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Just when you thought the Central Ohio car event schedule couldn't get any busier, it does just that. If you can't find a show or cruise-in close to home this weekend, you may need to seek the help of a professional. Let's hope the weather cooperates for all these events.

NEWS AND NOTES:

I received confirmation last week from two readers that the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware has officially disbanded. I've removed First Friday at Freddy's from the list of ongoing events since it's no longer an organized event.

The Vintage Auto Club organized and hosted the Blast from the Past Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio from 1994 through 2016. They were instrumental in making the show one of the largest car events in Central Ohio.

With the threat of rain along with hot and humid temperatures, the Thursday evening cruise-in at Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio only registered 85 cars. I've got to admit, the pre-2018 attendance figure on Thursday was rather refreshing. The place can get a little crazy when 300 plus cars show up.

The Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Show in Marysville on Friday evening raised more than $150 for the Marysville Food Pantry. Here are this month's award-winning cars:

The 1970 silver and black Buick GS belonging to Jeff Fortner won Best of Show honors Saturday at the Upine Biker Bash, Car Show, and Cruise-In at Farrows Harley Davidson in Sunbury, Ohio. Rhett Ricart, CEO of the Ricart Automotive Group, was there with his 1939 Cadillac and LS3.

The big winner this weekend was Sam Parks' 1948 Chevrolet pickup. It won Best of Show honors on Saturday at the Hilliard Historical Society Car Show and turned around and took the same award on Sunday at the Empty Pockets Cruisers Spring into Summer Show. Sam has been all over Central Ohio with his truck this season. It's a spectacular vehicle.

Other specialty award winners from the Spring into Summer Show include:

CLICK HERE, if you'd like to see more cars from the Spring Into Summer Show.


Event announcements are still coming in. Krieger Ford announced their Mustang and Ford Car Show last week. The Fourth of July Show at the Union County Fairgrounds has been canceled. The show is moving to October 16 and will be part of the three-day Red Neck Car Fest.

To keep up-to-date with all the car events in Central Ohio, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page.

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Another big week of events in Central Ohio. The Auto Smarts crew will be in Grove City on Saturday. The Hilliard Historical Society is holding their annual car show, and the Empty Pockets Cruisers will be at Dave and Busters in Hilliard on Sunday for the Spring into Summer event.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Does anyone have any information on the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware? Is the club still active? Only four cars associated with the club showed up for the First Friday Cruise at Freddie’s on Rt 23. There was no music, door prizes, or 50/50 raffle. I heard a rumor the club has disbanded. If this rumor is true, please let me know in the comments.

Speaking of Delaware, the downtown First Friday event made the last-minute decision to block off part of Sandusky Street for classic cars to park. Whether or not this continues next month and beyond is still to be decided.

The Delaware Richwood Bank restarted their monthly Saturday morning cruise-ins. This month's cruise-in wasn't well advertised so only 19 cars turned out. Anyone bringing a car could get a free cup of coffee or latte from the coffee bar inside the bank. Participants were also eligible to register for several door prizes. The bank plans to hold two more cruise-ins on the first Saturday in August and September. They are tentatively planning a Halloween cruise in October weather permitting.

Because of inclement weather, The Cruisin' The Point Car, Bike, and Truck Show benefitting Summit for Soldiers was postponed a week. The show on Saturday registered a little over 50 cars. The Best of Show award went to Cadillac Mac and his Ford Galaxy 500.

On Sunday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted the second show of the weekend at The Point on Main Sports Bar and Grill. The Point has become the quasi home base for the C-Town Cruisers.

Fifty-one cars registered for Sunday’s event. Once again more cars showed up that didn’t register.

Jeff Tolley and his 1965 Chevy C-10 pickup received the inaugural Larry Bickers Memorial Award. Larry passed away in May and was a regular participant at C-Town Cruiser events. The award will be presented at every C-Town Cruiser show going forward. It will be given to the individual who demonstrates a love for cars and exemplifies the car show/cruise-in culture.

The Ladies Choice selection went to the 1959 Cadillac belonging to Phillip Cunningham.

The Best of Show pick went to Jed Pallone with a 1952 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.

A bunch of Central Ohio car show regulars headed south on Sunday to the Lancaster, Ohio Fairgrounds for the Lancaster Old Car Show.

