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Wheelbarrow Fire Pit and Honoring Our Veterans

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.

Jeff Shankle, the owner of Creative Towing, presented Jimmy Carmean and Rick Jones with the Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts Cruisers of the Year award. Both gentlemen made it to all eight shows this year.

The Advanced Auto Parts Manager's Choice went to Jim Cooper and his 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1.

The Creative Towing picks for this month went to Ron Smith with a 1980 Chevy Camaro

Tim Inscho and his 2016 Chevy Camaro SS

And Rex Dillon with his 1948 Chevy Coupe.

Despite the cold temperatures, the evening turned out to be a lot of fun and great end to the season for the Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show. The final show raised $81 for the Milford Center Food Pantry.

Honoring Our Veterans

The Veterans Day Cruise-in at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus, Ohio was the scene of the final C-Town Cruisers show of the season.

The show registered 31 vehicles. Not a bad number considering the late date in the season, the day of the week was Monday, and a winter storm advisory was forecast to arrive during the afternoon.

As a way to honor our veterans for their service, the Southway Post 144 provided a free bean and cornbread dinner to all veterans. Non-veterans could also enjoy the dinner by making a donation.

The Awards

The C-Town Cruisers presented 25 custom made steel trophies.

But before presenting the awards for the car show, the club took a few minutes to present awards to the cruisers that supported them the most throughout the season.

The list included:

  • Paul and Lynn Raduege
  • Larry Bickers
  • Gene Wright
  • Dale Pearce [Rookie of the Year]
  • Steve Schaeffer [attended the second-highest number of shows]
  • Misfit Cruisers [Car Club of the Year]

The top honor of the year went to Kenneth Kerr and William Hubbard. Both gentlemen attended every C-Town Cruisers event this season. Quite an accomplishment!

For the most part, everyone that registered a vehicle received one of the "Favorite" awards.

Angela Gilliland and her 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup received the "Most Patriotic" award. Angela said she has driven more than 12000 miles this year showing her truck.

Best of Cruise went to our good friend Mark Lester and his 1967 Chevy Camaro.

The show ended an hour early so everyone could get home before the white stuff hit the roads.

From the sounds of things, the C-Town Cruisers have another full lineup of events for 2020. Shaun hopes to have most of the schedule posted to the club's Facebook page sometime in January. I'll have their schedule posted here as well for those of you who don't have Facebook accounts.


Last week I said there were no more outdoor events after this weekend. Well, I lied. Several folks have let me know about a show this coming Sunday (November 17) sponsored by the Bullfrog Auto Spa in Johnstown, Ohio. Here are the details. I'm pretty confident this WILL BE the last outdoor event in Central Ohio for 2019.

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