friend who attended the 79th Annual Memorial Day Fish Fry & Car show in Lithopolis, Ohio that was hosted by the C-Town Cruisers.

The show had 172 vehicles register for the event. This was most ever in the show's 79 year history.

I contacted Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders, president of C-Town Cruisers, to see if he had any photos from the event. He replied that things were going so quickly he didn't have time to write anything down. With 172 cars and trucks, I can imagine the day was a bit hectic.

With that said, here's what my friend was able to report:

The show gave out 44 awards, a Best of Show, Mayor's Choice, and the rest were class "Favorites".

A 1947 Plymouth DeSoto received Best of Show, and Mayor's Choice went to a 1967 Corvette.

If you attended the show and took any photos, please feel free to send them to hawk02@carshowtalk.com. I'd love to post them to the website.

UPDATE:

Don Splitstone has posted photos from the show.

http://public.fotki.com/Donald-Splitstone/car-shows/2017/bloom-township-fire/

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Family commitments kept me from making a "judged" show this weekend, however, I did manage to spend a few hours at Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center on Saturday morning.

By the time I arrived at 9:20, the Jeep owners had already taken over the north side of the parking lot.

Most of the cars arrived around 10:00 am.  There were well over 100 vehicles at the peak of the cruise-in.

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The Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio will kick off their weekly cruise-ins this Thursday (5/25/17).

Anyone bringing a vehicle can enter a drawing for a chance to win cakes, pies, cookies, or a gift card to the restaurant and gift shop. Food is available at the cruise-in or you can eat in the restaurant.

I've been a regular participant at these cruise-ins for the past few years. They're a fun, relaxing way to spend a Thursday evening. I will caution everyone that they're not the best for your waist-line.

Jack Maxton Chevrolet

Jack Maxton's four summer Cruise-ins begin next month.  The dealership has been holding these Chevy Only cruise-ins for 26 years.  They are always held on the 3rd Friday of the month in June, July, August and September.

The shows offer live music from local bands, 50/50 and tee-shirt raffles, a food truck, and balloon twister for the kids.  More than 70  "Favorite" vehicle awards are presented at each show.

If you own a Chevy or you're a Chevy fan, you need to check out Jack Maxton's Friday Night Cruise-ins.

 

The threat of storms on Saturday canceled several shows and impacted participation in others.

The Central Ohio Cruise-in put on by Boy Scout Troop 382 of Centerburg, Ohio managed to dodge the rain but was significantly down in attendance from previous years.  Last year more than 90 vehicles registered for the show compared to 53 this year.

The show has been traditionally held on a Sunday, but this year it was changed to Saturday so it wouldn't conflict with the Centerburg High School graduation. Read more

Spring finally decided to show up this weekend which gave me the opportunity to attend three shows.  One as a participant and two as a spectator.

The weekend started with a trip to Marysville on Friday evening to participate in the Creative Towing/Advanced Auto cruise-in.  This is a small monthly show held on the second Friday of the month from March through November at the Advance Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio. The show usually attracts between 10 and 20 cars.  Trophies are given out to the top three favorites.


  UA CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

The Kingsdale Center was my first stop on Saturday for a visit to the 1st Annual UA Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association show. Read more