Everyone, this is it. The last posting of Central Ohio events for 2020.
Weather permitting, Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center will be the only event through the remainder of year unless some impromptu car meets pop up.
The weekly event posts will start back up again next April.
Just like this year, I will start compiling a Save the Dates for 2021 page in late January or early February so you can start planning your 2021 car show season.
News and Notes:
The wife and I and puppy will be heading for Florida right after the new year. As I’ve gotten older, I can’t tolerate the cold and snow like I could in my younger years. We will be back in April just in time for the start of the season.
I'm praying that Covid is in our rearview mirrors by early 2021 and life and car shows return to some semblance of normal (I'm darn tired of having to wear a mask).
Here's hoping that everyone has a happy and safe holiday season. Please stay safe out there. Will talk again in 2021.
A much lighter schedule this week as the 2020 season starts to wind down.
Looking forward, next Saturday (October 17) has 10 events so far on the schedule. After that, things start to taper off dramatically as the season comes to a close.
News and Notes:
I received an email this week from a reader that there will be a Powell Cruise-In and Pig Out this year. It won't be a downtown show as in past years. It will be held in the empty field just west of Auto Assets. The show is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, and is limited to 100 vehicles so you must register ahead of time. This link will take you to the registration form.
Colo's Classic Car Show on Saturday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was 100 short of my prediction of 1000 registered cars. Despite missing the thousand mark, it still ends up being the largest car event in central Ohio this year.
Saturday's show also marked the 600th event for the Pepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride series. Congratulations to Boots and his team for achieving this big milestone!
The Hot Rods and Handlebars show Saturday evening at AD Farrows in Sunbury, Ohio got some glowing reviews. Someone posted on Facebook that it was one of the best shows they had been to all year.
A few trunk or treat events popped up this week. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.
Not only is the Der Dutchman Cruise-In setting big attendance records this summer, but so is Columbus Cars & Coffee at Lennox Town Center. They are reporting on their Facebook page that more than 500 cars turned out this past Saturday morning!
Speaking of big attendance, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers had 190 cars show up for their Labor Day car meet at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus. Our very good friend, Russ Annis, and his 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS took Best of Show honors.
The Performance Classic Car Show Cruise-in scheduled for October 11th in Delaware, Ohio did not receive approval from the Delaware County Board of Health to hold the event so it has been canceled.
I reported last week that the Empty Pocket Cruiser's Trunk or Treat show had been canceled because the Hilliard Presbyterian Church decided not to host the show due to Covid-19. Well, this week the City of Hilliard has decided Trick or Treating is okay so the Church has changed its mind and will host the show. Everyone will have to wear masks and gloves and pass out candy directly to the children per the Hilliard trick or treat mandate.
I'm still updating the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for a complete list of events through the end of the season.
Here are the Central Ohio car events for the first week of September including Labor day.
News and Notes:
I received an email from a reader that the Canal Events Center in Canal Winchester has closed. For now, I've removed the Bike and Sights and Sunday Cruisin' At The Canal events from the list. If anyone else can confirm the closing, please let me know in the comments.
The Empty Pocket Cruisers have canceled their Trunk or Treat car show scheduled for October 10 at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church. Covid-19 has led the church to determine that they no longer want to be the host for the show.
The cooler, less humid weather this past weekend helped boost attendance at a bunch of events.
The Bob Pool "Orphan" Car Show at Young's Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio had more than 80 cars participate. Marty Ruiz was kind enough to share his photos from the event.
Seventy cars showed up in downtown Rushsylvania for the Mike Hamilton Memorial Cruz Night on Saturday.
The Culp Lake Show in Springfield, Ohio had 300 cars on Sunday. This was more than double the number of cars that participated last year.
And finally, the Cars and Cones Ice Cream Cruise-In off of Polaris Parkway in Columbus had more than 160 cars stop by Sunday afternoon.
Unfortunately, I removed more events this week from the Save the Dates for 2020 page than I added. Despite the cancellations, September is still going to be a busy month.
Here are the Central Ohio car events for this week.
The Canal Events Center in Canal Winchester changed up their schedule this past week. The Friday night cruise-in has been moved to Sunday afternoons and the Wednesday night Bike & Sights moved to Friday.
Not sure what the plans are for the Mid Ohio Cruisers and their show this month at Burger King. I'll update this post as soon as I have any information.
News and Notes:
In case you haven't heard, Der Dutchman set a new attendance record last Thursday with 327 cars. The previous attendance record was 243 vehicles set on September 12th of last year.
