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1970 Chevy Camaro - Owner: J. C. Skedell

Another big week of car events in Central Ohio. Let's hope the weather is a little more cooperative than it has been.

Monday (May 13):

  • No Events Found

Tuesday (May 14):

  • No Events Found

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NEWS AND NOTES

The weather seems to be in this rain-every-other-day pattern with the last two Saturdays being rain days.

The Conkey Classic Car Show got ahead of the game and on Friday postponed its show to June 30th.

Der Dutchman had about 12 cars on Thursday thanks to the rain. I heard everyone who showed up got a free hot dog.

Creative Auto Group/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

The Creative Auto Group and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their third show of the season on Friday under clear skies. The show registered 25 cars and raised $180 for Marysville Food Pantry.

The Manager's Picks this month were Ron Griffith and his 1950 Ford F1 Pickup, Mark Larison with a 1965 Ford Cobra, Kenny and Sue G and their 2016 Challenger Hellcat, and yours truly with a 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

Hilliard 2nd Friday NAPA Cruise-In:

The 2nd Friday of the month cruise-in at the NAPA store in Hilliard, Ohio was also blessed with clear skies and no rain. Estimates have attendance at around 45 - 50 cars on Friday evening.

Here are some of the cars that attended the cruise-in:


Columbus Cars & Coffee at Starbucks:

With a limited schedule on Sunday because of Mother's Day, and no rain in the forecast, I decided to stop by Columbus Cars and Coffee at Starbucks in Westerville, Ohio.

I would guess between 40 and 45 cars stopped by during the 90 minutes I was there.

I had a nice conversation with Chuck Putsch owner of the blue 1961 Morgan 4/4 Series III you see at a lot of shows and cruise-ins. Chuck and his Morgan Club are gearing up for the British Car Days at Quaker Steak and Lube next weekend.

Here are a few more cars from the morning Cars and Coffee:

Other Area Shows:

Two shows that went on despite the rain showers on Saturday morning were the Spring Fling All Corvette Show at Quaker Steak & Lube in Columbus, Ohio. The second show was the Carroll Lions downtown car show in Carroll, Ohio.

This was the second year in a row the Spring Fling had to deal with rain. The show registered 115 cars on Saturday. Our good friend, Marc Cropper, braved the wet conditions and received a Top Five award for his 1991 Corvette.

After the morning showers passed, the downtown Carroll Lions Show registered 57 cars.

Members of the Old Goats Car Club, Dave Hiles, Chad Herrick, and Doug Mullens went home with Top 25 awards.

The Best of Show award went to David Ray's 1937 Studebaker Dictator 6.

That's all I have for this week. A big thanks to Jeff Shankle, Arch Mayer, Dale Pearce, Chad Herrick, Lynn Raduege, Marc Cropper, and John Crutcher for their contributions to this week's report.

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1949 GMC 3500 Pickup - Owner: Cindy

This week has only one event scheduled on Sunday because of Mother's Day but there are plenty of car shows and cruise-ins to choose from during the rest of the week.

Monday (May 6):

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held its first cruise-in of the season on Thursday.

There were 273 cars in attendance. A pop-up shower around 6:15 PM dampened (no pun intended) what was otherwise a perfect evening for the season-opening cruise-in.

As always, lots of cool rides turned out for the cruise-in.

As luck would have it, Mother Nature decided to be very uncooperative this weekend. Scattered showers throughout the entire Central Ohio area for most of the weekend had a major effect on attendance.

Mag's Gospel Cruise-In:

The rain held off Friday evening, but the chance of rain kept attendance down at Mag's Gospel Cruise-In in Columbus.

Bruce Hoover's 2010 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Rat Fink motorcycle took home Best Bike and Best of Show awards.

Roundtown Cruisers Summer Cruise Nights:

The Roundtown Cruisers hosted its second Summer Cruise Night of the season in downtown Circleville, Ohio Friday evening.

There were 68 cars in attendance despite some early rain showers that eventually cleared out.

The Sponsor's Choice Award went to Neil Colter with a 1968 Dodge Dart GT.

Gathering Place Car Show:

With the help of Dragin' Angels, the Gathering Place Church in Washington Court House, Ohio held its second annual car show on Saturday. There were 38 cars in attendance.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Best Truck Award.

Best of Show honors went to Tye Campbell and his 1972 Chevy Nova.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Chubby Hawaiian Grill:

The Crossroads team hosted its first car show of the season on Saturday at the Chubby Hawaiian Grill in Baltimore, Ohio.

Tim Hooten took home the Veteran Owned Award with his 1964 MG.

Jess Weldy's 2021 Ford Mustang received the Best of Show Award.

The Crossroads team will be back at the Chubby Hawaiian Grill on June 1.

The Paul Raduege Car Show:

The rain decided to take the afternoon off on Sunday just in time for the 2nd Annual Paul Raduege Car Show at the Outerbelt Brewing in Carroll, Ohio.

