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Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, And Meet-ups for July 11 – 17, 2022

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Fair warning, the focus of this week's news and notes is Goodguys and Goodguys-related events. Everyone I know was at Goodguys at least one day this past weekend including myself.

Classic Car Cruise-In at Chesrown:

The only non-Goodguys event to report on this week is the Classic Car Cruise-In at Chesrown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Delaware, Ohio.

It was a packed house at the dealership on Thursday evening. Parking spots were at a premium.

There were food trucks, live music from The Conspiracy Band, prizes, and lots of great-looking cars.

I finally got to see Dan Varner's pristine, and I mean pristine, 1991 Camaro Z/28 1LE.

A rare one-of-a-kind El Camaro made an appearance at the cruise-in.

For more photos from the Chesrown Cruise-In, CLICK HERE.

Goodguys, Goodguys, and more Goodguys:

Here are some local highlights from this year's Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio won the burnout contest on Saturday.
  • Over the four day event, Jeff Shankle took 1500 photos on his phone -- half of them selfies. 😎
  • Reported attendance on Saturday approached the 40,000 mark. I heard it was wall-to-wall people.
  • My 2017 Camaro ZL1 received an All American Sunday award.
  • Somewhere in the neighborhood of 4500 vehicles registered for the four day event.

Saturday Evening at the Crown Plaza, Polaris Hilton, and Quaker Steak and Lube:

I have always wanted to check out the after-show events at the host hotels but never got around to it until this year.

I stopped by the Crown Plaza first. There was already a pretty good size crowd of people and cars when I got there at 5:30 pm Saturday evening.

There was a food buffet, live music, adult beverages, and nice weather. All the right ingredients for a good party.

Next, it was on to the Polaris Hilton. A much smaller crowd and a bit low-key compared to the Crown Plaza. Still, some very nice cars in the parking lot.

It turns out rubber burning is all it took to make Quaker Steak and Lube the craziest venue of them all. It had traffic backed up on Polaris Parkway in both directions. Columbus police eventually had to close down Lyra Drive into the restaurant because of the excess traffic. I heard it was a two and half hour wait for a table. A lot of people parked at the Hilton and then tried to cross Polaris Parkway (not a very safe move). Needless to say, I didn't even attempt to make it to Quaker Steak and Lube.

If you'd like to see more photos from the Crown Plaza and Polaris Hilton, CLICK HERE.

Back to Goodguys:

I'm going to finish out this week's report with a few of the cars that received awards at Goodguys. You can CLICK HERE to see a bunch more automobiles (warning pic heavy) from the event.

Special thanks to Jeff Shankle for sharing some of his 1500 photos for this report.

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6 thoughts on “Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, And Meet-ups for July 11 – 17, 2022

        1. Kim Hawksworth

          This was only my third time at Goodguys. I’ve been once as a spectator and twice with my Camaro. When I did All American Sunday in 2019, I didn’t know you had to park in a specific area if you wanted your car judged. This year I made sure I parked in the designated area.

          You see some awesome cars at Goodguys. Lots of bucks have been spent restoring a high percentage of the cars.

  1. Dale Pearce

    Thanks for the updates and reviews and pics. You do an awesome job at this and always appreciated .

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Hi Dale, Thank you for the kind words regarding I'm always thrilled to hear the site is appreciated.

      I couldn't do it without the contributions that you, Jeff, Dave, and others provide. I'm truly blessed to have a great group of friends helping out.

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