On Saturday the Medicine and The Arts Board at The Ohio State University held their second annual car show. The show took place at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research located at 930 Kinnear Road.
Last year the inaugural show at Don Scott Airport attracted 50 automobiles. This year only 15 cars registered for the show.
Despite the low turn out, the show had a nice mix of domestic and foreign models.
The oldest car at the show was a 1927 Ford Model A. The newest a 2018 Corvette Stingray.
Porsche, Fiat, Triumph, Volks Wagon and Lamborghini represented the foreign models.
Award ribbons were presented for Best Chrome, Best Interior, Best Exotic, Best Import, Best Paint, Best American Original, Best Sports Car, Best Modern Muscle, Best Classic, Best Antique, and Peoples Choice.
And here are the winners.
Best Chrome - 1927 Ford Model A
Best Interior - 2017 Volkswagen Jetta GL1
Best Exotic - 2016 Lamborghini Hurican
Best Import - 1978 Fiat X1/9
The Best Paint and Best Modern Muscle awards went to my 2017 Camaro ZL1
Best American Original - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (check out the child seat in the rear)
Best Classic - 1975 Ford Maverick Grabber
Best Antique - 1953 Ford Customline
Best Sports Car and the People's Choice awards went to a 1963 Triumph T3
It turned out to be a fun show despite the small number of cars. I got a chance to meet and talk with some really nice people.
I think the lack of advertising and the $25 cost of entry, even though it's a tax-deductible donation, were the likely reasons for this year's drop in attendance. I found out about the show through my Facebook page. Many car owners don't use or even have Facebook accounts. They get information about future car shows through flyers passed out at other car shows, oldride.com, and hopefully this site.
After the show ended, I and several others offered the organizers some tips for next year. The Medicine and The Arts Board seem dedicated to making this a big event. They are aware that the cost of entry may need to be adjusted for future shows. We'll see how much of our advice they take up for next year.