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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.


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Here is this week's Central Ohio car events. There's a nice choice of events on tap for Saturday.

News and Notes:

BREAKING NEWS: The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In scheduled for August 20 -22 in Dublin, Ohio has been canceled. Read the details from Kevin Gadd.

I stopped by the Empty Pockets Good Time Cruise-In for a couple of hours on Saturday. I counted about 50 cars in attendance while I was there. The cruise-in provided a nice opportunity to touch base with some friends I hadn't seen since last fall. The Hilliard Memorial VFW provided food and drink to anyone interested in purchasing refreshments. It turned out to be great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon.

The most intriguing vehicle at the cruise-in was this 4th generation Camaro convertible with a '69 front and rear end. The car was purchased at a Mecum auction

Der Dutchman was down about 100 cars from the previous two weeks because of the weather.

Ron Griffith (1950 Ford F1 pickup), Dan Fannin (1971 Chevy Chevelle), and Ron Graham (1974 Pontiac GTO) picked up awards at the July Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show.

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride Other Guys Car Show at Massey's Pizza in Heath, Ohio registered 117 cars on Sunday. Tom Stewart's orange Chevy pickup took the Best of Show award.

From what I hear, the AD Farrow/Rabid Customs Rods and Handle Bars Show in Sunbury, Ohio on Saturday evening had a packed house. Lots of cars and lots of bikes turned out for the event.

There weren't many changes this week to the Save the Dates for 2020 page. It still remains the most comprehensive list of future Central Ohio car events so check it out when you have a chance.


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For the first time this season, there's a Central Ohio car event every day of the week. As per usual, the events could change as we get closer to the weekend.

This week will see the return of the Der Dutchman cruise-ins. Since this will be a special kickoff to the cruise-ins, Wayne Nisly is asking everyone interesting in attending to RSVP via email to wayne@wnisly.com.

News and Notes:

There is positive news regarding the 38th Annual Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In scheduled for August 20-22 in Dublin, Ohio. Last week the Dublin City Council approved all permit requests along with doubling their grant to help procure PPE and market the event. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the show is a GO!

Creative Towing and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted their third show of the season on Friday. With picture-perfect weather, the show had a good turn out with 47 registered cars. Over $500 was raised to help with medical expenses for Jeff Shankle's business partner. CLICK HERE, for photos from the show and this month's award winners.

On Sunday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted a show at the VFW Post 8794 in Whitehall, Ohio. The event registered 139 vehicles. Best of Show honors went to Pam Shankle with a 1936 Plymouth Business Coupe.

We should learn the fate of the Goodguys PPG Nationals this week. A decision as to whether or not the event will take place as scheduled will be made no later than June 17 according to the GoodGuys website.

UPDATE: It's official. The Goodguys PPG Nationals has been canceled for 2020. https://ohioexpocenter.com/event/goodguys-18th-ppg-hot-rod-custom-car-nationals/

The Save the Dates for 2020 page underwent a major clean up this week. ALL the canceled events have been removed. This should make it easier to find shows and cruise-ins still on the schedule as the page was becoming a sea of red cancellations.


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Here's the list of car events for this weekend in Central Ohio.

I reached out to the Mid Ohio and C-Town Cruisers regarding the status of their events. I haven't heard anything back from either club as of this posting. I did hear it from a friend who heard from another friend that the Mid Ohio Cruisers were planning to have another cruise this month instead of a show. I don't have any info on the cruise other then it will take place Saturday evening (Click the Mid Ohio Cruisers link below for cruise info).

UPDATE: The C-Town Cruiser events for this weekend have been canceled.

I contacted the folks at Geer Gas on Monday. Their show is still on for Saturday but it will be a food drive car show. They are sending me a new flyer on Tuesday. UPDATE: The Geer Gas show has been rescheduled to May 23.

In a sign that things may be getting back to some semblance of normal, online registration for the 38th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show in Dublin, Ohio is now open. Click Here to pre-register your vehicles.

And finally, check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for an up-to-date list of cancellations, postponements, and rescheduled events. I'm updating this page almost daily.

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As expected, ALL shows scheduled for this weekend have been canceled or postponed. There are, however, two cruises and one virtual season opener on tap for Saturday.

Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of future events that will hopefully take place once the spread of the virus slows and social distancing guidelines are relaxed.

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The Mid Ohio Cruisers will kick off the 2020 Central Ohio car show season this coming Saturday, January 18, 2020, with their annual Snowball Cruise.

The Cruise hours will be from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Burger King restaurant located at 1044 Delaware Avenue in Marysville, Ohio.

As in past years, the club will present three Snowball awards to their favorite vehicles that risk the bad weather and salty roads to attend the show. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Come join the fun this Saturday and hang out with friends you haven't seen since the last car show season.

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Now that the 2019 Central Ohio car show season has officially come to an end, it's time to take a look back at what was good, what was bad and what was ugly.

I managed to participate in 80 events this year. When you consider there were five weeks during 2019 where I didn't participate in any events, that's a pretty big accomplishment, even if I do say so myself.

I traveled more than 3000 miles to attend events in Centerburg, Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Gahanna, Hilliard, Johnstown, Lewis Center, Lockbourne, Marion, Marysville, New Albany, Obetz, Plain City, Powell, Springfield, Westerville, and Worthington.

Throughout the season, I took more than 9200 photos of cars, trucks, and motorcycles from around Central Ohio. Besides my car, Kevin Martin's 1962 Chevy pickup truck wins the award for the most photographed vehicle in 2019.

Before I get deep into the recap of this season, let me take a second to make the usual disclaimer:

The lists I'm about to present reflect my opinion and my opinion only of the events I attended in 2019. If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good, bad or ugly, please feel free to share it in the comments. Also, feel free to post a comment if you agree or disagree with any of my choices.

Okay, let's start with the GOOD.

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My big debate on Saturday was whether or not to drive to Marysville, Ohio for the last Cruise-in with King in 2019 or stay closer to home and maybe see some different cars at the first-ever Rock & Rhythm Auto Show held at Eldorados Food and Spirits.

Since I had already attended four Cruise-in with the King this year, staying closer to home won the debate.

As far as seeing some different cars, be careful what you wish for. No question the Rock & Rythm show didn't disappoint in that regard. I can honestly say I saw my first Maliglu.

Not all the cars were quite as unique. There were some traditional-looking cars out of the 18 that registered.

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Here's this weekend's list of events for Central Ohio.

Ohio State plays a rare Friday night football game so you have no excuse for not attending some event on Saturday.

If you're interested in what's left for the rest of the season, check out the Save the Dates Part Two page.

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Thanks to mother nature, the final Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruisin of the season was a washout.

Around 6 PM, the first of two rain showers fell upon the 200 registered cars and trucks. To add insult to injury, the first shower stopped long enough for everyone to dry off their vehicles. About the time the band was sheduled to start playing, the second round arrived with a vengeance. Not only did it include heavy rain, but this time there were strong winds, lightning, and thunder to keep everyone on their toes.

When it was all said and done, everything and I mean everything was soaked. The British Invasion was forced to cancel their show because of water-soaked equipment. I spent Saturday drying out folding chairs, towels and all of my detailing products. The floor mats in my car were still damp as of Saturday afternoon.

The awards presentation, which took place an hour early, had to be held in the showroom. The winners were announced using the dealership's intercom system.

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