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80 Cars Turn Out for the Second Der Dutchman Cruise-in

Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery in Plain City, Ohio held its first cruise-in of the season last Thursday, but heavy showers kept most everyone away except for seven hardy souls who showed up to say Hi to friends they hadn't seen since last year.

This week's cruise-in was a completely different story. The perfect weather gave a great excuse for everyone to bring out their cars and hang out with other car enthusiasts for a few hours on a Thursday evening.


Eighty people registered their vehicles during the evening. Sixteen of those registrations were from folks new to the cruise-in.

The good turnout meant there was a nice variety of late-model and classic cars and trucks on display. I counted 12 cars above the year 2000.

Here are some of the vehicles that caught my attention.

A beautiful '55 T-Bird

A very clean 1948 Chevy pickup

Jeff Shankle, owner of Creative Towing in Marysville, Ohio, brought two Impalas he just bought and traded for that day. If you know Jeff, he buys or trades a car every other day. The paint job on the blue Impala is impressive.

The wheels on this Chevelle really stood out. It also has an "aggressive" air intake.

This "blacked out" 1936 Chevy 210 had the make and year laser cut into both sides of the hood. Very cool!

The interior of this 1950 Chevy convertible was exceptionally clean.

An outstanding Nova both inside and out.

What can you say about this 1954 Pontiac Starchief. Great looking automobile.

If this were a "judged" show, this 1937 Chevy coupe would get my pick for "Best in Show".

The evening finished with a raffle drawing for assorted cookies, cakes, pies and a $30 gift card to the restaurant and gift shop.

Wayne, the host of the cruise-in, promises free ice cream for everyone if 100 vehicles show up.  If you have a classic vehicle or late-model muscle or exotic car, consider coming out to the Der Dutchman in Plain City on Thursday evenings. There's a lot of fun and good food.