With the help of the Lancaster Car Scene (LCS), the show registered 54 cars.

Everyone who registered a car received a door prize ticket for a chance to win a bucket of car care products or coffee from Shifted Coffee. There was also a 50/50 raffle. The winner took home $117.

There were awards for the Top 30 along with category awards for Best Jeep, Best Truck, Best Bike, Best Muscle, Best Import, Lynn Raduege's Choice, and Best of Show.

Here are the Category Award Winners:

Since Paul Raduege was one of the founding members of the Old Goats Car Club, it's no surprise that the Club received the LCS Battle of the Clubs Top Club Award.

And finally, The Best of Show honors went to Paul Armstrong and his 1963 Chevy C10 pickup.

Other Shows:

Our good friend, Arch Mayer, was at Fortress Obetz on Thursday for the first Full Throttle Thursdays Cruise-In of the season.

Arch estimated there were at least 100 cars, trucks, and Jeeps in attendance along with well over 100 bikes. He thought this was the best turnout the event had ever had.


That concludes this week's report. Many thanks to Chad Herrick, Dale Pearce, Frank Russell, and Arch Mayer for their help in preparing this report.

Next Monday I have the wonderful pleasure of having a colonoscopy first thing in the morning. I'm going to try to post next week's list of events late Sunday evening in between trips to the bathroom.

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1977 Ford Bronco - Owner: Tera Womack

Another Central Ohio car show season has come to an end. As we put the cars away until next spring, it's time to look back at the memories that were made during the season that just ended.

As always, I must state the usual disclaimer. The opinions expressed in the following paragraphs are mine. They are from the events I attended and the vehicles l saw. If you agree or disagree with anything I've written, please free to post in the comment section. I'd love to know your thoughts.

THE STATS:

Okay, let's start off with some statistics about this past season.

  • From January through November, there were 1108 Central Ohio car events posted to carshowtalk.com. Clearly enough to keep anyone that loves cars very, very busy.
  • The month with the most events was July with 222.
  • The month with the least events was November with 16. No surprise there.
  • The week with the most events was August 14 -20 with 56.
  • There was a new post on carshowtalk.com 36 out of 52 weeks this year. Yes, the website kept me pretty busy.
  • There were reports or mentions on 274 of the 1108 events listed on carshowtalk.com.

PARTICIPATION AWARD:

I participated in 89 events in Ohio this year and I was a spectator at another four. This pales in comparison to the number of events these three Central Ohio cruisers participated in.

Jeff Shankle made it to 160 events breaking his personal best. Jeff Tolley did 240 car shows, cruise-ins, and swap meets. Dave O'Brien did a few more at 243 and says he still has some more to attend.

Left to Right: Dave O'Brien, Jeff Tolley, Jeff Shankle

I'm pretty confident no one else attended more events this year than those three. For Dave O'Brien and Jeff Tolley, it was almost a car show or cruise-ins every day.

CAR SHOWS, CRUISE-INS, MEET-UPS

Of all the car shows, cruise-ins, and meet-ups I attended this season, One stands out far above the rest. It was the Der Dutchman Cruise-in on June 8th celebrating the life of the late Luella Nisly, wife of Wayne Nisly.

That Thursday evening 617 cars and close to 1000 people were in attendance. The support from the Central Ohio car community for Wayne, Luella, and the cruise-in was amazing. Looking back at the crowd of people during the raffle drawing gave me goosebumps. It will be a cruise-in I will never forget.

Continuing with Der Dutchman, twice this year heavy rains overnight caused either cancellation of the cruise-in or partial closer of the main field because of standing water. This is the first time in the twelve-year history of the cruise-in that happened.

The Capital City Corvette Club's annual Vettes, Rods, and Classics in Gahanna, Ohio continues to be one of my top shows in the area. The Creekside District makes a great venue for a car show. Sprinkle in some "live" entertainment from the band Reeling in the Years. Then add in lots of community support, a great cause, and beautiful Corvettes and classic cars and you've got all the ingredients for a successful car show.

The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion, Ohio still managed to put on the best no-registration fee monthly car show in the area. The club did this despite a change in management at the Rural King which wasn't particularly car show friendly.

Sadly, the club announced after the last show in October that it had decided to take some time off to re-evaluate its direction moving forward. This means no more monthly car shows at the Rural King in Marion for the foreseeable future. These monthly shows will definitely be missed by a lot of folks in 2024.

Organized and promoted by Glayton Noggle, the Friday evening River Pop-up meets at Griggs Reservoir in Upper Arlington, Ohio turned out to be very popular by season's end. Clayton's military background made sure everyone followed the rules and it resulted in more people feeling comfortable enough to participate in the meet-ups. Attendance at the August 25th meet-up was estimated to be between 200 - 250 cars. Very impressive for a meet-up.

It's easy to take for granted Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals since it comes to town every year (2020 being the one exception). We are truly blessed to have an event like this in our backyard every July.

For anyone who loves cars, the show and the after-hours parties at the Crown Plaza and Polaris Hilton are like a kid in a candy store.

