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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...

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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