I’m told attendance was about 75% of what it had been in pre-Covid years. Despite the drop in attendance, the show still attracted more than 300 cars. The show presented awards to the top 50. There was no Best of Show.

If you would like to see more photos from the C-Town Cruisers and Lancaster shows, CLICK HERE.

A big shout out to Jon Kelly and Larry Walters for sending in photos to help make this week’s report.


The events keep coming. The calendar is starting to fill in for July, August and September. To see an up-to-date list of events for the rest of the year, head on over to The Save the Dates for 2021 page.

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We start the fourth month of the season this week. Two car shows in Marion, Ohio and two Columbus Cars and Coffee meets highlight this weeks list of events.

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The weather during the first part of the Memorial day weekend played havoc with a number of events. Several were canceled or postponed. Those events that did brave the rain and cold temperatures obviously had less turn out than expected.

One of those shows that braved the weather on Saturday was Pepsi’s Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard, Ohio. Our friend Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup truck took the Best of Show award.

With improving weather on Sunday, the Moonshine Festival Car, Truck and Bike Show in New Straitsville, Ohio registered 83 vehicles. The car show associated with the swap meet in Springfield, Ohio had 45-50 cars in attendance.

With almost Ideal weather by Monday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers registered 120 cars at the American Legion Southway Post 144 Memorial Day Meet in Columbus. A lot of cars showed up at the event but didn’t register. By all guestimates there may have been close to 200 cars at the Southway Post Monday afternoon.

The Best of Show award went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC 40.


Just when you thought June couldn’t get any busier, four more events were announced last week. This makes the total number of June events in Central Ohio at 47 right now not counting the on going shows and cruise-ins.

To see ALL the June events on the calendar and the rest of the year, head on over to The Save the Dates for 2021 page.

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Despite several cancellations, it's another full week of events in Central Ohio. This week's list includes those events scheduled through Memorial Day.

The three-day Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show highlight the weekend. On Tuesday, Pepsi's Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride start a monthly Pistons and Pizza cruise-in at various Masseys Pizza locations around Central Ohio. The Gahanna Massys Pizza is the site for this month's cruise-in. There is no registration fee to attend.

NEWS AND NOTES:

The big news this week is the organizers of the former Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center have announced their first car meet since suspending the Saturday meet ups back in April.

The first meet will be held on June 5th at the Whitehall Community Park on Hamilton Road in Columbus. The group has secured sponsorship from Byers and Lindsay Auto groups. Police will be on-site to make sure everyone behaves in a safe and orderly manner.

The Grace Chapel Community Church in Westerville, Ohio drew 48 cars on Wednesday evening for their first cruise-in of the season. Dan’s Deli provided food and refreshments.

The Thursday Cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another impressive turnout. The cruise-in logged 308 vehicles during the evening. No question the cruise-in is on track to hit the 500 mark in attendance this season. The quality of cars that show up each week is unbelievable.

By all estimates, Farrow's Hot Rods and Handlebars Car and Bike show in Sunbury, Ohio had close to 500 cars and Bikes combined Saturday evening.

The Rabid Customs Choice Award went to Steve Andrix with a 1954 Chevy Bel Air.

Nick Confalone and his 1964 Ford Fairlane took the Best in Show honors.

The first of two Powell, Ohio Sertoma Cruise-In and Pig Outs was held on Sunday. The show registered more than 85 cars. The Best of Show award went to Tom Dillion and his 1956 Chevy Bel Air.

The next Cruise-In and Pig Out is scheduled for August 8, 2021.

The last show to report on this week is the Saturday Night Cruise at Nik Fixx Automotive in Columbus hosted by Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers. Thirty-two cars attended the show. I don't know who won the Best of Show award.


There were minimal car shows and cruise-ins announced two weeks ago. Last week, however, was a completely different story. There were one or more announcements made every day.

June is jammed packed with events. The Save the Dates for 2021 page has over 40 events listed in June and this is not counting all the ongoing events during the month. Hold on to your hat, June is going to be a very busy month for car events in Central Ohio.

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It's another good week of Central Ohio Car events.

NEWS AND NOTES:

The weather couldn't have been any better this past weekend and it showed in attendance. As someone said, Central Ohio finally had a spring this year instead of going directly from winter into summer.

Der Dutchman had another strong showing. More than 270 cars turned out for the Thursday cruise-in at the restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.

Friday evening in Marysville, Ohio, The Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts monthly show registered 29 vehicles.

