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Der Dutchman Coffee + Donut Cruise-In a Big Success

The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain, Ohio held its first ever Coffee + Donut cruise-in Saturday morning. The event turned out to be a big success with 69 registered vehicles. Twelve were first time participants. Not bad considering the other shows in the area going on simultaneously.

For a little change of pace, the coffee and donuts were served out of the barn. The cost was $1 for a donut and $1 for a cup of coffee.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the coffee and pastries.

The cars parked in the field adjacent to the barn rather than the usual Thursday evening cruise-in spot.

Just like the Thursday cruise-ins, everyone who registered a vehicle was automatically entered in the raffle for some tasty Der Dutchman cookies, cakes, pies, and a not so tasty gift card.

Speaking of the Thursday cruise-in, this week saw another good turn-out with 113 registrations, 23 of which were first-timers to the cruise-in.

The most notable vehicle of the evening (CAUTION: Rated PG) was this orange 1976 Corvette with airbrushed hood.

It definitely was a conversation starter.

Crusin' with Pepsi and Wal-Mart

After the Der Dutchman Coffee + Donut Cruise-In, I headed to the Georgesville Road Walmart in Columbus for the Cruisin' with Pepsi and Walmart show.

The show took place at the northern end of the Walmart parking lot. Registration was $10 with all proceeds going to support Nationwide Children's Hospital. The show managed to register 29 cars.

The All Modern Mopars of Ohio (AMMO) club had a fair number of its members participate in the show.

Obviously with Pepsi as a sponsor, Pepsi products (beverages and snacks) were freely available to all show participants.

The show was originally scheduled to go from noon to 2 PM but ran about 30 minutes longer than planned. Judging didn't start until almost 1:40 PM and the awards presentation was a little disorganized. Both combined to make the show a little longer than advertised.

The Awards

Pepsi and Walmart presented 20 "Favorite" and five "Best of" trophies. The "Best of" awards included Best Import, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Ford, and Best of Show.

Here are the "Best of" winners:

Best Import

Best GM

Best Mopar

Best Ford

Best of Show

Video walkaround of the "Best of Show" winner:

I'd give Cruise-In with Pepsi & Walmart an overall B plus score. It was short and sweet with complimentary Pepsi products and nice trophies. I've got to knock it for going longer than advertised and exhibiting a little disorganization at the awards ceremony.

Other Shows in the Area

The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In:

Unofficial attendance figures I got for the Dublin Arthritis Show were 720 cars on Friday and around 850 on Saturday.

This is a little lower than I expected given that this year's event did not have to compete with the Goodguys show at the Fairground. I'm sure the heat and humidity on Friday and Saturday played a factor in the lower than expected numbers. It could also be that Goodguys isn't given enough credit for drawing a significant number of cars over to the Arthritis show.

Our good friends, Russ Annis (1967 Chevy Chevelle) and Jeff Shankle (1950 Ford F1 pickup) received six-foot trophies on Friday evening. Jeff's win is especially amazing considering he was scrambling to replace a broken alternator bracket on his truck Thursday evening. When JEGS showed they didn't have the part in stock, it didn't look like he was going to be able to make the show.

Jeff had another good day on Saturday taking the Best of Show award with his '55 Chevy Bel Air at the Cruis'in Southeast Conservation Club show in Grove City, Ohio.

His wife, Pam, and her 1965 Chevy Impala picked up the Ladies Choice award.

The show registered a respectable 128 vehicles.

That concludes this weeks report. With the 4th of July on Thursday and Friday, Saturday and Sunday being the first weekend of the month, next week is packed with events. Check out the Upcoming Events post, which should be out on Tuesday, for the complete list of shows and cruise-ins around the area.

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