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Sorry, I don't have much to report on from the July 4th weekend.

I drove to Tee Jay's restaurant at the corner of Morse Road and High Street Saturday evening only to find out the show had been canceled that morning because of the threat of weather.

To say I was a little perturbed at finding the show canceled would be an understatement. I had been on the Facebook pages of both www.carshows.com and Ohio Car Shows and Cruise-In multiple times Saturday afternoon and there were no postings indicating the cancellation.

All I can say is there's got to be a better way to get the word out when a show is canceled. I suppose you could argue that I was the idiot for not calling the restaurant before driving over. In all fairness, it was perfectly sunny (although hotter than blue blazes) when I left the house. Radar showed most of the showers were north of Columbus, and the hourly forecast called for only a 10-20% chance of rain during the show hours. Fortunately, I live less than 6 miles from the restaurant so it wasn't a long drive. And I did manage to catch my friend who lives on the west side of Columbus before he left the house.

I guess you can chalk it up as one of the risks of doing car shows in Ohio during the summer months.

Vintage Auto Club of Delaware First Friday

Marty Ruiz was kind enough to send me the link to the photos he posted on his Facebook page from Vintage Auto Club of Delaware First Friday cruise-in at Freddy's Restaurant on Route 23.

It looks like they had about 20 cars show up. Given how hot and muggy it was Friday evening, that's not bad.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Massey's Pizza

Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride 2019 show tour made its way to Massey's Pizza in the Indian Mound Mall in Heath, Ohio on Sunday.

The show registered 65 cars. Best of Show went to this numbers matching 1958 Corvette Roadster belonging to Jane and Dave Winkle of Granville, Ohio.

That's it for this week's report. As I wrote at the beginning, it was short sweet and to the point.

This week the "Big Dog" in town will be the 22nd Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals at the Ohio State Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. I've been wanting to do the All American Sunday event for the past four years. My goal is to finally do it this year. Hopefully, the weather cooperates. Look for a substantially bigger report next week.

The C-Town Cruisers hosted their annual Independence Day car show on Thursday at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus, Ohio.

The past two years I've driven to Skelly Lumber in Urbana, Ohio to participate in the Champaign Cruisers Car Club annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show. This year, however, I decided to stay a little closer to home.

It also helped my decision about which show to do that the C-Town Cruisers planned to present awards between 2:30 - 3:00 PM. All the other shows advertised awards at 5:00 PM. The thoughts of spending all afternoon in July's heat and humidity did not have much of an appeal to me.

The show registered a total of 36 vehicles. I figured the number would be closer to 50 cars based on the Veterans Day show last November. I guess heat and humidity are a bigger deterrent to car show participation than cold and salt.

Inside, members of American Legion Post 144 put together a very nice potluck for the cruisers. Cost was based on whatever you felt like donating. There were hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and potato salad, chips, and plenty of deserts.

Just like the Veterans Day show, the C-Town Cruisers created custom trophies to celebrate our great country's birthday. The trophies included 25 "Favorite" and a "Best of Cruise".

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The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain, Ohio held its first ever Coffee + Donut cruise-in Saturday morning. The event turned out to be a big success with 69 registered vehicles. Twelve were first time participants. Not bad considering the other shows in the area going on simultaneously.

For a little change of pace, the coffee and donuts were served out of the barn. The cost was $1 for a donut and $1 for a cup of coffee.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the coffee and pastries.

The cars parked in the field adjacent to the barn rather than the usual Thursday evening cruise-in spot.

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Wednesday evening The Inn at Olentangy Trail senior Center registered 56 vehicles for their third annual car show. More than double of what turned out for the first show in 2017.

Cars from as far away as Marion and Bucyrus drove down to participate in the show. By 5 PM parking was at a premium.

Even Boots from Auto Smarts Radio stopped by with his "BADD '57".

Show registration was $10. The Inn served hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and a beverage for the cost of whatever you wanted to donate. There were door prize baskets and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from the show go to Alzeheimer's Association.

