This past weekend turned out to be a busy one. I managed to get in four events over four consecutive days. During those four days, my car was exposed to monsoon-like rain storms twice!
It all start with my usual Thursday evening hangout at Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio
I didn't get there until after 6 PM because I had to pick my car up from Esoteric Fine Auto Detailing in New Albany, Ohio. The car was there for installation of perfectly illegal window tint. Let me just say the drive from New Albany to Plain City in rush hour traffic is not a pleasant experience.
By the time I arrived at Der Dutchman, there was a significant number of cars already parked on the other side of the fence.
The combination of perfect weather and rain the week before worked together to help set another attendance record. The cruise-in registered 169 vehicles beating the previous record by 22 cars! Nineteen of the 169 were first timers.
To thank everyone for coming out and setting a new record, the restaurant raffled off two $30 gift cards to the restaurant and gift shop instead of the usual one.
Wayne Nicely, host of the cruise-in, is shooting for 200 cars on September 20. If you're free that evening, stop by Der Dutchman. Wayne has promised FREE ice cream for everyone if the cruise-in meets that goal.
The weather this week rallied back from an almost complete washout the week before to be just about as perfect as one can get. Almost all events this weekend enjoyed dry skies and a little lower than normal temperatures and humidity. The only exception was Der Dutchman where a threat of showers on Thursday evening kept a few cars away. I'll talk more about that later.
JACK MAXTON FRIDAY NIGHT CRUISIN'
Despite being postponed a week, the Jack Maxton all Chevy show on Friday still managed to register 205 vehicles. The strong attendance relieved owner Jeff Mauk's fear that word wouldn't get out about the show's postponement.
This month's live entertainment was provided by the Electric Super Friends band. The band sounded good and played lots of familiar songs.The featured Chevys this month were the Chevelle, Camaro, Nova, Monte Carlo and wagon. It seemed like two out of every three cars at the show were Camaros.
Beautiful summer-like weather greeted the first Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin' of the season. Music by the Hipnotics mesmerized the crowd throughout the evening.
Nice weather and first show is generally a combination that attracts a lot of cars. Friday's cruise-in was no exception. The show "officially" registered 252 Chevys. Counting the cars that showed up but didn't register the exact total was likely more than 300 cars.
My friend and I got there at 3:30 PM so we could get parking spots in front of showroom. We knew if we showed up much later all the spots out front would be gone. I've been to previous Maxton first shows of the season that had cars parked in between rows of parked cars. Even though Friday wasn't quite as crowded as some past shows, there were still a lot of cars.
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.
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 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.