The 2023 Central Ohio car show season has officially ended as far as judged shows. It was just posted on Facebook that there will be a cruise-in at Earthworks Cafe and Lounge in Newark, Ohio on November, 18th. If you're dying for one more car event before you put your car away, here you have it.
Here are the News and Notes from the final five Central Ohio car shows of 2023.
Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:
Often referred to as the "Wheelbarrow Fire Pit" car show, Creative Automotive Auto Sales and the Advance Auto Parts Store in Marysville, Ohio hosted its final show of the year on November 3rd.
There were 26 cars in attendance and $145 was raised for the Marysville Food Pantry.
Here are the six "Favorite" car picks for this month:
In addition to the car awards, Jeff Shankle presented awards for Cruiser and Co-Cruiser of the Year.
Rex Dillion, Tim Inscho, and I received Co-Cruiser of the Year awards. The three of us only missed one show. I was in Florida for the April show so I had a good excuse.
The Cruiser of the Year award went to Jimmy Carmean and Rick Jones. They both attended all eight Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts shows this year. Rick has been Cruiser of the Year four out of the last five years.
Miller's Swap Meet and Car Show:
The 16th Annual Miller's Fall Swap Meet and Car Show took place on Saturday, November 4th at the Ross County Fairgrounds in Chillicothe, Ohio.
With plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 60s, the car show registered 171 vehicles.
I didn't go far into the swap meet area but from what I was told by those that did it was huge.
The car show presented a total of 40 award plaques -- "Top 20" for cars '87 and older and "Top 20" for cars '88 and newer. In addition to the plaques, there were 13 "Special" trophies and two Best of Shows -- one for '87 and older and one for '88 and newer.
The club participation award went to the Street Kingz Car Club.
Here are the "Special" trophy winners:
The Best of Show winners:
- '88 and Newer - Custom 1995 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Bob Kirst
- '87 and Older - 1967 Chevy Nova SS - Owner: Charlie Seymour
Notice that Charlie is standing with two trophies. The one with "Best of Show" at the top will stay with the show promoter. Each year the cars and owner names that received Best of Show will be added to the base of the trophy.
Final Thoughts: This was my first Miller's Swap Meet and Car Show. It was worth the hour's drive from Columbus. I liked splitting the awards into older and newer cars. In my opinion, it gets more people to participate in the show and adds a larger variety of cars. No one can argue that is a bad thing.
The Point on Main Car Show:
On Sunday, November 5th, Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their second-to-last show of the season at The Point on Main Sports Bar & Grill. This was also the final monthly show of the year at the sports bar.
The show registered 64 cars with another dozen hanging out but did not register.
At the end of the show, the C-Town Cruisers presented trophies to the "Favorite 30" cars along with a Ladies Choice, Best Truck, Best Bike, Best MOPO/Rat Rod, and Best of Show.
Best Truck went to Allan Dill with a 1946 Chevy 3100 pickup.
Fred Harrison's 1934 Ford Roadster was the Ladies' Choice.
The Most Potential/Rat Rod Award went to Shawn Duffin's 1979 Pontiac Trans Am.
The 1976 Harley Davidson Shovel Head belonging to Steve Elam received the Best Bike award.
And finally, Richard Rambo took home the Best of Show honors with his 1968 Volkswagon Karmann Ghia.
Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Eldorado's Food & Spirits:
Frank Russell and the Crossroads Events team hosted its second-to-last show of the season at Eldorado's Food & Spirits in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, November 5th.
At the end of the show, 32 trophies were presented to the happy winners.
The Spotlight Award went to Mike and Bettina Robinson with their 1968 Jeep Jeepster.
Ted and his 2014 Chevy Corvette received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award.
The Best of Show honors went to Gene Milhoan with a 1964 Chevy Corvette convertible.
American Legion Canteen Post #144 Veterans Day Car Show:
Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their annual Veterans Day Car Show on November 11th at the American Legion Canteen Post #144 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Veterans Day Car Show is traditionally the last show of the season for the C-Town Cruisers.
Unlike the rain last year, the weather was a bit more cooperative on Saturday. With temperatures in the low 50s and partly cloudy skies, the show had over 90 cars in attendance.
Awards were presented to the "Top 30" cars and Best of Show.
Best of Show went to Alan Dill and his 1946 Chevy 3100 pickup.
Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Lewis Center Wings and Rings:
Frank Russell and the Crossroads Events team finished up their season at the Buffalo Wings and Rings in Lewis Center, Ohio on November 12th.
When you have a good day of weather in the middle of November and it's the only car show in town, it's a good bet you'll register 85 cars. The bank parking lot next to the Wings and Rings Restaurant had to be put into service to handle the overflow parking.
Seventy trophies in a variety of different categories were awarded at the end of the show.
The Spotlight Vehicle for this last show was Dodge Trucks. That award went to Dan Varner for his 1991 Dodge RAM pickup. I think a lot of us were surprised to learn Dan owned a pickup truck along with his many other cars.
Vincent Fiano with a 2017 Nissan Frontier received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award.
The Wings and Rings Manager picked Martin Seitter's 1963 Ford Econoline E100 for Best of Show
Nothing beats ending the season with good weather and a good car show.
Special thanks to Jeff Shankle, Frank Russell, and Russ Annis for their help with Veterans Day and Wings and Rings shows. As some of you may know, I started feeling bad Friday evening. Three home COVID tests have all been negative. Sitting out in the cold with a fever of 102 didn't seem like a smart idea.
This is the final News and Notes report for 2023. Next week I will post a review of the 2023 Central Ohio season. I hope to post it on Monday but for sure before Thanksgiving.
I hope Everyone has a safe week. I'll see you next week with the 2023 season in review.