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The first weekend of events is two weeks away. As promised, here is the 2019 Save the Dates Part Two. Those events with an asterisk * after their location have been added to the list since part one.

A few things to point out:

  1. The 2019 schedule for the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride series is being finalized. I'm told it should be out very soon.
  2. Jack Maxton's Friday Cruisin' Flyer for 2019 has not been made public at the time of this posting. Last year it arrived in my mail towards the end of April. I was told last fall that all the bands were booked for 2019 so I expect to see the flyer soon.
  3. It looks like the Arthritis Foundation will only be sponsoring two shows this year -- the big Dublin Show at the end of June and the downtown Delaware show in July. I've seen no mention of an August show at the Honda dealership in Marysville. Rumor has it the dealership has changed owners and that may explain why the show dropped off this year's schedule. If you have any information about why this show is or is not happening, please post it in the comment, section.
  4. This is by no means a complete list of events for 2019. The events listed are ones that I have been able to confirm either through emails sent to me or through information that's already posted to the internet. There are a lot of organizations that won't "officially" announce their event until later in the season. See point number five for the most up-to-date listing of events in the area.
  5. The weekly Upcoming Events postings will start back up the first week in April. Login to this site every Tuesday or Wednesday for a list of events happening around Central Ohio for the upcoming week. Rube's Cruisin' News (614-274-6008) is another excellent source for weekly event information.

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On Saturday afternoon, I took advantage of the complimentary tickets Chevrolet sent me and spent a few hours at the 2019 Columbus International Auto Show.

On the way into the exhibition area, I happened to see Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio and his "BADD 55".

A representative from the Columbus Zoo was set up next to Boots selling raffle tickets for a chance to win Jack's Wild Ride! -- a 1968 Camaro RS convertible.

The Automobile Companies

The Ford and Hyundai displays blanketed each side of the show entrance.

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If you're itching to see the latest in automobiles and automotive technology, the 2019 Columbus International Auto Show is right around the corner.

The show will make its annual stop in Columbus on Thursday, March 14th through Sunday, March 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

If all goes well, I hope to post a report from this year's show.

Here's the "official" News release:

2019 Auto Show Rolls into Columbus
Event to feature newest models and latest in automotive technology
COLUMBUS, OH (March 4, 2019) – The Columbus Automobile Dealers Association brings new vehicles and the latest in interactive automotive technologies to consumers and car enthusiasts at the 2019 Columbus International Auto Show presented by Huntington (ColumbusAutoShow.com).

The show will run Thursday, March 14 - Sunday, March 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The annual event will feature the newest models from more than 36 manufacturers, five exciting indoor/outdoor ride and drive experiences, and plenty of hands on entertainment for the whole family. 

This year’s show includes a number of exciting features visitors can look forward to in addition to new activities. Columbus Cars & Coffee will kick off its Season II at the show, with a display of exotic cars along “Dreamers Alley.” Also new this year, a display from Motts Military Museum, featuring military vehicles utilized in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. And one lucky winner will win a two-year lease on a 2019 Chevy Equinox presented by the Central Ohio Chevy Dealers. 

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is expecting sales momentum to continue this year, forecasting sales of 16.8 million news cars and light trucks in 2019. A record number of truck and SUV launches are highly anticipated moving into 2019 as well as more than 45 new or redesigned vehicles, including a significant number of crossovers. According to the NADA, new car dealers are generally optimistic about 2019 and excited about changes in technology that advance safety features and improve both fuel economy and vehicle electrification.

“The Columbus Auto Show is an annual event the community anticipates every year,” said Kelly Danison, Columbus Auto Show Director of Events. “In addition to displays from more than 36 manufacturers, we ensure there is something exciting for every member of the family. This makes the Columbus Auto Show a truly unique event for everyone.” 

Attractions at this year’s show include: 
• Five Ride & Drives: Chevrolet is a new addition to the Ride & Drive Court line up. Visitors can also experience the Central Ohio Honda Ride & Drive, Ram Truck Experience, Subaru Ride & Drive and Toyota Drive Center, which will allow visitors to get behind the wheel of the newest vehicles both inside the show and on the streets of Downtown Columbus. 
• Luxury Lane: Take a walk down the red carpet and admire the beauty and luxury of exotic cars including Lamborghini, Rolls Royce & Bentley. 
• Kids PitStop: Kids of all ages will love the playground and trampoline by Recreations Outlet, basketball court and the DMG Power Wheels race track. 
• Photo Scavenger Hunt: Correctly identify the makes and models of the vehicles featured in our photos to be entered into a raffle and the chance to win a new TV!

