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.
The third cruise-in of the season at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio set a new attendance record with 130 registered vehicles.
To handle all the cars, the inside of the horse pen was utilized for the overflow parking.Of the 130 cars that turned out on Thursday, 29 were first time visitors to the cruise-in.
One of those first time visitors was Dave Bratton with his 1937 Ford convertible. Dave is a regular participant in Central Ohio car shows.
Doug Leffel brought his 2018 Chrysler 300 "Hemi" this week instead of his Porsche. The paint color on his car is called "Magnum Steel". It can look black, gray, or dark blue depending on lighting. Continue reading
You couldn't ask for better weather to kick off the first Der Dutchman cruise-in of the season. The restaurant in Plain City, Ohio registered 90 vehicles during the evening. Of the 90 that registered, 20 were participating in the cruise-in for the very first time. Continue reading
The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held the end-of-the-season cruise-in banquet on Thursday. More than 134 people signed up for the festivities.
For a little historical perspective, this marked the sixth year the restaurant has held a weekly cruise-in from May through September. The very first cruise-in occurred on May 24, 2012. A total of seven cars showed up for that first cruise-in. Boy have things come a long way since then.
Here are some of the highlights from this season...
The cruise-in reached 100 automobiles (104 to be exact) for the very first time on June 29. The 100 mark would be reached again on August 24 and September 28.
Bad weather affected five cruise-ins including the first week
Host, Wayne Nisely, missed his one and only cruise-in on June 22 because of a health issue.
Wayne celebrated his 79th birthday on July 27, however, the celebration had to be postponed to the following week because of bad weather
This season had 183 first-timers. There were first-timers every week except for two of the rain outs
327 people participated in at least one cruise-in this season
My four-year old grandson recorded his first ever cruise-in
Der Dutchman presented everyone that registered for the banquet a beautiful plaque commemorating the season.
Of course, there had to be group photo of Wayne and the gang before the evening ended.
I think I can speak for everyone when I say a heart-felt thanks goes out to Wayne, his wife, Luella, Victor, Drew, and the Der Dutchman management for making this season the best one yet.
Next year's cruise-ins will kick-off on May 24, 2018. I've already got it marked on my calendar. Can't wait for another great season.
Despite the great weather, the two major downtown shows on Saturday saw a drop in registration compared to previous years.
The Performance Classic Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio (formerly Blast from the Past) ended up with around 450 registered vehicles. In recent years, this show had registration figures in the 600-700 range. The show set an all time high of 750 registered vehicles in 2015.
I participated in the downtown Plain City downtown show two years ago and registration that day was well over 200 cars. This year the show missed the 200 mark by 11 cars. I'm assuming the change in the hours of the show was to attract some cross-over participation from the Delaware show.
It certainly didn't help that Columbus and surrounding area had nine other shows on the schedule for Saturday. Word on the street had the Jax Wax registration at around 250 cars. If anyone has registration numbers from any of the other shows on Saturday, please post them in the comments.
This past Thursday saw 84 vehicles turn out for the weekly Der Dutchman cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio. Sixteen of those vehicles were first-time visitors to the cruise-in. One of those first-time visitors was my 4-year-old grandson, Henry, who drove his battery-powered Dodge police cruiser from the parking lot to the cruise-in.
I can't tell you how excited Henry was to participate in his first cruise-in. According to his Dad, he even cleaned his car for the show.
I helped him register for the raffle prizes, and fill out the card with the all information about his car.
Everyone seemed to enjoy having Henry there, and I know he had a great time. He even handled not winning any of the raffle prizes pretty well for a four-year old. Hopefully this experience starts him on a life-long love of cars.
Last week a 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster showed up at the cruise-in. I wrote that I was disappointed the owner didn't open the hood so I could see the engine. Well, the car returned this week and asked the owner if I could see the engine. Come to find out the car is a reproduction Auburn Boattail that's powered by a Chevy crate motor.
The great weather brought out quite a few convertibles to this week's cruise-in. These included a 1953 Ford Sunliner convertible with flathead engine, a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible, and of course, Henry's police car.
It turned to be another evening of great weather, great automobiles, and great fun at Der Dutchman...
The Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City, Ohio has seen rain cancel its weekly Thursday evening cruise-in three out of the last four weeks. But yesterday the weatherman finally blessed the cruise-in with a dry evening.
Last week the cruise-in host, Wayne Nisley, celebrated his 79th birthday! His wife, Luella, had planned to surprise him with a birthday cake at last week's cruise-in but the bad weather postponed the Birthday celebration to this week. Congratulations Wayne! I hope I'm as young-looking as you are when I'm 79.
With the dry weather this week, the cruise-in saw 61 registered vehicles -- nine of which were new to the cruise-in.
One of the new cars was this rare 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster. It was a real stunner. I wished the owner would have opened the hood. I would have loved to have seen the engine compartment.
Another new car was this 2016 Camaro SS convertible. The couple it belonged to were out for a ride and happened to see the cruise-in and decided to stop in.
Harry Mullins has made several appearances at Der Dutchman this year but always in his 1955 Pontiac. This week he brought his 1968 Ford Ranchero.
Per usual, Wayne and assistant manager, Victor, closed the evening by raffling off cookies, pies, cakes and a $30 gift card that can be used at the restaurant and gift shop.
As has been the pattern this year, I did not win any of the deserts or the gift card. I was once again forced to walk over to the bakery to buy something sweet. I really don't mind. The calories are worth every bit of the cost.
If you're looking for something to do on a Thursday evening, stop by the Der Duthman cruise-in. It's always a good time.