Thanks to mother nature, the final Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin of the season was a washout.
Around 6 PM, the first of two rain showers fell upon the 200 registered cars and trucks. To add insult to injury, the first shower stopped long enough for everyone to dry off their vehicles. About the time the band was sheduled to start playing, the second round arrived with a vengeance. Not only did it include heavy rain, but this time there were strong winds, lightning, and thunder to keep everyone on their toes.
When it was all said and done, everything and I mean everything was soaked. The British Invasion was forced to cancel their show because of water-soaked equipment. I spent Saturday drying out folding chairs, towels and all of my detailing products. The floor mats in my car were still damp as of Saturday afternoon.
The awards presentation, which took place an hour early, had to be held in the showroom. The winners were announced using the dealership's intercom system.
The weather made a 360 degree turn around this past week. Going from monsoon-like rains of the previous week back to summer's normal hot, dry, and humid conditions.
I managed to get four events in this week thanks to the weather and Ohio State having a late game on Saturday evening.
I once again started the week at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. The weekly cruise-in had another strong week of attendance with 139 registered vehicles. Twenty-five of the 139 were first time participants.
One of those first-timers was Kevin Kelly and his 1932 Ford hot rod. For those who may not know Kevin, he ran the weekly cruise-in at Wholly Joe's restaurant in Lewis Center. With the restaurant closing its doors, Kevin's Thursday evenings are now free so I'm guessing we'll see him a little more at Der Dutchman.
The cruise-in has set a goal to reach 200 cars this coming Thursday (9/20). If the goal is reached, everyone will receive a free cup of ice cream! The weather forecast is calling for sunshine and warm temperatures. If you're free Thursday evening, come on out to Der Dutchman and help set a record.
Eight years ago the Discover Church in Dublin, Ohio held their very first car and truck show. The show back then was called Hot Rods for Hatti. In 2015 it was renamed Cruisin' for a Cause. Each year the show raises money for a specific cause. Last year it was scholarships for children of the fallen. This year the cause was Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. The disease mostly affects boys, but on rare occasion can also affect girls.
The show has a reputation for giving out unique custom hand-made trophies. I happen to have two of them from past shows and they are two of my most favorite trophies. This year was no exception. Ark Hot Rods once again provided some of the most unusual awards you'll find at any car show.