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.
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.
Despite moving my father from skilled nursing to assisted living and the hottest weather so far this year, I managed to somehow attend four events this week and was a spectator at a fifth.
Goodguys PPG Nationals All American Sunday
I started the week at the Goodguys PPG Nationals All American Sunday. This event has been on my radar for the past several years. I've always had a reasonable excuse not to attend until this year.
For those that may not know, Goodguys All American Sunday is open to ALL YEARS of American made and powered automobiles. Owning a late model car this was obviously my only option to participate in the Goodguys event.
Being a first-time participant, I wasn't sure what to expect. I spoke with several people prior to Sunday and consensus was to arrive no later than 8 AM. I went a step further and got there before 7:30 AM. Knowing what I know now, I could have arrived by 9 AM and been fine.
I exited I-71 at 17th avenue. The lanes for entry of show cars into the event and for registration were well marked. Non-member cost to register for the day was $40. I got talked into joining Goodguys as a Silver member for an additional $5. As a Silver member, I can pre-register next year at a discount.
The Central Ohio weather on Saturday suddenly changed from early spring to mid-summer overnight. Afternoon temperatures in the mid-80s and lots of sunshine brought out the cars on Saturday. Just about every show in the area had better than expected turn out. Some even set registration records.
I managed to break away for a few hours Saturday evening to attend the Cruisin' with the King show in Marysville, Ohio. The Shankles were once again kind enough to send me lots of photos from the Empty Pocket Cruisers Armed Forces Day Car Show they attended earlier in the day.
Because of Easter, all the events this weekend were on Saturday. The Good news -- the day stayed relatively dry. Just some on again, off again sprinkles throughout the day. The bad news -- it felt more like late October or early November than it did April. In other words, it was cold, damp and dreary!
April Cruisin' with the King in 2019
The Mid Ohio Cruisers held their first monthly cruise-in of the year on Saturday evening at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio. This marks the 35th year the club has been cruising at Burger King.
Fortunately there was no rain to speak of during the evening, however, temperatures hovered in the mid-40s with a brisk wind out of the northwest. I don't have any sales figures, but I'm guessing Burger King sold more coffee and hot chocolate than normal for a Saturday evening in April.
The show registered 24 vehicles, which isn't bad considering the weather conditions.
Rain, sleet, and snow greeted this year's Snowball Cruise at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.
Approximately 25-30 area car enthusiasts took over the Burger King for the 2 hour event on Saturday hosted by the Mid Ohio Cruisers.
Because of the "crummy" weather, the Snowball Cruise only registered three vehicles. And since the event only had three awards, there wasn't much debate as to who would get one of the three trophies.
The Snowball Cruise was a great way to kill a few hours on a dreary, cold Saturday afternoon in January. It was fun to talk to friends you hadn't seen since the last car show. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
The Mid Ohio Cruisers handed out their Cruisin' with King in 2019 schedule. We'll all have to wait until April 20 for their next show...