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?

 


If you're like me,  you're probably pretty anal about finger and hand prints on the finish of your show car.

To avoid finger prints when closing the door,  I always grab the edge of the  plastic trim along the top of the door. Read more

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Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing and the Mid-Ohio Region of the Porsche Club of America teamed up this weekend to host the second annual detailing tech session at the Esoteric facility.

A good crowd was on hand for the session despite the cold temperatures and magnesium chloride all over the roads. Many Porsche owners ignored the less than ideal road conditions and drove their cars to the session.

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The introduction of the Ford Mustang in 1964 created a new class of American automobile called "pony car". The class describes a group of affordable, sporty cars with long hoods and short rear decks.  At its peak, the class included the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, Plymouth Barracuda, and Dodge Challenger. Read more

Cruisin Classics Performance Center held an open house on Saturday at their new location at 4038 Fisher Rd on the west side of Columbus.  A nice crowd of local car enthusiasts were on hand for the open house.

Previously located in Grove City, the new 10,000 square foot facility doubles the work space of the old location. Read more

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.

My wife and I attended the Summit Racing Equipment Hot Rod & Custom Car show on Friday evening -- the first day of the event. I picked her up from work around 4:25 pm and we headed straight to the show.  Little did we know the Columbus Blue Jackets had a home hockey game with their divisional rival, Pittsburgh Penquins, that evening.  Traffic in and around the Greater Columbus Convention Center was extremely congested with people coming in for the game. Next year,  I will definitely check the Blue Jacket's schedule before heading for the show.

We decided to park in the garage on the north side of the convention center.  The walk way from the garage to the convention center was closed because of construction. This forced us to head out towards High Street.  Fortunately, it was an unusually mild February day.  Needless to say, getting to the show turned out to be a bit of an adventure. Read more