Here are the car events this week in Central Ohio. Saturday is jam-packed with events from morning to night. Of course, the big event on the schedule is the three days Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show.
News and Notes:
Those that attended the first Der Dutchman Cruise-In of the year on Thursday evening got a little wet. While everything and everybody was still dry, Marty Ruiz managed to get in some photos from the cruise-in.
On Saturday, I stopped by the Ninja Express Car Wash Cruise-In during the afternoon and the Delaware Cruise Night that evening. Both events had good turnouts. Here's a sampling of some of the cars that made it out to each event.
This year's Grace Chapel Car Show in Westerville, Ohio registered 94 cars on Saturday. This was the best-attended show the church has ever hosted.
Best of Show went to the 1957 Ford Thunderbird belonging to Rich Robbins. Henry Ours with a 1940 Ford Panel Delivery truck received the Pastors Choice.
On a related note, Chad Schirtzinger who was the driving force behind the Hilton Polaris Tuesday Night Cruise-Ins last year has received permission from the Pastor at Grace Chapel to hold a weekly cruise-in at the church. The first cruise-in will be this Wednesday (6/24) starting at 5 PM.
For the first time this year, more events were added to the Save the Dates for 2020 page than were canceled. Check out the page for an up-to-date list of upcoming events.
BREAKING NEWS: It was just posted that the Vettes, Rods & Classics show at Creekside in Gahanna, Ohio slated for August 1st has been canceled this year. This show has been rated as one of the top car events in Central Ohio for the last three years. What a bummer!
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.
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.
Well, everyone, the time has finally come. This will be the last Upcoming Events post for 2019. These are the last outdoor events in Central Ohio for this season.
I plan to post a new "Save the Dates" page for 2020 sometime in January or February once more shows pop up on the schedule. The weekly upcoming events will return next April.
Please stay tuned for my annual The Good, The Bad and The Ugly post which will recap the 2019 season. I'll rank the best shows, best cars, best food and some of the uglier things that happened from the shows and cruise-ins I attended this year. I hope to have it up on the site the week of November 18 - 22.
One last thing to note is the November Springfield Swap Meet & Car Show only holds the car show event on Saturday. Don't go over Friday looking to show your vehicle. It's a swap meet only that day.
You can imagine my surprise on Friday morning at seeing salt solution or brine all over the roads in my area.
There was no way to avoid the stuff traveling east and south bound from my house. By 10 AM Friday morning every street in my parent's neighborhood had been sprayed with the stuff.
I'm still trying to understand why the roads needed to be treated in the first place. The long term forecast didn't call for any snow. There was a slight chance of showers Saturday evening. Were local officials afraid the rain would freeze on the roads? Temperatures were predicted to be in the upper 40s at the time. And even if the temperatures did drop close to freezing, the ground and roads are still warm enough to prevent any ice from forming.
Since I couldn't get out of the area without encountering the salt, I made the decision to keep my Camaro in the garage this weekend. What a bummer!
Steady rain all day Saturday postponed one area show and washed out two others. Luckily the showers moved out the area in time for the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat Cruise-in on Sunday.
The event hosted by the C-Town Cruisers was held at the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 on South High Street in Columbus, Ohio. Along with the cars, the show featured a kid's Halloween party and hayride.
The food special inside the American Legion Canteen included a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans and piece of cake all for $8.00.
The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted their annual Trunk or Treat Car show on Saturday at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio.
With temperatures near 80 on Friday, a cold front moved through the area overnight dropping the high on Saturday into the mid-50s. The drastic change in temperature caused the one car club to cancel their event on Saturday.
Despite the chilly temperatures, the Empty Pocket Cruisers went on with the show and managed to register 137 vehicles. In the afternoon, there were plenty of children dressed up in costumes trick or treating their way through the cars.
Once again the Ohio Zombie Guard was there to protect the crowd from zombies, ghosts, ghouls, globlins, and other unnatural phenomena.
For the second week in a row, several cars received double awards. This time it was at the Heart of Ohio USA Days Car Show in Centerburg, Ohio.
The show presented metal signs to the Top 100 cars along with four special awards.
Two of the special award winners also received Top 100 awards. As I've said many times before, giving cars multiple awards is a great way to kill future attendance at your show.
And speaking of attendance, the event on Sunday registered 250 vehicles.
That's down from 387 last year but not bad considering there was a discussion at last year's award presentation that the 2018 show might be the last. I know flyers for this year's show didn't appear until the middle of August, less than a month before the event.