When it came to Goodguys Awards, Central Ohio was well represented this year.

Looking back, I participated in 14 events this year for the very first time. The one that stands out from the group is the Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap on Memorial Day in Mt Victory, Ohio.

Cars parked all over people's lawns are something you don't see at many cruise-ins. Factor in the opportunity to view the oil and gas memorabilia in the outbuildings on Don Houchin's property and you soon realize the Mt Victory event is rather unique. I plan to go back next year.

Events that were my favorites in previous years, continued to be favorites again this year.

There's just something special about the cars, the crowd, and the venue that makes Columbus Cars and Coffee Arena District Meet something special.

If you own a Corvette or are into Corvettes, The Ohio Corvette Club Alliance Corvette Gathering in downtown Lancaster, Ohio is one of those events you definitely need to attend. It's essentially a BIG Cruise-in for Corvettes. This year the Gathering registered more than 400 Corvettes.

In July, the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio started hosting weekly meet-ups at the dealership. Each meet-up featured a different vehicle. One week it was All American Cars and Trucks. The next week it was BMW Night. After that it was Bourbon and Exotics, then Viper Night -- you get the picture.

I attended two of the meet-ups -- the All American Cars and Trucks and Corvette Night. Corvette Night turned out to be one of the most enjoyable events I did in 2023. I hung out that evening with Arch Mayer and Greg Hopkins, enjoyed a cold beer, and saw some beautiful Corvettes. Doesn't get much better than that in my book.

...continue reading "2023 Central Ohio Car Show Season in Review"

1978 Chevy Malibu - Owner: Peyton Magnaghi

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In held its annual season-ending banquet on Thursday evening at the restaurant.

Looking back over the season, one thousand fewer cars attended the cruise-in this year than last year. On the bright side, the cruise-in set a single-day attendance record with 617 cars on June 8th during the Celebration of Life cruise-in for Luella Nisly. It was a special evening.

Everyone attending the banquet received a complimentary Der Dutchman Cruise-In ball cap.

Those of us who regularly attended the cruise-in each week will now have to find something else to do on Thursday evenings from now until May 2, 2024 rolls around.

Tolles Car & Craft Show:

Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio hosted its 6th Annual Car and Craft Show on Saturday.

Thanks to early morning temperatures in the low 40s, the car show started slowly but eventually registered 61 cars.

Last year I gave the show the honor of having the best-tasting hamburger. Much to my and everyone's disappointment, the culinary students weren't at the show this year. In their place was the Hound Dog Food truck. Let's hope the students return next year. We all missed the taste of a good car show hamburger.

The show divided the cars into categories and presented 22 trophies based on those categories. Some examples of the different categories were Best 50s, Best 60s, Best 70s, Modern Muscle, Vintage Muscle, Rat Rod, and so on. There was also a Tolles Student Award, a People's Choice Award, and Best in Show. The trophy for the Rat Rod was handmade from tools and engine parts.

Voting for the People's Choice Award was done electronically using a QR code located on the window plaque of each registered car. Very high-tech.

Here are the category winners selected by the judges:

The People's Choice Award went to Don Benedik and his 1932 Ford Roadster.

Kevin Foust's 1941 Dodge WC40 Military Weapons Carrier received the Best in Show honors.

BGMC Car Show:

The New Beginnings Church held its 6th Annual BGMC Car Show on Saturday.

BGMC stands for Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge. It's the missions education program for all kids in the Assemblies of God. The money raised through BGMC provides the Assemblies of God missionaries with needed supplies to support its missions throughout the world.

Only 36 cars attended the show thanks to cold and windy weather conditions. There were more trophies than cars so everyone went home a winner.

I'm guessing the weather conditions had some influence on Dave Bratton's claim that the chili was "to die for". Dave said it was so good he went back for seconds.

Here are the "Special" category winners:

Best Truck, Dale Pearce - 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup
Best Import, Seth Peyton - 1982 Volkswagon Rabbit
Pastor's Choice, Dave Muller - 1960 Rambler Classic
3rd Place, Richard Hails - 1971 Chevy Nova SS
2nd Place, Carol Benson - 1960 Chevy C10 Pick Up
Best Bike, Bruce Hoover - 2010 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
BGMC Pick, Dave Bratton - 1937 Wild Rod Ford

Mark and Patty Enyart's 1962 Chevy Impala SS was selected Best of Show.

Rod Knockers Car Show:

The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion, Ohio held its final car show of the season on Saturday evening. Not only was Saturday the last show of the season but also the last show for the foreseeable future. The club announced that it has decided to take some time off to re-evaluate its direction moving forward.

Those of you who follow this blog know that I have ranked the Rod Knockers Monthly Car Show as the number one registration-free show in Central Ohio for the last five years. There's no question it will be missed in 2024. Here's hoping it comes back sooner rather than later.

The last show registered 52 cars. Not bad considering the weather.

Being October, this was the Halloween-themed show.

