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?
My wife and I braved the unseasonably cold weather and downtown Saint Patrick's Day crowds to attend the Columbus International Auto Show Friday evening. By going Friday, we took advantage of our senior status for a 50% discount on the cost of admission. Add in parking and the total cost of attending the show was $20. A relative bargain compared to the $42 it cost us to attend the Summit Racing show in February. Even without the discount, the International show turns out to be less expensive. Are you listening Summit Racing? Read more
My wife and I attended the Summit Racing Equipment Hot Rod & Custom Car show on Friday evening -- the first day of the event. I picked her up from work around 4:25 pm and we headed straight to the show. Little did we know the Columbus Blue Jackets had a home hockey game with their divisional rival, Pittsburgh Penquins, that evening. Traffic in and around the Greater Columbus Convention Center was extremely congested with people coming in for the game. Next year, I will definitely check the Blue Jacket's schedule before heading for the show.
We decided to park in the garage on the north side of the convention center. The walk way from the garage to the convention center was closed because of construction. This forced us to head out towards High Street. Fortunately, it was an unusually mild February day. Needless to say, getting to the show turned out to be a bit of an adventure. Read more