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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!

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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.


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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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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If you've got a good case of cabin fever or are just itching for a car show, Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts will be holding their first show of the season this Friday (March 13, 2020).

The show will take place at the Advanced Auto Parts store at 1005 Delaware Avenue (Rt 36) in Marysville, Ohio. Registration is from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with awards presented between 7:30 and 8:00 PM. Registration is Free! All proceeds from door prize sales and 50/50 raffle go to support local charities.

The weather forecast calls for rain in the morning but it should be out of the area by the start of the show. Temperatures look to be considerably warmer than they were for the last Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show last November. I'm told the wheelbarrow fire pit is still available if needed.

Any questions regarding the show, please contact Jeff Shankle (614-679-2287).

For a list of future Central Ohio car events, please check out The Save the Dates for 2020 page.


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-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.



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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An old wheelbarrow became a makeshift fire pit Friday evening to keep the 17 car and truck owners that turned out for the final Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio from freezing to death.

By the end of the show, temperatures had fallen into the mid to low 20's. Thank goodness there wasn't much wind or the evening would have been really brutal.

For this final show of the season, six awards were presented.

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