Our good friend, Frank Sanborn, received one of the last "Favorite" Awards from the Club for his Dodge Dart.

Here's wishing the club all the best in whatever direction it decides to take.

Millersport Lions Club and Lewis Center Wings & Rings Car Shows:

The Crossroads Events team was busy this past weekend hosting a car show on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday they helped host a show for the Millersport Lions Club in Millersport Ohio.

The "Spotlight" vehicle for this show was all Ford trucks. The Spotlight Award went to Shawn Ford (how appropriate) and his 1948 Ford F-1 pickup.

Jayden Householder's 2001 Chevy Camaro received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award.

Best of Show honors went to Fred Williams with a 1967 Ford Mustang GT 500.

The team traveled to Lewis Center on Sunday to host its monthly show at the Wings & Rings Restaurant.

The "Spotlight" car was all Dodges. The Spotlight Award went to Danielle Grogan and her 2021 Dodge Daytona.

Danielle's husband, Rick, took home the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award for his 2021 Dodge Ram pickup.

Jim McGruder's "customized" 2020 Rapid Blue Corvette Stingray was picked as Best of Show.

The Crossroads Events team will be off for the next two weekends but will be back in November hosting their last two shows of the season on November 5th at Eldorado's Food and Spirits and November 12th at Lewis Center Wings & Rings.

Steve Austin's Auto Group Open Car and Truck Show:

The Steve Austin Auto Group held its 4th Annual Open Car and Truck Show at its dealership in Bellefontaine, Ohio on Saturday.

The show had over 115 vehicles in attendance. There were several food trucks on site. The show also held a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. The Steve Austin Group presented awards to the "Top" 30 plus a Best of Show.

Other Area Shows:

  • Dan Varner's 1960 Cadillac DeVille received the Best of Show for Classics at the Mario Knapp Car Show on Saturday.

  • The Ohio Autism Show Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show at the Hartford Fairgrounds in Croton, Ohio had well over 100 cars in attendance on Saturday. As is typical Ohio weather this time of year, the attendees experienced sunshine, rain, and hail all in a 30-minute period. Our friend, Kenny G., received an Integrity Insurance Sponsor's Pick.
  • Phil Monroe made the trip down I-71 to Wilmington, Ohio on Sunday to check out the Fairlane Torino Show put on by the Fairlane Club of America. CLICK HERE to see the photos Phil took at the show.

That's it for this week. If the weather is on our side, we're looking at only one more month of car shows in 2023. Wow! Has this season gone by fast!

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info for this week's News and Notes:

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Phil Monroe
  • Frank Sanborn
  • Kenny G.
  • Scott Harring
  • Frank Russell

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

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1993 Ford Mustang LX Convertible - Owner: Steve Shorten

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NEWS AND NOTES

We have a celebrity Corvette among us. Craig Grunkemeyer's 1969 Corvette is featured in the December issue of Corvette Magazine.

Craig said this all came about when a photographer at the Goodguys after-hours party at the Crown Plaza noticed his Corvette and asked to do a photoshoot of his car. He and the photographer drove to a location off of Busch Boulevard to take the photos. The editors of the magazine liked the photos and Craig's car so much they chose to include an article about it in the December edition. Congrats Craig!

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Rain showers on Thursday, which at times came down very hard, spoiled the final cruise-in of the season at Der Dutchman.

About 40 dedicated cruisers or depending on your perspective crazy cruisers turned out for the last cruise-in. Because of the weather conditions, there was no food. However, those who did stop by were treated to one of the restaurant's cream-filled Long John donuts.

The banquet is this coming Thursday and will finish the season for the cruise-in.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Massey's Pizza:

On Saturday, Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride team hosted its second to last show of the season at Massey's Pizza in Grove City, Ohio.

With picture-perfect weather, the show registered 107 vehicles.

I didn't count the number of trophies Boots awarded at the end of the show, but as you can see from the photo it was not a small number.

It would take way too long to list all the award winners therefore I'm going to keep it to the "Special" category winners.

BEST INTERIOR: 1969 Chevy Camaro - Owners: Jim & Cheryl Cooper

BEST PAINT: 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe - Owner: Gus O'Day

BEST ENGINE: 1967 Chevy Nova - Owner: Dick DeStefano

BEST TRUCK: 1971 Chevy K5 Blazer - Owner: Mike Lowe

MOTTS' PICK: 1957 Chevy Bel Air - Owner: Judy Covington

DJ'S PICK: 1991 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Grady Maynard

MANAGER'S PICK: 1954 Packard Cavalier - Owner: Dan Williams

BOOTS' PICK: 1957 Chevy Bel Air - Owner: David Elliott

BEST OF SHOW: 1968 Chevy Chevelle - Owner: Andrew Van Ert

Keeler & Nadler Cars & Coffee:

Keeler & Nadler Family Weath in Dublin, Ohio hosted cars & coffee Saturday morning.

About 30 cars rolled through the cruise-in. I received word that a lot of newer Corvettes showed up.

