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Unless some events are announced this week, it's an unusually light schedule for the last weekend of April. I've included a few events that would normally be considered outside of the Central Ohio area just because the schedule is so light. There really isn't much in the way of car events throughout the entire state this weekend. Weird?

Der Dutchman is hosting a pre-cruise-in dinner at the restaurant on Thursday (see link below) so everyone can get reacquainted with each other after the winter layoff.

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The weather wasn't quite as cooperative Saturday evening as everyone had hoped for. Folks attending Cruisin' with the King in Marysville and the First Delaware Cruise Night had to dodge some rain showers throughout the evening. Despite the rain, the Delaware Cruise Night raised $200 for the Humane Society of Delaware County.

The Ninja Xpress Car Meet in Lewis Center was a rather laid-back affair Saturday afternoon. I counted between 25-30 cars during the hour I was there. Most were late model cars.

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Pepsi Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride gang held their first show of the season on Saturday at the Sandalwood Boulevard Elks Club in Columbus. The Best of Show award went to Chris Kraner with a 1970 Ford Torino GT.

Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their Spring Warm-up Car Meet at the American Legion Southway Post in South Columbus on Sunday. The meet registered more than 80 cars. All proceeds went to the American Legion post. Stacy Longenette and her 1948 Chevy Thriftmaster pickup took Best of Meet honors.

Events are still being added to the Save the Dates for 2021 page. Check it out for the most complete list of future car events in Central Ohio.

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Here’s this weekend’s list of Central Ohio car events. Saturday has a selection of events to cover the entire day. Lets pray for decent weather.

NEWS AND NOTES:

As most of you may already know by now, Governor DeWine has closed the Ohio State Fair to the public over continued pandemic concerns. What impact this will have on the Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals scheduled for July 9 - 11 is anyone’s guess. Don’t be surprised if the event is canceled for a second year in a row. I will post updates on its status as soon as they are announced.

Showers on Friday evening didn’t stop 20 cars from attending the Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio. The event raised $95 for the Marysville Food Pantry. Here are the award winning cars for this month:

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. Events are continually being added to the list.

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Not much on the schedule for this second weekend of April. Next weekend will be a different story. Columbus Cars and Coffee, Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride, Mid Ohio Cruisers and the C-Town Cruisers just to name a few all have their first events of season scheduled for next weekend.

I couldn’t find anything for Sunday. If you know of event in Central Ohio on Sunday, please pass it my way.

UPDATE: The Franklin County Food Fair and cruise-in is both Saturday and Sunday. I’ve updated the listings.

News and Notes:

The Rod Knockers Car Club of Marion, Ohio held their first show of the season Saturday evening at Rural King. Because of Covid-19, the last show hosted by the club prior to Saturday was October of 2019. More the 80 cars turned out for this first show following the 17 month hiatus.

Each month this season, the club will feature a car from a past television show. April’s featured car was the 1982 Firebird Trans Am known as K.I.T.T. from the television show Knight Rider. Unfortunately, David Hasselhoff was unable to make an appearance at Saturday’s show due to a prior commitment. 😁

On a more serious note, this 1937 Ford pickup received the Club’s Choice Award for April.

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. A good number of events were announced last week and added to the list.

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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.

Here is the first weekly list of Central Ohio events for the 2021 season. These weekly lists will be posted on Monday or Tuesday from now until the end of November. If you would like to receive email notification when the list is posted, please click the “Subscribe” link in the page header above. Rest assured, we DO NOT sell email addresses to marketers so you won’t get more spam mail if you subscribe.

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.

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  • Easter Sunday. No Events Found

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1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V

There isn’t a bunch of events in March so instead of posting a weekly list, I’m posting the events for the entire month. The weekly lists will begin again in April.

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Last Updated: 04-19-21

So everyone can get a jump planning their 2021 Central Ohio car show and cruise-in schedule, here is the Save the Dates for 2021 as promised.

Count on this post being updated regularly over the next eight to nine months as more events are announced. Please feel free to check back often or better yet bookmark this page. I expect a jam packed season of Central Ohio car events.

Here are a few things to note about this season’s schedule:

  1. The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City plans to start their weekly cruise-ins the first Thursday in May this year instead of the third Thursday as in past years.
  2. A new car community called Marysville Muscle will be hosting monthly cruise-ins at Honda Powersports in Marysville.
  3. Doreen Baker in conjuction with Tony’s Bar and Grill in london, Ohio has plans to host a show almost every month.
  4. Instead of a separate post for swap meets, they’ve been incorporated in this Save the Dates post.

