The Empty Pocket Cruisers held their Spring into Summer car show on Saturday. This was the second event of the year hosted by the club.
The location of the show was changed this year from the Hilliard Historical Village to the St. James Lutheran Church on Trabue Road in Columbus, Ohio.
No question the new venue is a marked improvement over the Historical Village. There is ample parking on both the blacktop and grass. The grass area is part of a ball field so there are no dips, ruts or exposed tree roots to grab your car like the Historical Village
Due to a scheduling mix up, the event was going on simultaneously with the Auto Smarts Cruisin' Classics show only four miles away. Because of this and the weather, the show only registered 57 vehicles compared to 148 last year.
Friday evening's Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio paid tribute to the life of Dalton Shank. Dalton who was 14 years old passed away unexpectantly in a fire on June 2 in Michigan. He is the son of Creative Towing employee, Greg Shank. Through the generosity of local businesses and the sale of raffle tickets, the show raised $700 for the family.
With a beautiful evening of weather, attendance was one of the highest in the show's six-year history with 47 cars.
The Driving Guitars provided "Live" music at this week's Tuesday Night Cruise-In at the Hilton Polaris. The band is made up of three members from the band the Danger Brothers. Many of you may remember the Danger Brothers. At one time they were pretty well known around Central Ohio. Having "live" entertainment brought the cruise-in to a another level.
Great weather for the second week in a row pushed Tuesday evening's attendance just a shade shy of 70 vehicles.
There was a nice mix of classic and modern vehicles on display. Examples included Steve Andrix with a 1948 Chevy pickup, and Arch Mayer with a 2004 Mustang Mach 1.
Another example of the old and new mix was this Edsel station wagon and Tesla Model X.
My favorite automobile of the evening was this 1957 Chevy Bel Air. If I were picking a "Best of Show", this would have been my choice.
Classic Resurrection out of Grove City, Ohio did the build. The car only has 400 miles on it since being restored. As you can imagine, the owner is a little apprehensive about driving it around.
The engine is a modern fuel injected LS2 from a Chevy Tahoe. The front seats were taken from a 2015 Chevy Camaro where they were modified and reupholstered. All I can say is the car is a real beauty!
Let me close by saying Chad Schirtzinger, the host of the Tuesday Night Cruise-In, has been very aggressive getting the word out about this event and it's starting to show. For a new cruise-in to get 70 cars two weeks in row is a tribute to his hard work. If you're looking for something to do on a Tuesday evening, I highly recommend checking out the Hilton Polaris Cruise-in.
I don't normally list events north of Marion, Ohio, however, there are two shows on Saturday in Bucyrus that I know are of interest to folks living in the northern part of the readership area. The same is true for the Corvettes at Roscoe Village. The Newark area is generally my cut-off on the east. Last year I received several requests to list the Roscoe Village event so I'm listing it again this year.
While you're at it, check out the Save the Dates Part Two for a complete list of upcoming shows for the rest of the season.
Cruisin' Wednesdays at Wendell's Pub - Westerville
As I wrote in last week's report, I did not attend any events this weekend because of family visiting from out-of-town. However, I did have eyes and ears at several shows in the area, just not my own.
Springfield Spring Swap Meet and Car Shows
The Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio is home to four swap meets each year (spring, fall, winter, and February). Along with being some of the largest swap meets in the midwest, the spring, fall, and winter meets also include car shows as part of the festivities. The shows are held on both Saturday and Sunday during the spring and fall events, and just on Saturday for the winter meet.
This year 142 cars turned out for the Saturday show. With a forecast calling for rain and thunderstorms, the Sunday show only had 15 cars.
Twenty-five awards are presented at each show. There are no special awards or Best of Show. The judges just pick their top 25 vehicles.
Cary's beloved Chevy El Camino was parked in front of the foodshed. A tree has been planted in his honor next to the shed. The restaurant also passed out two dash plaques. One to remember Cary and the other a "Thank You" for making 2018 a record-breaking year.
At the end of the memorial, everybody got in their vehicles and on cue started their engines. The entire cruise-in gave a few engine revs and horn honks in unison for Carey.
Approximately 30 - 40 cars showed up on Tuesday evening for the first Polaris Hilton cruise-in. Considering the colder than normal temperatures, this was an impressive start.
As you can see from the photos, the parking area is huge. It can easily support more than 100 vehicles. There's also plenty of room for canopies and lots of shade trees around the perimeter whenever the weather around here finally decides to warm up.
The N.S.R.A Safety Inspectors were available to anyone wishing to have their vehicle inspected.
The Hilton passed out coupons giving vehicle owners special pricing at The Bar@8700 inside the hotel.
My only complaint was the lack of music. Without it, the environment seemed a little sterile. Otherwise, this cruise-in shows a lot of potential. I can't say I'll make it every week, but I'll definitely show up to a few more before the summer ends.