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.

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With only three shows in the area, the schedule of Sunday events was significantly leaner than Saturday.  The biggest show of the day was the 38th Annual Poor Man's Nationals held at the Past Time park in Plain City, Ohio.

Beautiful weather graced the Central
Ohio Area for a second day attracting 272 vehicles to the show from all over the area.

Organized by the Buckeye Rod Builders, the show offered music, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, food concessions, and games for both young and old.

This was my first time attending the Poor Man's National.  The size of the Past Time park is large enough to easily handle the number automobiles.  But unfortunately much of the road surface in and around the park is gravel. A LOT of dust  was kicked up by cars coming in and out of the park.  Depending on where you parked, your vehicle could end up a different color by the end of the show.

My friends and I parked back among the trees, well off the beaten path.  We decided shade and less dust was more important than a little tree sap on our cars.

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Started the week with a stop at the Powell Ruby Tuesday.  Larry Walters is working hard to get this weekly cruise-in off the ground.

Only 10 cars showed up this week.  A couple of C7 Corvettes came for the first time which gave me the opportunity to take a photo of Chevy's current performance products.
A rare 1964 Plymouth Valiant v8 with 4 speed manual transmission also made an appearance. If you're looking for something to do on Tuesday evening, stop by Ruby Tuesday.  Bring a "classic" car or truck and you'll get 10% off your bill at the restaurant.

 

Der Dutchman Week-6 Sets a New Record

A couple big things happened this week for the Der Dutchman cruise-in. First,  Wayne Nisley was back in his role as host of the cruise-in after a week hiatus for a health issue.  Second,  Wayne made it back just in time to see the cruise-in set a milestone with 100 registered vehicles.

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The humidity and potential threat of showers kept a few folks home this week.  Fifty-six vehicles turned out for week four of the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery cruise-in.

A number of cars made a first time appearance this week.

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Another beautiful Thursday evening for a cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio.   Attendance was down a little from last week but still very good with 69 registered vehicles.

As usual, all sorts of tasty goodies and a $30 Der Dutchman gift card were raffled off at the end of the cruise-in.

Here are some of the vehicles that stood out from week three's cruise-in.

The wood parts of this 1950 Ford Woody were absolutely gorgeous.

These two Oldsmobiles were new to the cruise-in and both looked to have been recently restored.

The frame off restoration of this '55 Chevy Bel Air was completed about four years ago.

All in all, another fun Thursday evening at Der Dutchman.

Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio held its first cruise-in of the season last Thursday, but heavy showers kept most everyone away except for seven hardy souls who showed up to say Hi to friends they hadn't seen since last year.

This week's cruise-in was a completely different story. The perfect weather gave a great excuse for everyone to bring out their cars and hang out with other car enthusiasts for a few hours on a Thursday evening.

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