For those of you new to the web site, the primary focus of carshowtalk.com is car events in and around Central Ohio. If you’re interested in events in other parts of the state, I recommend checking out OhioCarShow.com, Ohio Car shows & Cruise-Ins (both are on Facebook), and Old Ride.com. All three are excellent resources for car events statewide.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

Unfortunately, Covid-19 will still be with us this season. Some events will likely be canceled or postponed (the Spring Fling Corvette Show has already been canceled). I will do my best to update this page with cancelations and postponements as soon as I find out about them. I would strongly recommend calling the listed contact number before heading out to any event.


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As stated numerous times, the focus of this website is Central Ohio car events. But since I’m down in Florida for the winter, I thought I’d share my first Florida cruise-in with everyone and spark a little excitement for the upcoming car show season.

Now before you call me names or curse at me for escaping Ohio’s winter weather, the high temperature in Central Florida on Saturday was a balmy 52 degrees. It was cold enough to warrant wearing a winter coat. Ugh!

The cruise-in I attended is a monthly event held on the second Saturday of each month. It’s hosted by the East Coast Cruisers Club and takes place in the historical downtown area of New Smyrna Beach. A six block section of Canal Street is blocked off for the event which goes from 4 PM to 8 PM. Because of the cold temperatures and early sunset, many of the cars starting leaving around 6 PM.

The event attracted a nice mix of classic and modern muscle cars. I estimate there was well over 100 cars on display during the time I was there. No one manufacturer was favored over another. There was also a nice crowd of spectators. Given the cold temperatures (for Florida that is), the turnout was impressive.

Here’s a sampling of cars that participated in Saturday’s event. If you want to see more photos from the cruise-in, click the link immediately following the photos. Enjoy!

Click Here for more photos from the cruise-in.

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National Trail Raceway (NTR) has decided to no longer host any future stand-alone events by outside promoters with two exceptions, the Mopar Nationals, and Import Faceoff.

This decision by NTR has forced permanent cancellation of the Chrysler Power Classic. An event with a 25 year history at the race track.

Jeff Johnson Motorsports posted the following message to their Facebook page regarding the fate of the Chrysler Power Classic.

Unfortunately, the cancellation of long-standing events like the Chrysler Power Classic may well be a trend seen over the next several years. I sure hope not.

Feel free to comment on this or other events whose viability may be in jeopardy.

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Here are the Central Ohio events for the second week of July. The extended forecast calls for "steamy hot" temperatures so keep yourself well hydrated if you participate in any events.

News and Notes:

I didn't go to any events this week. With the rise in Covid-19 cases, I decided to do some social distancing. I also had another very good excuse. After more than three months trying to adopt a puppy, my wife and I finally added a furry member to our family. Meet Sierra. She pretty much consumed most of my weekend.

Goodguys was supposed to be in town this week, but as everyone knows, the event was canceled. Not all is lost, however. Some businesses and clubs have decided to take up the slack left behind by the Goodguys' cancellation. The Empty Pocket Cruisers are hosting a cruise-in at the Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931 both Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 PM. And Zenith Kustoms is organizing a Busch Boulevard cruise Friday evening.

The only cancellation notification this week was the Mechanicsburg First Responders Show scheduled for the first weekend of September. As I reported last week, The Pepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride announced their shows for the remainder of the season (PLEASE NOTE: The schedule was revised this week). For the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.


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  • No Events Found

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  • No Events Found

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I didn't see much point to posting the Upcoming Events this week since the only show on the schedule (Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts in Marysville) is canceled.

Sheltering at Home has made me just a tad bit bored so I thought it would a fun exercise to look back at the Best of Show winners from all the write-ups I did in 2019. I didn't include events that didn't have a true Best of Show/Cruise or first-place winner. Enjoy the photos!

Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a complete list of event future events and cancellations.


April Rod Knockers Car Show - Marion
1950 Ford F1 Pickup
Owner: Jeff Shankle

London Strawberry Festival's Spring Auto Show - London
1951 Chevy Pickup
Owner: Rodney Bumgardner

Sunday Cruisin' at Buffalo Wings & Ring (May show) - Columbus
1941 Willys Coupe
Owner: Jerry Keck

3rd Annual Jim Hamilton Car Show - Upper Arlington
1960 Chevy Impala Wagon
Owner: Pete Crusse

Empty Pockets Cruisers Armed Forces Day Car Show - Columbus
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Owner: Jim Loftus

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