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Weather Shortens Spring Into Summer Show.

The Empty Pocket Cruisers held their Spring into Summer car show on Saturday. This was the second event of the year hosted by the club.

The location of the show was changed this year from the Hilliard Historical Village to the St. James Lutheran Church on Trabue Road in Columbus, Ohio.

No question the new venue is a marked improvement over the Historical Village. There is ample parking on both the blacktop and grass. The grass area is part of a ball field so there are no dips, ruts or exposed tree roots to grab your car like the Historical Village

Due to a scheduling mix up, the event was going on simultaneously with the Auto Smarts Cruisin' Classics show only four miles away. Because of this and the weather, the show only registered 57 vehicles compared to 148 last year.

The Awards

The awards presentation originally set for 3 PM was moved up to 1:30 PM because of the threat of showers moving through the area. It will go down as one of the fastest award presentations in the history of car shows. The DJ announced the winners of the five "Special" awards, then the club had everyone else come up and get one of the 45 "Favorite" plaques.

Here are the Five "Special" award winners:

Pastor's Choice

Member's Choice

1967 Ford Mustang
Owner: Andy Drury

DJ's Choice

1930 Ford Model A
Owner: Jim Gohagan

Sponsor's Choice

Best of Show

Considering the weather and a competing event four miles away, the Empty Pocket Cruisers once again did an admiral job of putting on a show.

In my opinion, the St. James Lutheran Church is a much better venue for a car show than the Hilliard Historical Village. Here's hoping the Empty Pocket Cruisers have found a permanent home for their spring event.

Other Area Shows

Auto Smarts Cruisin Classics:

As I mentioned, Boots and the gang from Auto Smarts Radio hosted the annual show at the Cruisin Classics showroom on Fisher Road in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. The event registered 74 vehicles.

Best of Show went to this Chevy side-step pickup belonging to Chris Fannin.

Ashley Wesleyan Church:

On Saturday, the Wesleyan Church in Ashley, Ohio held their annual Car and Motorcycle show. Forty-six vehicles turned out for the event.

David Kahler of Sunbury, Ohio received the Best of Show award with his 1962 Ford Econoline pickup truck. Before restoration, the Econoline spent its life on a farm in Tulare California.

Another week of the season is under our belts. Looking ahead, there are some bigger events on the schedule for next weekend. Jack Maxton, Dave Gill, London Cobra, and Strawberry Festival shows just to name a few. Hopefully, the rain will stop long enough to get them all in.