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Cary's beloved Chevy El Camino was parked in front of the foodshed. A tree has been planted in his honor next to the shed. The restaurant also passed out two dash plaques. One to remember Cary and the other a "Thank You" for making 2018 a record-breaking year.
At the end of the memorial, everybody got in their vehicles and on cue started their engines. The entire cruise-in gave a few engine revs and horn honks in unison for Carey.
Approximately 30 - 40 cars showed up on Tuesday evening for the first Polaris Hilton cruise-in. Considering the colder than normal temperatures, this was an impressive start.
As you can see from the photos, the parking area is huge. It can easily support more than 100 vehicles. There's also plenty of room for canopies and lots of shade trees around the perimeter whenever the weather around here finally decides to warm up.
The N.S.R.A Safety Inspectors were available to anyone wishing to have their vehicle inspected.
The Hilton passed out coupons giving vehicle owners special pricing at The Bar@8700 inside the hotel.
My only complaint was the lack of music. Without it, the environment seemed a little sterile. Otherwise, this cruise-in shows a lot of potential. I can't say I'll make it every week, but I'll definitely show up to a few more before the summer ends.
I received an email this week about a new cruise-in starting up.
The cruise-in will be every Tuesday evening from 5 PM to 9 PM starting this coming Tuesday (May 21) and going through the end of September.
The location will be the large surface lot adjacent to the Columbus/Polaris Hilton Hotel. The lot has over 130 parking spaces. All vehicle owners will receive a coupon for discounted food options at the Hilton's bar @8700.
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If you're into cruise-ins, there's now the Hilton on Tuesday, Wendell's Pub on Wednesday, and Der Dutchman on Thursday.
The third cruise-in of the season at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio set a new attendance record with 130 registered vehicles.
To handle all the cars, the inside of the horse pen was utilized for the overflow parking.Of the 130 cars that turned out on Thursday, 29 were first time visitors to the cruise-in.
One of those first time visitors was Dave Bratton with his 1937 Ford convertible. Dave is a regular participant in Central Ohio car shows.
Doug Leffel brought his 2018 Chrysler 300 "Hemi" this week instead of his Porsche. The paint color on his car is called "Magnum Steel". It can look black, gray, or dark blue depending on lighting. Continue reading
You couldn't ask for better weather to kick off the first Der Dutchman cruise-in of the season. The restaurant in Plain City, Ohio registered 90 vehicles during the evening. Of the 90 that registered, 20 were participating in the cruise-in for the very first time. Continue reading
As the end of the year rapidly approaches, It's a good time to take a moment to look back at the 2017 car show season. I had planned to write this year-end recap back in November, but family commitments, Thanksgiving, my spouse convalescing from a total knee replacement, and updates to the website delayed this by a few weeks.
Now that things have started to settle down a bit, let's look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2017 season.
I managed to attend 80 events from January through November. Of the 80 events, only six did I attend as a non-participant.
The list below reflects my opinion of the events I attended. In no way does it encompasses ALL the events that took place in Central Ohio during the season. If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good or bad, please share it in the comments. Feel free to also post a comment if you disagree with any of my choices.
Ok, so let's get started with the Good.
BEST REGISTRATION FEE CAR SHOWS:
Champaign Cruisers 4th of July Car Show at Skelley's Lumbar Company in Urbana, Ohio. You can tell the Cruisers have been doing this for 20 years. The show is extremely well-organized. The club even goes as far as to mark off parking areas in the grass with spray paint. There were plenty of food vendors, nice door prizes, a unique venue, and great mix of vehicles from Ohio and Indiana.
Vettes, Rods and Classic Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio. Hosted by the Capital City Corvette Club, this show has grown steadily every year. The Creekside district makes a unique venue for a car show. There are plenty of restaurants in the district to meet most everyone's culinary tastes. Judging is based on a point system, and awards are presented in two categories, one for the Corvettes and the other for the rods and classics.
Cruisin' for a Cause at the Discover Church in Dublin, Ohio. This show raises money for a different cause each year. This year the cause was Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. In addition to the cars, there's also a craft show and model car contest going on simultaneously. Each year the show offers unique custom hand-made trophies. All vehicles are thoroughly judged and awards are based on a point system.
The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held the end-of-the-season cruise-in banquet on Thursday. More than 134 people signed up for the festivities.
For a little historical perspective, this marked the sixth year the restaurant has held a weekly cruise-in from May through September. The very first cruise-in occurred on May 24, 2012. A total of seven cars showed up for that first cruise-in. Boy have things come a long way since then.
Here are some of the highlights from this season...
The cruise-in reached 100 automobiles (104 to be exact) for the very first time on June 29. The 100 mark would be reached again on August 24 and September 28.
Bad weather affected five cruise-ins including the first week
Host, Wayne Nisely, missed his one and only cruise-in on June 22 because of a health issue.
Wayne celebrated his 79th birthday on July 27, however, the celebration had to be postponed to the following week because of bad weather
This season had 183 first-timers. There were first-timers every week except for two of the rain outs
327 people participated in at least one cruise-in this season
My four-year old grandson recorded his first ever cruise-in
Der Dutchman presented everyone that registered for the banquet a beautiful plaque commemorating the season.
Of course, there had to be group photo of Wayne and the gang before the evening ended.
I think I can speak for everyone when I say a heart-felt thanks goes out to Wayne, his wife, Luella, Victor, Drew, and the Der Dutchman management for making this season the best one yet.
Next year's cruise-ins will kick-off on May 24, 2018. I've already got it marked on my calendar. Can't wait for another great season.