Here are this week's Central Ohio car events. Saturday has a big lineup to choose from.
News and Notes:
Last week the Ohio Department of Health told Der Dutchman it had to cancel its weekly cruise-in. Despite the notice, 304 cars showed up last Thursday. Just like last week, there will be additional restaurant parking at the farm and food available. There will again be no registration or door prizes at the end of the evening.
UPDATE: Just received a text from Wayne Nisly. The health inspector was at Der Dutchman today. He gave the okay to register cars, serve food, and give out door prizes.
Congrats to Chris Kraner and his 1970 Ford Torino GT for taking Best of Show at the Auto Smarts Radio Ten Pin Alley show in Hilliard on Saturday.
On Friday evening, the Advance Auto Parts/Creative Towing show in Marysville raised $140 for the Milford Center Food Pantry. This month's award winners were Bill Mullins with a 1934 Ford Coupe, Glen Frisby with a 1955 Chevy, and Bob Roush with a 1967 Mercury Cougar.
I'm still updating the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for a complete list of car events through the end of the season.
Here are the car events for the first week and weekend of July. Even though there is no Champaign Cruisers Firecracker or Union County Fairground shows this year, there are still plenty of events scheduled for July 4th.
Last week there were several last-minute cancellations and location changes. I try to update the list as soon as I know about any changes, however, it's always a good idea to contact the organizers to confirm the event is still on before heading out.
News and Notes:
The second week of the Der Dutchman Cruise-In turned out to be a big one. More than 200 cars showed up for what turned out to be a beautiful Thursday evening weather-wise. Starting this week, I believe the restaurant is going to start selling ice cream and soft drinks at the cruise-in.
The inaugural Grace Chapel Wednesday Night Cruise-in attracted about 20 cars. Just like the Hilton Cruise-In last year, it was after 6 pm when the majority of cars arrived. Chad Schirtziner is working to get a food truck on the premises each week.
Two big events, Cruise the Ville and Vettes, Rods, And Classics at Creekside, were canceled last week. Fortunately, there were twice as many new events anounced. To see the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.
BREAKING NEWS: Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio have released their 2020 Cruise and Ride schedule. I will be adding these events to the Save the Dates page.
You can imagine my surprise on Friday morning at seeing salt solution or brine all over the roads in my area.
There was no way to avoid the stuff traveling east and south bound from my house. By 10 AM Friday morning every street in my parent's neighborhood had been sprayed with the stuff.
I'm still trying to understand why the roads needed to be treated in the first place. The long term forecast didn't call for any snow. There was a slight chance of showers Saturday evening. Were local officials afraid the rain would freeze on the roads? Temperatures were predicted to be in the upper 40s at the time. And even if the temperatures did drop close to freezing, the ground and roads are still warm enough to prevent any ice from forming.
Since I couldn't get out of the area without encountering the salt, I made the decision to keep my Camaro in the garage this weekend. What a bummer!
Despite the inclement weather on Sunday, the 1st Annual Halloween Spooktacular Car show took place at The Pointe Sports Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.
Our good friends, Jeff and Pam Shankle, drove all the way from Milford Center to the east side of Columbus to participate in the show. They were joined by 29 other "hardy" souls or crazies, however you want to look at it.
I was planning to go, but rain starting falling at my house around 10:30 AM and the weather radar map didn't look very promising for the afternoon.
The restaurant presented awards to the "Top 25", Best MOPAR, Best Chevy, Best Ford, Best Truck, Best Bike, and Best Costume. The Zenith Custom's pick (aka Best of Show) received a hand-made, custom trophy.
Here are the show's "Special" award winners:
Zenith Custom's Pick
Although I didn't confirm it, the Columbus Camaros and American Legion Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat events appear to have both been canceled because of the weather. The events were removed from their respective Facebook pages on Saturday afternoon.
I've got no info on Central Ohio Coffee cruise. With as bad as the weather was on Saturday, I can't imagine there were many participants.
That's it for this week. There probably won't be much of a report next week. I only know of two events for this coming weekend and both are on Saturday. I'll be at the OSU football game so it will be two weekends in a row of no car shows for me.