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On Sunday, automobiles started lining up on Riverside Drive around 6:00 AM  to enter the Columbus, Ohio Zoo to participate in the 10th annual Colo's Classic Car Show. Last year the show set an attendance record with over 1300 vehicles.  With a perfect weather forecast on tap, this year's show smashed the previous attendance record with more than 1500 registered vehicles!  After GoodGuys, Colo's Classic has become the second largest single day car show in Central Ohio.

I arrived at the zoo around 8:20 AM.  The line of cars waiting to get in to the Zoo went down Riverside Drive and wrapped around to Powell Road.  It took me more than 30 minutes to get into the Zoo.  I was directed to the zone 2 parking area which was just south of the Jungle River Falls ride.  The cars in this area were packed in like sardines.  I was instructed to park in the back corner of the zone.  I pulled forward to straighten my car before backing into the spot and ran over someone's cooler with the front of my car.  As you can imagine,  I was pretty freaked out over the incident. Fortunately it was a soft-side cooler and as far as I can tell no damage was done to the cooler or my car.

Obviously, everyone had the same idea I did and arrived early.  For those that did not pre-register, the registration fee was collected as you entered the zoo.  This contributed to the long line of cars waiting to enter the zoo. The cars were directed into two lanes which helped, but the service road from Riverside Drive was never intended to hold two lanes of traffic.  Things were really tight.

I hope the organizers rethink how cars enter the zoo.  It took about 5 minutes to exit the show through the main parking lot to Powell Road.  It seems to make sense to have vehicles also enter from the main parking area instead of the service road off Riverside Drive.

Once I got settled and verified that the front splitter on my car was okay, it was finally time to enjoy the show.

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On Saturday the Medicine and The Arts Board at The Ohio State University held their second annual car show.  The show took place at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research located at 930 Kinnear Road.

Last year the inaugural show at Don Scott Airport attracted 50 automobiles.  This year only 15 cars registered for the show.

Despite the low turn out, the show had a nice mix of domestic and foreign models.

The oldest car at the show was a 1927 Ford Model A.  The newest a 2018 Corvette Stingray.

 

Porsche, Fiat, Triumph, Volks Wagon and Lamborghini represented the foreign models.

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Thursday evening the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio saw 101 vehicles turn out for their final cruise-in of the season.

This was the third time this year the cruise-in registered 100 or more automobiles.   What's interesting is  22 of those automobiles participated in the cruise-in for the very first time.

One of the highlights from the final cruise-in were the three Ford Victorias from the 50's that showed up.

Not very often a semi comes to a cruise-in or car show, but one joined the fun on Thursday.

Per usual, Wayne, Victor and Luella raffled off deserts and gift card at the end.

With this being the final cruise-in of the season and the count of cars reaching the century mark, the restaurant decided to raffle off a second gift card worth $100 to one lucky winner.

All in all, it was a great way to end the season.  I will surely miss my Thursday evening ride out to Der Dutchman and all the great friends I met over the summer.

Next Thursday is the banquet.  Look for a report and recap of the season next week.

I made the drive to Sunbury on Sunday morning to participate in the 28th Annual Sunbury Lions Club Country Cruise-In (formerly ASC Sunbury Relay for Life Country Cruise-In).

Although the weather was unusually warm for this time of year, no one complained too much.  We all understood there won't be many more warm and sunny days left in this year.

The Lions Club did something new this year that I think deserves comment.  They added three additional "Favorite" awards for vehicles 2000 and newer.  This brought the grand total of "Favorites"  to 73.

From what I understand, there were a few complaints last year about some of the newer cars receiving awards.  You can count my 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible as one of those newer cars to receive a "Favorite" award at last year's show. Some felt the show was exclusively a "classic" car show, and as such, only classic vehicles should be eligible for an award.

I think any show intended for "classic" only cars should be up front about this in all advertising and marketing.  I have no issue with a show specifying that it's for cars of a certain age. On the other hand, understand that those of us with modern sport or muscle cars do enjoy showing off our vehicles too.  If we give up an afternoon and pay the registration fee to participate in a show, it's only fair that our vehicle be considered for award.  What is frustrating is a show that readily takes your money but has no intention of considering your car for an award.