The show raised $173 for the Milford Center Trinity Chapel Food Pantry.

Here are the cars that received awards this month:

Overflow parking was needed for the Empty Pocket Cruisers Armed Forces Day Show on Saturday afternoon. The club registered 178 cars at the VFW Post 4931 in Columbus, Ohio.

The Most Patriotic Award went to Frank Deering and his 2000 Corvette. The 1953 Chevy 3100 pickup truck belonging to Dean Maisenbacher received the Best of Show award.

For more photos from the Armed Forces Day Show, Click Here.

Larry Waters was kind enough to send some photos from the Harvey West Memorial Cruise-In at Alumcreek State Park beach on Saturday. Approximately 50 cars turned out for the event.

The 1948 Chevy Pickup owned by Sam and Barbara Parks in the bottom photo was built by Harvey West.

The Mid Ohio Cruisers hosted their second show of the season at its new Burger King location off State Route 31.

The club registered 72 cars, however, closer to 90 cars showed up during the evening. The Burger King doesn't have an abundance of parking so there was some concern as to where all the cars were going to park. The club did a good job of spreading the cars to part of the lot at Turkey Hill next to Burger King, and the street and daycare facility behind the restaurant.

The Hilliard Historic Village at Weaver Park in Hilliard, Ohio was the venue for the inaugural Conkey Classic Car Show on Saturday. The show registered 65 cars. The show presented eight awards from Shiniest Wheels, Kids Choice, to Best Exterior. All voting was done using a QR code through a smartphone (interesting). All proceeds from the show went to the Conkey Charity for Covid Victims. Congratulation to Tim Foremen and his 2016 Camaro SS convertible for winning the Best Exterior award.

Cruis'in the O'Reilly Auto Parts on Harrisburg Pike in Columbus is the final show in this week's News and Notes report. Approximately 60 cars participated in the show on Sunday. Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC 40 took home the Best of Show award.

Car show and cruise-in announcements slowed a little last week. Despite the slow down, the Save the Dates for 2021 page still has the most comprehensive list of Central Ohio car events for the 2021 season.

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A big week for events, especially Saturday with 16 events on the schedule. No excuse not to make at least one car show or cruise-in this week.

NEWS AND NOTES:

The former "On the Rocks" car show is back under a new name. The bar and grill at Karric Square in Dublin, Ohio has undergone several owners since the last car show was held there in September 2018. It is now called the Last Call Music Bar & Grill. The show is scheduled for Sunday, June 20. No other show in Central Ohio could spark a stronger reaction from people than the old On the Rocks show. It will be interesting to see how the new show is received.

Despite light showers in the area, the first Der Dutchman Cruise-In of the season registered 117 cars. Five of those cars were first-timers to the cruise-in.

Over the winter, the restaurant built a larger foodshed to better accommodate the large number of people that attend the cruise-in each week.

Columbus Cars and Coffee held their second meet of the season at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio. Even with temperatures in the 40s Saturday morning, there was an excellent turnout. If you're into high-end, exotic cars this was the place to be.

Boots and the Auto Smarts Radio team were in Upper Arlington, Ohio on Saturday for the fourth Annual Jim Hamilton Car Show. The show registered 135 cars with a bunch more showing up but not registering.

The Best of Show award went to Perry Lynch with a 1937 Chevy 2 door sedan.

If you grew up in Columbus in the '60s and '70s and you had a "hot" car, you knew Jerry's Drive-In at the corner of High Street and Morse Road was the place to hang out. You couldn't miss the huge pulsating neon red arrow as you drove down High Street.

The last cruise-in at that location took place Saturday evening. The Tee Jayes restaurant currently there now will soon be replaced by a Chic-FiL-A. It's always sad to see an era come to a close. Lots of folks have fond memories cruising through that parking lot. A big shout out to Chad Shirtzinger for organizing this final cruise-in.

It was another big week for car show and cruise-in announcements. Check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page for the most comprehensive list of upcoming Central Ohio car events.

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There are events Wednesday through Saturday this week. Sunday is Mother's Day. Nothing local is scheduled so everyone can spend time with their mother and their children's mother.

The weekly cruise-in at the Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City, Ohio starts this week. The start is three weeks earlier than in past years.

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The monthly Marysville Muscle Cruise-in attracted more the 70 cars Friday evening. Auto Smarts Radio personality Dan "Boots" Longenette was there with his BADD '57 pulling his new custom trailer.