Here are some of the cars that attended the Keeler & Nadler cars and coffee:

JSB Home Solutions Car Show:

JSB Home Solutions out of Canal Winchester, Ohio hosted its second annual Car Show on Saturday.

Attendance for this year's show was around 50 cars.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Owner's Pick. A rumor is floating around that Dale needed assistance getting up from that kneeling position. 😎

Westerville Special Olympics Car Show:

Roush Honda Used Car Company in Westerville, Ohio sponsored a car show on Sunday supporting Westerville Special Olympics.

The show registered more than 70 cars which is very respectable for a first-time event.

In addition to the car registration, there were 50/50 and door prize raffles. A fair number of the door prizes were $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. Two food trucks were parked behind the Roush building offering food and refreshments.

Three trophies were presented at the end of the show. The trophies included a People's Choice, Athlete's Choice, and Roush Employees' Choice.

The organizers promise to have more awards next year.

Billy Bush's 2015 Dodge Challenger RT received the Athlete's Choice Award.

The Roush Employees' Choice went to Patric Shaw and his rat rod.

Rod Scott and his 1958 Desoto Firedome Sportsman went home with the People's Choice Award.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Moose Lodge 1427:

The Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride Tour finished out the season at Moose Lodge 1427 in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.

There were 51 cars in attendance so everyone went home a winner.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Kidspalooza Car Show in Circleville, Ohio on Saturday registered 141 cars. Ted Tickle and his 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 received a Top 10 award. Nice award by the way.
  • Dale Pearce helped organize a small car show at the StoryPoint Senior Living Center in Pickerington, Ohio this past Thursday. Schon Crouse received Best of Show with his 1967 Pontiac and Lynn Raduege took 2nd Place with her 427 Roush Mustang.
  • While it's not a Central Ohio car event, the Pumpkin Run Nationals took place this past weekend at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, Ohio. Jeff Shankle attended the event and posted tons of photos to his Facebook page. If you're interested in seeing vehicles from the Pumpkin Run, here are the links to Jeff's photos. Please Note: a Facebook account is required.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info for this week's News and Notes:

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Craig Grunkemeyer

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

1951 Chevy 3100 Pickup - Owners: Tamara & Allen Price

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Attendance was over 300 cars Thursday evening at the restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.

This coming Thursday is the LAST cruise-in for 2023. The following week (Thursday, October 5th) is the banquet, and then another season of Der Dutchman cruise-ins will be in the books.

If you'd like to attend the banquet, you can still sign up next Thursday.

Grace Chapel Church Wednesday Night Cruise-In:

The Pastor of the Grace Chapel Community Church in Westerville, Ohio has allowed the use of the church parking lot for a Wednesday evening Cruise-In all summer long.

I stopped by this past Wednesday to check it out before it shut down for the season. Dan's Deli has been there each week offering food and refreshment.

I'm guessing close to 50 cars rolled through the cruise-in by the time I left around 7 p.m. The parking lot was full with only a few parking spots still available.

This Wednesday is the last cruise-in according to the flyer but one of the regulars told me they may go into October if the weather stays nice.

Here are some of the cars from Wednesday's Cruise-In:

If the Pastor allows the use of the parking lot next year, you can bet I will stop by more often than once.

Columbus Cars and Coffee Meet at Esoteric:

For the second time this season, the corporate-sponsored Columbus Cars and Coffee hosted a meet at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio.

Beautiful weather on Saturday morning resulted in a great turnout of cars and spectators.

The vehicles inside the Esoteric shop were just as interesting as the ones outside it.

Columbus Cars and Coffee will be hosting another meet this coming Saturday at Meyer Shank Racing in Pataskala, Ohio. The following Saturday they will be at Associated Insurance Agencies in Uptown Westerville, Ohio. The season finale will be October 28th at the Midwestern Auto Group (MAG) in Dublin, Ohio.

MMC's Last Big Event of the Year:

The Marysville Mustang Club hosted its final meet of the year at C&N Motor Cars in Marysville, Ohio.

Open to all makes, models, and years, the meet had close to 50 cars roll through on Saturday afternoon.

Seeing the collection of cars, old-time gas pumps, and automotive memorabilia inside the C&N Motor Cars building made the trip out to Marysville all worthwhile.

Here's a small slideshow combining the photos from Columbus Cars and Coffee at Esoteric and the Marysville Mustang Club's Last Big Event of the Year.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Columbus Auto Resale:

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride schedule took Dan "Boots" Longette and the team to Columbus Auto Resale on Saturday.

The Show registered 45 cars.

The top winners were Dave Bratton and his 1937 Wild Rod Ford for Best Paint.

Jim McGruder's 2020 Corvette received the Kid's Choice Award.

Best Engine went to Dick Sephano with a 1967 Chevy Impala. The Best of Show winner was the 1963 Chevy Nova Wagon belonging to Scott Alvin.

