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Saturday's storms canceled or postponed several shows in the area. Fortunately, the weather dried out enough on Sunday for the Elgin High School Music Booster's to host their annual Music to Your Ears Classic Car show. Proceeds from the show help support music education for the Elgin school system.

This is the second year I've made the 48 mile drive from Columbus to participate in the show. It mostly attracts vehicles from the Marion, Upper Sandusky and Marysville areas.  Read more

This week's post will be a bit of a departure from the usual car show review.  Instead of going to a car show this weekend, I spent Saturday afternoon attending the Monster Jam show at the Schottenstein Center with my son-in-law and grandson.

More than 70 truckloads of dirt made the Value City arena the perfect environment for 10,000 pound, 1500 horsepower monster trucks.

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The Mid Ohio Cruisers held their April cruise-in Saturday evening.

For those of you who don't know, the club hosts a cruise-in the third Saturday of the month from April through October at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.  They also put on a  "Snow Ball" Cruise-in the third Saturday in January for those of us that need a "car show fix" in the dead of winter.

The monthly cruise-ins feature door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and music from the 50's and 60's. Ten awards are presented to the favorite cars and trucks picked by the club members.  Best of all, there is no charge for registration. Read more

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The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio, and Auto Smarts Radio held their first cruise-ins of season this past weekend.

The Vintage Auto Club holds a monthly cruise-in from 5 pm to 8 pm at Freddy's Italian & Greek Street Food restaurant located at 1165 Columbus Pike Rd (aka, Rt. 23 ), Delaware, OH, the first Friday of the month from April through October.  There's no judging or trophies but there is a 50/50 drawing, and this year there are plans to have door prizes.  Proceeds from each cruise-in go to Hospice of Delaware. Read more

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Sunday Cruisin' Buffalo Wings & Rings logo

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and his C-Town Cruisers kicked off their 2017 car show season at Buffalo Wings & Rings on East Broad Street.  This is a recurring show held on the first Sunday of each month from April through October.

I had originally planned to attend this show and the Marion Rod Knockers first cruise-in of the season on Saturday.  With temperatures forecasted to be in the low 40's Saturday night, I decided it was best to stay home and watch the NCAA basketball tournament.  There's something just not right about wearing long johns to a car show. 😱 Read more

Columbus Cars and Coffee crowd

Saturday morning I decide to make the trek down 315 and attend Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center. The unseasonably warm weather not only brought out a lot of car owners but also a lot of spectators. By 10 AM the parking lot was buzzing with people.  By my unofficial count, more than 120 cars turned out for this week's cruise-in.

I have to admit I really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Columbus Cars and Coffee. You tend to see cars that you wouldn't normally see at a "judged" car show. This Saturday was no exception. The morning featured a nice mix of classic, late-model, and modified cars. Read more

My wife and I braved the unseasonably cold weather and downtown Saint Patrick's Day crowds to attend the Columbus International Auto Show Friday evening. By going Friday, we took advantage of our senior status for a 50% discount on the cost of admission. Add in parking and the total cost of attending the show was $20.  A relative bargain compared to the $42 it cost us to attend the Summit Racing show in February. Even without the discount, the International show turns out to be less expensive. Are you listening Summit Racing? Read more

The Rod Knockers car club has announced their car show schedule for 2017.

Based out of Marion, Ohio, The club hosts a show the first Saturday of each month from April through October (except June).

For more information about the club and their activities check out their FaceBook page.


For as long as I can remember, The Arthritis Foundation's Classic Car show and the GoodGuys PPG Nationals have shared the same weekend.  Usually that weekend was the second one in July. This week I was surprised to learn that this year the two events will NOT be held on the same weekend.  I'm guessing many other car show enthusiasts may not be aware of this change.

For 2017, the GoodGuys 20th PPG Nationals will be held July 7-9, 2017 at the Ohio Expo Center. The Arthritis Foundation's show is scheduled for the following weekend, July 13-15, at the Dublin Metro Center.

Holding these two shows on separate weekends will have a significant impact on the central Ohio car show scene.

First and foremost, this will give classic car owners the opportunity to participate in both shows. In the past, owners had to choose between one show or the other.  For owners of newer cars like myself, there really isn't a choice.  Cars have to be 1972 and older to participate in the GoodGuys' Friday and Saturday Show & Shine. So for new cars the Arthritis show is the only choice.

Secondly, it will make it easier for spectators to attend both shows.  It will also spread the cost of attendance over two weekends. I expect crowds to be larger for both shows. The Arthritis show will likely be the big winner here.

And finally is the effect this will have on scheduling for smaller car shows.  Any group wishing to hold a show in July will now have to consider two weekends with very large shows instead of just one.

So there you have my thoughts on the two shows having their own weekend.  Let me know what you think.  Is this change good or bad?

 

Last August,  the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware announced that last summer's Blast from the Past would be the last show the club would host.

The show began in 1993 and had been an annual event since. It reached its peak in 2015 with 750 registered cars. The show drew thousands of visitors to downtown Delaware and had a big economic impact on local businesses.

Shortly after the Vintage Auto Club made the announcement, Delaware city officials began looking for someone else to take over the show. At the end of September, city officials received a nice surprise when Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware stepped in and offered to continue the show.

The show has been renamed the "Performance Classic Car Show".  It will be held this year on August 26th instead of the last Saturday in July which had been the traditional date for the Blast from the Past.

It's great news that an event the size and tradition of the Blast from the Past will continue under new leadership.  For more information on the show, check out the Performance Classic Car Show website.