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.
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.
NEWS AND NOTES:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Not much on the schedule for this second weekend of April. Next weekend will be a different story. Columbus Cars and Coffee, Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride, Mid Ohio Cruisers and the C-Town Cruisers just to name a few all have their first events of season scheduled for next weekend.
I couldn’t find anything for Sunday. If you know of event in Central Ohio on Sunday, please pass it my way.
UPDATE: The Franklin County Food Fair and cruise-in is both Saturday and Sunday. I’ve updated the listings.
News and Notes:
The Rod Knockers Car Club of Marion, Ohio held their first show of the season Saturday evening at Rural King. Because of Covid-19, the last show hosted by the club prior to Saturday was October of 2019. More the 80 cars turned out for this first show following the 17 month hiatus.
Each month this season, the club will feature a car from a past television show. April’s featured car was the 1982 Firebird Trans Am known as K.I.T.T. from the television show Knight Rider. Unfortunately, David Hasselhoff was unable to make an appearance at Saturday’s show due to a prior commitment. 😁
On a more serious note, this 1937 Ford pickup received the Club’s Choice Award for April.
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. A good number of events were announced last week and added to the list.
I always consider the first weekend in April the “official” start of the Central Ohio car show season. Some may argue it starts in March but I consider those March events to be more like a Preseason.
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News and Notes:
On Friday evening, both the inaugural Marysville Muscle Cruise-In and Spring Car and Bike Show at Tony’s Bar and Grill in London, Ohio had good turn outs for early season shows.
The Spring show in London registered around 45 vehicles. The Best of Show award went to this Ghost Busters themed Dodge Challenger.
Due to the recent behavior of some attendees, the organizers of Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center have decided to CANCEL the Saturday morning meets indefinitely. They hope to be back in the fall with new plans. Here’s their Facebook post. There’s always some bad actors that spoil the fun for everyone.
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. The page is updated almost daily as more and more shows are announced.
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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