Construction of a sea lions habitat at the Columbus Zoo moved the 11th Annual Colo's Classic Car Show from Jungle Jacks Landing to the main parking lot.
This was my third time participating in Colo's Classic. The first two were inside the zoo. I must say that I preferred the parking lot over Jungle Jacks Landing.
In my review of last year's show, I complained that it took more than 30 minutes to get inside the zoo, and that cars were packed in like sardines in a can. And in the process of parking my car, I inadvertently ran over someone's cooler.
There was none of that this year. I waited less than 10 minutes to enter the show area. The parking lot allowed plenty of space between cars so no one had to worry about door dings or running over something. It also afforded plenty of room for canopies. You could even save a spot for a buddy if needed.
Now some will argue that there were no shade trees and that the black top was hot. I'll grant them those complaints. But I'll argue that it's rare for temperatures to be in the upper 80's the first week of October. The easy access and ample parking far out weighed the lack of shade, in my opinion.
For the second week in a row, the 1948 Chevy pickup truck belonging to Steve Andrix took the Best of Show award.
Last week the truck received top honors at Cruisin' for a Cause held at the Discover Church in Dublin Ohio. This week the truck took the top award at the Fifth Annual USA Days Car, Trucks & Motorcycle Show in Centerburg, Ohio. If you get a chance to see Steve's truck, you'll know why it consistently competes for top honors.
The USA Days show, which is held at Memorial Park in Centerburg, was originally scheduled for September 9th. Weather forced postponement until September 23rd. Despite the two week delay, the show still managed to register 387 vehicles. Obviously word got out about the new date. And Sunday's weather was just about as ideal for a car show as one could get.
The weather made a 360 degree turn around this past week. Going from monsoon-like rains of the previous week back to summer's normal hot, dry, and humid conditions.
I managed to get four events in this week thanks to the weather and Ohio State having a late game on Saturday evening.
I once again started the week at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. The weekly cruise-in had another strong week of attendance with 139 registered vehicles. Twenty-five of the 139 were first time participants.
One of those first-timers was Kevin Kelly and his 1932 Ford hot rod. For those who may not know Kevin, he ran the weekly cruise-in at Wholly Joe's restaurant in Lewis Center. With the restaurant closing its doors, Kevin's Thursday evenings are now free so I'm guessing we'll see him a little more at Der Dutchman.
The cruise-in has set a goal to reach 200 cars this coming Thursday (9/20). If the goal is reached, everyone will receive a free cup of ice cream! The weather forecast is calling for sunshine and warm temperatures. If you're free Thursday evening, come on out to Der Dutchman and help set a record.