This past Thursday saw 84 vehicles turn out for the weekly Der Dutchman cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio. Sixteen of those vehicles were first-time visitors to the cruise-in. One of those first-time visitors was my 4-year-old grandson, Henry, who drove his battery-powered Dodge police cruiser from the parking lot to the cruise-in.
I can't tell you how excited Henry was to participate in his first cruise-in. According to his Dad, he even cleaned his car for the show.
I helped him register for the raffle prizes, and fill out the card with the all information about his car.
Everyone seemed to enjoy having Henry there, and I know he had a great time. He even handled not winning any of the raffle prizes pretty well for a four-year old. Hopefully this experience starts him on a life-long love of cars.
Last week a 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster showed up at the cruise-in. I wrote that I was disappointed the owner didn't open the hood so I could see the engine. Well, the car returned this week and asked the owner if I could see the engine. Come to find out the car is a reproduction Auburn Boattail that's powered by a Chevy crate motor.
The great weather brought out quite a few convertibles to this week's cruise-in. These included a 1953 Ford Sunliner convertible with flathead engine, a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible, and of course, Henry's police car.
It turned to be another evening of great weather, great automobiles, and great fun at Der Dutchman...