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Welcome to the most comprehensive and best-organized list of Central Ohio car shows, cruise-ins, and meet-ups anywhere on the internet.

It's time again to mark your calendar with the dates of your favorite Central Ohio car events.

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1977 Ford Bronco - Owner: Tera Womack

Another Central Ohio car show season has come to an end. As we put the cars away until next spring, it's time to look back at the memories that were made during the season that just ended.

As always, I must state the usual disclaimer. The opinions expressed in the following paragraphs are mine. They are from the events I attended and the vehicles l saw. If you agree or disagree with anything I've written, please free to post in the comment section. I'd love to know your thoughts.

THE STATS:

Okay, let's start off with some statistics about this past season.

  • From January through November, there were 1108 Central Ohio car events posted to carshowtalk.com. Clearly enough to keep anyone that loves cars very, very busy.
  • The month with the most events was July with 222.
  • The month with the least events was November with 16. No surprise there.
  • The week with the most events was August 14 -20 with 56.
  • There was a new post on carshowtalk.com 36 out of 52 weeks this year. Yes, the website kept me pretty busy.
  • There were reports or mentions on 274 of the 1108 events listed on carshowtalk.com.

PARTICIPATION AWARD:

I participated in 89 events in Ohio this year and I was a spectator at another four. This pales in comparison to the number of events these three Central Ohio cruisers participated in.

Jeff Shankle made it to 160 events breaking his personal best. Jeff Tolley did 240 car shows, cruise-ins, and swap meets. Dave O'Brien did a few more at 243 and says he still has some more to attend.

Left to Right: Dave O'Brien, Jeff Tolley, Jeff Shankle

I'm pretty confident no one else attended more events this year than those three. For Dave O'Brien and Jeff Tolley, it was almost a car show or cruise-ins every day.

CAR SHOWS, CRUISE-INS, MEET-UPS

Of all the car shows, cruise-ins, and meet-ups I attended this season, One stands out far above the rest. It was the Der Dutchman Cruise-in on June 8th celebrating the life of the late Luella Nisly, wife of Wayne Nisly.

That Thursday evening 617 cars and close to 1000 people were in attendance. The support from the Central Ohio car community for Wayne, Luella, and the cruise-in was amazing. Looking back at the crowd of people during the raffle drawing gave me goosebumps. It will be a cruise-in I will never forget.

Continuing with Der Dutchman, twice this year heavy rains overnight caused either cancellation of the cruise-in or partial closer of the main field because of standing water. This is the first time in the twelve-year history of the cruise-in that happened.

The Capital City Corvette Club's annual Vettes, Rods, and Classics in Gahanna, Ohio continues to be one of my top shows in the area. The Creekside District makes a great venue for a car show. Sprinkle in some "live" entertainment from the band Reeling in the Years. Then add in lots of community support, a great cause, and beautiful Corvettes and classic cars and you've got all the ingredients for a successful car show.

The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion, Ohio still managed to put on the best no-registration fee monthly car show in the area. The club did this despite a change in management at the Rural King which wasn't particularly car show friendly.

Sadly, the club announced after the last show in October that it had decided to take some time off to re-evaluate its direction moving forward. This means no more monthly car shows at the Rural King in Marion for the foreseeable future. These monthly shows will definitely be missed by a lot of folks in 2024.

Organized and promoted by Glayton Noggle, the Friday evening River Pop-up meets at Griggs Reservoir in Upper Arlington, Ohio turned out to be very popular by season's end. Clayton's military background made sure everyone followed the rules and it resulted in more people feeling comfortable enough to participate in the meet-ups. Attendance at the August 25th meet-up was estimated to be between 200 - 250 cars. Very impressive for a meet-up.

It's easy to take for granted Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals since it comes to town every year (2020 being the one exception). We are truly blessed to have an event like this in our backyard every July.

For anyone who loves cars, the show and the after-hours parties at the Crown Plaza and Polaris Hilton are like a kid in a candy store.

When it came to Goodguys Awards, Central Ohio was well represented this year.

Looking back, I participated in 14 events this year for the very first time. The one that stands out from the group is the Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap on Memorial Day in Mt Victory, Ohio.

Cars parked all over people's lawns are something you don't see at many cruise-ins. Factor in the opportunity to view the oil and gas memorabilia in the outbuildings on Don Houchin's property and you soon realize the Mt Victory event is rather unique. I plan to go back next year.

Events that were my favorites in previous years, continued to be favorites again this year.

There's just something special about the cars, the crowd, and the venue that makes Columbus Cars and Coffee Arena District Meet something special.

If you own a Corvette or are into Corvettes, The Ohio Corvette Club Alliance Corvette Gathering in downtown Lancaster, Ohio is one of those events you definitely need to attend. It's essentially a BIG Cruise-in for Corvettes. This year the Gathering registered more than 400 Corvettes.

In July, the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio started hosting weekly meet-ups at the dealership. Each meet-up featured a different vehicle. One week it was All American Cars and Trucks. The next week it was BMW Night. After that it was Bourbon and Exotics, then Viper Night -- you get the picture.

