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.
Despite moving my father from skilled nursing to assisted living and the hottest weather so far this year, I managed to somehow attend four events this week and was a spectator at a fifth.
Goodguys PPG Nationals All American Sunday
I started the week at the Goodguys PPG Nationals All American Sunday. This event has been on my radar for the past several years. I've always had a reasonable excuse not to attend until this year.
For those that may not know, Goodguys All American Sunday is open to ALL YEARS of American made and powered automobiles. Owning a late model car this was obviously my only option to participate in the Goodguys event.
Being a first-time participant, I wasn't sure what to expect. I spoke with several people prior to Sunday and consensus was to arrive no later than 8 AM. I went a step further and got there before 7:30 AM. Knowing what I know now, I could have arrived by 9 AM and been fine.
I exited I-71 at 17th avenue. The lanes for entry of show cars into the event and for registration were well marked. Non-member cost to register for the day was $40. I got talked into joining Goodguys as a Silver member for an additional $5. As a Silver member, I can pre-register next year at a discount.
Most of my time this week has been spent moving my Dad from skilled nursing care to assisted living. As a result, I haven't had much time to devote to this blog. I hope to have a report from last week posted before the end of the week. Keeping my fingers crossed...
A few more events have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. We're almost half-way through the season and I can't believe the number of events still being posted.
Just want to give everyone a heads up, This site is linking to an old version of the Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride 2019 schedule. The old version has Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard scheduled for a show this Saturday (7/20). The date of that show has been changed to September 7. If you have a copy or link to an up-to-date version of the Auto Smarts schedule, please let me know. I'm told there may be as many as six versions floating around the interweb. Unfortunately, I can't find any of them.
Cruisin' Wednesdays at Wendell's Pub - Westerville
More than 260 cars and trucks packed Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio for the dealership's first Friday Night Cruisin of the season.
The beautiful weather not only brought out a lot of Chevys from around the area but also a lot of spectators. The band Electric Super Friends lit up the evening with classic rock tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. The band sounded great!
The featured Chevrolets this month were:
Maxton's Favorite Corvette from the years '53-'67, '68-'82, and '84-present.
Jack Maxton Chevrolet has finally posted their Friday Night Cruisin flyer to their Facebook page. This is a free registration ALL Chevy-powered car show held on the third Friday of the month from June through September.
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 Nisly, 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.