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.
UPDATE: Jack Maxton has posted photos from the cruise-in to their Facebook Page.
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.
The nice weather from Thursday continued into the weekend.
Friday evening I spent a few hours at Freddy's restaurant in Delaware, Ohio for the monthly cruise-in hosted by the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware.
Thirty-one vehicles turned out for this month's cruise-in. There was music from the 50's and 60's, a 50/50 raffle, and several door prizes. The winner of the 50/50 went home with $75.
Cabela's Charity Car Show and Cruise In
On Saturday the Capital City Corvette Club hosted their charity car show and Cruise In at the Cabela's store on Gemini Place.
I wasn't able to do any "judged" shows this weekend because of family committments. However, I did manage to hear from a friend who attended the 79th Annual Memorial Day Fish Fry & Car show in Lithopolis, Ohio that was hosted by the C-Town Cruisers.
The show had 172 vehicles register for the event. This was most ever in the show's 79 year history.
I contacted Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders, president of C-Town Cruisers, to see if he had any photos from the event. He replied that things were going so quickly he didn't have time to write anything down. With 172 cars and trucks, I can imagine the day was a bit hectic.
With that said, here's what my friend was able to report:
The show gave out 44 awards, a Best of Show, Mayor's Choice, and the rest were class "Favorites".
A 1947 Plymouth DeSoto received Best of Show, and Mayor's Choice went to a 1967 Corvette.
If you attended the show and took any photos, please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to post them to the website.
Don Splitstone has posted photos from the show.
Family commitments kept me from making a "judged" show this weekend, however, I did manage to spend a few hours at Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center on Saturday morning.
By the time I arrived at 9:20, the Jeep owners had already taken over the north side of the parking lot.
Most of the cars arrived around 10:00 am. There were well over 100 vehicles at the peak of the cruise-in.
The Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio will kick off their weekly cruise-ins this Thursday (5/25/17).
Anyone bringing a vehicle can enter a drawing for a chance to win cakes, pies, cookies, or a gift card to the restaurant and gift shop. Food is available at the cruise-in or you can eat in the restaurant.
I've been a regular participant at these cruise-ins for the past few years. They're a fun, relaxing way to spend a Thursday evening. I will caution everyone that they're not the best for your waist-line.
Jack Maxton Chevrolet
Jack Maxton's four summer Cruise-ins begin next month. The dealership has been holding these Chevy Only cruise-ins for 26 years. They are always held on the 3rd Friday of the month in June, July, August and September.
The shows offer live music from local bands, 50/50 and tee-shirt raffles, a food truck, and balloon twister for the kids. More than 70 "Favorite" vehicle awards are presented at each show.
If you own a Chevy or you're a Chevy fan, you need to check out Jack Maxton's Friday Night Cruise-ins.
The threat of storms on Saturday canceled several shows and impacted participation in others.
The Central Ohio Cruise-in put on by Boy Scout Troop 382 of Centerburg, Ohio managed to dodge the rain but was significantly down in attendance from previous years. Last year more than 90 vehicles registered for the show compared to 53 this year.
The show has been traditionally held on a Sunday, but this year it was changed to Saturday so it wouldn't conflict with the Centerburg High School graduation. Read more