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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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This weekend will see the last event of the year for the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, the Rod Knockers, the RoundTown Cruisers, and the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride.

I added one event to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week so don't think about putting those cars away just yet.

October 12 looks to be the last big Saturday of the season. There's 8 events on the calendar for that day.

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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.

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Another big week of events. Some of the weekly and monthly events have started to drop-off the schedule as we approach the end of the season.

Believe it or not, I added five more events to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week.

Speaking of Save The Date, the Tuesday Night Cruise-In at the Hilton Polaris is planning an "End of Season Party" on September 24. Music from Michael Holmes, the DJ that recorded all the music played at the Wholly Joe Cruise-ins and who passed away last December, will be broadcast during the cruise-in. There will also be a cake to celebrate Larry Walters 70th Birthday. So come join the fun for one last cruise-in of the year at the Hilton.

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  • No Events Found

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The awards presentation at Saturday's Vettes, Rods & Classics show at Creekside in Gahanna, Ohio took a surprising twist when my Camaro was announced as the Best in Class winner for C7 Corvettes 2017 - 2019.

While my car and C7 Corvette Z06 do share the same engine, I doubt many would get the two cars confused.

I suspect my car was accidentally entered into the computer as a Corvette during registration. Someone saw the "Z" on my registration card and thought Corvette Z06 instead of Camaro ZL1.

Anyway, the Capital City Corvette Club handled the error with grace and presented my car with an Award of Excellence plaque. I just feel bad that someone with a very nice 2017-2019 C7 Corvette didn't receive an award.

Aside from the award mix-up, the 5th Annual Vettes, Rods, and Classics show continued to carry on the tradition as one of the best car shows in Central Ohio.

This year the Capital City Corvette Club got the city of Gahanna to agree to close the streets in the Creekside district an hour early - 11 AM instead of 12 Noon. The hour change appears to have made the initial rush of vehicles into the show area a lot smoother than it had been in previous years. I overheard two participants discussing how smooth the parking was this year. I arrived around 11:30 AM and lucked into a "Premo" parking spot at the corner of Mill Street and Ogden Aly.

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This week will see another month of events completed for 2019. Now we hit the "meat and potatoes" portion of the season. I count no less than 54 events for August not counting the ongoing Events. It will be a busy month.

Believe it or not, I'm still adding events to the Save the Dates Part Two page. Check it out for a list of events through the end of the season.

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The combination of July 4th on Thursday plus the first weekend of the month make this one of the busiest weeks of the year for events.

Just a reminder, no Der Dutchman Cruise-In this week due to the holiday.

A few more events have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. July and August are "jam packed" with events to mark on your calendar.

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I can't believe two months of the season is under our belts already. Wow, is time flying fast!

We've got a "jam-packed" list of events for the first weekend in June. Lots of choices, especially on Saturday. Hopefully the weather cooperates.

If you're looking for a list of future shows and cruise-ins, check out the Save the Dates Part Two page. It's the most complete list of Central Ohio events you'll find on the internet.

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  • Cruisin' Wednesdays at Wendell's Pub - Westerville

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As we head into May the weather should finally start to warm up. Hopefully, no more car shows in 40-degree temps for awhile.

May looks to be a busy month. The Roundtown Cruisers and Der Dutchman Restaurant start their series of events this month. The big swap meet in Springfield is scheduled at the end of the month. The end of the month will also see several events celebrating our Armed Forces. Let's hope the weekends stay relatively dry.

If you're looking for a list of future events, check out the 2019 Save The Dates Part Two post. It's updated each week as events around Central Ohio are announced.

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For the first weekend in April, there wasn't much to complain about weather-wise. The rain on Friday moved out of the area by late morning leaving a cool but dry remainder of the day. Saturday saw almost near perfect car show weather with partly cloudy skys and high's reaching the low 70's.

I have reports from three events that took place over the weekend -- two I attended and one that some good friends participated in .

The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware First Friday

The first event was The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware's First Friday cruise-in at Freddy's restaurant on Route 23 just south of Delaware, Ohio.

The club holds a monthly cruise-in at the restaurant location the first Friday of each month from April through October.

About 25 vehicles showed up for their first cruise-in of the season. A nice crowd of spectators was also on hand throughout the evening.

The club sold raffle tickets for door prizes and and 50/50 drawing. All proceeds go to support Hospice of Delaware. Our good friend, Tim Inscho, won the 50/50 raffle and generously donated his winnings back to the club.

It was great to finally get the cars and trucks back on the road and reacquaint with good friends after what seemed like the longest winter in history.

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