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What a Difference a Week Makes!

The weather made a 360 degree turn around this past week. Going from monsoon-like rains of the previous week back to summer's normal hot, dry, and humid conditions. 

I managed to get four events in this week thanks to the weather and Ohio State having a late game on Saturday evening.

Der Dutchman

I once again started the week at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. The weekly cruise-in had another strong week of attendance with 139 registered vehicles.  Twenty-five of the 139 were first time participants.

One of those first-timers was Kevin Kelly and his 1932 Ford hot rod. For those who may not know Kevin, he ran the weekly cruise-in at Wholly Joe's restaurant in Lewis Center.  With the restaurant closing its doors, Kevin's Thursday evenings are now free so I'm guessing we'll see him a little more at Der Dutchman.

The cruise-in has set a goal to reach 200 cars this coming Thursday (9/20).  If the goal is reached, everyone will receive a free cup of ice cream!  The weather forecast is calling for sunshine and warm temperatures.  If you're free Thursday evening, come on out to Der Dutchman and help set a record.  


Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts

Friday evening I headed over to Marysville, Ohio for the monthly show hosted by Creative Towing and the Advanced Auto Parts store.

This month's attendance hovered around 30 cars.

Awards went to a 2006 supercharged Ford Mustang.

A 1971 454 Chevy Chevelle SS

And a 1957 Chevy Apache-Pro Street pickup.

Caffeine and Gasoline 

On the drive back from Marysville, I still hadn't decided what my plans were for Saturday other than watching the Ohio State vs TCU game that evening. I wasn't too excited about any of the shows on the schedule. I knew I wanted to do something early because of the football game. I sat down around 10PM to read email.  Fellow 6th generation Camaro owner, Tim Foreman,  sent an email asking if I was going to the Caffeine and Gasoline show at the International Center for Creativity (ICC) in Powell, Ohio.

After taking a year off, the ICC, which I had never heard of before Friday evening, decided to restart their Caffeine and Gasoline show celebrating automotive design.  The show was from 9AM to 12 Noon which fit in perfectly with my Saturday plans.  There was no registration fee or awards.  The ICC provided coffee and breakfast snacks (aka donuts). 

Automotive designer, Boris Fabris of Turin, Italy, was on hand to do a meet and greet.  Boris has worked at some of the most prestigious design studios around the world.  He was the lead designer for the one-off, custom built Ferrari SP1.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to see some different cars from both domestic and foreign manufacturers.

The show also attracted some very cool motorcycles.

These two Ferrari Portofinos were the "featured" cars of the event.

Not too often one gets a chance to view a Ferrari window sticker (click on the image to enlarge).

The Caffeine and Gasoline event turned out to be a fun way to spend a Saturday morning.  I'm glad Tim thought enough to send me the email.


Cruisin' for a Cause Car & Truck Show

I finished the week at the Discover Church's Cruisin' for a Cause in Dublin, Ohio.  If you read my The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of 2017, you'll know that I rated Cruisin' for a Cause the third best registration fee car show in 2017.  Unless an event in the next several weeks blows me away, I see no reason for Cruisin' for a Cause to lose it's spot as one of the top three car shows in Central Ohio.  Not only is it a well organized show, the cars are thoroughly judged, the trophies are custom made, and the addition of the model cars and craft show add a little something extra for everyone.

The cause for this year's show was once again Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  

Food was provided by Pig on Wheels instead of cooked by members of the congregation.

The show registered 107 vehicles this year - down slightly from the record setting 116 cars registered last year.

The Awards

The show presented "Top 25" plaques,  13 class awards, a model award, a club participation award, and a Best of Show.

Here are some of the "Top 25" winners.

Class winners:

'49 and Older Original

1935 Ford Cabriolet - Owner: Mike Falk

'49 and Older Rod

'1939 Chevy Coupe - Owner: Ron Harman

'50/'60 Original

1962 409 Chevy Bel Air  - Owner: Pete Lieb

'50/'60 Modified

'1954 Chevy 210 - Owners: Rick & Debbie Farmer

'70/'80 Original and National Street Rod Association Safety Award winner

1972 Dodge Charger - Owner: Frank Sanborn

'70/'80 Modified

1970 Chevy Chevelle SS - Owner: Mark Enyart

'90/'2000 Original

2000 Chevy Corvette - Owner: Frank Deering

'90/2000 Modified

2000 Trans AM Firehawk - Owner: David Harris

2010 and Newer Original

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 - Owners: Josh & Mary

2010 and Newer Modified

2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport - Owner: Tony Holland

'79 and Older Truck/Van

1962 Chevy Pickup - Owner: Kevin Martin

'80 and Newer Truck/Van

1989 Chevy Pickup - Owner: John Ressler

Rat Rod

1941 Chevy Supercharger - Owner: David Ricelle

Model Car Pick

Builder: Matt Gettart

Club Participation

Rusty Nuts


1948 Chevy Pick Up - Owner: Steve Andrix

Cruisin' for a Cause turned out to be a great way to end the week.  It was great to finally have four dry days in a row.

Several shows that were originally scheduled earlier in the month but were postponed because of weather will be on the schedule for this coming week.  Check back soon for a complete list of events.