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Here are the Central Ohio car events for the second weekend of August.

Events will likely be added or canceled as the week progresses, so check back often for updates.

News and Notes:

Between the virus and weather this past week, I don't have much to report. Two shows scheduled for this weekend, the Hosanna Lutheran Car Show in Pataskala on Friday evening and the Purple Door Car Show in Grove City on Saturday have both been canceled.

My primary computer took a big dump Saturday afternoon. Damn thing won't even power on. As has been my luck this year, both Apple stores in Columbus are closed because of the pandemic. Earliest I can get the computer into a repair center is Thursday as a walk-in. I mention all this as a warning that updates may not be as timely as usual this week.

The Save the Dates for 2020 page is still be updated regularly. Unfortunately, there were more cancellations last week then additions.


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Here are the Central Ohio car events for the last week of July and the first weekend of August.

I wouldn't be surprised if a few of the shows scheduled for Saturday or Sunday are canceled by the end of the week so check back often.

News and Notes:

Here are some highlights from this past week's events:

  • Der Dutchman registered 93 cars at its weekly cruise-in on Thursday.
  • On Friday evening, 78 cars turned out for the London Strawberry Festival Car & Motorcycle Show.
  • The Black Wing Shooting Center Summer Blast Car Show had more than 100 cars in attendance. The Best of Show award went to Bill Erlenback and his 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible.
  • The 1959 Chevy El Camino belonging to Ralph Carle picked up Best of Show honors at the Makeup Date Cruisin The Point On Main Car Show hosted by the C-Town Cruisers.
  • The Cars and Cones Ice Cream Cruise-In had its best attendance yet with more than 140 cars showing up during the 90 degree afternoon.

This past week the Save the Dates for 2020 page had as many new events added as were canceled.


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Here are the Central Ohio car events for the last full week of July. Hard to believe we're halfway through the season.

Just a reminder to check back here often as this list will most certainly change as we move through the week.

News and Notes:

Of course the big news last week was the cancellation of the Arthritis Foundation Classic Car Show and Cruise-In that was scheduled for August 20-22 in Dublin, Ohio. A few more significant shows also ended up on the chopping block thanks to the Governor's mass gathering orders. These included the Annual Buckeye Ranch Car Show in Ashville, The Cruisin with the Cops Car Show in downtown Bucyrus, The Charitable Open Car Show in Sunbury, and the Dublin Am Rotary Classic Car Show scheduled for September 6 in Dublin, Ohio.

Despite the cancelations, there were a few additional shows announced last week. The biggest of these being the USA Days Car Show in Centerburg, Ohio scheduled for September 13.

To view the most up-to-date list of future and ongoing Central Ohio car events, log on to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.


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Here is this week's Central Ohio car events. There's a nice choice of events on tap for Saturday.

News and Notes:

BREAKING NEWS: The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In scheduled for August 20 -22 in Dublin, Ohio has been canceled. Read the details from Kevin Gadd.

I stopped by the Empty Pockets Good Time Cruise-In for a couple of hours on Saturday. I counted about 50 cars in attendance while I was there. The cruise-in provided a nice opportunity to touch base with some friends I hadn't seen since last fall. The Hilliard Memorial VFW provided food and drink to anyone interested in purchasing refreshments. It turned out to be great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon.

The most intriguing vehicle at the cruise-in was this 4th generation Camaro convertible with a '69 front and rear end. The car was purchased at a Mecum auction

Der Dutchman was down about 100 cars from the previous two weeks because of the weather.

Ron Griffith (1950 Ford F1 pickup), Dan Fannin (1971 Chevy Chevelle), and Ron Graham (1974 Pontiac GTO) picked up awards at the July Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show.

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride Other Guys Car Show at Massey's Pizza in Heath, Ohio registered 117 cars on Sunday. Tom Stewart's orange Chevy pickup took the Best of Show award.

From what I hear, the AD Farrow/Rabid Customs Rods and Handle Bars Show in Sunbury, Ohio on Saturday evening had a packed house. Lots of cars and lots of bikes turned out for the event.

There weren't many changes this week to the Save the Dates for 2020 page. It still remains the most comprehensive list of future Central Ohio car events so check it out when you have a chance.


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Here are the car events for the first week and weekend of July. Even though there is no Champaign Cruisers Firecracker or Union County Fairground shows this year, there are still plenty of events scheduled for July 4th.

Last week there were several last-minute cancellations and location changes. I try to update the list as soon as I know about any changes, however, it's always a good idea to contact the organizers to confirm the event is still on before heading out.

