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.
The Central Ohio weather on Saturday suddenly changed from early spring to mid-summer overnight. Afternoon temperatures in the mid-80s and lots of sunshine brought out the cars on Saturday. Just about every show in the area had better than expected turn out. Some even set registration records.
I managed to break away for a few hours Saturday evening to attend the Cruisin' with the King show in Marysville, Ohio. The Shankles were once again kind enough to send me lots of photos from the Empty Pocket Cruisers Armed Forces Day Car Show they attended earlier in the day.
Because of Easter, all the events this weekend were on Saturday. The Good news -- the day stayed relatively dry. Just some on again, off again sprinkles throughout the day. The bad news -- it felt more like late October or early November than it did April. In other words, it was cold, damp and dreary!
April Cruisin' with the King in 2019
The Mid Ohio Cruisers held their first monthly cruise-in of the year on Saturday evening at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio. This marks the 35th year the club has been cruising at Burger King.
Fortunately there was no rain to speak of during the evening, however, temperatures hovered in the mid-40s with a brisk wind out of the northwest. I don't have any sales figures, but I'm guessing Burger King sold more coffee and hot chocolate than normal for a Saturday evening in April.
The show registered 24 vehicles, which isn't bad considering the weather conditions.
Rain, sleet, and snow greeted this year's Snowball Cruise at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.
Approximately 25-30 area car enthusiasts took over the Burger King for the 2 hour event on Saturday hosted by the Mid Ohio Cruisers.
Because of the "crummy" weather, the Snowball Cruise only registered three vehicles. And since the event only had three awards, there wasn't much debate as to who would get one of the three trophies.
The Snowball Cruise was a great way to kill a few hours on a dreary, cold Saturday afternoon in January. It was fun to talk to friends you hadn't seen since the last car show. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
The Mid Ohio Cruisers handed out their Cruisin' with King in 2019 schedule. We'll all have to wait until April 20 for their next show...
The Mid Ohio Cruisers will host the first car show of 2019 this Saturday, January 19.
Their annual Snowball Cruise will take place at the Burger King Restaurant located at 1044 Delaware Avenue (Rt 36), Marysville, Ohio from 2-4 PM.
If this year's event is anything like past years, there will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and awards for the "Favorite" three vehicles.
The weather forecast for Saturday doesn't look very promising right now, but we all know Ohio weather can change on a dime. If nothing else, come out and hangout with your friends for a couple hours. I plan to be there.
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.
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.