Thanks to mother nature, the final Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin of the season was a washout.
Around 6 PM, the first of two rain showers fell upon the 200 registered cars and trucks. To add insult to injury, the first shower stopped long enough for everyone to dry off their vehicles. About the time the band was sheduled to start playing, the second round arrived with a vengeance. Not only did it include heavy rain, but this time there were strong winds, lightning, and thunder to keep everyone on their toes.
When it was all said and done, everything and I mean everything was soaked. The British Invasion was forced to cancel their show because of water-soaked equipment. I spent Saturday drying out folding chairs, towels and all of my detailing products. The floor mats in my car were still damp as of Saturday afternoon.
The awards presentation, which took place an hour early, had to be held in the showroom. The winners were announced using the dealership's intercom system.
Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio failed to meet its goal of 300 cars on Thursday evening. Despite missing the goal, the restaurant still managed to have its best attendance of the year. The weekly cruise-in registered 243 vehicles. Forty-seven of those were first-time participants.
One of the first-timers was Matt Rittenhouse and his 2017 Camaro ZL1.
Creative Mobile Interiors and their 1972 Chevy C-30 custom camper was another first-timer.
Jeff and Lynne made their first appearance in a "slightly altered" 1973 Ford Econoline.
I managed to do two cruise-ins and two "judged" shows this week.
The first cruise-in was, of course, Der Dutchman on Thursday evening.
The threat of severe weather kept attendance down this week. Still, the cruise-in managed to register 80 vehicles. Ten of the 80 were first-timers.
The Ford Falcon was the unofficial "featured" car this week.
Wayne held the raffle drawing for cookies, pies, cakes, and gift card an hour early because radar showed rain on the way to Plain City. Fortunately for the cruise-in, the rain went south and east of the restaurant.
The Empty Pocket Cruisers held their Spring into Summer car show on Saturday. This was the second event of the year hosted by the club.
The location of the show was changed this year from the Hilliard Historical Village to the St. James Lutheran Church on Trabue Road in Columbus, Ohio.
No question the new venue is a marked improvement over the Historical Village. There is ample parking on both the blacktop and grass. The grass area is part of a ball field so there are no dips, ruts or exposed tree roots to grab your car like the Historical Village
Due to a scheduling mix up, the event was going on simultaneously with the Auto Smarts Cruisin' Classics show only four miles away. Because of this and the weather, the show only registered 57 vehicles compared to 148 last year.
The Central Ohio weather on Saturday suddenly changed from early spring to mid-summer overnight. Afternoon temperatures in the mid-80s and lots of sunshine brought out the cars on Saturday. Just about every show in the area had better than expected turn out. Some even set registration records.
I managed to break away for a few hours Saturday evening to attend the Cruisin' with the King show in Marysville, Ohio. The Shankles were once again kind enough to send me lots of photos from the Empty Pocket Cruisers Armed Forces Day Car Show they attended earlier in the day.