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Over 200 people attended the annual Der Dutchman cruise-in banquet on Thursday evening.

The banquet is the restaurant's way to says thanks to everyone that participated in the cruise-in throughout the summer. It also gives everyone a chance to get together one more time before the cars are put away and the season officially comes to an end.

Wayne Nisly, cruise-in manager, was the master of ceremonies for the evening.

Everyone that brought a car to at least one cruise-in received a nice plaque from Wayne and the restaurant in appreciation for reaching the attendance goal of 200 cars.  That occurred on September 20th when the cruise-in registered 253 vehicles! It was quite an evening.

The evening came to close with the cruisers presenting Wayne, his wife, Luella, and Victor, assistant manager at the restaurant, gifts in appreciation for all the work they did to make each cruise-in a success.

The Der Dutchman cruise-in grew by leaps and bounds this year.  It will be a tall order to top that success going forward.  Wayne, always thinking big,  has set a goal of 300 cars for next year. There's also discussion of having one Saturday morning coffee and donuts cruise-in.   2019 is already shaping up to be another great season.  Can't wait....

Der Dutchman not only reached it's goal of 200 vehicles Thursday evening, it smashed that goal by a wide margin.

The weekly cruise-in at the Plain City, Ohio restaurant registered 241 cars! Fifty-two were first time participants.

Cars began showing up  at 1:30 PM that afternoon.  By 5 PM there were more than 100 cars registered.

It turned out to be quite an evening.  Wayne, Victor and the management of Der Dutchman should be commended for putting on the largest cruise-in in Central Ohio.

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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.

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For the second week in a row the Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City, Ohio set an attendance record at its weekly cruise-in. 

This week 144 vehicles were registered during the evening.  Thirty-five of those vehicles were first time participants.

Here are some of the cars from this week's cruise-in:

First and sixth generation Camaros.

Dan Varner brought another one of his "Survivor" cars.  This time his 1968 Pontiac GTO.

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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.
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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.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

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.

Thursday evening the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio saw 101 vehicles turn out for their final cruise-in of the season.

This was the third time this year the cruise-in registered 100 or more automobiles.   What's interesting is  22 of those automobiles participated in the cruise-in for the very first time.

One of the highlights from the final cruise-in were the three Ford Victorias from the 50's that showed up.

Not very often a semi comes to a cruise-in or car show, but one joined the fun on Thursday.

Per usual, Wayne, Victor and Luella raffled off deserts and gift card at the end.

With this being the final cruise-in of the season and the count of cars reaching the century mark, the restaurant decided to raffle off a second gift card worth $100 to one lucky winner.

All in all, it was a great way to end the season.  I will surely miss my Thursday evening ride out to Der Dutchman and all the great friends I met over the summer.

Next Thursday is the banquet.  Look for a report and recap of the season next week.

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.

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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...