I attended two of the meet-ups -- the All American Cars and Trucks and Corvette Night. Corvette Night turned out to be one of the most enjoyable events I did in 2023. I hung out that evening with Arch Mayer and Greg Hopkins, enjoyed a cold beer, and saw some beautiful Corvettes. Doesn't get much better than that in my book.

...continue reading "2023 Central Ohio Car Show Season in Review"

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1938 Dodge 2 Dr Sedan - Owner: Bill Blackburn

The 2023 Central Ohio car show season has officially ended as far as judged shows. It was just posted on Facebook that there will be a cruise-in at Earthworks Cafe and Lounge in Newark, Ohio on November, 18th. If you're dying for one more car event before you put your car away, here you have it.

Here are the News and Notes from the final five Central Ohio car shows of 2023.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Often referred to as the "Wheelbarrow Fire Pit" car show, Creative Automotive Auto Sales and the Advance Auto Parts Store in Marysville, Ohio hosted its final show of the year on November 3rd.

There were 26 cars in attendance and $145 was raised for the Marysville Food Pantry.

Here are the six "Favorite" car picks for this month:

In addition to the car awards, Jeff Shankle presented awards for Cruiser and Co-Cruiser of the Year.

Rex Dillion, Tim Inscho, and I received Co-Cruiser of the Year awards. The three of us only missed one show. I was in Florida for the April show so I had a good excuse.

Left to Right: Rex Dillion, yours truly, and Tim Inscho

The Cruiser of the Year award went to Jimmy Carmean and Rick Jones. They both attended all eight Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts shows this year. Rick has been Cruiser of the Year four out of the last five years.

Miller's Swap Meet and Car Show:

The 16th Annual Miller's Fall Swap Meet and Car Show took place on Saturday, November 4th at the Ross County Fairgrounds in Chillicothe, Ohio.

With plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 60s, the car show registered 171 vehicles.

I didn't go far into the swap meet area but from what I was told by those that did it was huge.

The car show presented a total of 40 award plaques -- "Top 20" for cars '87 and older and "Top 20" for cars '88 and newer. In addition to the plaques, there were 13 "Special" trophies and two Best of Shows -- one for '87 and older and one for '88 and newer.

The club participation award went to the Street Kingz Car Club.

Here are the "Special" trophy winners:

The Best of Show winners:

  • '88 and Newer - Custom 1995 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Bob Kirst

  • '87 and Older - 1967 Chevy Nova SS - Owner: Charlie Seymour

Notice that Charlie is standing with two trophies. The one with "Best of Show" at the top will stay with the show promoter. Each year the cars and owner names that received Best of Show will be added to the base of the trophy.

Final Thoughts: This was my first Miller's Swap Meet and Car Show. It was worth the hour's drive from Columbus. I liked splitting the awards into older and newer cars. In my opinion, it gets more people to participate in the show and adds a larger variety of cars. No one can argue that is a bad thing.

...continue reading "Central Ohio Car Show News and Notes for November 2023"

1970 Dodge Super Bee - Owner: Scott Kegley

NEWS AND NOTES

Columbus Cars and Coffee Final Meet of the Season:

The corporate version of Columbus Cars and Coffee held its final meet of the season Saturday morning at the Midwestern Auto Group (MAG) dealership in Dublin, Ohio.

There were a lot of wet cars for this final meet.

Monster Mash Trunk or Treat Cruise-In:

The rain stopped and the roads dried Saturday afternoon in time for the Monster Mash Trunk or Treat Cruise-In at the Vineyard Church in London, Ohio.

The cruise-in had lots of cars decorated for Halloween and plenty of trick-or-treaters.

There was no charge to register your car. The Vineyard Church had 40 award plaques and three "Special" trophies. The "Special" trophies included Kid's Choice, People's Choice, and Pastor's Choice.

There was also a "Favorite" Costume contest for the kids.

The People's Choice went to Jimmy Hollar with a 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo SS.

Darrin Long's 1968 Chevy Camaro was the Kid's Choice.

The Pastor chose Dave Muller's 1960 Rambler 4 Dr Classic.

I'm glad the rain stopped and the roads dried as it turned out to be a fun couple of hours in London. London, Ohio that is.

Toy Barn Trunk or Treat:

About 40 cars turned out for the Toy Barn's Trunk or Treat event on Saturday evening.

Nothing says Halloween more than an orange Lamborghini Huracan with pumpkins.

Here are some more cars from the Toy Barn Trunk or Treat.

Pap's Rod Shop Trunk or Treat:

Pap's Rods n Kustoms hosted its 4th Annual Trunk or Treat Show at Evans Family Ranch in New Carlisle, Ohio on Saturday.

Last year the event had over 200 cars but this year with the rain attendance was a bit over 80.

Pap's gave out awards to the Top 40 cars along with Best Costume and Spookiest Car.

The top 40 award was a laser-cut steel Frankenstein face. Very clever.

This hearse received the Spookiest Car Award.