With that said, I applaud the Lions Club for recognizing the newer cars.  This makes good business sense as it will expand the number of vehicles likely to participate in the show each year.  There's talk of increasing the number of 2000 and newer awards to five for next year's show.

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Eight years ago the Discover Church in Dublin, Ohio held their very first car  and truck show.  The show back then was called Hot Rods for Hatti. In 2015 it was renamed Cruisin' for a Cause.  Each year the show raises money for a specific cause.  Last year it was scholarships for children of the fallen. This year the cause was Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.  The disease mostly affects boys, but on rare occasion can also affect girls.

The show has a reputation for giving out unique custom hand-made trophies.  I happen to have two of them from past shows and they are two of my most favorite trophies.  This year was no exception.  Ark Hot Rods once again provided some of the most unusual awards you'll find at any car show.

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Update:  Maxton has posted their photos from the show to their Facebook page.

Great weather, great cars, and the country rock sounds of the band Jacked Up highlighted the final Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin' of the year.

The perfect car show weather brought out 191 Chevys for the final show. It also gave everyone the last opportunity of the season to purchase one of those great Maxton t-shirts.

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A family wedding on Saturday left Sunday as my only day this weekend to attend a car show.  A friend and I decided to stay close to home and participate in the On the Rocks Fall Car Show at Karric Square in Dublin, Ohio.

On the Rocks Bar & Grill has been holding two car shows a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, for as long as I can remember. I participated in my first On The Rocks show in September of 2012. This year marked the 9th annual Fall event.  All proceeds from the spring and fall shows go to support the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Despite perfect weather, attendance yesterday was down slightly from the spring event.  The show registered 108 vehicles in comparison to 131 for the spring show.

Once again there was strong participation from several local Corvette clubs.

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The Kruise In For Kids charity car and bike show scheduled for September 17, 2017 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds is in need of several people to help with judging.  The show time is from 12:30 - 4:00 PM.  If you are interested and able to help with judging, please email Kath Montgomery at daisykm437@yahoo.com

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The all-day drizzle on Saturday washed out my original plans to attend the 10th Annual Coughlin Car Show in Pataskala, Ohio. Fortunately, the rain moved out of the area  just in time to bring nice weather for the shows scheduled on Sunday and Labor Day.

RIVER CAR RALLY CRUISE IN

Despite wet roads early Sunday morning, I made the drive to The River Church In A Barn Car Rally Cruise In. The church is located a few miles north of Delaware, Ohio on Rt. 42.

This is the 15th year the church has held
the rally cruise-in on the first Sunday of September.  It's also my third year participating in the event.

The cruise-in offered free registration, hot dogs, popcorn and sno-cones. Sunday
Service at 10AM was open to anyone wishing to attend.  Anyone registering an automobile was automatically entered to win a nice selection of door prizes.  Raffle tickets could also be purchased to win a 13 drawer tool chest. All donations benefitted the Orphan Outreach program.

New this year was a ragtime band providing "live" entertainment.

I think the early morning wet roads caused attendance to be down a little from previous years.  Only 53 automobiles and eight motorcycles turned out for this year's rally.

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Despite the great weather, the two major downtown shows on Saturday saw a drop in registration compared to previous years.

The Performance Classic Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio (formerly Blast from the Past) ended up with around 450 registered vehicles.  In recent years, this show had registration figures in the 600-700 range.  The show set an all time high of 750 registered vehicles in 2015.

I participated in the downtown Plain City downtown show two years ago and registration that day was well over 200 cars.  This year the show missed the 200 mark by 11 cars.  I'm  assuming the change in the hours of the show was to attract some cross-over participation from the Delaware show.

It certainly didn't help that Columbus and surrounding area had nine other shows on the schedule for Saturday.  Word on the street had the Jax Wax registration at around 250 cars. If anyone has registration numbers from any of the other shows on Saturday, please post them in the comments.

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