Despite moving my father from skilled nursing to assisted living and the hottest weather so far this year, I managed to somehow attend four events this week and was a spectator at a fifth.
Goodguys PPG Nationals All American Sunday
I started the week at the Goodguys PPG Nationals All American Sunday. This event has been on my radar for the past several years. I've always had a reasonable excuse not to attend until this year.
For those that may not know, Goodguys All American Sunday is open to ALL YEARS of American made and powered automobiles. Owning a late model car this was obviously my only option to participate in the Goodguys event.
Being a first-time participant, I wasn't sure what to expect. I spoke with several people prior to Sunday and consensus was to arrive no later than 8 AM. I went a step further and got there before 7:30 AM. Knowing what I know now, I could have arrived by 9 AM and been fine.
I exited I-71 at 17th avenue. The lanes for entry of show cars into the event and for registration were well marked. Non-member cost to register for the day was $40. I got talked into joining Goodguys as a Silver member for an additional $5. As a Silver member, I can pre-register next year at a discount.
Before leaving the registration area, I asked if there was a specific area I should park to have my car judged. I was told I could park anywhere inside the Expo Center. I ended up parking in the Heritage Park area next to the swap meet building. I don't know if my car was ever judged. There was no indication like a sticker placed somewhere on the car that it had been judged. There certainly wasn't a card on the front seat telling me to show up at the awards ceremony. Next time I'll ask a few more questions about the judging.
As a Camaro fan, the Summer of '69 Celebration of the '69 Camaro exhibit turned out to be well worth the price of admission. I was a junior in high school when all these Camaros were orginally built.
My favorite "customized" '69 was this one named "Tux". In my opinion, it was simply "Bad Ass"!
My only disappointment is I missed the one and only '69 Camaro ZL1 (pronounced ZED L1) in the exhibit.
If you want to know the history of the ZL1, check out my Chevy's Answer to the Mustang post.
It's impossible to show photos of all the fantastic automobiles on display on Sunday so I won't even try. However, here are some of the vehicles that I thought really stood out from the crowd.
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In the end, my favorite car of all was this 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille parked in front of the Rad Rides display. You know me and my affection for big rear fins.
Final Thoughts on All American Sunday
One of the things that struck me about All American Sunday was the absence of vehicles from 1990 and above. I bet I counted less thirty late model cars in attendance. I was expecting to see at least 100 highly customized cars and trucks all under the age of 20 years or less. Boy was I off. No doubt the $40 registration and possibly the heat kept a lot of
All in all, it's nice to say I've shown my car at Goodguys. Whether I do it again next year is up for debate. I can see this being a once every couple of years kind of thing. The other years I'll go as a spectator.
The Der Dutchman
Thursday I drove out to Plain City, Ohio for the weekly Der Dutchman Cruise-In. About 30 minutes after arriving, the heavens let loose with a
Even though everyone huddled under the picnic shelter, it didn't much matter. The wind was blowing so hard the rain was coming down in a horizontal direction right under the shelter.
You know it's a bad storm when you have to dry out the money that was in your wallet that was in your pocket.
There were a couple of moments during the storm I thought the roof of the shelter was going to blow off. Fortunately, the only damage was some very wet cruisers. The gift shop inside the restaurant didn't fair as well. It got hit with 3 inches of water in places.
Since the rain continued for another hour after the strongest part of the storm passed, there was no raffle drawing this week. Wayne has promised a special drawing for those fools who ignored the weather radar and decided to go to the cruise-in anyway. If you were there on Thursday during the monsoon, save your raffle ticket for this week's special drawing.
A Very Heated Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin
With temperatures in the mid-90s and a heat index in triple digits, the July Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin may likely go down as one of hottest on record.
You know it's hot when Jeff Mauk, owner of Jack Maxton Chevrolet, is in shorts to do the awards presentation.
The heat also contributed to the registration of only 130 vehicles. That's down more than 100 from the June show.
This month's "live" entertainment was provided by country artist Simba Jordan.
Jack Maxton's "Favorites" for July were the Chevelle, Nova, Monte Carlo, Camaro, and Wagon.
Maxton also gave out the usual "Top 70" award plaques. Here are some of the Top 70 winners.
Maxton Theme Awards
Owner: Rick McDonald
Maxton's Favorite Monte Carlo
Owners: Dave & Judy Tighe
Maxton's Favorite Nova
Owner: Dale Owens
Maxton's Favorite Camaro
Owner: Randy Hicks
Maxton's Favorite Chevelle
Owner: Curtis Miller
Maxton's Favorite Wagon
Owner: Neil Byerly
Best of Show
1968 Camaro Z/28
Owner: Doc Meyers
The next show is August 16. The band will be These Guys Live. The Full-Size Chevys will be the featured vehicles.
26th Annual Performance Classic Car Show
Saturday afternoon I played spectator for a few hours at the 26th Annual Performance Classic Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio. This show was formerly known as
This year the show "unofficially" registered 311 automobiles. No doubt the heatwave gripping the eastern half of the country over the weekend had some impact on registration.
Here's the galary of photos I took from the show:
As you can see there were lots of great vehicles in Delaware on Saturday afternoon. I didn't stick around for the awards presentation. However, I'm sure the judges had some tough decisions to make.
UPDATE: The Best of Show and Top 100 winners have been posted to the Performance Classic Car Show web site.
Cruisin' with the King in 2019
I finished the week at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio for the July Cruisin' with the King show hosted by the Mid Ohio Cruisers car club.
I figured with the heat, the show would be lucky to register 50 cars. To my surprise and that of the club, It surpassed that number by 24 vehicles. There was probably another 10-15 cars show up that didn't register. It was
The club presented a total of 18 awards.
This month's O'Reilly Auto Parts Picks went to Mike Bostick with a 1969 Chevy Camaro and Richard Baker with a 1987 Chevy C-10 pickup.
DeAnna Nease and her 1981 Chevy El Camino received the Lady's Choice pick.
The club Favorites for the month of July were:
Not Pictured: 1980 Camaro Z/28 - Owner: Ron Smith
The Club Favorite went to Craig Mullins and his 1957 Chevy.
That's it for this week.
Got a big weekend coming up. I'm counting no less than 11 events for Saturday and Sunday. Look for another big report next week.