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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This past Thursday saw 84 vehicles turn out for the weekly Der Dutchman cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio. Sixteen of those vehicles were first-time visitors to the cruise-in.  One of those first-time visitors was my 4-year-old grandson, Henry, who drove his battery-powered Dodge police cruiser from the parking lot to the cruise-in.

I can't tell you how excited Henry was to participate in his first cruise-in.  According to his Dad, he even cleaned his car for the show.

I helped him register for the raffle prizes, and fill out the card with the all information about his car.

Everyone seemed to enjoy having Henry there, and I know he had a great time.  He even handled not winning any of the raffle prizes pretty well for a four-year old.  Hopefully this experience starts him on a life-long love of cars.

Last week a 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster showed up at the cruise-in.  I wrote that I was disappointed the owner didn't open the hood so I could see the engine.  Well, the car returned this week and asked the owner if I could see the engine.  Come to find out the car is a reproduction Auburn Boattail that's powered by a Chevy crate motor.

The great weather brought out quite a few convertibles to this week's cruise-in.  These included a 1953 Ford Sunliner convertible with flathead engine, a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible, and of course, Henry's police car.

It turned to be another evening of great weather, great automobiles, and great fun at Der Dutchman...

The Richwood bank held its inaugural cars and coffee cruise-in on Saturday morning.   The bank which is located at 1512 W. William Street (Rt 36) in Delaware, Ohio plans to host the cars and coffee on the first Saturday of each month through October. Cruise-in time is from 9 AM to 12 noon. There is no registration fee.

This Saturday a Ghostbuster replica car parked in front of the bank helped call attention to the cruise-in.

Chad Hoffman, president and CEO of Richwood Bank was on hand to serve coffee and greet customers. The cruise-in also included free giveaways and train rides. The lobby even has a pinball machine for anyone so inclined to play a game or two.

The morning started out slow but by the end 22 classic and muscle car owners stopped by to enjoy a cup of coffee and talk cars.  Not bad for the first event.  Hopefully as word gets out, more cars will join the festivities in the coming months.

 

The Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City, Ohio has seen rain cancel its weekly Thursday evening cruise-in three out of the last four weeks.  But yesterday the weatherman finally blessed the cruise-in with a dry evening.

Last week the cruise-in host, Wayne Nisley, celebrated his 79th birthday!  His wife, Luella, had planned to surprise him with a birthday cake at last week's cruise-in but the bad weather postponed the Birthday celebration to this week. Congratulations Wayne! I hope I'm as young-looking as you are when I'm 79.

With the dry weather this week, the cruise-in saw 61 registered vehicles -- nine of which were new to the cruise-in.

One of the new cars was this rare 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster. It was a real stunner.  I wished the owner would have opened the hood.  I would have loved to have seen the engine compartment.

Another new car was this 2016 Camaro SS convertible.  The couple it belonged to were out for a ride and happened to see the cruise-in and decided to stop in.

Harry Mullins has made several appearances at Der Dutchman this year but always in his 1955 Pontiac.  This week he brought his 1968 Ford Ranchero.

Per usual, Wayne and assistant manager, Victor, closed the evening by raffling off cookies, pies, cakes and a $30 gift card that can be used at the restaurant and gift shop.

As has been the pattern this year, I did not win any of the deserts or the gift card. I was once again forced to walk over to the bakery to buy something sweet.  I really don't mind.  The calories are worth every bit of the cost.

If you're looking for something to do on a Thursday evening, stop by the Der Duthman cruise-in.  It's always a good time.

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UPDATE: Jack Maxton has posted photos from the cruise-into their Facebook Page.

Everyone was greeted Friday evening with heat and brutal humidity at Jack Maxton's July Cruise-in.  The cool jazz sounds of the Arnett Howard Band tried hard to kept crowd comfortable throughout the evening.

Because of the weather, only 160 vehicles registered this month - down almost 100 vehicles from the June cruise-in.

A passing rain cell around 8 PM brought about 15 minutes worth of sprinkles to the show.  It dropped Just enough water to bring out the drying towels.

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Started the week with a stop at the Powell Ruby Tuesday.  Larry Walters is working hard to get this weekly cruise-in off the ground.

Only 10 cars showed up this week.  A couple of C7 Corvettes came for the first time which gave me the opportunity to take a photo of Chevy's current performance products.
A rare 1964 Plymouth Valiant v8 with 4 speed manual transmission also made an appearance. If you're looking for something to do on Tuesday evening, stop by Ruby Tuesday.  Bring a "classic" car or truck and you'll get 10% off your bill at the restaurant.

 

Der Dutchman Week-6 Sets a New Record

A couple big things happened this week for the Der Dutchman cruise-in. First,  Wayne Nisley was back in his role as host of the cruise-in after a week hiatus for a health issue.  Second,  Wayne made it back just in time to see the cruise-in set a milestone with 100 registered vehicles.

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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.

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The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride 2017 Tour made a stop on Saturday at Cruisin Classics Auto Sales for their 11th show of the season.

Despite the extremely warm temperatures, 76 vehicles turned out for the show.

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts team in conjunction with Crusin Classics raised more than a $1000 for the USO. Great job!

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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 humidity and potential threat of showers kept a few folks home this week.  Fifty-six vehicles turned out for week four of the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery cruise-in.

A number of cars made a first time appearance this week.

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