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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.

Cars waiting to enter the show at 8 AM

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.

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The Central Ohio weather this past weekend turned out to be a nightmare for car shows. The steady rain on Friday postponed Jack Maxton's Friday Night Cruisin' until the following Friday (7/27).  This is only the second time I can remember a Maxton show being postponed.

The weather also postponed the Vanity Wheels and Heels show scheduled on Saturday. That show has been rescheduled  for the following week (7/28).   And finally, the Marengo, Ohio Christian Church postpone their Son Shine show on Sunday. A new date has yet to be determined.

THE SHOWS THAT BRAVED THE WEATHER

Those shows that did take place as scheduled saw their attendance take a beating.  Most notable was the Performance Classic Car Show (formerly Blast from the Past) in downtown Delaware, Ohio.  I received reports that attendance was well under 200 cars.   Compare that to last year's attendance of more than 450 vehicles.

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Despite a forecast of rain and storms, I managed to make it to three events over the weekend, one as a spectator and two as a participant. Best of all, not one drop of rain fell on my head.

Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights

I started the weekend with a visit to Lewis Center, Ohio on Thursday evening for week two of Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights.More than thirty cars showed up during the hour I was there. Because of the limited parking, the cruise-in is reserved for vehicles 25 years and older.

One of the vehicles to show up this week was this awesome Chevrolet Thriftmaster pick up. The truck was absolutely pristine!

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Saturday I  traveled south of I-70 to attend my first Purple Door Cruise-in at the Grove City United Methodist Church in Grove City, Ohio.  This show is part of the 2017 Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride sponsored shows.  Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio was on hand to help with the judging and present the awards.

With just about perfect weather,  the show registered more than 130 automobiles.  There were door prizes, 50/50 raffle, DJ, and food provided by the church.

Registration was only $10 and included a raffle ticket for the door prizes, and a coupon to get a second sandwich free with the purchase of the first sandwich.  All proceeds from the show help to fund the work of the church's mission committee.

After the first hour, I thought I might have the only car above the above the year 2000.  By the end of registration, however, there were at least a dozen late-model vehicles entered in the show.  Although not entered in the show, a white 2017 Camaro ZL1 belonging to one of the Judges was parked a few cars down from mine.  What are the odds that TWO brand new Camaro ZL1s would show up at the same show?

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The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio, and Auto Smarts Radio held their first cruise-ins of season this past weekend.

The Vintage Auto Club holds a monthly cruise-in from 5 pm to 8 pm at Freddy's Italian & Greek Street Food restaurant located at 1165 Columbus Pike Rd (aka, Rt. 23 ), Delaware, OH, the first Friday of the month from April through October.  There's no judging or trophies but there is a 50/50 drawing, and this year there are plans to have door prizes.  Proceeds from each cruise-in go to Hospice of Delaware. Read more