Friday morning the index finger on my right hand encountered the supercharger belt on my Camaro. This gave me the opportunity to meet two very nice Columbus Police and Fire Department paramedics and spend eight hours in the OSU Medical Center Emergency Department. Let me just say the entire incident won't top my list of brilliant moves.
Since typing at the moment isn't very efficient, this week's report will be a little shorter than normal.
Starting with Der Dutchman, the cruise-in set a new attendance record this past Thursday. The restaurant registered 147 vehicles braking the previous record by four cars. More than 20 were first time participants.
The Thursday cruise-in has become so popular this season that the restaurant has added a second port-a-potty!
Boot's from Auto Smarts Radio stopped by again this week with his BADD '57 Chevy. He invited Bill Fowler (see arrow) From Baer Brakes to come out. Bill brought some Baer shirts with him that were raffled off at the end of the cruise-in.
The sweltering heat on Saturday didn't stop more than 300 cars from turning out for the Vettes, Rods, And Classics show at Creekside.
It was so warm that at least one participant had to be taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. I'm pretty sure I lost 10 pounds of water weight just cleaning up my car for the show. Water and shade were definitely your best friends on Saturday.
This is the 4th year the Capital City Corvette Club has hosted the show at the Creekside business district in Gahanna, Ohio. The district is a great venue for a car show. Along with plenty of restaurant and shopping choices, the area also includes a beautiful plaza and adjacent park. In four short years, this show has become one of the premiere car events in Central Ohio.
The Central Ohio weather this past weekend turned out to be a nightmare for car shows. The steady rain on Friday postponed Jack Maxton's Friday Night Cruisin' until the following Friday (7/27). This is only the second time I can remember a Maxton show being postponed.
The weather also postponed the Vanity Wheels and Heels show scheduled on Saturday. That show has been rescheduled for the following week (7/28). And finally, the Marengo, Ohio Christian Church postpone their Son Shine show on Sunday. A new date has yet to be determined.
THE SHOWS THAT BRAVED THE WEATHER
Those shows that did take place as scheduled saw their attendance take a beating. Most notable was the Performance Classic Car Show (formerly Blast from the Past) in downtown Delaware, Ohio. I received reports that attendance was well under 200 cars. Compare that to last year's attendance of more than 450 vehicles.
Participants of Saturday evening's Cruisin' with King car show at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio watched as thunderstorms skirted around the area. Lightning and thunder could be seen and heard north and east of the restaurant, but luckily only a few light sprinkles fell on the cars.
The unusually warm temperatures and the threat of storms kept attendance down to 58 registered vehicles for this month's show. More cars showed up during the evening but chose not register. This is always puzzling since registration is free.
You can count on some unusual and unique vehicles to show up at a Cruisin' with the King show. This month Nathan Zuver brought his 1949 Crosley Sedan. The Crosley was manufactured in Marion, Indiana from 1939 to 1952.
Despite a forecast of rain and storms, I managed to make it to three events over the weekend, one as a spectator and two as a participant. Best of all, not one drop of rain fell on my head.
Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights
I started the weekend with a visit to Lewis Center, Ohio on Thursday evening for week two of Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights.More than thirty cars showed up during the hour I was there. Because of the limited parking, the cruise-in is reserved for vehicles 25 years and older.
One of the vehicles to show up this week was this awesome Chevrolet Thriftmaster pick up. The truck was absolutely pristine!
Saturday evening the Mid Ohio Cruisers hosted their April Cruisin' with the King at the Marysville, Ohio Burger King.
A steady Northeast wind quickly turned fairly comfortable temperatures at the start of the show into an April chill by the end. It got cold enough to break out the gloves. A number of participants couldn't take it and left early. Fortunately, the club recognized the uncomfortable conditions and presented the awards 30 minutes early so everyone could go home and warm up.
A total of 50 cars registered for this month's show. Per usual, a fair number of cars showed up but didn't register. I'm always a little puzzled by this since registration is free.
Along with free registration, the show offers door prizes, 50/50 raffle and 10 "Favorite" awards.
The Mid Ohio Cruisers kicked off the 2018 car show season on Saturday with their annual Snow Ball Cruise-In at the Burger King restaurant in Marysville, Ohio.
Much better weather last year saw 20 vehicles show up for the cruise-in. Snow fall earlier in the week made road conditions for this year's cruise-in less than ideal and forced many to keep their cars in winter hibernation. Only nine vehicles, mostly rat rods, braved the messy roads and registered for the show.
Despite the road conditions, the Snow Ball Cruise-In provided an excellent opportunity for a mid- winter "get together". The Burger King dining area was packed wall to wall with car enthusiasts. The crowd had good representation from the Rod Knockers Club of Marion, Ohio and the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio.
Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle were offered along with trophies for three "Favorite" vehicles selected by the members of the Mid Ohio Cruisers.
Here are this year's trophies winners:
The Mid Ohio Cruisers will begin their monthly cruise-in schedule for 2018 on April 21. For those of you who may not know, the cruise-ins are held on the third Saturday of the month from 6-9 PM, April through October at the Marysville, Ohio Burger King. Registration is free and open to all makes, models and years. So mark your calendars, it's a great way to spend a Saturday evening.
Editors Note: I was unable to attend this year's cruise-in due to a death in the family. A special shout out goes to my good friends Jeff Shankle and Frank Sanborn for their on-site reporting in my absence.
As I wrote in last week's Upcoming Events post, my goal this past weekend was to participate in four events. With rain showers cancelling the Der Dutchman cruise-in on Thursday evening, that left three shows in three days to do! Here's the big report I promised from those shows.
FRIDAY NIGHTS UPTOWN
After attending the first two Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin', I decided to change things up this month and attend the final Marysville Friday Nights Uptown.
The Friday Nights Uptown is a monthly community block party put on by the city of Marysville from May through August. The August event has traditionally included a car show organized by the Mid-Ohio Cruisers car club.
I estimated a crowd of well over 1000
people attended the event Friday evening.
Along with the cars, there were 11 food trucks to satisfy everyone's culinary tastes, bounce houses for the kids, and live entertainment from the band Wille Phoenix and the Soul
With a $10 registration fee, the car show registered 72 automobiles. There were no door prizes, however, the show did have a 50/50 raffle.
One of the first things I noticed about this show were number of vehicles I was seeing for the first time this summer.