This coming weekend will be the last two shows of the season for the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride Tour. On Saturday they will be hosting a show at Masseys Pizza in Grove City, Ohio and the final show will be Sunday at Moose Lodge 1427 in Columbus.

Still Electric Mods, Rods, and Classics Car Show:

Still Electric and the C-Town Cruisers teamed up on Saturday for the 2nd Annual Mods, Rods, and Classics car show at Alum Creek Baptist Church.

The show registered 171 cars and gave out over 40 trophies ranging in size from 2 1/2 to 5 feet tall.

The Best Truck Award went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC 40 Weapons Carrier.

Steve Bechtel and his 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible took home the Best of Show honors.

I spoke with Steve on Sunday about his car. He told me the previous owner spent four years restoring the car and passed away unexpectedly before he got a chance to drive it. The car was neglected for nine years before Steve bought it. It took Steve about a year to get back into running order.

Burnzies Green Cable Cruise-In:

Burnzies Old Trail Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio hosted its 4th Annual Green Cable Cruise-In on Saturday.

About 50 cars turned out for the cruise-in.

The first-place award went to Ed Evans with a 1950 Chevy Bel Air. The 1935 Ford Coupe of James Dylan received second place. Tim Hooten's 1964 MGB took third place.

Best of Show honors went to Frank Short with a 1970 Volkswagon Bus.

Chubby Hawaiin Grill Car, Truck, and Bike Show:

The Chubby Hawaiin Grill in Baltimore, Ohio teamed up for the second time this season with Crossroads Events to host a car, truck, and bike show.

There were 37 trophies awarded at the end of the show.

The "Spotlight" car for this show was any Chevrolet Model and the award went to Cliff Warner for his 1957 Chevrolet 210.

Dan J.'s 2012 Jeep Wrangler received The Larry Bickers Dailly Driver Award.

Best of Show went to the 2014 Chevy Corvette belonging to Jeff Dixon.

The Crossroads Events' next show will be this coming Sunday at the Eldorado's Food and Spirits on North High Street in Columbus, Ohio. The Spotlight car will be the AMC/Rambler.

North Hills Church of God Car Show:

The North Hills Church of God in Springfield, Ohio hosted its 7th Annual Car Show on Sunday.

Because of Issues with the septic system, the church wasn't able to use the entire field in the front of the church to park cars. Despite the inconvenience, the church did a good job of parking the 140 cars and bikes that registered for the show.

Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman provided the music. The church offered hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bratwursts, corn on the cob, chips, cookies, water, and soda pop for a small donation. There were also door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a pie auction.

The judging was done by the show participants. As you know, that kind of judging is not my favorite. However, the North Hills Church does it better than anyone. The registration fee is collected before you park your car. You receive an envelope containing ONE ballot and voting instructions when you register. Ballots are only accepted at the end of registration so everyone voting has the opportunity to see your vehicle. The ballot has your car number on it so If you vote for your car, it will not be counted.

This year the awards were laser cut steel trophies. The two Best of Show awards were clocks.

Awards included Top 40, Ladies Choice, Cooks Choice, Pastor's Choice, Best Custom, Farthest Traveled, Kids Choice, Mandy McCleary Tribute, Top Five Bikes, Top Three Cars 2000 and Up, Best of Show for cars, and Best of Show for bikes.

Here are the Special Award winners:

  • Ladies' Choice: Dave Bratton and his 1937 Ford Wild Rod

  • Best Custom: Steve Bechtel's 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible

  • Best Original: 1929 Ford Model A - Owner: Mark Lewis

  • Kids Choice: Radio Flyer Red Wagon - Owners: Zot & Judy Barazzotto

  • Patrick and Faith Rowland both took home awards. Patrick received the Cooks Choice for his 2016 Corvette Z06. Faith's 2016 purple Dodge Challenger was selected for the Mandy McCleary Tribute Award.

  • Pastor's Choice: - 1975 Corvette convertible - Owner: Jerry Arms

  • Farthest Traveled went to Billy Agee and his 1934 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Billy drives up from Newport, North Carolina to participate in the show every year.

The Best of Show Winners:

For the bikes, it went to Doug Stratton and his 2004 Harley-Davidson Road King.

Mark and Patty Enyart's 1962 Chevy Impala received the Best of Show honors for the cars. This may have been the quickest turnaround in car show history. Their Impala went from most potential to Best of Show in just over 24 hours.

2023 FC Fall Cruise-In:

Fish Catholic High School in Lancaster, Ohio hosted its 2023 Fall Cruise-In on Sunday.

The event had 60-plus cars in attendance.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received second place in the truck category.

Jim Cook's 1968 Chevy Chevelle was selected Best of Show.


That's it for this week's News and Notes. It was a big one this week!

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info about this past week's events:

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Tim Hooten
  • Frank Russel
  • Kevin Foust
  • Chad Herrick

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

1957 Chevy 210 Wagon - Owner: Tom Kavanaugh

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NEWS AND NOTES

For those who may not know, George Burton passed away on September 6th. You may recognize him by his yellow Chevy SSR. He participated in lots of car shows around the area. George will be missed.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In was back in the 300s on Thursday evening. Attendance hit 330 cars to be exact.

