The Central Ohio weather this past weekend turned out to be a nightmare for car shows. The steady rain on Friday postponed Jack Maxton's Friday Night Cruisin' until the following Friday (7/27). This is only the second time I can remember a Maxton show being postponed.
The weather also postponed the Vanity Wheels and Heels show scheduled on Saturday. That show has been rescheduled for the following week (7/28). And finally, the Marengo, Ohio Christian Church postpone their Son Shine show on Sunday. A new date has yet to be determined.
THE SHOWS THAT BRAVED THE WEATHER
Those shows that did take place as scheduled saw their attendance take a beating. Most notable was the Performance Classic Car Show (formerly Blast from the Past) in downtown Delaware, Ohio. I received reports that attendance was well under 200 cars. Compare that to last year's attendance of more than 450 vehicles.
Cruisin' with the King:
I made the trip out to Marysville, Ohio Saturday evening for the July Cruisin' with the King show. About 20 minutes after arriving, the skies let loose with a heavy down pour that lasted more than 30 minutes. These two photos pretty much sum up the weekend weather.It's always fun to spend most of the show drying off you and your car. If there was an upside to the rain, it was the rainbow after it finally stopped.Because of the weather, the show only registered about 30 vehicles.
Before presenting this month's "Favorite" trophies, The Mid Ohio Cruisers presented the owner and manager of Burger King with an appreciation award containing dash plaques from all the years the restaurant has been the host location for this monthly show.This month's club "Favorites" were:
1979 Corvette - Owner: Jim Cooper1968 Dodge A100 Pickup - Owner: John Steiner1957 Ford T-Bird - Owner: Jimmy Carmean1957 Plymouth Wagon - Owner: Rex Dillon1987 Buick Regal Turbo - Owner: Dan Varner1965 Ford Falcon - Owner: Terry Sanders1952 Chevy Sedan Delivery - Owner: Rick Miller1968 Camaro and 1965 Dodge Polaris - Owners: Tim Incho and Frank Sanborn1962 Nova SS (not pictured) - Owner: Dave Evans
O'Reilly Auto Parts Choice Award
1926 Graham Brothers 4 Dr Sedan - Owners: Cathy & Mark Krist
The show in London, Ohio somehow managed to dodge the rain drops on Saturday. The weather still affected attendance as the show managed to only register 32 vehicles.
The Shankle's brought both of their Chevy Impala's.Pam's 1965 took the Best of Show awardHere are some of the other cars that attended the show. Many are regulars at Der Dutchman and the Marysville shows.
Benefit for Quentin & Children's Tumor Foundation:
Sunday turned out to be the best day of the weekend. Overcast skies but no rain to speak of.
The rescheduled Benefit Car Show for Quentin & the Children's Tumor Foundation was held at the O'Reilly's Auto Parts store at Brice and Livingston Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Fifty-eight cars turn out for the event.
The show attracted a good number of winners from other car shows which made for some tough judging.
This 1935 Ford Roadster won Best of Show at the Vance Outdoors show.Mike Gibson's 1947 Buick Super convertible won Best of Show at the C-Town Cruisers July Wings and Rings show.This 1934 Ford 3 Window belonging to Jay Weaver was the Ladies Choice winner at Dave Gill Chevrolet.Chris Kraner's 1970 Ford Torino GT won Favorite Ford at Dave Gill Chevrolet.This 1942 Pontiac Streamliner belonging to Clement Thun won the Dealers Choice award at Dave Gil and the VFW Post 4931 pick at the Empty Pockets 4th Annual Armed Forces Day Car Show.Jeff Shankle's 1951 Ford F1 pickup has received a number of top awards. Here's Jeff with Quentin, the honoree of the show.Don't know if this Ford has ever been a Best of Show winner. Regardless, the flames shooting out of the tail pipes make it a winner in my book!Dan "Boots" Longenette Host of Auto Smarts radio made a rare appearance with his customized 1957 Chevy Bel Air and took Best of Show.
Der Dutchman and the Pharisburg United Methodist Church:
With Thursday being the last nice day of the week, the weekly cruise-in at the Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City, Ohio ended up one short of tying its attendance record. The cruise-in had 143 vehicles register this week. Thirty-three out of the 143 were first time participants.
Frank Sanborn showed up in a 1965 Dodge Polaris convertible he recently purchased from a local seller. Three Dodge Challenger Hellcats showed up this week. This Hellcat had been made into a convertible by an aftermarket company. This second Hellcat had been sent off to Richard Petty's Garage in North Carolina to have their 825 HP package installed. One benefit of the cruise-in's growing popularity is the quality and uniqueness of the cars that show up each week. Here are a some examples: The cruise-in is going to break 150 cars and quite possibly 200 cars before the season is over.
The last show to report on for this week was one that kind of flew under radar. I couldn't find any information about the car show hosted by the Pharisburg, Ohio United Methodist Church that was also held on Thursday. Even though I couldn't find anything, 28 other car owners knew about it.
The show was free and included dinner and entertainment by a live band.
Members of the congregation voted for their favorite cars. The top four vote getters received a bucket of cleaning supplies and a gift card valued at $20 for the first place winner and $10 for the other three places.
Jeff Shankle's 1955 Chevy Bel Air received the most votes.The cars belonging to his wife, Pam and Jimmy Carmean tied for second place.
Adding in those shows postponed by the weather, next week should be packed with events. Look for another big report on Monday.
I'll be participating in the Rally for Ranch at Easton Town Center for the first time on Saturday. Should be fun.