Turned out to be interesting weekend of car shows and cruise-ins for me.
Friday evening my car suffered its first door ding (see red circle below) at the final First Friday Cruise-in held by the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware. It appears to have come from a fellow Camaro owner which made it even worse.
I called my paintless dent repair guy, Jan Golebiowski, on Saturday morning to see if he could work his magic. By 10 AM Monday, the dent was gone.
If you're ever in need of paintless dent repair, send me an email using the Contact Us form and I'll be happy to give you his phone number. I've used him on multiple occasions and his work has always been impeccable.
The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held the end-of-the-season cruise-in banquet on Thursday. More than 134 people signed up for the festivities.
For a little historical perspective, this marked the sixth year the restaurant has held a weekly cruise-in from May through September. The very first cruise-in occurred on May 24, 2012. A total of seven cars showed up for that first cruise-in. Boy have things come a long way since then.
Here are some of the highlights from this season...
The cruise-in reached 100 automobiles (104 to be exact) for the very first time on June 29. The 100 mark would be reached again on August 24 and September 28.
Bad weather affected five cruise-ins including the first week
Host, Wayne Nisely, missed his one and only cruise-in on June 22 because of a health issue.
Wayne celebrated his 79th birthday on July 27, however, the celebration had to be postponed to the following week because of bad weather
This season had 183 first-timers. There were first-timers every week except for two of the rain outs
327 people participated in at least one cruise-in this season
My four-year old grandson recorded his first ever cruise-in
Der Dutchman presented everyone that registered for the banquet a beautiful plaque commemorating the season.
Of course, there had to be group photo of Wayne and the gang before the evening ended.
I think I can speak for everyone when I say a heart-felt thanks goes out to Wayne, his wife, Luella, Victor, Drew, and the Der Dutchman management for making this season the best one yet.
Next year's cruise-ins will kick-off on May 24, 2018. I've already got it marked on my calendar. Can't wait for another great season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.