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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. I'd love to post them to the website.
Don Splitstone has posted photos from the show.
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.
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
The weather these first two weeks of May hasn't been very kind to car shows and cruise-ins. As I reported last week, the weather for the inaugural Ruby Tuesday's cruise-in was cold and rainy. The May cruise-in of the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware was washed out last Friday because of rain. My plan to attend the Rod Knocker's cruise-in on Saturday was cancelled due to pockets of rain and hail between my house and Marion.
The start of this week didn't see any better weather. Scattered showers around 4 pm on Tuesday kept cars away for the second week at Ruby Tuesday's cruise-in.
The weather Tuesday evening didn't turn out to be anything close to what was forecast. Cold temps, wind and rain spoiled the inaugural cruise-in at the Ruby Tuesday's on Rt. 23 in Powell, Ohio.
Only five vehicles (counting the host's Corvette) braved the elements and turned out.
To add to the bad weather, the Mustang owner ended up with a flat tire. Fortunately he had a spare in the trunk.
By 6:30 we all agreed it was too darn cold and headed for home.
On a positive note, there is ample protected parking, and anyone bringing a vehicle to the cruise-in will get a 10% discount off their food bill at Ruby Tuesday's.
Cruise-in time will be from 5-9 pm every Tuesday, weather permitting, during the season.
If you have any questions, you can contact L. Walters at 740.548.1670 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's hoping the weather is better next Tuesday and few more cars show up.