My big debate on Saturday was whether or not to drive to Marysville, Ohio for the last Cruise-in with King in 2019 or stay closer to home and maybe see some different cars at the first-ever Rock & Rhythm Auto Show held at Eldorados Food and Spirits.
Since I had already attended four Cruise-in with the King this year, staying closer to home won the debate.
As far as seeing some different cars, be careful what you wish for. No question the Rock & Rythm show didn't disappoint in that regard. I can honestly say I saw my first Maliglu.
Not all the cars were quite as unique. There were some traditional-looking cars out of the 18 that registered.
There were no door prizes or 50/50 raffle. The flyer advertised contests and live music, however, both of those activities were absent. There was a food truck on-site so the flyer was right about that.
The flyer also said trophies would be awarded in various "Best Cars Categories" but there were only three awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
I really can't fault the owners of the bar for having only three trophies. With this being their first car show and not knowing how many cars would show up, I don't blame them for not purchasing more trophies. Three awards seem about right for 18 cars. My biggest complaint is the flyer was just a tad bit misleading.
There was no formal award presentation. Around six o'clock Nebbie Cassady, one of the owners of the bar, went to each car and presented the owner with their award. It reminded me
Two cars, the '37 green Packard and the '67 blue Corvette convertible, would have received awards but both left early.
Here are the winners that stuck around:
You never know what you're going to get with a first-time show, especially if the establishment has never put on a car show before. There were a few rough edges with this one. Now that the owners have a show under their belts, I would expect the next event to be a little more polished.
I did meet some new people and caught up with an old acquaintance and in the end, that's really what car shows are all about.
Vic's Body Shop Cars & Candy
I stopped by Vic's Body Shop on Westerville Road in Columbus on Sunday for their Cars & Candy cruise-in.
You couldn't ask for any better weather for an October afternoon. Close to 50 vehicles showed up during the the three hour event.
Inside the shop were refreshments to purchase along with 50/50 raffle tickets.
Some cars went all out with the Halloween decorations.
The event provided a great opportunity to meet up with a few Central Ohio car show regulars.
Mark and Adam Lester were there with their Camaros.
And Mike and Sandy Gibson and their friend Curtis brought their cars.
Some cool looking motorcycles also made an appearance.
Inside the shop was an impressive array of high performance drag cars.
All in all Vic's Body Shop's Cars and Candy was a great way to spend what may turn out to be the last really nice afternoon of the year.
Other Area Car Shows and Cruise-in
Matt Rittenhouse was kind enough to send a link to the photos he took at Columbus Cars and Coffee's October meet at Byers Imports on Hamilton Road in Columbus, Ohio.
Matt arrived late so he didn't get an accurate count on the number of cars, but he said the turn out was very good.
Even though I didn't make the drive out to Marysville, the Mid Ohio Cruisers still had a good turnout with 83 registered cars and trucks for their last Cruise-in with the King in 2019 show.
Our good friend, Frank Sanborn, picked up the Best Halloween Decorated Car award.
Update: Marty Ruiz has shared the photos he took from the show on his Facebook page.
That's it for this week. Only three more weekends of events for this season. Weather permitting, I hope to make it to four more shows before I call it quits for 2019.