Pap's Rod n Kustoms has raised $2500 from its shows this year to help flood and hurricane victims.

Trunk or Treat Spooktacular!:

The Urbana, Ohio Cruisers hosted a rainy Trunk or Treat Spooktacular car show on Sunday.

The Urbana Cruisers with their auction raised $1650 for Donald Sparks. For those who may not know who Donald Sparks is, you'll find him on YouTube under the channel name Go4Rider. Every weekend Donald takes videos of as many car shows and cruise-ins as he can travel to in the Springfield-Dayton-Xenia-Urbana areas and posts them to most of the Ohio car show-related Facebook Groups. The money raised at Sunday's show will help cover some of the travel costs so Donald can continue making videos of Ohio car events.


That's it for this wet weekend of events. A big thanks to Jeff Shankle and Chad Herrick for their help with this week's News and Notes.

NOTE: Since the entire month of November is posted here, there will be no more weekly lists for the remainder of the year. Don't panic if you don't see a posting next week. I will be back in TWO weeks with reports from the shows that are scheduled during the first two weekends of November. I hope everyone has a good couple of weeks! Stay safe and I'll see you back here on November 13.

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1972 Volvo 142E - Owner: Adam Squier

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NEWS AND NOTES

Empty Pockets Cruisers Trunk or Treat:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted its annual trunk or treat car show on Saturday at the Hilliard, Ohio Presbyterian Church.

The show registered 90 cars. This is down a little from previous years thanks to the weather and a noon kickoff of the Ohio State vs Penn State football game.

A tire popped mid-way through the show which got everyone's attention for several minutes.

It was reported that two Jeff Tolleys were seen roaming around the show.

Will the Real Jeff Tolley Come on Down?

The Empty Pockets Cruisers presented 50 award plaques at the end of the show. Five were for best costume. The car awards included "Favorite 40" along with four "Specialty" car awards and a Best of Show.

Because of rain moving into the area, the awards were presented a little early. The costume winners were selected prior to the awards presentation.

Here are the winners of the "Specialty" car awards:

The Best of Show award went to Edgar Hernandez's 1961 Chevy Apache.

Car-Toberfest:

The Lancaster Car Scene hosted its second annual Car-Toberfest at Outerbelt Brewing in Carroll, Ohio on Sunday.

The show had 157 cars in attendance beating last year's attendance of 142.

Awards were presented to the Top 100 along with awards for Best Jeep, Best Muscle, Best Truck, Veteran Choice, Best Bike, and Best of Show.

For the second year in a row, Bob Kraft and his 1955 Chevy 210 took home the Best of Show award.

I had family from out of town in for the Ohio State football game so I wasn't able to attend the show. However, I did receive lots of photos of the beautiful vehicles that were in attendance. Here's a slideshow from all those photos.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club out of Marysville, Ohio held its final car show of the season on Saturday evening. There were 28 cars in attendance at the Burger King on State Route 31.

  • Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received Best of Show honors on Sunday at a benefit car show in Hillsboro, Ohio for Max Sprague. Max is one of the primary moderators of the Ohio Car Shows and Cruise-ins Facebook group.

  • Chad Herrick picked up his second Best Halloween Decoration award on Saturday at the Jax Wax Street Madness Halloween Edition. The first one of the day came at the Empty Pockets Trunk or Treat show. Chad estimated there were between 500-700 people at Jax Wax Street Madness Saturday evening.
  • Tim Davidheiser's 1948 International Harvester KB-1 won Best of Show at The Masonic Lodge 475/VFW Post 3761 in Baltimore, Ohio on Sunday.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info for this week's News and Notes:

  • Dale Pearce
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Chad Herrick
  • Bryan Mauger

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Next Monday will have the schedule for the entire month of November and a News and Notes report from the last weekend of October. We're down to the last three weeks of outdoor car events. Cross your fingers that the weather cooperates.

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1957 Ford Fairlane 500 - Owner: Gary Simpson

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NEWS AND NOTES

I have to start out this week's News and Notes by announcing the passing of several Central Ohio car community members.

Don Kirk passed away on October 7th at the age of 89. Many of you will recognize Don by his orange 1970 Chevy Nova. Don and his sons, Chuck and Dan, have been regulars on the Central Ohio car show scene for years. Don was still participating in car shows right up until his passing. Our condolences go out to the Kirk family.

Last year Max Spraque helped organize a car show at SVG Motors in Washington Court House to help raise money for Julie Posey. Julie was a veteran in need of a double lung transplant. Unfortunately, Julie passed away on October 10th. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts Monthly Car Show:

Creative Auto Sales and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted their October car show this past Friday.

With an evening of perfect weather, the show had 25 cars in attendance and raised $175 for the Milford Center Food Pantry.

This month the show awarded trophies to its six "Favorite" cars:

The last Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts show of the season with be on Friday, November 3rd. Please note this is the FIRST Friday in November instead of the usual second Friday. Jeff Shankle is leaving right after the show for warmer weather in Florida. How dare he!

