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Friday evening the Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio had the best turn out for its monthly show.

Almost perfect weather and a pent-up demand for a car show following what seems like the longest winter in history saw 28 cars and trucks spend an evening in Marysville.

Jeff Shankle, owner of Creative Towing and host of the show, has a goal of reaching 50 vehicles by the end of the season.

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The rain, snow, cold temperatures, and salt/brine spray on some of the roads put a real damper on the opening weekend. I had planned to attend four events but cold temperatures, summer tires, and salt don't make a very good combination.  I did receive a report that 40 hardy souls turned out for the Rod Knockers show in Marion, Ohio.  If you made it to Big Dawg's show at Buffalo Wings and Rings, let me know in the comment section. Hopefully this weekend starts to act more like spring.

I found Just a few events on the schedule for the second full weekend of April.

UPDATE: See Gil Myers' entry under the Recent Comments section for info on the Buffalo Wings and Rings show.

Friday

Saturday:

Sunday:

  • No shows scheduled

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The weekly Upcoming Events posts are back!  Stop by this site on Monday or Tuesday each week for a list of car shows and cruise-ins going on in Central Ohio.

Just like baseball, this coming weekend officially "kicks off" the Central Ohio car show season.  Unfortunately, the weather forecast doesn't look like it knows it's time to get the cars out from storage and start showing them.

Here's what I found on tap for this opening weekend.

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The Rod Knockers Car Club of Marion, Ohio and the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride have announced their car show dates for 2018.

 

 

 

The Mid Ohio Cruisers kicked off the 2018 car show season on Saturday with their annual Snow Ball Cruise-In at the Burger King restaurant in Marysville, Ohio.

Much better weather last year saw 20 vehicles show up for the cruise-in.  Snow fall earlier in the week made road conditions for this year's cruise-in less than ideal and forced many to keep their cars in winter hibernation.  Only nine vehicles, mostly rat rods, braved the messy roads and registered for the show.

Despite the road conditions, the Snow Ball Cruise-In provided an excellent opportunity for a mid- winter "get together". The Burger King dining area was packed wall to wall with car enthusiasts. The crowd had good representation from the Rod Knockers Club of Marion, Ohio and the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio.

Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle were offered along with  trophies for three "Favorite" vehicles selected by the members of the Mid Ohio Cruisers.

Here are this year's trophies winners:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers will begin their monthly cruise-in schedule for 2018 on April 21.  For those of you who may not know, the cruise-ins are held on the third Saturday of the month from 6-9 PM, April through October at the Marysville, Ohio Burger King. Registration is free and open to all makes, models and years.  So mark your calendars, it's a great way to spend a Saturday evening.

Editors Note: I was unable to attend this year's cruise-in due to a death in the family.  A special shout out goes to my good friends Jeff Shankle and Frank Sanborn for their on-site reporting in my absence.

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As the end of the year rapidly approaches, It's a good time to take a moment to look back at the 2017 car show season.  I had planned to write this year-end recap  back in November, but family commitments, Thanksgiving, my spouse convalescing from a total knee replacement, and updates to the website delayed this by a few weeks.

Now that things have started to settle down a bit, let's look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2017 season.

I managed to attend 80 events from January through November.  Of the 80 events, only six did I attend as a non-participant.

The list below reflects my opinion of the events I attended. In no way does it encompasses ALL the events that took place in Central Ohio during the season.  If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good or bad, please share it in the comments.  Feel free to also post a comment if you disagree with any of my choices.

Ok, so let's get started with the Good.

BEST REGISTRATION FEE CAR SHOWS:

  1. Champaign Cruisers 4th of July Car Show at Skelley's Lumbar Company in Urbana, Ohio.  You can tell the Cruisers have been doing this for 20 years.  The show is extremely well-organized. The club even goes as far as to mark off parking areas in the grass with spray paint.  There were plenty of food vendors,  nice door prizes, a unique venue, and great mix of vehicles from Ohio and Indiana.
  2. Vettes, Rods and Classic Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio.  Hosted by the Capital City Corvette Club, this show has grown steadily every year.  The Creekside district makes a unique venue for a car show.  There are plenty of restaurants in the district to meet most everyone's culinary tastes.  Judging is based on a point system, and awards are presented in two categories, one for the Corvettes and the other for the rods and classics.
  3. Cruisin' for a Cause at the Discovery Church in Dublin, Ohio.  This show
    raises money for a different cause each year.  This year the cause was Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.  In addition to the cars, there's also a craft show and model car contest going on simultaneously.  Each year the show offers unique custom hand-made trophies.  All vehicles are thoroughly judged and awards are based on a point system.

Honorable Mention: The Purple Door Cruise In at the Grove City United Methodist Church, Spring Fling All Corvette Show at the Polaris Parkway Quaker Steak and Lube, and Cabela's Charity Car Show and Cruise In at the Cabela's store on Gemini Place in Columbus, Ohio.

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Sad to say the time has come.  This will be the last upcoming events post for the year.  I can't find any shows or cruise-ins in Central Ohio for the remainder of 2017.  I'll resume posting events next year.

With that said, look for my "wrap up" of the season next week.  I'll be posting what I think were the best and worst moments from the 2017 car show season.  Should be an interesting read.

Here's what I have for the last weekend of the season.

Friday:

Saturday

Sunday:

  • No shows or cruise-ins scheduled

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Wow!  I can't believe it's November already.

I found some shows for Saturday but nothing for Sunday.

Looks like this weekend and next are the last two weekends to have any shows on the schedule for this season.

Update 11-4-17: Just discovered that Lisa McKinney is holding a show at the Point Restaurant on Sunday.  Unfortunately, the weather forecast doesn't look promising.

Friday:

  • No shows or cruise-ins scheduled

Saturday

Sunday:

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As I mentioned in the Upcoming Events post from last week, I did not attend any  shows this weekend because of the Ohio State vs Penn State game, and family visiting from out-of-town specifically for the game.

Speaking of Ohio State vs Penn State, can you believe that game!  It will go down as one of the "classics" ever played in Ohio stadium.  My wife and I almost left after the fumbled exchange between Barrett and Dobbins at the 13 minute mark of the 4th quarter.  We decided to stick it out to the end, and boy am I glad we did.

Even though I was unable to attend any shows this weekend, my good friends Jeff and Pam Shankle along with 23 other "hearty" soles braved the cold temperatures on Sunday to attend the Axes and Axles Firefighters Car Show in West Jefferson, Ohio.  Jeff and Pam were kind enough to send me some photos from the show.

The show was held at Ann & Tony's Restaurant in West Jefferson, and hosted by the Jefferson Township Fire Department.

I recognize a few of the cars from the show.

Here's Mike Gibson's 1947 Buick Super convertible.

And Frank Deering's "Proud To Be An American" Corvette.

I think I see Quentin Sayer's and Craig Grunkemeyer's  Corvettes in this group.

The Shankle cars.

You know it's cold when you have to break out the gloves and blanket.

A few more cars and trucks from the show.

Nothing like an award to warm you up.

I won't be able to make it to any shows this weekend. My son and grandson are coming up from Atlanta on Saturday.   We're all going to the Ohio State vs Penn State game (Go Bucks!). If anyone is willing to volunteer a report and photos from any of the shows listed below, I'll happily post it to the website.

There are still some shows scheduled for the first two weekends of November so don't put those cars away just yet.

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers are hosting a  Veterans Day Cruise In on Saturday, November 11. Right now, this looks to be the final show of the season. Hopefully the weather cooperates.

With all that said, here's what I was able to find for this week...

Friday:

  • No shows or cruise-ins scheduled

Saturday

Sunday:

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