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I've got lots to report on from the weekend.  For the sake of time, I'm going to use a little different format this week.

Jack Maxton

Date: 9/28/2018

Location: Jack Maxton Chevrolet, Columbus, Ohio

Registered Vehicles: 183

Comments:  After postponing three out of four shows this season, the final Friday Night Cruisin' couldn't have asked for better weather.

Country music artist Simba Jordan provided this month's "live" entertainment.

During the evening a Mustang and this white Cadillac some how managed to make it past the police officer guarding the front entrance.

Rumor has it the bands have already been booked for the 28th year of Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin'.  I'm already looking forward to next year's shows.

Maxton's Favorites, DJ's Choice, and Best of Show Winners:

Favorite Corvette
1957 Fuel Injected - Owner: Ectore Tranquillo
Favorite Truck
1948 Pickup - Owner: Steve Andrix

Favorite Muscle Car
1967 Chevelle - Owner: Jim Ashbrook

Favorite Full Size
1955 - Owner: Tom Coates
DJ's Choice
1976 G-10/"Hotel California" - Owner: Chris Wise

Maxton's Best of Show

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I made the drive to Sunbury on Sunday morning to participate in the 28th Annual Sunbury Lions Club Country Cruise-In (formerly ASC Sunbury Relay for Life Country Cruise-In).

Although the weather was unusually warm for this time of year, no one complained too much.  We all understood there won't be many more warm and sunny days left in this year.

The Lions Club did something new this year that I think deserves comment.  They added three additional "Favorite" awards for vehicles 2000 and newer.  This brought the grand total of "Favorites"  to 73.

From what I understand, there were a few complaints last year about some of the newer cars receiving awards.  You can count my 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible as one of those newer cars to receive a "Favorite" award at last year's show. Some felt the show was exclusively a "classic" car show, and as such, only classic vehicles should be eligible for an award.

I think any show intended for "classic" only cars should be up front about this in all advertising and marketing.  I have no issue with a show specifying that it's for cars of a certain age. On the other hand, understand that those of us with modern sport or muscle cars do enjoy showing off our vehicles too.  If we give up an afternoon and pay the registration fee to participate in a show, it's only fair that our vehicle be considered for award.  What is frustrating is a show that readily takes your money but has no intention of considering your car for an award.

With that said, I applaud the Lions Club for recognizing the newer cars.  This makes good business sense as it will expand the number of vehicles likely to participate in the show each year.  There's talk of increasing the number of 2000 and newer awards to five for next year's show.

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With 11 events in the central Ohio area on Saturday, it was a tough call as to which event to attend.  In the end, the Battle of the Brands in Sunbury, Ohio won my afternoon.

This is the third year for the show organized by the GTO Association of Central Ohio and sponsored by the Big Walnut Grill and Jets Pizza.

With weather just about as perfect as one could
wish for, attendance exceeded expectations.  Registration had to be stopped at 160 vehicles because the club ran out of window placards.  Parking turned out to be a little tight because a motorcycle porker run had also been scheduled for Saturday.

Registration was $10.  There were no door prizes, however, the Walnut Grill offered a $10 buffet to show participants, and Jets Pizza had two pieces of cheese or pepperoni pizza plus a drink for $5.  There was a 50/50 drawing  which reached a winning half of $150.
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