Because of Easter, all the events this weekend were on Saturday. The Good news -- the day stayed relatively dry. Just some on again, off again sprinkles throughout the day. The bad news -- it felt more like late October or early November than it did April. In other words, it was cold, damp and dreary!
April Cruisin' with the King in 2019
The Mid Ohio Cruisers held their first monthly cruise-in of the year on Saturday evening at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio. This marks the 35th year the club has been cruising at Burger King.
Fortunately there was no rain to speak of during the evening, however, temperatures hovered in the mid-40s with a brisk wind out of the northwest. I don't have any sales figures, but I'm guessing Burger King sold more coffee and hot chocolate than normal for a Saturday evening in April.
The show registered 24 vehicles, which isn't bad considering the weather conditions.
This weekend saw the first weather cancellation of the 2019 season. The C-Town Cruisers made the decision on Friday to call off their show at Buffalo Wings and Rings on East Broad Street scheduled for Sunday. This is a monthly show at the restaurant so hopefully, the May weather forecast will be a little more cooperative.
Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show
On Friday, Creative Towing and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their first show of the season.
For the second week in a row, showers in the morning gave way to partly cloudy but dry skies in the afternoon and evening.
This month's show registered 29 vehicles. Tickets sales from the door prize and 50/50 raffles raised $105 for the Marysville Food Pantry.
Pepsi and Auto Smarts Radio have announced their Cruise and Ride schedule for 2019.
Just want to make everyone aware thatI've been adding events to the Save The Dates Part 2 page as I come across them. Please feel free to check that page often for future events to mark on your calendar.
For the first weekend in April, there wasn't much to complain about weather-wise. The rain on Friday moved out of the area by late morning leaving a cool but dry remainder of the day. Saturday saw almost near perfect car show weather with partly cloudy skys and high's reaching the low 70's.
I have reports from three events that took place over the weekend -- two I attended and one that some good friends participated in .
The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware First Friday
The first event was The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware's First Friday cruise-in at Freddy's restaurant on Route 23 just south of Delaware, Ohio.
The club holds a monthly cruise-in at the restaurant location the first Friday of each month from April through October.
About 25 vehicles showed up for their first cruise-in of the season. A nice crowd of spectators was also on hand throughout the evening.
The club sold raffle tickets for door prizes and and 50/50 drawing. All proceeds go to support Hospice of Delaware. Our good friend, Tim Inscho, won the 50/50 raffle and generously donated his winnings back to the club.
It was great to finally get the cars and trucks back on the road and reacquaint with good friends after what seemed like the longest winter in history.
The first weekend of events is two weeks away. As promised, here is the 2019 Save the Dates Part Two. Those events with an asterisk * after their location have been added to the list since part one.
A few things to point out:
The 2019 schedule for the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride series is being finalized. I'm told it should be out very soon. UPDATE: The Schedule is finally out. Click Here to view.
Jack Maxton's Friday Cruisin' Flyer for 2019 has not been made public at the time of this posting. Last year it arrived in my mail towards the end of April. I was told last fall that all the bands were booked for 2019 so I expect to see the flyer soon. UPDATE: Maxton has finally posted the flyer for this year's shows. Click Here to view.
It looks like the Arthritis Foundation will only be sponsoring two shows this year -- the big Dublin Show at the end of June and the downtown Delaware show in July. I've seen no mention of an August show at the Honda dealership in Marysville. Rumor has it the dealership has changed owners and that may explain why the show dropped off this year's schedule. If you have any information about why this show is or is not happening, please post it in the comment, section. Editors Note: See the comment from Jeffrey Brashars on the status of this show
This is by no means a complete list of events for 2019. The events listed are ones that I have been able to confirm either through emails sent to me or through information that's already posted to the internet. There are a lot of organizations that won't "officially" announce their event until later in the season. See point number five for the most up-to-date listing of events in the area.
The weekly Upcoming Events postings will start back up the first week in April. Login to this site every Tuesday or Wednesday for a list of events happening around Central Ohio for the upcoming week. Rube's Cruisin' News (614-274-6008) is another excellent source for weekly event information.