Performance Charity Car Show:

It was a wet Saturday for the 29th Annual Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio.

By noon there were 150 to 160 cars in attendance. Total attendance reached 168 by the end of the show. The number of pre-registered cars was in the 260 range so a good number of people stayed home because of the rain.

Some folks got very creative trying to keep their cars dry.

Dan Varner's 1960 Cadillac DeVille received the Best Cadillac Award.

Rod Scott received the Best Mopar Award for his 1958 Dodge D100 pickup and a Top 100 Award for his 1958 Desoto Firedome Sportsman.

At the awards presentation, it was announced that the 2024 show will again be the second Saturday in October.

KSM Youth Sports Trunk or Treat:

KSM Youth Sports out of Powell, Ohio hosted its first-ever trunk or treat car show on Sunday. Proceeds from the event went to support the Cure Starts Now, a grassroots effort to cure ALL cancers.

Chad Herrick and I attended the show not sure what to expect. Turns out the show was more treat than the trunk. The organizers said they had registered around 700 kids and I believe it. I went through a 350-piece bag of candy in under an hour.

The cars that were there had decorated trunks with bowls full of candy to give out. Chad had his crew of skeletons set up. Liberty Township even brought one of its fire trucks to the event.

The show presented nine trophies, six for the cars and three for costumes. Chad went home with the Best Theme and Attendees Choice awards. All in all, it was a fun afternoon for both the adults and kids.

Car, Truck, and Bike Show @ Walmart:

Doreen Baker and company held its last show of the season on Sunday at the Walmart in London, Ohio. This last show was a trunk-or-treat Halloween theme.

There were just under 40 cars in attendance. Cadillac Mac's 2015 Ford Coyote received the Best of Show award.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took home the People's Choice award.

David Elliot's 1957 Chevy Bel Air and Russ Annis's 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS received Top 20 awards.

Wooden Nickel Cruise-In:

DJ Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman proceeded over the annual Wooden Nickel Cruise-In on Sunday at the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio. An estimated 200 plus cars were in attendance.

For those not familiar with the wooden nickel, you can purchase one for a dollar at any show throughout the season when Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman is the DJ. The money collected from the sale of the nickels is then raffled off in increments at the Wooden Nickle Cruise-in at the end of the season.

This year there was a total cash giveout of $3850. There were 20 envelopes containing $100 and 37 envelopes with $50.

Jeff Shankle and Dave Bratton were kind enough to share their photos from the cruise-in. CLICK HERE to see the some of vehicles that attended the event.

Other Area Shows:

Unfortunately, the rain and cold temperatures this past weekend kept attendance low at many shows.

I'm going to finish this week's report with some photos from the Madison County Senior Center Cruise-in and the Central Township Firefighters Car Show.


A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info for this week's News and Notes:

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Russ Annis

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Next Monday, look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report. There are not too many weeks left in the season.

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1978 Chevy Malibu - Owner: Peyton Magnaghi

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In held its annual season-ending banquet on Thursday evening at the restaurant.

Looking back over the season, one thousand fewer cars attended the cruise-in this year than last year. On the bright side, the cruise-in set a single-day attendance record with 617 cars on June 8th during the Celebration of Life cruise-in for Luella Nisly. It was a special evening.

Everyone attending the banquet received a complimentary Der Dutchman Cruise-In ball cap.

Those of us who regularly attended the cruise-in each week will now have to find something else to do on Thursday evenings from now until May 2, 2024 rolls around.

Tolles Car & Craft Show:

Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio hosted its 6th Annual Car and Craft Show on Saturday.

Thanks to early morning temperatures in the low 40s, the car show started slowly but eventually registered 61 cars.

Last year I gave the show the honor of having the best-tasting hamburger. Much to my and everyone's disappointment, the culinary students weren't at the show this year. In their place was the Hound Dog Food truck. Let's hope the students return next year. We all missed the taste of a good car show hamburger.

The show divided the cars into categories and presented 22 trophies based on those categories. Some examples of the different categories were Best 50s, Best 60s, Best 70s, Modern Muscle, Vintage Muscle, Rat Rod, and so on. There was also a Tolles Student Award, a People's Choice Award, and Best in Show. The trophy for the Rat Rod was handmade from tools and engine parts.

Voting for the People's Choice Award was done electronically using a QR code located on the window plaque of each registered car. Very high-tech.

Here are the category winners selected by the judges:

The People's Choice Award went to Don Benedik and his 1932 Ford Roadster.

Kevin Foust's 1941 Dodge WC40 Military Weapons Carrier received the Best in Show honors.

BGMC Car Show:

The New Beginnings Church held its 6th Annual BGMC Car Show on Saturday.

BGMC stands for Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge. It's the missions education program for all kids in the Assemblies of God. The money raised through BGMC provides the Assemblies of God missionaries with needed supplies to support its missions throughout the world.

Only 36 cars attended the show thanks to cold and windy weather conditions. There were more trophies than cars so everyone went home a winner.

I'm guessing the weather conditions had some influence on Dave Bratton's claim that the chili was "to die for". Dave said it was so good he went back for seconds.