News and Notes:

The second week of the Der Dutchman Cruise-In turned out to be a big one. More than 200 cars showed up for what turned out to be a beautiful Thursday evening weather-wise. Starting this week, I believe the restaurant is going to start selling ice cream and soft drinks at the cruise-in.

The inaugural Grace Chapel Wednesday Night Cruise-in attracted about 20 cars. Just like the Hilton Cruise-In last year, it was after 6 pm when the majority of cars arrived. Chad Schirtziner is working to get a food truck on the premises each week.

CLICK HERE, to see photos from each cruise-in.

Two big events, Cruise the Ville and Vettes, Rods, And Classics at Creekside, were canceled last week. Fortunately, there were twice as many new events anounced. To see the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.

BREAKING NEWS: Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio have released their 2020 Cruise and Ride schedule. I will be adding these events to the Save the Dates page.


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Here are the car events this week in Central Ohio. Saturday is jam-packed with events from morning to night. Of course, the big event on the schedule is the three days Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show.

News and Notes:

Those that attended the first Der Dutchman Cruise-In of the year on Thursday evening got a little wet. While everything and everybody was still dry, Marty Ruiz managed to get in some photos from the cruise-in.

On Saturday, I stopped by the Ninja Express Car Wash Cruise-In during the afternoon and the Delaware Cruise Night that evening. Both events had good turnouts. Here's a sampling of some of the cars that made it out to each event.

This year's Grace Chapel Car Show in Westerville, Ohio registered 94 cars on Saturday. This was the best-attended show the church has ever hosted.

Best of Show went to the 1957 Ford Thunderbird belonging to Rich Robbins. Henry Ours with a 1940 Ford Panel Delivery truck received the Pastors Choice.

On a related note, Chad Schirtzinger who was the driving force behind the Hilton Polaris Tuesday Night Cruise-Ins last year has received permission from the Pastor at Grace Chapel to hold a weekly cruise-in at the church. The first cruise-in will be this Wednesday (6/24) starting at 5 PM.

For the first time this year, more events were added to the Save the Dates for 2020 page than were canceled. Check out the page for an up-to-date list of upcoming events.

BREAKING NEWS: It was just posted that the Vettes, Rods & Classics show at Creekside in Gahanna, Ohio slated for August 1st has been canceled this year. This show has been rated as one of the top car events in Central Ohio for the last three years. What a bummer!


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For the first time this season, there's a Central Ohio car event every day of the week. As per usual, the events could change as we get closer to the weekend.

This week will see the return of the Der Dutchman cruise-ins. Since this will be a special kickoff to the cruise-ins, Wayne Nisly is asking everyone interesting in attending to RSVP via email to wayne@wnisly.com.

News and Notes:

There is positive news regarding the 38th Annual Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In scheduled for August 20-22 in Dublin, Ohio. Last week the Dublin City Council approved all permit requests along with doubling their grant to help procure PPE and market the event. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the show is a GO!

Creative Towing and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted their third show of the season on Friday. With picture-perfect weather, the show had a good turn out with 47 registered cars. Over $500 was raised to help with medical expenses for Jeff Shankle's business partner. CLICK HERE, for photos from the show and this month's award winners.

On Sunday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted a show at the VFW Post 8794 in Whitehall, Ohio. The event registered 139 vehicles. Best of Show honors went to Pam Shankle with a 1936 Plymouth Business Coupe.

We should learn the fate of the Goodguys PPG Nationals this week. A decision as to whether or not the event will take place as scheduled will be made no later than June 17 according to the GoodGuys website.

UPDATE: It's official. The Goodguys PPG Nationals has been canceled for 2020. https://ohioexpocenter.com/event/goodguys-18th-ppg-hot-rod-custom-car-nationals/

The Save the Dates for 2020 page underwent a major clean up this week. ALL the canceled events have been removed. This should make it easier to find shows and cruise-ins still on the schedule as the page was becoming a sea of red cancellations.


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When I posted last week's list of events, there wasn't much on the schedule at the start of the week. By the end of the week, however, two events had been canceled and five new events added. I think this is going to be the norm for the rest of the season so check back often, especially towards the end of the week.

News and Notes:

BREAKING NEWS: I Just received messages from two readers that there will be NO Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruise-Ins this year. Word has it the dealership will be under new ownership soon.

