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Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, and Meet-ups for July 5 – 10, 2022

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With the 4th of July holiday providing an extra day of shows, there's a lot to report this week.

Der Dutchman Thursday Cruise-In:

The 90-degree temperatures and start of the July 4th holiday weekend dropped attendance to 244 cars this week at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio.

Delaware First Friday Cruise-In:

The downtown Delaware, Ohio First Friday event had 33 cars and four tractors participate in the cruise-in this month. Some very nice cars were on display.

Street Elite Corvette Club Open Car Show:

The Street Elite Corvette Club hosted its annual open car show in Pataskala, Ohio on Saturday. The Club registered in the neighborhood of 200 cars. Jerry Davies took Best of Show honors with his 1932 Plymouth. Three members of the Rusty Lug Nutz Facebook Group, William Brown, Dale Pearce, and Tom Stewart received awards. Dale's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Fire Chief's Choice award.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Cruisin Classics:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride 2022 tour were at Cruisin Classics in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. The Show had 78 vehicles in attendance.

Best of Show honors went to this 1956 Desoto Firedome Station Wagon.

Rod Knockers Car Club of Marion July Car Show:

The Rod Knockers Car Club held their July show on Saturday evening at the Rural King in Marion, Ohio.

The club registered 96 cars with another 25 -30 cars attending but not registering. Seems kind of crazy since registration is free!

The theme for the awards this month was the movie Hollywood Knights which depicted the antics of the members of a 1950s-era car club.

The Club presented awards to their "Favorite" 25 cars and trucks of the evening. There was also a DJ's Choice award, a "Favorite" Motorcycle award, the Club's Overall Favorite (aka Best of Show), and an award for the favorite club member's car.

Our good friends, Frank Sanborn and Tim Inscho received two of the club's Favorite awards.

The DJ's Choice went to Luke Elliott with a 1984 Chevy Camaro.

The "Favorite" Motorcycle award went to the 1969 Triumph Bonneville belonging to Larry Ralston.

The Club Member's pick this month went to Bobby Price and his 1964 Ford Custom 500.

Mike and Denise Smith and their 1935 Chevy Pickup received the Club's Overall Favorite award.

CLICK HERE to see more cars from the Rod Knockers July show:

The Point on Main Sports Bar & Grill Car Show:

Sunday afternoon Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their July car show at the Point on Main Sports Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.

The C-Town Cruisers registered 75 vehicles during the afternoon.

There were awards for the Top 30, a Ladies Choice, Best Truck, Best Rat Rod/Most Potential, and a Best of Show.

The Ladies Choice award went to Charlie Seymour with a 1967 Chevy Nova SS. Jeff Longhenri's 1951 Chevy pickup received the Best Truck award. Rat Rod/Most Potential when to a 1952 GMC pickup (not pictured).

Al Mathes and his 1965 Backdraft Cobra received the Best of Show award.

To see more cars, trucks, and motorcycles from The Point on Main car show, CLICK HERE:

Junction City Independence Celebration and Car Show:

Junction City, Ohio which is approximately 16 miles east of Lancaster, Ohio held its 23rd Annual Independence Day Celebration and car show on Sunday.

The car show registered around 100 cars. The parade route passed right in front of the car show.

Trophies were presented for vehicles 1990 and older and 1991 and newer along with 16 "Special" Trophies. The "Special" trophies included Mayor's Choice, DJ's Choice, 4th of July Committee's Choice, Best Mopar, Ford, GM, Truck, Motorcycle, Rat Rod, and a Best of Show.

The Best of Show trophy went to Shawn O'Reilly and his 1966 Mustang.

To see more from the Junction City Independence Day Celebration Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Union County Fairgrounds 4th of July Car Show:

Last year the show was moved from July 4th to October 16. Only 22 cars turned out on the October date. This year the organizers returned the show back to July 4th which was a good decision. The show registered 114 vehicles on Monday. There was lots of parking available in the shade. Five food trucks provided a variety of food and refreshments.

The show awarded plaques to the "Top 24" cars and trucks along with a Best of Show.

The Best of Show award went to Bob and Chris Johnson with a 1965 Ford AC Shelby Cobra.

My only minor nitpicks with the show is it didn't include the name of the car owner on the window placard. Hopefully, it will be included next year.

If you'd like to see more from the Union County Fairgrounds 4th of July show, CLICK HERE.

Champaign Cruisers 24th Annual Firecracker Car, Truck & Bike Show:

As always, the big event of the July 4th weekend is the Champaign Cruisers Firecracker Car, Truck, and Bike Show at the Skelley Lumber Company in Urbana, Ohio.

The event attracts cars from central and western Ohio and eastern Indiana.

Attendance on Monday reached 687 cars. Our good friend, Jeff Shankle, posted six sets of photos from the show on Facebook!

Here's a sampling of some of the photos Jeff posted.

Other Shows:

  • 1st Annual Stockhands Horses for Healling Car Show in Delaware, Ohio registered 60 cars on Saturday.
  • The Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio had about 70 cars in attendance for its monthly Cruise-In.

Special thanks to Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, Mike Hermann, and Dave Bratton for their contributions. Between myself and the four of them, we covered car shows in nine different cities this week. Not bad.

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4 thoughts on “Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, and Meet-ups for July 5 – 10, 2022

  1. Jim

    The Good Guys show website sucks. As a first timer I wanted to attend and bring a car. I would have pre-registered but I didn't want to go through all that if it was going to rain - I also don't really need or want a Goodguys membership. Same day registration was available at the event (at a premium) so I chose that. On the website there are no display entrance directions, no maps of display areas (or any kind), no times for arrival, no 'first timer advice' nothing. (The entire website is nearly useless - There's even a whole tab dedicated to the 2022 Poker Run that only names the places - no dates, no times, nothing.) Best I could find was the address for the 'at-event registration' office so I rolled the dice and just went over. You couldn't get anywhere near the place, the freeway was a parking lot and the only signs I saw were for spectator entrances.

    I could have used any tiny morsel of information to make better choices. I'm in a hotbox with a race clutch and no power steering - just dawdling around in stop and go traffic isn't any kinda fun. What the website really needed was a 'nice pavement - railroad track free' entrance route for display vehicles map and a 'get here by 6am or else' warning. Maybe if you become a member and pay the yearly dues they actually help you participate but as a novice looking to get their feet wet, forget it.

    Glass half full; they saved me $115 in registration fees and another round of thanks!

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Hi Jim, I'm going to participate in the All American Sunday with my Camaro. I'll let you know how it goes. I went in 2019 and other than I don't think my car was ever judged, it was an OK experience.

        1. Kim Hawksworth

          My experience wasn't bad. I got to the Expo Center around 8 AM. There was no line of cars. I got directed to the designated parking area for All American Sunday. Had a little walk to register but that would be my only very minor complaint. There was no line to register.

          I heard there were almost 40,000 people there on Saturday. The crowd is a lot smaller on Sunday. I would highly recommend going on Sunday if you can. All the award-winning cars and vendors are still there until the mid-after afternoon. And it's not as crazy as Friday or Saturday.

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