On Saturday morning, attendance at the Coffee and Donuts Cruise-In broke the 100 mark.

Wayne in the barn loft counting cars

When you allow yourself one cream-filled Long John donut per year, man do they taste extra good!

While the Coffee and Donuts cruise-in was going on, the C10 Club Ohio was having breakfast in the restaurant before embarking on its historic bridge cruise.

I managed to catch some of the C10s before they left the restaurant. Looked like they had a pretty good turnout for the cruise.

NAPA Friday Night Cruise-In:

Thanks to great weather, the Cruise-In at the NAPA store in Hilliard, Ohio had 60-plus cars roll through Friday evening.

The cars in attendance were a nice mix of classics, modern muscle, and imports.

I can't think of too many better ways to spend a Friday evening than hanging out with your car buddies.

Farrow's Hot Rods & Handlebars:

It was a wild scene Saturday evening at Farrow Harley-Davidson in Sunbury, Ohio. The Harley-Davidson dealership hosted its second Hot Rods and Handlebars event this season.

The band Phoenix Rising entertained the crowd with classic rock during the evening.

Food and refreshments were available from four food trucks located to the left of the stage. Plus there was a beer garden for adult beverages.

I can't give an exact number of cars and motorcycles that were in attendance since the window placards were not numbered. My best guess on the cars was somewhere around 130 to 150. All I can say about the number of motorcycles is there was a boatload of them.

If you wanted your motorcycle judged, there was a specified area you needed to park and register it. As for the cars, I have no idea how they judged them. The show officially started at 4 PM and all judging had to be completed by 5:30 PM. I spoke with someone who was at the show and he saw three people he assumed were judges doing a pretty fast walk by each car.

If your car was selected as a finalist for an award, this placard was placed on the windshield.

There were four awards for the motorcycles, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and Best of Show. There were a total of 10 awards for the cars. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for classic cars, modern cars (2000 and up), and Rabid's Choice plus a Best of Show

The Motorcycle Division winners:

The Car Division Winners:

Motts Military "Driving for Daisy" Car Show:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Team were in Groveport, Ohio on Saturday hosting the annual car show at Motts Military Museum.

The show had over 100 cars in attendance.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Manager's Pick.

Honor Flight's Pick went to Frank Deering and his 2000 Corvette.

Best of Show went to the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi owned by Jim Bickel.

First Church of God Fish Fry and Car Show:

The First Church of God in Circleville, Ohio hosted its annual Fish Fry and Car Show on Saturday. From what I understand, the fish sandwiches are pretty darn tasty.

This year the show registered 68 cars. There were 29 trophies presented at the end of the show. These included Top 20, Pastor's Choice, Roger Fortner Memorial, Six Top Class (Chevy, Ford, Dodge, etc.), and Best of Show.

Here are the Top three award winners:

  • Roger Fortner Memorial - 1967 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Leonard Cross or Croft
  • Pastor's Choice - 2016 Ford Mustang GT 350 - Owner: William Thomaschek
  • Best of Show - 1950 Chevy Pickup - Owner: Charlie Benson

Here are some of the cars from the show:

Speak for the Unspoken Car Show:

The Mustang Club of Ohio hosted its second Speak for the Unspoken Car Show on Sunday. The show took place in Hilliard, Ohio.

Proceeds from the show went to Speak for the Unspoken which is a foster-based rescue group for dogs with special needs.

Once the roads dried from some early morning showers, the show registered around 160 vehicles.

One of the vehicles that was registered was the 1985 Chevy Astro Van named Blastro. Built with a supercharged big block Chevy engine rated at 2000 HP, the owner claims it to be the fastest van in the world.

At around 2 PM, everyone in attendance got a chance to hear what a 2000 HP supercharged Chevy big block sounds like.

The Mustang Club of Ohio presented trophies to the "Top 40" along with 14 "Special" awards, a Runner-Up Best of Show, and a Best of Show.

Here are the "Special" award winners:

Runner-Up Best of Show went to Dan Gifford with a 1972 Oldsmobile 442 convertible.

Pete Lieb's 1962 Chevy Bel Air 409 received the Best of Show award.

Millersport Lions Club Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

The Millersport, Ohio Lions Club with the help of the Crossroads Events crew hosted a car, truck, and bike show on Sunday.

This show's "Spotlight" winner was Rick and Danielle Grogan and their 1936 Plymouth Coupe Hot Rod.

Nick Bradley's 1966 Dodge Coronet which was owned by his father and sat in a barn for 23 years received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver award.

The Best in Show winner was Jeff Wickham with his 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo SS.