Here are the "Special" category winners:

Best Truck, Dale Pearce - 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup
Best Import, Seth Peyton - 1982 Volkswagon Rabbit
Pastor's Choice, Dave Muller - 1960 Rambler Classic
3rd Place, Richard Hails - 1971 Chevy Nova SS
2nd Place, Carol Benson - 1960 Chevy C10 Pick Up
Best Bike, Bruce Hoover - 2010 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
BGMC Pick, Dave Bratton - 1937 Wild Rod Ford

Mark and Patty Enyart's 1962 Chevy Impala SS was selected Best of Show.

Rod Knockers Car Show:

The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion, Ohio held its final car show of the season on Saturday evening. Not only was Saturday the last show of the season but also the last show for the foreseeable future. The club announced that it has decided to take some time off to re-evaluate its direction moving forward.

Those of you who follow this blog know that I have ranked the Rod Knockers Monthly Car Show as the number one registration-free show in Central Ohio for the last five years. There's no question it will be missed in 2024. Here's hoping it comes back sooner rather than later.

The last show registered 52 cars. Not bad considering the weather.

Being October, this was the Halloween-themed show.

Our good friend, Frank Sanborn, received one of the last "Favorite" Awards from the Club for his Dodge Dart.

Here's wishing the club all the best in whatever direction it decides to take.

Millersport Lions Club and Lewis Center Wings & Rings Car Shows:

The Crossroads Events team was busy this past weekend hosting a car show on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday they helped host a show for the Millersport Lions Club in Millersport Ohio.

The "Spotlight" vehicle for this show was all Ford trucks. The Spotlight Award went to Shawn Ford (how appropriate) and his 1948 Ford F-1 pickup.

Jayden Householder's 2001 Chevy Camaro received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award.

Best of Show honors went to Fred Williams with a 1967 Ford Mustang GT 500.

The team traveled to Lewis Center on Sunday to host its monthly show at the Wings & Rings Restaurant.

The "Spotlight" car was all Dodges. The Spotlight Award went to Danielle Grogan and her 2021 Dodge Daytona.

Danielle's husband, Rick, took home the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award for his 2021 Dodge Ram pickup.

Jim McGruder's "customized" 2020 Rapid Blue Corvette Stingray was picked as Best of Show.

The Crossroads Events team will be off for the next two weekends but will be back in November hosting their last two shows of the season on November 5th at Eldorado's Food and Spirits and November 12th at Lewis Center Wings & Rings.

Steve Austin's Auto Group Open Car and Truck Show:

The Steve Austin Auto Group held its 4th Annual Open Car and Truck Show at its dealership in Bellefontaine, Ohio on Saturday.

The show had over 115 vehicles in attendance. There were several food trucks on site. The show also held a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. The Steve Austin Group presented awards to the "Top" 30 plus a Best of Show.

Other Area Shows:

  • Dan Varner's 1960 Cadillac DeVille received the Best of Show for Classics at the Mario Knapp Car Show on Saturday.

  • The Ohio Autism Show Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show at the Hartford Fairgrounds in Croton, Ohio had well over 100 cars in attendance on Saturday. As is typical Ohio weather this time of year, the attendees experienced sunshine, rain, and hail all in a 30-minute period. Our friend, Kenny G., received an Integrity Insurance Sponsor's Pick.
  • Phil Monroe made the trip down I-71 to Wilmington, Ohio on Sunday to check out the Fairlane Torino Show put on by the Fairlane Club of America. CLICK HERE to see the photos Phil took at the show.

That's it for this week. If the weather is on our side, we're looking at only one more month of car shows in 2023. Wow! Has this season gone by fast!

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info for this week's News and Notes:

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Phil Monroe
  • Frank Sanborn
  • Kenny G.
  • Scott Harring
  • Frank Russell

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

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1993 Ford Mustang LX Convertible - Owner: Steve Shorten

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NEWS AND NOTES

We have a celebrity Corvette among us. Craig Grunkemeyer's 1969 Corvette is featured in the December issue of Corvette Magazine.

Craig said this all came about when a photographer at the Goodguys after-hours party at the Crown Plaza noticed his Corvette and asked to do a photoshoot of his car. He and the photographer drove to a location off of Busch Boulevard to take the photos. The editors of the magazine liked the photos and Craig's car so much they chose to include an article about it in the December edition. Congrats Craig!

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Rain showers on Thursday, which at times came down very hard, spoiled the final cruise-in of the season at Der Dutchman.

About 40 dedicated cruisers or depending on your perspective crazy cruisers turned out for the last cruise-in. Because of the weather conditions, there was no food. However, those who did stop by were treated to one of the restaurant's cream-filled Long John donuts.

The banquet is this coming Thursday and will finish the season for the cruise-in.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Massey's Pizza:

On Saturday, Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride team hosted its second to last show of the season at Massey's Pizza in Grove City, Ohio.

With picture-perfect weather, the show registered 107 vehicles.

I didn't count the number of trophies Boots awarded at the end of the show, but as you can see from the photo it was not a small number.

