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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.

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Another beautiful Thursday evening for a cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio.   Attendance was down a little from last week but still very good with 69 registered vehicles.

As usual, all sorts of tasty goodies and a $30 Der Dutchman gift card were raffled off at the end of the cruise-in.

Here are some of the vehicles that stood out from week three's cruise-in.

The wood parts of this 1950 Ford Woody were absolutely gorgeous.

These two Oldsmobiles were new to the cruise-in and both looked to have been recently restored.

The frame off restoration of this '55 Chevy Bel Air was completed about four years ago.

All in all, another fun Thursday evening at Der Dutchman.

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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.

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Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio held its first cruise-in of the season last Thursday, but heavy showers kept most everyone away except for seven hardy souls who showed up to say Hi to friends they hadn't seen since last year.

This week's cruise-in was a completely different story. The perfect weather gave a great excuse for everyone to bring out their cars and hang out with other car enthusiasts for a few hours on a Thursday evening.

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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.

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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