I always consider the first weekend in April the “official” start of the Central Ohio car show season. Some may argue it starts in March but I consider those March events to be more like a Preseason.
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News and Notes:
On Friday evening, both the inaugural Marysville Muscle Cruise-In and Spring Car and Bike Show at Tony’s Bar and Grill in London, Ohio had good turn outs for early season shows.
The Spring show in London registered around 45 vehicles. The Best of Show award went to this Ghost Busters themed Dodge Challenger.
Due to the recent behavior of some attendees, the organizers of Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center have decided to CANCEL the Saturday morning meets indefinitely. They hope to be back in the fall with new plans. Here’s their Facebook post. There’s always some bad actors that spoil the fun for everyone.
For a comprehensive list of Central Ohio shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page. The page is updated almost daily as more and more shows are announced.
More cruises for this weekend. There are a couple of cruise-ins I haven't been able to confirm their status -- the "Catch Up Drag Ass Meet" in Heath and the First Friday Cruise-in in Delaware. I will post updates regarding these two events as soon as I receive any.
Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for an up-to-date list of cancellations, postponements, and rescheduled events.
UPDATE: I did get confirmation that the Knox Cars & Coffee Season Opener has been canceled. The Marysville Car Meet has been postponed until May 9th.
I promised to start the weekly Upcoming Events posts in April and I am a man of my word.
As you can see, a number of events scheduled for this weekend have been canceled or postponed as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown. I have reached out to the Knox Cars & Coffee and the Marysville Car Meet folks to confirm the status of their events. As of this writing, I have not heard back from either group. If you have any information about these meets, please post the info in the comments section.
If you do decide to venture out to either event (assuming they're still on), please use common sense and keep the recommended distance from other people.
Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of future events that will hopefully take place once the spread of the virus slows and social distancing guidelines are relaxed.
For the second week in a row, several cars received double awards. This time it was at the Heart of Ohio USA Days Car Show in Centerburg, Ohio.
The show presented metal signs to the Top 100 cars along with four special awards.
Two of the special award winners also received Top 100 awards. As I've said many times before, giving cars multiple awards is a great way to kill future attendance at your show.
And speaking of attendance, the event on Sunday registered 250 vehicles.
That's down from 387 last year but not bad considering there was a discussion at last year's award presentation that the 2018 show might be the last. I know flyers for this year's show didn't appear until the middle of August, less than a month before the event.
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.
For the first weekend in April, there wasn't much to complain about weather-wise. The rain on Friday moved out of the area by late morning leaving a cool but dry remainder of the day. Saturday saw almost near perfect car show weather with partly cloudy skys and high's reaching the low 70's.
I have reports from three events that took place over the weekend -- two I attended and one that some good friends participated in .
The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware First Friday
The first event was The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware's First Friday cruise-in at Freddy's restaurant on Route 23 just south of Delaware, Ohio.
The club holds a monthly cruise-in at the restaurant location the first Friday of each month from April through October.
About 25 vehicles showed up for their first cruise-in of the season. A nice crowd of spectators was also on hand throughout the evening.
The club sold raffle tickets for door prizes and and 50/50 drawing. All proceeds go to support Hospice of Delaware. Our good friend, Tim Inscho, won the 50/50 raffle and generously donated his winnings back to the club.
It was great to finally get the cars and trucks back on the road and reacquaint with good friends after what seemed like the longest winter in history.