It would take way too long to list all the award winners therefore I'm going to keep it to the "Special" category winners.

BEST INTERIOR: 1969 Chevy Camaro - Owners: Jim & Cheryl Cooper

BEST PAINT: 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe - Owner: Gus O'Day

BEST ENGINE: 1967 Chevy Nova - Owner: Dick DeStefano

BEST TRUCK: 1971 Chevy K5 Blazer - Owner: Mike Lowe

MOTTS' PICK: 1957 Chevy Bel Air - Owner: Judy Covington

DJ'S PICK: 1991 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Grady Maynard

MANAGER'S PICK: 1954 Packard Cavalier - Owner: Dan Williams

BOOTS' PICK: 1957 Chevy Bel Air - Owner: David Elliott

BEST OF SHOW: 1968 Chevy Chevelle - Owner: Andrew Van Ert

Keeler & Nadler Cars & Coffee:

Keeler & Nadler Family Weath in Dublin, Ohio hosted cars & coffee Saturday morning.

About 30 cars rolled through the cruise-in. I received word that a lot of newer Corvettes showed up.

Here are some of the cars that attended the Keeler & Nadler cars and coffee:

JSB Home Solutions Car Show:

JSB Home Solutions out of Canal Winchester, Ohio hosted its second annual Car Show on Saturday.

Attendance for this year's show was around 50 cars.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Owner's Pick. A rumor is floating around that Dale needed assistance getting up from that kneeling position. 😎

Westerville Special Olympics Car Show:

Roush Honda Used Car Company in Westerville, Ohio sponsored a car show on Sunday supporting Westerville Special Olympics.

The show registered more than 70 cars which is very respectable for a first-time event.

In addition to the car registration, there were 50/50 and door prize raffles. A fair number of the door prizes were $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. Two food trucks were parked behind the Roush building offering food and refreshments.

Three trophies were presented at the end of the show. The trophies included a People's Choice, Athlete's Choice, and Roush Employees' Choice.

The organizers promise to have more awards next year.

Billy Bush's 2015 Dodge Challenger RT received the Athlete's Choice Award.

The Roush Employees' Choice went to Patric Shaw and his rat rod.

Rod Scott and his 1958 Desoto Firedome Sportsman went home with the People's Choice Award.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Moose Lodge 1427:

The Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride Tour finished out the season at Moose Lodge 1427 in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.

There were 51 cars in attendance so everyone went home a winner.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Kidspalooza Car Show in Circleville, Ohio on Saturday registered 141 cars. Ted Tickle and his 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 received a Top 10 award. Nice award by the way.
  • Dale Pearce helped organize a small car show at the StoryPoint Senior Living Center in Pickerington, Ohio this past Thursday. Schon Crouse received Best of Show with his 1967 Pontiac and Lynn Raduege took 2nd Place with her 427 Roush Mustang.
  • While it's not a Central Ohio car event, the Pumpkin Run Nationals took place this past weekend at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, Ohio. Jeff Shankle attended the event and posted tons of photos to his Facebook page. If you're interested in seeing vehicles from the Pumpkin Run, here are the links to Jeff's photos. Please Note: a Facebook account is required.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info for this week's News and Notes:

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Craig Grunkemeyer

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

1951 Chevy 3100 Pickup - Owners: Tamara & Allen Price

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Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Attendance was over 300 cars Thursday evening at the restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.

This coming Thursday is the LAST cruise-in for 2023. The following week (Thursday, October 5th) is the banquet, and then another season of Der Dutchman cruise-ins will be in the books.

If you'd like to attend the banquet, you can still sign up next Thursday.

Grace Chapel Church Wednesday Night Cruise-In:

The Pastor of the Grace Chapel Community Church in Westerville, Ohio has allowed the use of the church parking lot for a Wednesday evening Cruise-In all summer long.

I stopped by this past Wednesday to check it out before it shut down for the season. Dan's Deli has been there each week offering food and refreshment.

I'm guessing close to 50 cars rolled through the cruise-in by the time I left around 7 p.m. The parking lot was full with only a few parking spots still available.

This Wednesday is the last cruise-in according to the flyer but one of the regulars told me they may go into October if the weather stays nice.

Here are some of the cars from Wednesday's Cruise-In:

If the Pastor allows the use of the parking lot next year, you can bet I will stop by more often than once.

Columbus Cars and Coffee Meet at Esoteric:

For the second time this season, the corporate-sponsored Columbus Cars and Coffee hosted a meet at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio.

Beautiful weather on Saturday morning resulted in a great turnout of cars and spectators.

The vehicles inside the Esoteric shop were just as interesting as the ones outside it.

Columbus Cars and Coffee will be hosting another meet this coming Saturday at Meyer Shank Racing in Pataskala, Ohio. The following Saturday they will be at Associated Insurance Agencies in Uptown Westerville, Ohio. The season finale will be October 28th at the Midwestern Auto Group (MAG) in Dublin, Ohio.

