I managed to get two car shows and a football game in over Labor day weekend. I also got a little wet on Sunday.
Zucchinifest Car & Motorcycle Show
I started the weekend off with the Zucchinifest show on Friday evening at Fortress Obetz in Obetz, Ohio.
This was my first trip to the stadium. I failed to read the directions to the complex posted on the Festival's website and instead relied on Apple Maps to get me there. Big mistake! Apple maps insisted I enter the stadium from Williams Road, however, the Williams Road entrance was temporarily closed. The only way into the stadium was from the Alum Creek Drive entrance. Between Friday rush hour and holiday traffic, construction on I-71, and driving up and down Williams Road for 20 minutes, it took almost an hour to get to the stadium when it should have taken a little more than 30 minutes.
Once parked and my blood pressure back down to normal, Fortress Obetz turned out to be a pretty nice venue for a car show. The amusement rides and food vendors for the Zucchini Festival were setup in the parking lot outside the stadium while the car show took place inside around the main bleachers.
The show was hosted by Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts team. The final registration number was 125 vehicles. I probably counted another 25 cars that showed up but didn't register.
Two of the cars that didn't register belonged to our good friends, Jeff and Pam Shankle. On the drive over from Milford Center, Jeff's 1971 Pontiac GTO decided to snap a bolt on the alternator bracket. Jeff and Boots displayed a level of mechanical ingenuity never before seen at a car show to secure the alternator so Jeff could make the 40 plus mile drive back home. I'm not sure but I think a little chewing gum might be stuck in there.
The awards presentation
As a result, the award presentation was delayed roughly 30 minutes until the band finished their set thus making the presentation happen in the dark.
Auto Smarts Picks:
Favorite Rat Rod
There were two Best of Show awards because the Ohio Machine Lacrosse team signed a contract with Auto Smarts Radio at the beginning of the season to purchase the trophies. After suspending operations for the 2019 season, the club still honored their contract to buy the trophies.
Best of Show (Ohio Machine Lacrosse Trophy)
Best of Show (Zucchini Festival Trophy)
Dublin Rotary Club Classic Car Show
On Sunday, the Dublin, Ohio Rotary Club A.M. held its first-ever classic car show.
The Club reserved the Darby and Upper Indian Run parking lots behind the J. Liu Restaurant for the show.
Vehicle registration was $10. There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from the show went to the Dublin AM Rotary Charitable Foundation which supports local charities and community projects.
Jason Nester DJ'd the event. Jason had, in my opinion, one of the best playlists I've heard all season. As you know, by this time of the year I'm just a wee bit tired of hearing '50s and '60s music. It was refreshing to listen to some different songs that were a little more current.
Unfortunately, halfway through the show rain decided to spoil what was turning out to be a pretty good first-time event.
Even though the awards were moved up an hour because of the weather, about two-thirds of the 112 cars that registered for the show had gone home.
The Rotary Club presented trophies for the Top 30 picks
Here are the Top 30 Winners:
WoodHouse Day Spa (two picks)
Johnson's Real Ice Cream
Shannan Stover Allstate Insurance and Toy Barn
Best of Show
Final Thoughts On the Show
You may have noticed that six car owners, myself included, received multiple awards. This is a big "no, no" in my book. Number one, it's a good way to alienate owners so they don't come back next year. And number two, it's kind of embarrassing for the person receiving more than one award. At least it is for me.
I spoke with one of the Rotary Club members after the show and strongly suggested they coordinate their judging next year so that it's one trophy per vehicle. I told him the more they can spread the "trophy love" the more likely their show will grow in attendance.
The other issue, which I'm sure we could debate for years, is the act of being present to receive an award. Some feel that those who stuck it out during the two rain showers should be rewarded for their
Anyway, I'll cut the Rotary Club some slack on both issues since it was their first show. The positives definitely outweighed the negatives.
Other Area Shows and Cruise-ins
Der Dutchman had another big Thursday Evening. The Cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio registered 200 cars. An amazing 34 of the 200 were first-timers to the cruise-in.
The cruise-in is starting to attract a higher-class of cars. In attendance this week was a 2018 Jaguar R, a Rolls Royce, a Bentley, a 2000 Porsche 911 and Ferrari. Throw in a 1963 split-window Corvette and a Chevy S-10 pickup with a tri-five Bel Air paint scheme and you've got quite a mix of cars.
Our good friend, Frank Sanborn,
And finally, the cruise-in is shooting for a goal of 300 cars on September 12. That's just one week from this Thursday. If you're free that evening, come on out to Der Dutchman and set a record.
Cruisin' For Children at the Buckeye Ranch was moved this year to Ashville Park in Ashville, Ohio because of construction at the Buckeye Ranch.
The show registered 147 vehicles. A red pickup truck from the Dayton area took the Best of Show award.
More than 200 cars turned out Saturday for the 13th Annual Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum's Classic Car Show in Bellevue Ohio.
The 2nd Annual Mechanicsburg, Ohio First Responders Car Show registered 204 cars on Saturday.
Jeff Shankle and his 1936 Plymouth Business Coupe took a Top 20, Pastor's Choice, and Best of Show awards on Sunday at the 17th Annual River Rally held at The River Church in a Barn. The church is located just north of Delaware, Ohio on Route 42. The show registered 62 cars this year.
Not sure what was in the air on Sunday, but it seemed to be the day for cars to receive multiple awards.
And Finally, a couple of friends made the drive over to Springfield, Ohio for the inaugural Ohio Masonic Home Car Show. Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman was the show's DJ.
My friends said there were close to 300 cars at the show. Very impressive for a first-time event.
The show gave out 50 "Favorite" trophies along with some custom made special awards.
Whew! That's it for this week. These four day Holiday weekends are a killer when it comes writing up a report. If you have any information on the Canal Winchester or West Jefferson shows, please feel free to post it in the comments section.
Next weekend looks to be another big one for events with all the first of the month shows and cruise-ins on tap. Look for another long report next week.