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Central Ohio Car Events for August 9 – 15, 2021

Mopar fans and their hemi engines will be invading Hebron, Ohio this weekend for the 40th Annual Mopar Nationals. If you're a Volkswagon aficionado there's the Volkfest Car Show and Swap Meet on Saturday in Pataskala, Ohio. And if you're into tomatoes, well, the 2021 Tomatofest Car Meet in Reynoldsburg, Ohio should be right up your alley.


Der Dutchman:

The Der Dutchman cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio returned to form this past Thursday with more than 300 cars in attendance. For some unexplained reason, I photographed a lot of makes and models in pairs this week.

Hosanna Lutheran Church Car Show:

The 8th Annual Hosanna Lutheran Church Car Show in Pataskala, Ohio registered 89 cars on Friday evening. The Church presented awards to the Top 30 cars, a People's Choice award, and Best of Show. Judging was done on a points system.

The People's Choice Award went to Emma Leigh with a 1956 Mercury Monterey. Larry Steffey and his 2013 Roush Stage 3 Mustang took the Best of Show honors.

Click Here, for more photos from the Hosanna Lutheran Church show.

Karting Classic Car, Truck & Bike Show:

The Commercial Point, Ohio Karting Classic 4th Annual Car, Truck, & Bike Show registered around 130 cars on Friday. From the report I got, the show had a bigger turnout than expected. Looks like the organizers had some pretty nice trophies to present. To see more from the Karting Classic show, click here.

Richwood Bank Cruise-In:

The Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio hosted their second cruise-in of the season this past weekend. Thirty-two cars turned out for the Saturday morning affair. There were raffle prizes and coffee shop specials for anyone who registered a car. Joey Gill from Chesrown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC brought over a brand new 2021 mid-engine Corvette Convertible for display.

The bank plans to host another cruise-in the first Saturday in September and possibly a Halloween-themed cruise-in in October weather permitting.

Vettes, Rods and Classics Car Show:

After a one-year hiatus because of Covid, The Capital City Corvette Club returned to the Creekside district in Gahanna, Ohio on Saturday with their Vettes, Rods, and Classics Car Show. The show registered 298 cars. Thirteen short of the previous attendance record. From my casual observation as a spectator, it looked like the number of rods and classics were down a bit from previous years. There were definitely a lot of Corvettes!

Because of the threat of severe thunderstorms in the area, the awards presentation started around 4 PM instead of 5 PM as planned. I stuck around until the thunder and lightning started and then got out of there ASAP so I wasn't around for the Best of Show announcements. I found out later that no one else was around for the BOS announcements either because as they started announcing the C5 Corvette awards the monsoon rain started.

The winners are supposed to be posted to the Capital City Corvette Club's website. As of this writing, nothing has been posted. I'll post a link to the award winners as soon as it becomes available.

I did manage to get a photo of one award winner before the skies opened up. David Zitko and his 1971 Chevy Chevelle received the Gahanna Police Department Car Award.

UPDATE: The list of award winners has been posted to the Capital City Corvette Club website under the Announcements heading.

The Best of Show award for the Rods and Classics went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge Wc40 Military Weapon Carrier. Paul and Kelly Beck and their 1966 Corvette convertible received the Best of Show for the Vettes.

To see more photos from the Vettes, Rods, and Classics show, click here.

Honor Flight/Vance Outdoors Car Show:

The Honor Flight/Vance Outdoors Show hosted by Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride crew registered 148 cars on Saturday. The show raised $95,000 for Honor Flight. Word has it Boots cut off his beard for charity.

The Best of Show award went to the 1930 Ford Five Window Pickup Truck belonging to Ralph Carle.

Click here, for additional photos from the Honor Flight/Vance Outdoors Show.

Powell Sertoma Cruise-In and Pig Out:

The Powell Sertoma Cruise-In and Pig Out Car Show returned back to the streets of downtown Powell, Ohio on Sunday. The show registered more than 140 cars. The Best of Show award went to Brett Gearhart and his 1967 Chevy Nova SS.

For more Cruise-In and Pig Out photos, click here.

Other Area Shows:

The Baltimore Ohio Festival Cruise-In registered 140 cars on Friday evening. Tom Stewart and his 1982 "Orange Crush" Chevy C-10 pickup received the Best Truck Award.

Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took Best of Show honors at the Amvets Post 1776 Red, White & Cruise Show in Logan, Ohio on Saturday.

The Hartford Fair Car Show in Croton, Ohio attracted 169 cars on Sunday. Dawayne Noble's Volkswagon received the Best of Show award.

Special thanks to Dave Bratton, Larry Walters, Dale Pearce, and Jeff Shankle for helping to make this week's News and Notes.

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4 thoughts on “Central Ohio Car Events for August 9 – 15, 2021

  1. Jim

    The Buckeye Crusin' show was interesting. Great venue, lots of staff, plenty of food, it was for a good cause and they took a bunch of pictures of you and your car if you paid to get in. On the flip side, I don't know how you ever gain access to the photos taken.

    The good;

    The attendees were probably the nicest group of folks I've ever interacted with at a car show. Think I actually made a couple new friends.

    The bad;

    The DJ playing Taylor Swift at 400db. The music was terrible, impossibly loud and totally unnecessary. You couldn't have a conversation and my condolences to the people that inadvertently parked in front of the speakers. Seems kinda odd in the era of covid to create a scenario where the only way to talk to strangers was to get 2" away from their face and yell back and forth loudly.

    Also not a fan of segregation. They grouped stuff together and there's no better way for your car to become invisible than to park it next to 20 of the exact same thing.

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Hi Jim,
      Thanks for your comments on the Buckeye Cruzin'. I also participated in the show on Saturday. See my comments in this week's post ( Like you, I have no idea how to see the photo taken of our cars in front of the stadium rotunda.

      I didn't mind the choice of music but I agree with you it was too loud. I kind of liked having all the car manufacturers grouped together. You're right, cars tend to blend in but on the upside, you could see how people had customized their rides. I felt bad for the classic cars that were relegated to the north end of the stadium. They were kind of out in no man's land compared to the rest of the cars.

      My biggest complaint was the engine revving. The Lamborghini with the Joker wrap revved his engine for 30 minutes. It became obnoxious after the first two minutes. Then I got stuck behind a 2019 modified Corvette ZR1 that also chose to rev his engine endlessly. Every time he revved, black smoke landed all over my car. I got fed up and left. It would have been a fantastic event if it weren't for the engine revving.

  2. Jim

    I agree on the engine revving. A few blips is par for the course but I was standing behind the Lamborghinis and the noise was loud enough to cause hearing damage. I hate to say it but I kinda started hoping one of them would catch fire in typical Lambo fashion just so the noise would stop.

    And it was definitely a shame what they did to the classic car guys especially considering the cost of admission.

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      We both were thinking along the same lines. I was kind of hoping for a piston and rod to shoot up through the hood of the ZR1. No such luck.

      I think the organizers mapped out the parking lot for 300 cars but they got less than half that number so it made it look like the classics were quarantined from all the other cars.

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