MMC's Last Big Event of the Year:

The Marysville Mustang Club hosted its final meet of the year at C&N Motor Cars in Marysville, Ohio.

Open to all makes, models, and years, the meet had close to 50 cars roll through on Saturday afternoon.

Seeing the collection of cars, old-time gas pumps, and automotive memorabilia inside the C&N Motor Cars building made the trip out to Marysville all worthwhile.

Here's a small slideshow combining the photos from Columbus Cars and Coffee at Esoteric and the Marysville Mustang Club's Last Big Event of the Year.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Columbus Auto Resale:

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride schedule took Dan "Boots" Longette and the team to Columbus Auto Resale on Saturday.

The Show registered 45 cars.

The top winners were Dave Bratton and his 1937 Wild Rod Ford for Best Paint.

Jim McGruder's 2020 Corvette received the Kid's Choice Award.

Best Engine went to Dick Sephano with a 1967 Chevy Impala. The Best of Show winner was the 1963 Chevy Nova Wagon belonging to Scott Alvin.

This coming weekend will be the last two shows of the season for the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride Tour. On Saturday they will be hosting a show at Masseys Pizza in Grove City, Ohio and the final show will be Sunday at Moose Lodge 1427 in Columbus.

Still Electric Mods, Rods, and Classics Car Show:

Still Electric and the C-Town Cruisers teamed up on Saturday for the 2nd Annual Mods, Rods, and Classics car show at Alum Creek Baptist Church.

The show registered 171 cars and gave out over 40 trophies ranging in size from 2 1/2 to 5 feet tall.

The Best Truck Award went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC 40 Weapons Carrier.

Steve Bechtel and his 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible took home the Best of Show honors.

I spoke with Steve on Sunday about his car. He told me the previous owner spent four years restoring the car and passed away unexpectedly before he got a chance to drive it. The car was neglected for nine years before Steve bought it. It took Steve about a year to get back into running order.

Burnzies Green Cable Cruise-In:

Burnzies Old Trail Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio hosted its 4th Annual Green Cable Cruise-In on Saturday.

About 50 cars turned out for the cruise-in.

The first-place award went to Ed Evans with a 1950 Chevy Bel Air. The 1935 Ford Coupe of James Dylan received second place. Tim Hooten's 1964 MGB took third place.

Best of Show honors went to Frank Short with a 1970 Volkswagon Bus.

Chubby Hawaiin Grill Car, Truck, and Bike Show:

The Chubby Hawaiin Grill in Baltimore, Ohio teamed up for the second time this season with Crossroads Events to host a car, truck, and bike show.

There were 37 trophies awarded at the end of the show.

The "Spotlight" car for this show was any Chevrolet Model and the award went to Cliff Warner for his 1957 Chevrolet 210.

Dan J.'s 2012 Jeep Wrangler received The Larry Bickers Dailly Driver Award.

Best of Show went to the 2014 Chevy Corvette belonging to Jeff Dixon.

The Crossroads Events' next show will be this coming Sunday at the Eldorado's Food and Spirits on North High Street in Columbus, Ohio. The Spotlight car will be the AMC/Rambler.

North Hills Church of God Car Show:

The North Hills Church of God in Springfield, Ohio hosted its 7th Annual Car Show on Sunday.

Because of Issues with the septic system, the church wasn't able to use the entire field in the front of the church to park cars. Despite the inconvenience, the church did a good job of parking the 140 cars and bikes that registered for the show.

Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman provided the music. The church offered hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bratwursts, corn on the cob, chips, cookies, water, and soda pop for a small donation. There were also door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a pie auction.

The judging was done by the show participants. As you know, that kind of judging is not my favorite. However, the North Hills Church does it better than anyone. The registration fee is collected before you park your car. You receive an envelope containing ONE ballot and voting instructions when you register. Ballots are only accepted at the end of registration so everyone voting has the opportunity to see your vehicle. The ballot has your car number on it so If you vote for your car, it will not be counted.

This year the awards were laser cut steel trophies. The two Best of Show awards were clocks.

Awards included Top 40, Ladies Choice, Cooks Choice, Pastor's Choice, Best Custom, Farthest Traveled, Kids Choice, Mandy McCleary Tribute, Top Five Bikes, Top Three Cars 2000 and Up, Best of Show for cars, and Best of Show for bikes.

Here are the Special Award winners:

  • Ladies' Choice: Dave Bratton and his 1937 Ford Wild Rod

  • Best Custom: Steve Bechtel's 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible

  • Best Original: 1929 Ford Model A - Owner: Mark Lewis

  • Kids Choice: Radio Flyer Red Wagon - Owners: Zot & Judy Barazzotto

  • Patrick and Faith Rowland both took home awards. Patrick received the Cooks Choice for his 2016 Corvette Z06. Faith's 2016 purple Dodge Challenger was selected for the Mandy McCleary Tribute Award.

  • Pastor's Choice: - 1975 Corvette convertible - Owner: Jerry Arms

  • Farthest Traveled went to Billy Agee and his 1934 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Billy drives up from Newport, North Carolina to participate in the show every year.

