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

The weather these first two weeks of May hasn't been very kind to car shows and cruise-ins.  As I reported last week, the weather for the inaugural Ruby Tuesday's cruise-in was cold and rainy.  The May cruise-in of the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware was washed out last Friday because of rain.  My plan to attend the Rod Knocker's cruise-in on Saturday was cancelled due to pockets of rain and hail between my house and Marion.

The start of this week didn't see any better weather.  Scattered showers around 4 pm on Tuesday kept cars away for the second week at Ruby Tuesday's cruise-in.

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The weather Tuesday evening didn't turn out to be anything close to what was forecast.  Cold temps, wind and rain spoiled the inaugural cruise-in at the Ruby Tuesday's on Rt. 23 in Powell, Ohio.

Only five vehicles (counting the host's Corvette)  braved the elements and turned out.

To add to the bad weather, the Mustang owner ended up with a flat tire. Fortunately he had a spare in the trunk.

By 6:30 we all agreed it was too darn cold and headed for home.

On a positive note, there is ample protected parking, and anyone bringing a vehicle to the cruise-in will get a 10% discount off their food bill at Ruby Tuesday's.

Cruise-in time will be from 5-9 pm every Tuesday, weather permitting, during the season.

If you have any questions, you can contact L. Walters at 740.548.1670 or send him an email at lcw490495@yahoo.com.

Here's hoping the weather is better next Tuesday and few more cars show up.

The Mid Ohio Cruisers held their April cruise-in Saturday evening.

For those of you who don't know, the club hosts a cruise-in the third Saturday of the month from April through October at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.  They also put on a  "Snow Ball" Cruise-in the third Saturday in January for those of us that need a "car show fix" in the dead of winter.

The monthly cruise-ins feature door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and music from the 50's and 60's. Ten awards are presented to the favorite cars and trucks picked by the club members.  Best of all, there is no charge for registration. Read more

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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

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Sunday Cruisin' Buffalo Wings & Rings logo

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and his C-Town Cruisers kicked off their 2017 car show season at Buffalo Wings & Rings on East Broad Street.  This is a recurring show held on the first Sunday of each month from April through October.

I had originally planned to attend this show and the Marion Rod Knockers first cruise-in of the season on Saturday.  With temperatures forecasted to be in the low 40's Saturday night, I decided it was best to stay home and watch the NCAA basketball tournament.  There's something just not right about wearing long johns to a car show. 😱 Read more

Columbus Cars and Coffee crowd

Saturday morning I decide to make the trek down 315 and attend Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center. The unseasonably warm weather not only brought out a lot of car owners but also a lot of spectators. By 10 AM the parking lot was buzzing with people.  By my unofficial count, more than 120 cars turned out for this week's cruise-in.

I have to admit I really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Columbus Cars and Coffee. You tend to see cars that you wouldn't normally see at a "judged" car show. This Saturday was no exception. The morning featured a nice mix of classic, late-model, and modified cars. Read more