So everyone can get a jump planning their 2021 Central Ohio car show and cruise-in schedule, here is the Save the Dates for 2021 as promised.
Count on this post being updated regularly over the next eight to nine months as more events are announced. Please feel free to check back often or better yet bookmark this page. I expect a jam packed season of Central Ohio car events.
Here are a few things to note about this season’s schedule:
The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City plans to start their weekly cruise-ins the first Thursday in May this year instead of the third Thursday as in past years.
A new car community called Marysville Muscle will be hosting monthly cruise-ins at Honda Powersports in Marysville.
Doreen Baker in conjuction with Tony’s Bar and Grill in london, Ohio has plans to host a show almost every month.
Instead of a separate post for swap meets, they’ve been incorporated in this Save the Dates post.
For those of you new to the web site, the primary focus of carshowtalk.com is car events in and around Central Ohio. If you’re interested in events in other parts of the state, I recommend checking out OhioCarShow.com, Ohio Car shows & Cruise-Ins (both are on Facebook), and Old Ride.com. All three are excellent resources for car events statewide.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 will still be with us this season. Some events will likely be canceled or postponed (the Spring Fling Corvette Show has already been canceled). I will do my best to update this page with cancelations and postponements as soon as I find out about them. I would strongly recommend calling the listed contact number before heading out to any event.
As stated numerous times, the focus of this website is Central Ohio car events. But since I’m down in Florida for the winter, I thought I’d share my first Florida cruise-in with everyone and spark a little excitement for the upcoming car show season.
Now before you call me names or curse at me for escaping Ohio’s winter weather, the high temperature in Central Florida on Saturday was a balmy 52 degrees. It was cold enough to warrant wearing a winter coat. Ugh!
The cruise-in I attended is a monthly event held on the second Saturday of each month. It’s hosted by the East Coast Cruisers Club and takes place in the historical downtown area of New Smyrna Beach. A six block section of Canal Street is blocked off for the event which goes from 4 PM to 8 PM. Because of the cold temperatures and early sunset, many of the cars starting leaving around 6 PM.
The event attracted a nice mix of classic and modern muscle cars. I estimate there was well over 100 cars on display during the time I was there. No one manufacturer was favored over another. There was also a nice crowd of spectators. Given the cold temperatures (for Florida that is), the turnout was impressive.
Here’s a sampling of cars that participated in Saturday’s event. If you want to see more photos from the cruise-in, click the link immediately following the photos. Enjoy!
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Everyone, this is it. The last posting of Central Ohio events for 2020.
Weather permitting, Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center will be the only event through the remainder of year unless some impromptu car meets pop up.
The weekly event posts will start back up again next April.
Just like this year, I will start compiling a Save the Dates for 2021 page in late January or early February so you can start planning your 2021 car show season.
News and Notes:
The wife and I and puppy will be heading for Florida right after the new year. As I’ve gotten older, I can’t tolerate the cold and snow like I could in my younger years. We will be back in April just in time for the start of the season.
I'm praying that Covid is in our rearview mirrors by early 2021 and life and car shows return to some semblance of normal (I'm darn tired of having to wear a mask).
Here's hoping that everyone has a happy and safe holiday season. Please stay safe out there. Will talk again in 2021.
Here are the events for this week. By my count, there are only four more weekends left in the season.
Ohio State finally begins its Covid shortened football season this Saturday. Hopefully, we’ll have something to look forward to when car shows officially end for this year.
News and Notes:
Road Ready Window Tinting and Clear Bra held there first ever Cars and Cream Puffs cruise-in on Saturday. I counted a little more than 40 cars during the time I was there. Schmidt’s was there selling their famous Bahama Mamas and cream puffs.
Since Road Ready is located in Plain City, it was natural that a few cars that regularly attend the Der Dutchman Cruise-Ins would stop by.
This weekend saw a rare back-to-back Best of Show winner. This 1932 Hurst Kit car (sorry, don’t have the owners name) took the top award at the The Point on Main Spooktackular Show on Saturday and the Whitehall VFW 8794 Car Meet on Sunday.
I added a couple events last week to the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for the list of events through the remainder of the season.
Here are this week's Central Ohio Car events. This will be the last big Saturday of events for this season.
News and Notes:
The Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show in Marysville on Friday evening registered 38 cars and raised $240 for local charities. October award winners were Jimmy Carmean with a 1950 Ford Tudor, Gilbert Meyers with a 1958 Hotrod Short Bus, and Chris Fannin with a 1957 Chevy Pickup.
The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted their annual Trunk or Treat Car Show at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon. The show registered 154 cars. Once again there was a great turnout of kids for the trunk or treat part of the show. The only disappointment was the absence of the Ohio Zombie Guard due to the health issues of one of its members.
The special award winners Saturday were:
Click Here for more photos from the Trunk or Treat Show.
Jim Cooper reports that the Grace Point Church Car Show in Lewis Center had an excellent turnout for a first-time show. The church registered 102 cars. The church presented Best of Show, Pastor's Choice, and Top 20 awards. Jim says there's plenty of room for the show to grow if the church decides to host it again next year.
I was a little surprised to see several more events announced last week. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.
A much lighter schedule this week as the 2020 season starts to wind down.
Looking forward, next Saturday (October 17) has 10 events so far on the schedule. After that, things start to taper off dramatically as the season comes to a close.
News and Notes:
I received an email this week from a reader that there will be a Powell Cruise-In and Pig Out this year. It won't be a downtown show as in past years. It will be held in the empty field just west of Auto Assets. The show is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, and is limited to 100 vehicles so you must register ahead of time. This link will take you to the registration form.
Colo's Classic Car Show on Saturday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was 100 short of my prediction of 1000 registered cars. Despite missing the thousand mark, it still ends up being the largest car event in central Ohio this year.
Saturday's show also marked the 600th event for the Pepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride series. Congratulations to Boots and his team for achieving this big milestone!
The Hot Rods and Handlebars show Saturday evening at AD Farrows in Sunbury, Ohio got some glowing reviews. Someone posted on Facebook that it was one of the best shows they had been to all year.
A few trunk or treat events popped up this week. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.
Here are the Central Ohio car events for this week.
News and Notes:
I erroneously reported that last week would be the last Grace Chapel cruise-in of the season. Actually, this Wednesday (9/30) will be the last cruise-in at the church. I apologize for the confusion.
The big event this week will be Colo's Classic Car Show at the Columbus Zoo. If the weather is good, you can expect somewhere close to 1000 cars to participate. No question it will be the largest event in Central Ohio for this Coronavirus restricted season.
The Der Dutchman Cruise-in finished the season on a very high note. The Plain City restaurant broke another attendance record with 402 cars on Thursday evening.
To top that off, another 115 cars showed up for the Coffee and Donuts cruise-in Saturday morning. I've got to say there's nothing finer than a "sugar buzz" from a Der Dutchman chocolate long john.
The Cars and Cones Ice Cream Cruise-in had another great turn out with well over 100 cars. Click Here to see some of the rides that showed up Sunday afternoon.
The Shamrock Club of Columbus Classic Car & Bike Show registered 140 cars on Sunday.
Events are still "trickling" in for the last two months of the season. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.