For the second week in a row, several cars received double awards. This time it was at the Heart of Ohio USA Days Car Show in Centerburg, Ohio.
The show presented metal signs to the Top 100 cars along with four special awards.
Two of the special award winners also received Top 100 awards. As I've said many times before, giving cars multiple awards is a great way to kill future attendance at your show.
And speaking of attendance, the event on Sunday registered 250 vehicles.
That's down from 387 last year but not bad considering there was a discussion at last year's award presentation that the 2018 show might be the last. I know flyers for this year's show didn't appear until the middle of August, less than a month before the event.
The USA Days event has had a reputation for having some of the best door prizes of any show in the area. Sunday's event did nothing to dispel that reputation. The $15 registration got you a single raffle ticket for a chance to win the usual ball caps, can coolies, and food gift cards. You could also purchase additional raffle tickets for the big prizes which included a lawnmower, flat-screen TV, floor jack, and garage creeper just to name a few. I chuckled a bit watching the winner of the lawnmower try to fit it in the trunk of his 1962 Dodge Dart. Really wish I would have taken a photo of that.
There were several food vendors on site providing refreshments for the show-goers. And just like last year, the USA Days volunteers sold hot dogs for a dollar each to help raise money.
As I stated at the beginning of this report, metal signs were presented to the Top 100 cars along with four special awards. The special awards were Mayor's Choice, Fireman's Choice, long-distance, and Best of Show.
Here is a sampling of the Top 100 winners:
Long Distance Award
1989 Porsche (not pictured)
Owner: Greg Adams from Springfield, Ohio
1970 Chevy Chevelle SS
Owner: Harry Squires
1970 Dodge Dart
Owner: Cory Barber
Best of Show
1954 Chevy Bel Air
Owner: Steve Andrix
The Heart of Ohio USA Days show has been very good to Steve. If you remember, Steve took Best of Show last year with his 1948 Chevy Pickup. Both the pickup and Bel Air are beautiful vehicles and well deserved Best of Show winners.
It was nice to see a few late model cars receive a Top 100 award. Besides the double awards and some rain drops right before the awards ceremony, I thought this year's show turned out well.
Other Area Shows and Cruise-Ins
The weekly cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another solid turn out Thursday evening. This week the cruise-in registered 178 cars. Eighteen of those were first-time participants.
This Thursday the cruise-in is trying to set a record of 300 cars! Right now the weather forecast looks dry. If you're not doing anything that evening, drive your car out to Der Dutchman and help set a record.
The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware had 33 cars show up for their September First Friday Cruise-in.
Here are some of the cars:
I received information that close to 500 cars turned out for the Lite the Nite Car Show in downtown Newark, Ohio on Saturday. I'm told most of the parking spots were gone by 9 AM.
Trophy sponsors did the judging so if you didn't know a sponsor, the chances of getting one of the 4 ft or 6 ft trophies were pretty slim to none.
Auto Smart Radio Cruise and Ride hosted two shows this weekend. On Saturday they were at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard, Ohio. The show registered 76 cars. Best of Show went to Creative Mobile Interiors and their 1972 Chevy Custom Camper.
On Sunday, the Auto Smarts team was at the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio for the Motts Military Driving for Daisy show. Over 90 cars turned out for this show.
The September Rod Knockers show in Marion, Ohio on Saturday evening had another big turn out with more than 130 cars.
Here are a few cars from the show:
And finally, the C-Town Cruisers registered 51 cars Sunday for their monthly show at Buffalo Wings & Rings on East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio.
Rumor has it that next month may be the final show the C-Town Cruisers host at the restaurant.
Another week of the 2019 season is in the books. My quick count shows 15 events on the schedule for next weekend. Check out the Upcoming Events post for a complete list of shows for the week of September 11 - 17.