The All About Autism Car Show at Quaker Steak and Lube on Polaris Parkway originally scheduled for Saturday was changed to Sunday because of the weather.
It's always tough to write a negative review but Sunday's All About Autism show will not make my list of favorite shows this season. Myself and an estimated third of the 123 vehicles that registered for the show left well before the awards ceremony. I know the money went for a good cause, but I still expect better from a $20 registration fee. And here's why...
"Peoples Choice" judging. If you've read any of my prior posts, you know I dislike this method of judging. It turns judging into a popularity contest rather than based on the merits and appeal of the vehicle. I don't understand why organizers can't find four or five volunteers to walk around the show and pick their favorite cars. They don't have to be car experts, although that would certainly be a plus. Anything is better than peoples choice judging, in my opinion.
Lack of security surrounding the ballots. They were just sitting in a stack on the registration table. Anyone could come up, grab a handful and write-in their car in the first place spot on each ballot.
Timing of the awards ceremony. The show was advertised from 11 AM to 5 PM. The silent auction didn't start until after 3 PM. It was still going on at 4:30 PM with no indication of finishing anytime soon. I would guess more than a third of the cars had left by then. I had a commitment after 5 PM and couldn't stay any longer. I had been there since 10 AM which made for a long day!
This is the first time I've ever left a show before it was over. I couldn't help but feel a little ripped off as I drove away. I left feeling the cars were just a minor component of the show instead of a feature.
Car shows are supposed to be fun. Unless you hung out at the bar all afternoon drinking, the fun factor for this show was pretty low, at least it was for me. That's a shame since the show attracted some really nice vehicles.
If you attended this show, please let me know what you thought about it in the comment section. I'm curious to know if my perception is off-base.
Another big week of events. Unfortunately, the weather forecast doesn't look good towards the end of the week.
The Arthritis Foundation has announced the dates for next year's Classic Auto Show in Dublin, Ohio. The show has been moved up a week to June 27, 28, and 29, 2019. Good Guys and the Arthritis will now be on separate weekends and won't be competing against each other. I think this is good news for car show enthusiasts.
Friday morning the index finger on my right hand encountered the supercharger belt on my Camaro. This gave me the opportunity to meet two very nice Columbus Police and Fire Department paramedics and spend eight hours in the OSU Medical Center Emergency Department. Let me just say the entire incident won't top my list of brilliant moves.
Since typing at the moment isn't very efficient, this week's report will be a little shorter than normal.
Starting with Der Dutchman, the cruise-in set a new attendance record this past Thursday. The restaurant registered 147 vehicles braking the previous record by four cars. More than 20 were first time participants.
The Thursday cruise-in has become so popular this season that the restaurant has added a second port-a-potty!
Boot's from Auto Smarts Radio stopped by again this week with his BADD '57 Chevy. He invited Bill Fowler (see arrow) From Baer Brakes to come out. Bill brought some Baer shirts with him that were raffled off at the end of the cruise-in.
The sweltering heat on Saturday didn't stop more than 300 cars from turning out for the Vettes, Rods, And Classics show at Creekside.
It was so warm that at least one participant had to be taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. I'm pretty sure I lost 10 pounds of water weight just cleaning up my car for the show. Water and shade were definitely your best friends on Saturday.
This is the 4th year the Capital City Corvette Club has hosted the show at the Creekside business district in Gahanna, Ohio. The district is a great venue for a car show. Along with plenty of restaurant and shopping choices, the area also includes a beautiful plaza and adjacent park. In four short years, this show has become one of the premiere car events in Central Ohio.
Another jam packed week of events, especially on Saturday.
A new feature has been added to the Upcoming Events posts. A 5-day weather forecast for Central Ohio is now available at the end of the list of events. The weather display will automatically update in realtime. This feature provides a quick glance at the forecast for any events you're interesting in attending.
The weather this week rallied back from an almost complete washout the week before to be just about as perfect as one can get. Almost all events this weekend enjoyed dry skies and a little lower than normal temperatures and humidity. The only exception was Der Dutchman where a threat of showers on Thursday evening kept a few cars away. I'll talk more about that later.
JACK MAXTON FRIDAY NIGHT CRUISIN'
Despite being postponed a week, the Jack Maxton all Chevy show on Friday still managed to register 205 vehicles. The strong attendance relieved owner Jeff Mauk's fear that word wouldn't get out about the show's postponement.
This month's live entertainment was provided by the Electric Super Friends band. The band sounded good and played lots of familiar songs.The featured Chevys this month were the Chevelle, Camaro, Nova, Monte Carlo and wagon. It seemed like two out of every three cars at the show were Camaros.
Several shows that were rescheduled due to last weekend's bad weather are adding to an already full slate of events in Central Ohio this week.
Several weeks back I received questions as to why I did not include the Exotics on Scioto Mile in the list of Upcoming Events. I responded that the show required pre-registration and therefore no one could drive up on the day of the show and register to participate. Well, I received feedback that this list is not only used by car show participants, but also by car show spectators. Therefore, I've included Rally for the Ranch on the list this week for those who want to go as a spectator even though registration is currently closed.