Expected manufacturers at this year’s show include: Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, RAM, Rolls Royce, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. *Note manufacturers are subject to change. 

Tickets are $12 at the box office and $10 online, Seniors aged 65+ will receive $8 admission each day. Tickets for students with appropriate IDs are $6 while children ages nine and younger are free. For more information about tickets, show hours, schedule of events, directions and special activities, visit the show website at columbusautoshow.com. Tickets can be purchased online there as well.  

Media is invited to a sneak peek of the show’s displays on Wednesday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or during show days by contacting Liz Lane at liz@teamfleisher.com or
(614) 558-6666 

Social Networking - Please visit the following for updates on the show: 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ColumbusInternationalAutoShow
Instagram: @CbusAutoShow
Twitter: @CbusAutoShow
About the Columbus International Auto Show 
The Columbus International Auto Show is produced by the Columbus Automobile Dealers Association and held annually. Each year, top automobile manufacturers exhibit their newest makes and models to thousands of attendees. For more information on the event, visit ColumbusAutoShow.com.

Thought I'd get a jump on the 2019 car show season by posting a list of shows I've received information about or have been announced for this coming year. This should give everyone a chance to start planning for this season's events with some "Save the Dates" to put on your calendar.

I plan to update the list with a Part Two sometime in mid-March.

Without further ado, here's Part One in chronological order:

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Cary Davis, a long time Der Dutchman regular, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 11, at his home in Plain City, Ohio. Cary was 70 years old.

Those of you who regularly attend the Der Dutchman Cruise-ins may not recognize Cary's face, however, I'm sure most of you will recognize his 1965 Chevy El Camino, which is pictured on the banner at the northwest corner of the parking area.

Cary was one of the original participants when the cruise-in started back in May of 2012. During the summer you could count on seeing Cary and his El Camino every Thursday at Der Dutchman .

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be sent to Der Dutchman Classic Cruise-in, in care of Wayne Nisley, 445 S. Jefferson Avenue, Plain City, Ohio 43064.

The full obituary can be read here.

Cary and his El Camino will be sadly missed.

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I hope everyone managed to stay warm during polar vortex of 2019. I was so glad I replaced my 30 year old furnace with a new one back in November.

As I write this, there are 40 days left until spring officially arrives. Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow this year so hopefully the spring weather will arrive early.

While we wait for spring, there are a bunch of swap meets on the schedule in Central Ohio to help pass the time, and get us and our vehicles ready for car show season.

Here's the list:

Rain, sleet, and snow greeted this year's Snowball Cruise at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.

Approximately 25-30 area car enthusiasts took over the Burger King for the 2 hour event on Saturday hosted by the Mid Ohio Cruisers.

Because of the "crummy" weather, the Snowball Cruise only registered three vehicles. And since the event only had three awards, there wasn't much debate as to who would get one of the three trophies.

The Snowball Cruise was a great way to kill a few hours on a dreary, cold Saturday afternoon in January. It was fun to talk to friends you hadn't seen since the last car show. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

The Mid Ohio Cruisers handed out their Cruisin' with King in 2019 schedule. We'll all have to wait until April 20 for their next show...

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Below is an email I received today announcing that registration for the 37th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in is now open.

This year the event has been moved to the last weekend in June so that it's not in direct competetion with Goodguys PPG Nations scheduled for July 12-14. I think this is good move for Central Ohio car show enthusiasts.

If you want to get an early jump on registration, logon to www.arthritis.org/autoshow

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Now that the 2018 Central Ohio car show season has officially come to an end, it's time to look back over the season for those things that were Good, Bad, and Ugly.

I made it to 62 events this year -- down from the 80 events I attended in 2017.  I took more than 7000 photos.  For some of you, I probably have more photos of your car than you do.

The list I'm about to present reflects my opinion and my opinion only of the events I attended over the course of the season.  In no way does it encompass everything that took place in Central Ohio during 2018.  If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good, bad or ugly, please share it with us in the comment section.  Feel free to also post a comment if you agree or disagree with any of my choices.

Okay, let's kick things off with the GOOD.

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Cold temperatures and areas of Central Ohio with salt on the roads did not stop 59 cars from participating in the Veterans Day Car Show at the American Legion Southway Post 144 on Sunday. 

This was Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers last show for 2018.

Big Dawg told me the Cruisers already have 19 events lined up for next year including the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival.  This is a good sign that 2019 will be another big year for car events in Central Ohio. 

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