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.
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.
In last week's report, I stated it might be two weeks in a row of no car shows for me. Late in the week, however, a reader sent me information on several events that had been posted to Facebook only. One of those of events was Tansky Sawmill Toyota End of Season Meet held on Sunday at their former used car building.
The event was open to all makes and models. Sunshine and temperatures in the 50's provided the needed ingredients for a good turnout. Both domestic and import vehicles were well represented.
This is all I could find for this weekend. There a three events next weekend and then we're finished until 2019.
UPDATE: Big thanks to Arch Mayer who sent several more events going on this weekend. Advanced Auto on Sawmill Rd is having a Cars and Coffee on Saturday with a special guest appearance by Graham Rahal. Also on Saturday, Columbus Cars and Coffee hosted by Byers Imports is holding their last Cruise-In of the year. Tansky Toyota is having an "End of the Season" meet at their used car facility on Sunday.
I was alerted to another show scheduled for November 17th in Johnstown, Ohio. This show will extend the season by one more week than previously thought. I'll post info about it as we get a little closer to the event date.
Despite the inclement weather on Sunday, the 1st Annual Halloween Spooktacular Car show took place at The Pointe Sports Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.
Our good friends, Jeff and Pam Shankle, drove all the way from Milford Center to the east side of Columbus to participate in the show. They were joined by 29 other "hardy" souls or crazies, however you want to look at it.
I was planning to go, but rain starting falling at my house around 10:30 AM and the weather radar map didn't look very promising for the afternoon.
The restaurant presented awards to the "Top 25", Best MOPAR, Best Chevy, Best Ford, Best Truck, Best Bike, and Best Costume. The Zenith Custom's pick (aka Best of Show) received a hand-made, custom trophy.
Here are the show's "Special" award winners:
Zenith Custom's Pick
Although I didn't confirm it, the Columbus Camaros and American Legion Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat events appear to have both been canceled because of the weather. The events were removed from their respective Facebook pages on Saturday afternoon.
I've got no info on Central Ohio Coffee cruise. With as bad as the weather was on Saturday, I can't imagine there were many participants.
That's it for this week. There probably won't be much of a report next week. I only know of two events for this coming weekend and both are on Saturday. I'll be at the OSU football game so it will be two weekends in a row of no car shows for me.
The Empty Pockets Cruisers held their annual Trunk or Treat car show at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio on Saturday. Wind gusts in excess of 25 mph made for a very breezy afternoon. It became a challenge keeping all those Halloween decorations from blowing away to other parts of Hilliard.
This was the third and final show of the season hosted by the Empty Pockets Cruisers. The club registered 117 vehicles, down from the record setting 168 that registered last year.
Trick or Treating was held from 1-3 PM so everyone that registered a car was encouraged to bring candy.