The Rod Knockers car club out of Marion, Ohio had another good turnout for their Ladies Night show. The club registered 94 cars at the Marion Rural King Saturday evening. The ladies picked all the award winners.

The Club's Favorite award (aka Best of Show) went to Tim Keckler and his 1927 Model T Ford.

It was a wild morning at the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday. The high-end used car dealer held their spring car show. I don't know the exact count, but my guess is close to 300 cars turned out for the event. The line of cars just kept coming and coming.

If you're a car enthusiast, a show/cruise-in like this is akin to a kid in a candy shop. Almost every genre of the automobile is represented. There were classic cars, high-end exotics, muscle cars, rat rods, electric cars, and trucks. About the only thing not there were motorcycles.

You couldn't ask for a better morning for a car show/cruise-in. And the big crowd of spectators proved it. If you'd like to see more cars from the Toy Barn show, Click Here.

The Sunday Afternoon Car Meet at the Point on Main finishes out this week's News and Notes. Host, Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers, registered more than 100 cars Sunday afternoon at the restaurant.

The Best of Show award went to Frank and his low mileage Ford Saleen Mustang.

The events are coming in so fast I'm struggling to keep the Save the Dates for 2021 page up-to-date. Check out the page for the most comprehensive list of upcoming car events in Central Ohio.

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There's a little more local activity this week. For those of you who can't wait until the weekend to get your car show fix, good news, you're going to start seeing events on weekdays from now until October.

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I didn't attend the pre-cruise-in dinner at Der Dutchman in Plain City on Thursday, but I heard attendance was very good.

Shannon Rusell's car was parked under the canopy in front of the restaurant to honor him. Shannon recently passed away. He was a regular attendee of the cruise-in from the very beginning. I'm sure many of you will recognize his car. He will be missed.

The Car and Bike Show at Tony's Bar and Grille Friday evening in London, Ohio was the only judged show in the area this past weekend. The show registered more than 50 cars. This 1959 Corvette took Best of Show honors.

A bunch of events were announced last week and added to the Save the Dates for 2021 page. Check out the page for the most comprehensive list of upcoming car events in Central Ohio.

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Unless some events are announced this week, it's an unusually light schedule for the last weekend of April. I've included a few events that would normally be considered outside of the Central Ohio area just because the schedule is so light. There really isn't much in the way of car events throughout the entire state this weekend. Weird?

Der Dutchman is hosting a pre-cruise-in dinner at the restaurant on Thursday (see link below) so everyone can get reacquainted with each other after the winter layoff.

NEWS AND NOTES:

The weather wasn't quite as cooperative Saturday evening as everyone had hoped for. Folks attending Cruisin' with the King in Marysville and the First Delaware Cruise Night had to dodge some rain showers throughout the evening. Despite the rain, the Delaware Cruise Night raised $200 for the Humane Society of Delaware County.

The Ninja Xpress Car Meet in Lewis Center was a rather laid-back affair Saturday afternoon. I counted between 25-30 cars during the hour I was there. Most were late model cars.

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Pepsi Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride gang held their first show of the season on Saturday at the Sandalwood Boulevard Elks Club in Columbus. The Best of Show award went to Chris Kraner with a 1970 Ford Torino GT.

Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their Spring Warm-up Car Meet at the American Legion Southway Post in South Columbus on Sunday. The meet registered more than 80 cars. All proceeds went to the American Legion post. Stacy Longenette and her 1948 Chevy Thriftmaster pickup took Best of Meet honors.

Events are still being added to the Save the Dates for 2021 page. Check it out for the most complete list of future car events in Central Ohio.

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Here’s this weekend’s list of Central Ohio car events. Saturday has a selection of events to cover the entire day. Lets pray for decent weather.

NEWS AND NOTES:

As most of you may already know by now, Governor DeWine has closed the Ohio State Fair to the public over continued pandemic concerns. What impact this will have on the Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals scheduled for July 9 - 11 is anyone’s guess. Don’t be surprised if the event is canceled for a second year in a row. I will post updates on its status as soon as they are announced.

Showers on Friday evening didn’t stop 20 cars from attending the Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio. The event raised $95 for the Marysville Food Pantry. Here are the award winning cars for this month:

For a comprehensive list of Central Ohio shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page. Events are continually being added to the list.

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