As I wrote in last week's Upcoming Events post, my goal this past weekend was to participate in four events. With rain showers cancelling the Der Dutchman cruise-in on Thursday evening, that left three shows in three days to do! Here's the big report I promised from those shows.
FRIDAY NIGHTS UPTOWN
After attending the first two Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin', I decided to change things up this month and attend the final Marysville Friday Nights Uptown.
The Friday Nights Uptown is a monthly community block party put on by the city of Marysville from May through August. The August event has traditionally included a car show organized by the Mid-Ohio Cruisers car club.
I estimated a crowd of well over 1000
people attended the event Friday evening.
Along with the cars, there were 11 food trucks to satisfy everyone's culinary tastes, bounce houses for the kids, and live entertainment from the band Wille Phoenix and the Soul
With a $10 registration fee, the car show registered 72 automobiles. There were no door prizes, however, the show did have a 50/50 raffle.
One of the first things I noticed about this show were number of vehicles I was seeing for the first time this summer.
On Saturday, the Capital City Corvette Club once again hosted their Vettes, Rods and Classics Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio.
This is the third year the club has organized the show. The number of registered cars has steadily grown each year. With weather about as perfect as one could ask for, this year's show set a record with 309 registered vehicles!
Much of Mill Street and the adjacent parking areas were closed to the public starting around 10 AM Saturday until the end of the show. The street and parking areas were reopened at noon for show parking only. Cars arriving before noon were able to park in several designated lots until parking opened for the show. I arrived around 11:40 AM and was parked and off to the registration tent about 30 minutes later. Next year I plan to arrive after show parking is officially open to avoid all the traffic congestion at the beginning. All in all, I have to commend the club for the job they did getting all the cars parked. It didn't look easy.
With 11 events in the central Ohio area on Saturday, it was a tough call as to which event to attend. In the end, the Battle of the Brands in Sunbury, Ohio won my afternoon.
This is the third year for the show organized by the GTO Association of Central Ohio and sponsored by the Big Walnut Grill and Jets Pizza.
With weather just about as perfect as one could
wish for, attendance exceeded expectations. Registration had to be stopped at 160 vehicles because the club ran out of window placards. Parking turned out to be a little tight because a motorcycle porker run had also been scheduled for Saturday.
Registration was $10. There were no door prizes, however, the Walnut Grill offered a $10 buffet to show participants, and Jets Pizza had two pieces of cheese or pepperoni pizza plus a drink for $5. There was a 50/50 drawing which reached a winning half of $150. Read more
I spent two long days at the Arthritis Foundation's 35th Annual Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in this weekend. By Saturday evening I was sunburned, exhausted, and just a little bit upset. Let me explain why.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Chevy Camaro. To honor 50 years of the Camaro, the show made the model one of the featured marques cars.
I saw more Camaros participate in this year's show than in the past four years primarily because of the marque designation. On Saturday 68 Camaros from all six generations competed in the class judging. The previous high had been 34 cars. Last year, for example, only 18 Camaros signed up for the Saturday portion of the show.
Showers on Thursday cancelled the Der Dutchman week 7 cruise-in. Despite the cancellation, about 17 cars showed up including yours truly. Everyone stuck around until about 7 PM before heading home.
Showers again on Friday evening cancelled my trip to Delaware and the First Friday Cruise-in hosted by the Delaware Vintage Auto Club. This left Sunday as my only day to do a car show over the weekend. With Goodguys still in town, there were only two local shows in the area. It was either cruise at City Barbeque on East Main Street or cruise at the Yacht Club at Buckeye Lake. I chose to stay closer to home and attend the show at City Barbeque.
I attended my first Champaign Cruisers Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show on Tuesday. This is the 20th year the Champaign Cruisers car club has sponsored a car show on the 4th of July.
The show is held in the grass and wooded areas surrounding the Skelley Lumber Company in Urbana, Ohio.
Club members helped to park cars as they entered the show area and directed traffic after the show was over. The club even went as far as to mark off parking areas with white spray paint to ensure adequate space for foot and golf cart traffic between car rows. You could tell the club has been doing this for a few years.
Friday's showers, which cancelled most of the events scheduled for the evening, gave way to almost perfect weather on Saturday. With Seven car and motorcycle shows on tap for the central Ohio area, classic car owners had lots of choices where to spend their Saturday afternoon.
I chose to attend the Hilliard Historic Village Car show hosted by the Empty Pocket Cruisers. The show was held at Weaver Park on the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
The show offered the traditional door prizes and 50/50 raffle. It also offered a unique "Participation Raffle". Every car owner that registered for the show was automatically entered in a raffle to win a dollar amount equal to the number of registered vehicles. With the show registering 111 cars, trucks, and bikes, one lucky owner went home $111 richer.
Wednesday afternoon The Inn at Olentangy Trail held its first ever car show. For those that may not know, the Inn is an assisted living facility for senior citizens off of Rt 23 just across from Menards.
The show was held from 4 pm to 7 pm. Registration was $10 and all proceeds went to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Hot dogs, chips, corn on the cobb and drinks were included with registration.
Jack Maxton Chevrolet kicked off the first of their four monthly cruise-ins on Friday evening.The dealership has been holding these monthly Chevy only car shows for 26 years.
The third Friday in June, July, August and September the Maxton team moves all the cars from the west and front sides of the dealership to make room for the cruisers. There's live music, a DJ, 50/50 raffle, food truck and t-shirt raffle. Registration is free. The t-shirt raffle costs $5 for a chance to win $150 and $50. Maxton gives out more than 70 awards each show.
Despite the 90 degree temperatures on Friday, 250 vehicles registered for the cruise-in. An estimated 50-75 more cars and trucks showed up that didn't register. Read more
The central Ohio car show season kicked into high gear this weekend. There were shows in no less than seven area cities. These cities included Bellefontaine, Bucyrus, Columbus, Dublin, Marysville, Newark and Reynoldsburg. I have reports from three of the shows.