The Best of Show Winners:

For the bikes, it went to Doug Stratton and his 2004 Harley-Davidson Road King.

Mark and Patty Enyart's 1962 Chevy Impala received the Best of Show honors for the cars. This may have been the quickest turnaround in car show history. Their Impala went from most potential to Best of Show in just over 24 hours.

2023 FC Fall Cruise-In:

Fish Catholic High School in Lancaster, Ohio hosted its 2023 Fall Cruise-In on Sunday.

The event had 60-plus cars in attendance.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received second place in the truck category.

Jim Cook's 1968 Chevy Chevelle was selected Best of Show.


That's it for this week's News and Notes. It was a big one this week!

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info about this past week's events:

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Tim Hooten
  • Frank Russel
  • Kevin Foust
  • Chad Herrick

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

1957 Chevy 210 Wagon - Owner: Tom Kavanaugh

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For those who may not know, George Burton passed away on September 6th. You may recognize him by his yellow Chevy SSR. He participated in lots of car shows around the area. George will be missed.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In was back in the 300s on Thursday evening. Attendance hit 330 cars to be exact.

On Saturday morning, attendance at the Coffee and Donuts Cruise-In broke the 100 mark.

Wayne in the barn loft counting cars

When you allow yourself one cream-filled Long John donut per year, man do they taste extra good!

While the Coffee and Donuts cruise-in was going on, the C10 Club Ohio was having breakfast in the restaurant before embarking on its historic bridge cruise.

I managed to catch some of the C10s before they left the restaurant. Looked like they had a pretty good turnout for the cruise.

NAPA Friday Night Cruise-In:

Thanks to great weather, the Cruise-In at the NAPA store in Hilliard, Ohio had 60-plus cars roll through Friday evening.

The cars in attendance were a nice mix of classics, modern muscle, and imports.

I can't think of too many better ways to spend a Friday evening than hanging out with your car buddies.

Farrow's Hot Rods & Handlebars:

It was a wild scene Saturday evening at Farrow Harley-Davidson in Sunbury, Ohio. The Harley-Davidson dealership hosted its second Hot Rods and Handlebars event this season.

The band Phoenix Rising entertained the crowd with classic rock during the evening.

Food and refreshments were available from four food trucks located to the left of the stage. Plus there was a beer garden for adult beverages.

I can't give an exact number of cars and motorcycles that were in attendance since the window placards were not numbered. My best guess on the cars was somewhere around 130 to 150. All I can say about the number of motorcycles is there was a boatload of them.

If you wanted your motorcycle judged, there was a specified area you needed to park and register it. As for the cars, I have no idea how they judged them. The show officially started at 4 PM and all judging had to be completed by 5:30 PM. I spoke with someone who was at the show and he saw three people he assumed were judges doing a pretty fast walk by each car.

If your car was selected as a finalist for an award, this placard was placed on the windshield.

There were four awards for the motorcycles, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and Best of Show. There were a total of 10 awards for the cars. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for classic cars, modern cars (2000 and up), and Rabid's Choice plus a Best of Show

The Motorcycle Division winners:

The Car Division Winners:

Motts Military "Driving for Daisy" Car Show:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Team were in Groveport, Ohio on Saturday hosting the annual car show at Motts Military Museum.

The show had over 100 cars in attendance.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Manager's Pick.

Honor Flight's Pick went to Frank Deering and his 2000 Corvette.

Best of Show went to the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi owned by Jim Bickel.

First Church of God Fish Fry and Car Show:

The First Church of God in Circleville, Ohio hosted its annual Fish Fry and Car Show on Saturday. From what I understand, the fish sandwiches are pretty darn tasty.

This year the show registered 68 cars. There were 29 trophies presented at the end of the show. These included Top 20, Pastor's Choice, Roger Fortner Memorial, Six Top Class (Chevy, Ford, Dodge, etc.), and Best of Show.

Here are the Top three award winners:

  • Roger Fortner Memorial - 1967 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Leonard Cross or Croft
  • Pastor's Choice - 2016 Ford Mustang GT 350 - Owner: William Thomaschek
  • Best of Show - 1950 Chevy Pickup - Owner: Charlie Benson

Here are some of the cars from the show:

Speak for the Unspoken Car Show:

The Mustang Club of Ohio hosted its second Speak for the Unspoken Car Show on Sunday. The show took place in Hilliard, Ohio.

Proceeds from the show went to Speak for the Unspoken which is a foster-based rescue group for dogs with special needs.

Once the roads dried from some early morning showers, the show registered around 160 vehicles.

One of the vehicles that was registered was the 1985 Chevy Astro Van named Blastro. Built with a supercharged big block Chevy engine rated at 2000 HP, the owner claims it to be the fastest van in the world.

At around 2 PM, everyone in attendance got a chance to hear what a 2000 HP supercharged Chevy big block sounds like.

The Mustang Club of Ohio presented trophies to the "Top 40" along with 14 "Special" awards, a Runner-Up Best of Show, and a Best of Show.