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Central Ohio Car Events for August 2 – 8, 2021

This week Central Ohio has a jam-packed Friday and Saturday line-up of events. Twenty-three events are on the schedule between those two days.

The marquee events this week are the Vettes, Rods, and Classics Car Show in Gahanna, The Vance Outdoor Car Show in Obetz, and the Powell Cruize-In and Pig Out in Powell.


Rain on Thursday dampened the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio. I received word that only 26 cars braved the scattered thunderstorms and showed up last week.

Shaun "Big Dawg" Saunders and the C-Town Cruisers partnered with the Pharisburg United Methodist Church in Marysville, Ohio for a car show/cruise-in on Friday evening.

The show registered 50 cars. A free-will offering 50's style diner was served.

The Best of Show Award went to Janice and Sam Foos and their 1957 Ford Skyliner.

For the other award-winning cars and trucks and more photos from the Pharisburg United Methodist Church show, click here.

The Vanity Gentlemen's Club in Columbus, Ohio was the scene of the Heels & Wheels Car Show on Saturday afternoon. As you can guess by the location and name, it was not your traditional car show.

The Gentlemen's Club registered a total of 55 vehicles. The $15 registration fee also included a door prize ticket. I've got to say those were some of the better door prizes I've seen this season.

Everyone who registered a car got a chance to vote on awards for their favorite Vanity dancer. Since this is a "G" rated website, I won't list the name of the awards. I'll leave that up to your imagination.

The dancers did all the judging. Their pick for Best of Show was William Brown's 1979 Ford Mustang Pace Car.

To see the other award winners and more cars from the Heels & Wheels show, Click here,

At the other end of the spectrum from the Heels & Wheels show was the Purple Door Cruise-In at the Grove City Methodist Church.

The show busted its previous attendance record of 135 cars by registering 174 vehicles on Saturday.

Best of Show honors went to our good friend, Jeff Shankle, and his 1951 Ford F1 pickup.

See more photos from the Purple Door Cruise-In (thanks Dave Bratton).

The Life City Church in Pickerington, Ohio registered 80 cars on Saturday. Registration and everything else I'm told was free.

On Sunday the Buckeye Rod Builders hosted the 41st Annual Poor Man's Nationals at the Pastime Park in Plain City, Ohio. Just like in 2019, the event was free and open to all makes, models, and years. In other words, it was a big cruise-in. And big it was with over 245 cars. Just goes to show trophies aren't necessary to attract a large gathering of cars. Just offer some door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, refreshments, a good location, and some nice weather and they will come.

Click here for more photos from the 41st Poor Man's Nationals.

And finally, The C-Town Cruisers were out at The Point on Main Sunday afternoon for their monthly show at the restaurant. The Cruisers registered a little over 60 cars.

Steve Kidwell received the Best of Show award with his 1965 Pontiac GTO. Charlie Seymour and his 1967 Nova took the Ladies Choice honors.

If anyone has info from the Cardo's Pizza show in Pickerington, please feel free to post it in the comments section.

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7 thoughts on “Central Ohio Car Events for August 2 – 8, 2021

  1. ChrisAndKorena

    I’m disappointed there were no shots of the judging at the Vanity show……LOL
    The best of show at Cardos Pizza went to I believe it was a green 71 Monte Carlo with a 454 in it. Sorry I didn’t catch the owners name. Very nice car!

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Hi Chris, I have a great photo of the Heels & Wheels best of show winner receiving his trophy. Unfortunately, some folks might find the photo offensive so I thought it best not to post it.

      I found a photo of the '71 Monte Carlo with the 454. The owner is Jeff Wickham.

      1971 Monte Carlo 454


    Kim, I seen on face book yesterday that Southeastern Conservation Club will be hosting a car show Saturday 8-24-21. hopefully they will post it on this site.

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Hi Steve,
      Thanks for the tip on the Southeast Conservation Club car show. I was able to download the flyer from their FB page. I've got it posted to the Save the Dates page and will include it with the weekly list of events for August 23 through August 29. The club is up against a bunch of competition on Aug 28. I counted 12 other events (13 total) scheduled for that day.


        Hi Kim
        Thanks for the reply, if you ever get a chance to go it will be well worth your time. it's a fantastic venue with a throw back bar and grill like. Kinda like going back in time to the 70's . I always look forward every year to going to.

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