Here are this week's Central Ohio car events. Saturday has a big lineup to choose from.
News and Notes:
Last week the Ohio Department of Health told Der Dutchman it had to cancel its weekly cruise-in. Despite the notice, 304 cars showed up last Thursday. Just like last week, there will be additional restaurant parking at the farm and food available. There will again be no registration or door prizes at the end of the evening.
UPDATE: Just received a text from Wayne Nisly. The health inspector was at Der Dutchman today. He gave the okay to register cars, serve food, and give out door prizes.
Congrats to Chris Kraner and his 1970 Ford Torino GT for taking Best of Show at the Auto Smarts Radio Ten Pin Alley show in Hilliard on Saturday.
On Friday evening, the Advance Auto Parts/Creative Towing show in Marysville raised $140 for the Milford Center Food Pantry. This month's award winners were Bill Mullins with a 1934 Ford Coupe, Glen Frisby with a 1955 Chevy, and Bob Roush with a 1967 Mercury Cougar.
I'm still updating the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for a complete list of car events through the end of the season.
Not only is the Der Dutchman Cruise-In setting big attendance records this summer, but so is Columbus Cars & Coffee at Lennox Town Center. They are reporting on their Facebook page that more than 500 cars turned out this past Saturday morning!
Speaking of big attendance, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers had 190 cars show up for their Labor Day car meet at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus. Our very good friend, Russ Annis, and his 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS took Best of Show honors.
The Performance Classic Car Show Cruise-in scheduled for October 11th in Delaware, Ohio did not receive approval from the Delaware County Board of Health to hold the event so it has been canceled.
I reported last week that the Empty Pocket Cruiser's Trunk or Treat show had been canceled because the Hilliard Presbyterian Church decided not to host the show due to Covid-19. Well, this week the City of Hilliard has decided Trick or Treating is okay so the Church has changed its mind and will host the show. Everyone will have to wear masks and gloves and pass out candy directly to the children per the Hilliard trick or treat mandate.
I'm still updating the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for a complete list of events through the end of the season.
Here are the Central Ohio car events for the second weekend of August.
Events will likely be added or canceled as the week progresses, so check back often for updates.
News and Notes:
Between the virus and weather this past week, I don't have much to report. Two shows scheduled for this weekend, the Hosanna Lutheran Car Show in Pataskala on Friday evening and the Purple Door Car Show in Grove City on Saturday have both been canceled.
My primary computer took a big dump Saturday afternoon. Damn thing won't even power on. As has been my luck this year, both Apple stores in Columbus are closed because of the pandemic. Earliest I can get the computer into a repair center is Thursday as a walk-in. I mention all this as a warning that updates may not be as timely as usual this week.
The Save the Dates for 2020 page is still be updated regularly. Unfortunately, there were more cancellations last week then additions.
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.