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The big event this week will be the 37th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In in Dublin, Ohio. There are still plenty of events in the area for those of us not going to the Arthritis show.

Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio will be holding its first Coffee and Donut Cruise-In Saturday morning. There will be special pricing on donuts at the Cruise-In. I can taste the long johns already.

Another dozen shows have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. July and August are "jam packed" with events to mark on your calendar.

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More than 260 cars and trucks packed Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio for the dealership's first Friday Night Cruisin of the season.

The beautiful weather not only brought out a lot of Chevys from around the area but also a lot of spectators. The band Electric Super Friends lit up the evening with classic rock tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. The band sounded great!

The featured Chevrolets this month were:

  • Maxton's Favorite Corvette from the years '53-'67, '68-'82, and '84-present.
  • Maxton's Favorite Truck
  • Maxton's Favorite Corvair
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The Empty Pocket Cruisers held their Spring into Summer car show on Saturday. This was the second event of the year hosted by the club.

The location of the show was changed this year from the Hilliard Historical Village to the St. James Lutheran Church on Trabue Road in Columbus, Ohio.

No question the new venue is a marked improvement over the Historical Village. There is ample parking on both the blacktop and grass. The grass area is part of a ball field so there are no dips, ruts or exposed tree roots to grab your car like the Historical Village

Due to a scheduling mix up, the event was going on simultaneously with the Auto Smarts Cruisin' Classics show only four miles away. Because of this and the weather, the show only registered 57 vehicles compared to 148 last year.

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Friday evening's Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio paid tribute to the life of Dalton Shank. Dalton who was 14 years old passed away unexpectantly in a fire on June 2 in Michigan. He is the son of Creative Towing employee, Greg Shank. Through the generosity of local businesses and the sale of raffle tickets, the show raised $700 for the family.

With a beautiful evening of weather, attendance was one of the highest in the show's six-year history with 47 cars.

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The Driving Guitars provided "Live" music at this week's Tuesday Night Cruise-In at the Hilton Polaris. The band is made up of three members from the band the Danger Brothers. Many of you may remember the Danger Brothers. At one time they were pretty well known around Central Ohio. Having "live" entertainment brought the cruise-in to a another level.

Great weather for the second week in a row pushed Tuesday evening's attendance just a shade shy of 70 vehicles.

There was a nice mix of classic and modern vehicles on display. Examples included Steve Andrix with a 1948 Chevy pickup, and Arch Mayer with a 2004 Mustang Mach 1.

Another example of the old and new mix was this Edsel station wagon and Tesla Model X.

My favorite automobile of the evening was this 1957 Chevy Bel Air. If I were picking a "Best of Show", this would have been my choice.

Classic Resurrection out of Grove City, Ohio did the build. The car only has 400 miles on it since being restored. As you can imagine, the owner is a little apprehensive about driving it around.

The engine is a modern fuel injected LS2 from a Chevy Tahoe. The front seats were taken from a 2015 Chevy Camaro where they were modified and reupholstered. All I can say is the car is a real beauty!

Let me close by saying Chad Schirtzinger, the host of the Tuesday Night Cruise-In, has been very aggressive getting the word out about this event and it's starting to show. For a new cruise-in to get 70 cars two weeks in row is a tribute to his hard work. If you're looking for something to do on a Tuesday evening, I highly recommend checking out the Hilton Polaris Cruise-in.

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As I wrote in last week's report, I did not attend any events this weekend because of family visiting from out-of-town. However, I did have eyes and ears at several shows in the area, just not my own.

Springfield Spring Swap Meet and Car Shows

The Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio is home to four swap meets each year (spring, fall, winter, and February). Along with being some of the largest swap meets in the midwest, the spring, fall, and winter meets also include car shows as part of the festivities. The shows are held on both Saturday and Sunday during the spring and fall events, and just on Saturday for the winter meet.

This year 142 cars turned out for the Saturday show. With a forecast calling for rain and thunderstorms, the Sunday show only had 15 cars.

Twenty-five awards are presented at each show. There are no special awards or Best of Show. The judges just pick their top 25 vehicles.

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