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Last Updated: 02-26-20

Start marking those calendars! Here are the 2020 Central Ohio "Save the Dates" I've been able to confirm so far.

Those events without links have been announced but as of this writing have not posted flyers or any details about their event.

There is still a boatload of dates to be announced. I will be updating this page regularly as more shows and cruise-ins for 2020 pop up. Please don't hesitate to check back here often.

As a reminder, the weekly "Upcoming Events" posts will start again in April.

I get requests all the time to post events outside the focus area of this website. Carshowtalk.com is and will always be about car-related events happening in and around Central Ohio. For reference, I've included a map at the end of this post showing the reporting boundaries for this site. If you don't see info about events in other parts of Ohio, the map will help explain why. As for events outside the Central Ohio area, check out OhioCarShow.com, Ohio Car shows & Cruise-Ins (both are on Facebook), and Old Ride.

And finally, Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow yesterday so spring is predicted to be here early. It's almost time to start prepping those cars and trucks for the 2020 season. I have no doubt It will be a good one.

Ongoing Events:

March:

April:

May:

June:

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August:

September:

October:

November:

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As I diligently work on the initial version of the "Save the Dates 2020" post, I want to take a few minutes to make a couple of quick announcements that I think will be of interest to everyone.

  1. NASCAR driver and Naval Reserve Officer Lieutenant Commander Jesse Iwuji will speak at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 6-8:00 pm. Iwuji will share the lessons he has learned through his service in the U.S. Navy and how they have influenced his NASCAR career. For more information about the event, Click here.
  2. Not long after this website went online, a Classified Ad section for buying and selling autos, auto parts, and services was added. I have to admit, I've been a little surprised at the lack of activity in this section. I don't know if people are unaware of the service or they're just not interested. But before I take it down, I thought I give it one more pitch. You can find the link to the Classified Ads on the navigation banner on every page of this site.Any ad you place will be active for 90 days. At the end of the 90 days, you have the option to renew the ad for another 90 days. Photos can be uploaded if desired. The only restrictions are that ads must be approved by me before becoming active and must be for automobile-related items or services. Please, no furniture, appliances or things having nothing to do with automobiles. Best of all the Classified Ad service is absolutely "FREE" for everyone! During the car show season, this website will get between 2000-2500 unique visits per week so you have a pretty good audience. If you have something auto-related you want to buy or sell, take advantage of the Classified Ad section. What have you got to lose, it's FREE?

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For the second year in a row, rain dampened the Annual Snowball Cruise hosted by the Mid Ohio Cruisers at the Burger King restaurant in Marysville, Ohio.

The only sign of snow was a dirty hunk of ice off someone's car sitting in the middle of the parking lot.

Despite the weather, over 30 people turned out for the Saturday afternoon cruise. However, only six cars actually registered to be judged.

Everyone attending the cruise received a 2020 classic car calendar compliments of O'Reilly Auto Parts and a dash plaque.

The Mid Ohio Cruisers raffled off door prizes and held a 50/50 drawing.

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The Mid Ohio Cruisers will kick off the 2020 Central Ohio car show season this coming Saturday, January 18, 2020, with their annual Snowball Cruise.

The Cruise hours will be from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Burger King restaurant located at 1044 Delaware Avenue in Marysville, Ohio.

As in past years, the club will present three Snowball awards to their favorite vehicles that risk the bad weather and salty roads to attend the show. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Come join the fun this Saturday and hang out with friends you haven't seen since the last car show season.

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Are you in need of parts to get that classic car or motorcycle of yours back on the road and show ready? Or are you just looking for something to do until spring arrives? In either case here's the Central Ohio swap meet schedule for 2020.

The mid-engine Corvette Reveal Tour at Chesrown Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Delaware, Ohio featured the all-new hardtop convertible.

A steady crowd of Central Ohio car enthusiasts got a chance to touch, feel, sit in and ask questions about the new C8 Corvette.

Even yours truly got the opportunity to set his rear end in the car for a few moments.

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Unless you've been living under a rock the past year, you're probably aware by now that Chevrolet has introduced the all-new mid-engine Corvette for 2020.

Completely redesigned from the ground up, the new mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray will be powered by Chevy's all-new small-block LT2 V8 engine mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission (no manual option is available).

Rated at 495 HP and 470 lb-ft torque, the new Corvette with the Z51 option will do 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds.

The best news is that all this performance and styling can be had at a base price of $59,995. Take that you high-priced European exotics!

If you're having some car show withdrawal or need a little break from Christmas shopping, you can see and touch the all-new Corvette at Chesrown Chevrolet-GMC-Buick in Delaware, Ohio on Friday, December 20, 2019, from 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM.

Oh, and by the way. It's also available in a hardtop convertible.

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Now that the 2019 Central Ohio car show season has officially come to an end, it's time to take a look back at what was good, what was bad and what was ugly.

I managed to participate in 80 events this year. When you consider there were five weeks during 2019 where I didn't participate in any events, that's a pretty big accomplishment, even if I do say so myself.

I traveled more than 3000 miles to attend events in Centerburg, Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Gahanna, Hilliard, Johnstown, Lewis Center, Lockbourne, Marion, Marysville, New Albany, Obetz, Plain City, Powell, Springfield, Westerville, and Worthington.

Throughout the season, I took more than 9200 photos of cars, trucks, and motorcycles from around Central Ohio. Besides my car, Kevin Martin's 1962 Chevy pickup truck wins the award for the most photographed vehicle in 2019.

Before I get deep into the recap of this season, let me take a second to make the usual disclaimer:

The lists I'm about to present reflect my opinion and my opinion only of the events I attended in 2019. If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good, bad or ugly, please feel free to share it in the comments. Also, feel free to post a comment if you agree or disagree with any of my choices.

Okay, let's start with the GOOD.

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On Sunday, the Bull Frog Auto Spa in conjunction with Carlyle Racing, Jax Wax, The Street Racing Channel, and Horse Power Monkeys Race Team closed out the 2019 season with their annual food drive car show.

The show was held in the parking lot of the Tractor Supply Company in Johnstown, Ohio.

The show registered 28 vehicles. The registration fee was either $5 or two canned food items. There were door prizes and a 50/50 drawing to also raise money.

The food and $274 the show raised from registration, door prizes and 50/50 will be going to the Johnstown Northridge Community Food Panty.

The show presented five awards, one for each of the following classes.

  • Best Race Car
  • Best Muscle
  • Best Daily Driver
  • Best Female Driven
  • Best Overall
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