The Empty Pockets Cruisers had their best attendance for their rescheduled Armed Forces show. They registered 189 cars on Saturday. Kevin Foust took the Best of Show honors.
And Finally, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers registered 58 cars at the Sunday Cruisin' at the Point on Main show. Congrats to Joe Messano and his 1966 Mustang Fastback for picking up the Best of Show award.
The Save the Dates for 2020 page is still be updated regularly. I added a few events as well as deleted a few events this week.
Here are the Central Ohio events for the second week of July. The extended forecast calls for "steamy hot" temperatures so keep yourself well hydrated if you participate in any events.
News and Notes:
I didn't go to any events this week. With the rise in Covid-19 cases, I decided to do some social distancing. I also had another very good excuse. After more than three months trying to adopt a puppy, my wife and I finally added a furry member to our family. Meet Sierra. She pretty much consumed most of my weekend.
Goodguys was supposed to be in town this week, but as everyone knows, the event was canceled. Not all is lost, however. Some businesses and clubs have decided to take up the slack left behind by the Goodguys' cancellation. The Empty Pocket Cruisers are hosting a cruise-in at the Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931 both Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 PM. And Zenith Kustoms is organizing a Busch Boulevard cruise Friday evening.
The only cancellation notification this week was the Mechanicsburg First Responders Show scheduled for the first weekend of September. As I reported last week, ThePepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride announced their shows for the remainder of the season (PLEASE NOTE: The schedule was revised this week). For the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.
When I posted last week's list of events, there wasn't much on the schedule at the start of the week. By the end of the week, however, two events had been canceled and five new events added. I think this is going to be the norm for the rest of the season so check back often, especially towards the end of the week.
News and Notes:
BREAKING NEWS:I Just received messages from two readers that there will be NO Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruise-Ins this year. Word has it the dealership will be under new ownership soon.
The one and only cruise I've done so far this year is the Senior Celebration Street Cruise and Great Garage Door Contest in Obetz. The purpose of the cruise was to honor the Senior Graduates of Hamilton Township High School and the senior citizens of Obetz. It was an interesting cruise in that it offered awards for Best Paint, Most Unique, Best Modern, Best Classic, Best Overall, and Best Motorcycle as voted on by the spectators along the cruise route. There was also a participation award advertised for all those that registered for the cruise.
My car wasn't selected for any of the special awards, however, I did receive a $25 BP gas card in the mail this week for participating in the cruise. Not bad for a 45 minutes drive around Obetz!
The beautiful weather this weekend, especially on Sunday, made it all but impossible to shelter at home.
After a two month absence, Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman and the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio held it's first cruise-in of the year. With 148 vehicles in attendance, the cruise-in has the distinction of being the biggest event so far in Central Ohio.
Cars & Coffee: After shutting down for twelve weeks due to the coronavirus, Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center is considering starting back up this weekend. Nothing has been officially set in stone so stay tuned. The other Columbus Cars and Coffee has the Esoteric Open house on its schedule. I spoke with a team member from Esoteric on Monday and they're still undecided about hosting the event this Saturday. I hope to post updates on both events later in the week.
Der Dutchman Plain City: Just received a text from Wayne Nisly Monday evening. He's got approval to start the Der Dutchman cruise-ins on June 18. Yippee!
A few more events were added to the Save the Dates for 2020 page this week. The most notable of these is the Empty Pockets Cruisers Armed Forces Day show. The show has been rescheduled for August 8. Unfortunately, there were also some cancellations. This page is still updated pretty much daily so check-in often.
If you've got a good case of cabin fever or are just itching for a car show, Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts will be holding their first show of the season this Friday (March 13, 2020).
The show will take place at the Advanced Auto Parts store at 1005 Delaware Avenue (Rt 36) in Marysville, Ohio. Registration is from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with awards presented between 7:30 and 8:00 PM. Registration is Free! All proceeds from door prize sales and 50/50 raffle go to support local charities.
The weather forecast calls for rain in the morning but it should be out of the area by the start of the show. Temperatures look to be considerably warmer than they were for the last Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show last November. I'm told the wheelbarrow fire pit is still available if needed.
Any questions regarding the show, please contact Jeff Shankle (614-679-2287).
An old wheelbarrow became a makeshift fire pit Friday evening to keep the 17 car and truck owners that turned out for the final Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio from freezing to death.
By the end of the show, temperatures had fallen into the mid to low 20's. Thank goodness there wasn't much wind or the evening would have been really brutal.
For this final show of the season, six awards were presented.