Other Area Shows:

  • Coughlin Chevrolet in Pataskala, Ohio held its 16th Annual Car Show on Saturday. The show had 312+ cars in attendance. Lots of Corvettes. The show included free registration, free t-shirts, and a free lunch of hot dogs and chips. Coughlin presented awards to the Top 100 cars. There was no best-of-show award.
  • The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club hosted its September car show at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio on Saturday evening. There were around 50 cars in attendance. Our friend, Kenny G., picked up a "Favorite 15" award for his 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

  • Despite some early morning rain, the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio had another packed house of cars and spectators for its fall car show on Sunday morning.

That's it for this week's News and Notes.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info about this past week's events:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Craig Grunkemeyer
  • Frank Russel
  • Kenny G.
  • Tim Davidheiser

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

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Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Light sprinkles kept attendance down on Thursday. The total number of cars reached 120 cars by the end of the cruise-in. A lot of those cars came after 6 PM when the threat of rain subsided. Six of those cars were first-timers.

Only three more Thursday evening cruise-ins left in the season. This Saturday morning will be the annual Coffee and Donut Cruise-In. If you haven't had a chance to make it out this year, time is running out.

Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Creative Auto Sales and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their September car show on Friday evening.

The show registered 25 cars and raised over $100 for the local food pantries.

This month four cars received "Favorite" trophies. Three were selected by the manager of the Advanced Auto Parts store and one was selected by Jeff Shankle's grandson, MJ.

MJ's pick went to Ben LaWarre and his 1950 Chevy Truck.

The manager's "Favorite" picks were Chris and Ange Z. with a 1969 Ford Mustang, Jeff Guyer and his 1963 Ford Galaxie 500, and Nicholas Mathews with a 2016 Dodge Charger SRT.

Bud "Pockets" Carter Memorial Car Show:

Relatives of Richard "Bud, Pockets" Carter hosted a memorial car show in his honor on Saturday at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.

Bud, who passed away last November, was a lifelong "car guy". He was a member of Goodguys and the NSRA. He was a regular at the Der Dutchman Cruise-Ins on Thursdays.

The show in Bud's memory registered 62 cars. Everyone who registered a vehicle received a door prize ticket. There was also a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Awards included 20 "Favorite" trophies plus trophies for Best Rat Rod, "Piston Man", Best Interior, Best Paint, and Best of Show. The Best Rat Rod and Piston Man trophies were handmade from car parts and tools.

Here are the "Special" Award winners:

The Best of Show went to Scott Varney and his recently completed Oldsmobile Super 88.

Springdale Baptist Church Hot Rods and Hot Food:

Springdale Baptist Church in Marysville, Ohio hosted its annual Hot Rods and Hot Food cruise-in on Saturday evening.

Approximately 20 cars stopped by during the evening. Hot dogs, chips, and water were available for a small donation.

It was a pleasant low-key evening relaxing with friends and talking cars. You need those kinds of car events now and again.

Empty Pockets Patriot Day Car Show:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers Car Club hosted its Patriot Day car show on Saturday.

There were about 60 cars in attendance.

The DJ's Choice went to the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T (General Lee) owned by Josh Wilkerson.

The Best of Show pick went to Kenny Hugues and his 1978 Lincoln Continental.

Hocking Township Firefighters Association Car Show:

With the help of the Lancaster Car Scene (LCS), the Hocking Township Firefighters Association hosted a car show at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio. The show had 60 cars in attendance on Saturday.

The Old Goats Car Club received the Top Club Award. The club members also took home a good bit of hardware.

Mark Robinette and his 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS took home the Best of Show honors.

Marysville Walmart Car Show:

The Walmart in Marysville, Ohio hosted its 10th Annual Car Show on Saturday evening.

All proceeds from the show went to the Union County Military Family Support Group (www.ucmfsg.com).

Sixty-five cars attended the show.

Steve and Carol Atwell's 1928 Ford Model A 2dr Sedan received the Manager's Choice Award (aka Best of Show). The Award also included a 50-inch flat-screen television.

The Capital City Church Classic Car/Bike Show and Fish Fry:

The Capital City Church in Lockbourne, Ohio held its 6th Annual Classic Car/Bike Show and Fish Fry On Saturday.

There were sixty entries.

Judging was done using a points system. Here is the sample judging sheet.

Awards were presented to the "Favorite 25" along with several "Special" Awards.

Best Bike went to Randy Armentrout with a 2017 Harley Davidson.

Don Kirk's 1970 Chevy Nova received the Pastor's Choice. Don is 90 years old and still "rowing gears"!

Carol Benson and Her 1963 Chevy C10 pickup was selected Runner-up Best of Show.

The Best of Show honors went to Craig Grunkenmeyer and his 1967 Corvette convertible.

Lite the Night Car Show:

The Lite the Nite Car Show took place on Saturday in downtown Newark, Ohio. The show has been a tradition in Newark for 38 years.

The event is organized by the family of the late Jim Matheny and the Newark Rodders Car Club. Proceeds from the show help support the lighting of the Licking County Court House during the holidays.

Four-foot and six-foot trophies are awarded to the most popular vehicles on display. Sponsors of the trophies assist with the judging.