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Door Ding, Banking, American Muscle and Rain

Turned out to be interesting weekend of car shows and cruise-ins for me.

Friday evening my car suffered its first door ding (see red circle below) at the final First Friday Cruise-in held by the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware.  It appears to have come from a fellow Camaro owner which made it even worse.  

I called my paintless dent repair guy, Jan Golebiowski, on Saturday morning to see if he could work his magic. By 10 AM Monday, the dent was gone.

If you're ever in need of paintless dent repair, send me an email using the Contact Us form and I'll be happy to give you his phone number.  I've used him on multiple occasions and his work has always been impeccable.



I woke up Saturday morning feeling a little less bummed about the dent.  I had accepted the fact that it's just a car and the dent can be repaired. With my new-found outlook on life, I headed to Delaware for the Coffee & Cars cruise-in at the Richwood Bank.

A replica of Eleanor from the 1974 movie "Gone in 60 Seconds" was parked out front to greet everyone.

This was the bank's second coffee and cars of year. It held its first one back in August.  The September event was unfortunately rained out.  There's talk of holding another one on the first Saturday in November assuming the weather cooperates.  Otherwise the bank will resume their monthly coffee and cars next April.

Twenty-seven cars turned out for the cruise-in on Saturday. This is up by five cars from the August event.

Attending the cruise-in has its perks. Not only do you get a free cup of coffee, latte or frappe from the coffee bar inside the Richwood bank, but the bank also raffles off a few door prizes at the end of cruise-in.  This month Gary Wise won a case of motor oil. Myself and another lucky car owner won a bucket full of car care products.

The Delaware Coffee & Cars at the Richwood Bank has quickly become a great way to spend a Saturday morning.  It's a great excuse to get out of doing those Saturday morning chores.


Advanced Auto and the Columbus Camaros Club with help from the C-Town Cruisers held the first All American Muscle Car Show on Sunday at the Advanced Auto store in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Once again the weather forecast turned out to be completely wrong.  I checked the Weather Bug app on my phone prior to leaving for the show. It showed rain arriving after 6 PM.  Boy, did it miss the mark!  On and off sprinkles started around 1 PM and turned into steady downpour by the end of the show. Wish I had a job where I could be wrong 50% of the time.

Despite the lousy forecast, over 60 automobiles turned out for the show. The organizers grouped the cars by manufacturer.  The MOPARs parked at the Heartland bank, The Fords were located in the Gene P. Johnson Reality lot, and the General Motor products parked at Fifth Third bank. 

The largest number of cars came from GM and MOPAR camps. Even though there weren't as many Fords, what showed up were top of the line.

The Schmidt Sausage Truck and Arby's were convenient choices for food. The show also had several vendor displays.


 The show gave out Favorite, Top 10 manufacturer, rat rod, sponsor, club participation, and Best of Show trophies.

A special award was presented to the widow of Daniel Weimer who passed away unexpectedly a year ago. Daniel was a MOPAR owner and active member of the C-Town Cruisers car club. The award will be given each year to a deserving MOPAR owner.

The sponsor trophies were provided by Vic's Body Shop and Crucial Performance.

The Vic's Body Shop award went to John Gossard and his 1965 Mustang Fastback.

Jeff Wickham and his 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo SS received the Crucial Performance trophy.

The club participation trophy went to the All Modern MOPARs of Ohio (AMMO) club.

There was only one "rat rod" so that award went to the 1929 REO Rat belonging to Chester Jones.


The Best of Show award went to the 2013 Dodge Challenger Tribute car owned by Rich Stone.  The paint job on this car is something to see. I first saw the car at the Dublin Arthritis show back in July.


Too bad the weather dampened (no pun intended) this first show.  I think it has the potential to be one of the top car shows in the Columbus Area.  There's discussion of holding the show at the end of September next year.

My only complaint (besides the weather) was those of us parked in the Firth Third lot could not hear any music or announcements.  We kept having to walk over to the registration table in Gene P. Johnson Reality lot to check on announcements.    I hope for future shows the organizers come up with a solution so everyone can hear the PA system.