I spent two long days at the Arthritis Foundation's 35th Annual Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in this weekend.  By Saturday evening I was sunburned, exhausted, and just a little bit upset.    Let me explain why.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Chevy Camaro.  To honor 50 years of the Camaro, the show made the model one of the featured marques cars.

I saw more Camaros participate in this year's show than in the past four years primarily because of the marque designation.  On Saturday 68 Camaros from all six generations competed in the class judging.  The previous high had been 34 cars.  Last year, for example, only 18 Camaros signed up for the Saturday portion of the show.

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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?

 

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

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