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Weekend Report (May 3 – 5): Two Bad, One Good Weather Day

With the start of May, I predicted that cars shows taking place in 40-degree weather would be over for a while. Boy, did this weekend make a liar out of me!

Rain and cold temperatures both Friday and especially Saturday kept a lot of cars at home. The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio First Friday cruise-in had only 20 cars show up this month.

The good news from the evening is that our good friend, Frank Sanborn, won the 50/50 raffle and donated his half back to the club. As a result, $110 will be going to Hospice of Delaware.

I was one of only nine cars that turned out for Coffee and Cars at the Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio on Saturday morning. Temperatures fluctuated between 49 and 50 degrees all morning with a pretty stiff wind out of the north.

The wind chill made it feel so cold, that most people either stayed in their car or hung out in the lobby of the bank.

The brave soles or crazies, whatever you want to call them, that brought a car received a coupon for a free cup of their favorite beverage from the coffee bar inside the bank. The coupons were later used to raffle off a basket of items to use while when cooking your favorite food on the grill.

The owner of this '67 Camaro and his son were this month's lucky prize winners.

Hopefully, the weather will be a little more cooperative for the June cruise-in.

The only other show I have a report from on Saturday is the Whitehall Classic Car Show and Antiques Sale held at the Whitehall Community Park in Whitehall, Ohio.

Because of the weather, the show only registered 19 automobiles. Originally scheduled to go from 10 AM to 2 PM, the show wrapped things up by noon so everyone could get home before more rain came.

The cars belonging to our good friends, Jeff, and Pam Shankle, both received awards. Pam's 1965 Chevy Impala took the Best Paint award, and Jeff's recently acquired 1971 Pontiac GTO took Best of Show.

I don't have any information on Rod Knocker show in Marion, Ohio or the one at Tee Jays on North High Street and Morse Road that were scheduled for Saturday evening. I'm guessing turn out was either very low or the shows were canceled altogether. If you have any info on either of these shows, let me know in the comments section.

Sunday Cruisin' at Buffalo Wings & Rings

Thank goodness the weather dramatically improved on Sunday.

Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers held their first show of the season at the Buffalo Wings & Rings on East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio. Rain canceled the April show at the restaurant thereby delaying their first show by a month.

With lots of pent-up demand and the improved weather, the show registered 77 vehicles. I would guess another 10 or so cars showed up during the afternoon but didn't register. Big Dawg did announce that registration was optional, however, parking cost $10. ?

It was worth your while to register because it automatically entered you in the raffle for a $25 gift card to Buffalo Wings & Rings.


At the end of the show, the C-Town Cruisers presented a total of 43 awards. Thirty-nine were Buffalo Wings & Ring "Favorite". The other four were "Ladies Choice", "Best Truck", "Most Potential/Rat Rod", and "Best of Show".

Here are some of the 39 "Favorite" winners:

Ladies Choice

1957 Chevy Bel Air
Owner: Rippetoe

Best Truck

1948 Chevy Pickup
Owner: Steve Beals

Most Potential/Rat Rod

1969 Dodge Dart GT
Owner: Frank Sanborn

Best of Show

1941 Willys Coupe
Owner: Jerry Keck

Lots of great looking vehicles, and finally some halfway decent weather is all it took to make the first show of the season a good one for the C-Town Cruisers.

Their next event will be on May 19 at the American Legion Southway Post 144 located on South High Street in Columbus.

Heart of Ohio Antique Center Cruise-In

Another of our good friends, Marty Ruiz, made the trek over to Springfield, Ohio on Sunday for the May cruise-in at the Heart of Ohio Antique Center.

With much better weather this month, the cruise-in totaled more than 60 cars.

Marty was kind enough to send the link to the photos he posted to his Facebook page from the event.

That's it for this week's report. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict the cold weather is finally behind us for a while.

With this coming Sunday being Mother's Day, the list of events this weekend will be a little lighter than usual. Most of the activity will be on Saturday. Check back often for the list of events for this coming week.