On The Rocks Bar and Grill in Dublin, Ohio held its annual fall car show on Sunday.
In past years, the fall show has been held on the second Sunday in September. However, this year the date was changed to the first Sunday of the month.
I found out about the date change through a regular visitor to this website who sent me a message on Wednesday that the show was scheduled for Labor Day weekend. I couldn't find any announcement on oldride.com, the bar's website or it's Facebook page. Matt Herman was kind enough to send me a link to the show's flyer. I'm still waiting to hear where Matt found it.
Unfortunately, the combination of the date change and lack of promotion lead to less than 80 registered vehicles. Normally the spring and fall shows attract well over 100 vehicles.
There were still some very nice vehicles on display despite the lower than usual turn out. And as always, the money raised from the show goes to support the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
Besides the cars, the traditional sampling of an adult beverage is always a highlight of any On the Rocks car show.
On the Rocks presented 65 "Favorite" trophies and four "Special" awards.
Here's a sampling of "Favorite" winners:
The "Special" awards included Best Corvette, Best Muscle Car, Manager's Choice, and Best in Show.
1958 Corvette Roadster - Owners: Jane & Dave Winkle
Best Muscle Car
1964 Pontiac GTO - Owner: Dean & Luann Maisenbacher
1937 Ford Wild Rod Convertible - Owner: Dave Bratton
Best in Show
1970 Ford Torino Super Cobra Jet - Owner: Chris Kraner
I've been participating in On the Rocks car shows since 2012. I've probably missed maybe four shows during that time. They've consistently been one of my favorite shows each year. It's one of the few shows that try to judge each car as thorough and as fair as possible.
Sunday's event was pretty low key. It lacked the excitement and rowdiness of past shows. Even the volume of spectators was down this year, no doubt because of it being a Holiday weekend and lack of promotion. Here's hoping management realizes this and returns the show back to the second Sunday in September for next year. That date just seems a better fit, in my opinion.
I only have two other events to report on for this week.
Der Dutchman once again had a strong showing on Thursday. The cruise-in registered 135 vehicles, 25 of which were first time participants.
Mechanicsburg First Responder Car Show
I received an excellent report regarding the Mechanicsburg First Responder Car Show that was held in downtown Mechanicsburg, Ohio on Saturday.
From what I'm told, the show was very well organized for a first-time event. Over 130 cars participated in the show. All proceeds went to support the first responders from Mechanicsburg.
The show also received high marks for door prizes, music, and judging. Opening ceremonies included the playing of the National Anthem. Can't beat that.
The only downside was the torrential downpour that came through the area around 2 PM.
Here are a few of the cars that turned out for the show.
That concludes this week's report. As an Ohio State season ticket holder (worked there almost 40 years), my participation is Saturday shows will be limited from here on out. Look for the big reports to come from those events held on Sunday.