The one and only cruise I've done so far this year is the Senior Celebration Street Cruise and Great Garage Door Contest in Obetz. The purpose of the cruise was to honor the Senior Graduates of Hamilton Township High School and the senior citizens of Obetz. It was an interesting cruise in that it offered awards for Best Paint, Most Unique, Best Modern, Best Classic, Best Overall, and Best Motorcycle as voted on by the spectators along the cruise route. There was also a participation award advertised for all those that registered for the cruise.

My car wasn't selected for any of the special awards, however, I did receive a $25 BP gas card in the mail this week for participating in the cruise. Not bad for a 45 minutes drive around Obetz!

The beautiful weather this weekend, especially on Sunday, made it all but impossible to shelter at home.

Two car meets on Sunday, one at the Target store in Powell, Ohio, and the other at the Coldstone Creamery on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, took advantage of the nice weather to attract more than 130 cars. I stopped by both meets to take photos and reconnect with friends.

After a two month absence, Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman and the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio held it's first cruise-in of the year. With 148 vehicles in attendance, the cruise-in has the distinction of being the biggest event so far in Central Ohio.

Cars & Coffee: After shutting down for twelve weeks due to the coronavirus, Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center is considering starting back up this weekend. Nothing has been officially set in stone so stay tuned. The other Columbus Cars and Coffee has the Esoteric Open house on its schedule. I spoke with a team member from Esoteric on Monday and they're still undecided about hosting the event this Saturday. I hope to post updates on both events later in the week.

Der Dutchman Plain City: Just received a text from Wayne Nisly Monday evening. He's got approval to start the Der Dutchman cruise-ins on June 18. Yippee!

A few more events were added to the Save the Dates for 2020 page this week. The most notable of these is the Empty Pockets Cruisers Armed Forces Day show. The show has been rescheduled for August 8. Unfortunately, there were also some cancellations. This page is still updated pretty much daily so check-in often.


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Not much on the agenda for this coming weekend. Most everything has been canceled. I've reached out to both the RoundTown Cruisers and Boy Scout Troop 382 to confirm the status of their events. As of this posting, neither organization has gotten back to me.

UPDATE: Contacted the president of the Roundtown Cruisers. Their cruise-in for this Friday has been canceled.

News and Notes:

This past weekend saw the return of a couple of "traditional" car events. I stopped by the Marysville Car Meet on Sunday. I estimate somewhere between 150 and 200 vehicles showed up during the afternoon. Here are some of the photos I took at the meet.

Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their first show of the season at the Point On Main Street Sports Bar & Grill. The show registered 78 cars, however, more than 100 cars turned out for the event. Best of Show went to Steve Beal and his 1951 Chevy Suburban.

On the way home from Marysville, I happened to drive by some members of the AMMO (All Modern Mopars of Ohio) who were having a "mini cruise-in" at the LaScala Restaurant on 161. The club members had just finished participating in a graduation cruise. I took a few minutes to stop and introduce myself.

Goodguy PPG Nations: With the 2020 Ohio State Fair officially canceled, I called Goodguys last week for an update on the status of the PPG Nationals. The woman I spoke to stated that as of this time the event is still on. She said contractually the Ohio Expo Center must give Goodguys 30 days notice if they cannot host the event at the Fairgrounds. I was told to check back again around June 10th for a more definitive answer on the status of the event.

A few events were added this week to the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for an updated list of future events, cancellations, and postponements.


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Here are the Central Ohio events I've found for this last weekend in May.

Even though it's still listed on Old Ride, I can confirm the Cruising To The Point Show Presented by Auto Smarts Radio has been canceled. The same goes for the S.A.L Spring Fling and Bike Rally in Lancaster.

If this past weekend is an omen for how the rest of the season is going to go, I strongly recommend checking back here often. There were events canceled right before and during the weekend. There were events that changed dates then changed back again, and there were events announced with less than 24 hours notice. By Memorial day my head was spinning trying to keep up with all the changes.

News and Notes:

The 2020 London Strawberry Festival was officially canceled last Thursday. The annual Cobra show that coincides with the festival was canceled a few weeks earlier. The fate of the Strawberry Festival Car and Motorcycle show is still up in the air. As of now, the plan is to still have the show although the location may change. Stay tuned for more info.

In a sign the season may be returning to some level of normality, four events were announced over the weekend. These include:

For a list of future events, cancellations, and postponements, check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page. The page is being updated almost every day.

Update: Marty Ruiz was kind enough to send the link to the photos he took at the "unofficial" Mount Victory car show on Memorial Day. Marty guessed about 80 cars showed up to support the local shops.

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