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Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, & Meet-Ups for June 17 – 23, 2024

2004 Ford Mustang GT Convertible - Owner: Tony Oliver

Here's another week where you could attend a Central Ohio car event every day! It's also another big Saturday for shows and cruise-ins. So far there are 23 scheduled with the likelihood of one or two more being added before the week ends.

Monday (June 17):

Tuesday (June 18):

Wednesday (June 19):

Thursday (June 20):

Friday (June 21):

Saturday (June 22):

Sunday (June 23):

Check out the Save the Dates for 2024 page for the most comprehensive and best-organized list of future Central Ohio car events.

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Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Attendance this past Thursday was 323.

Each week I've been highlighting a unique/unusual vehicle that shows up at the cruise-in. This week there are multiple unique and unusual vehicles to mention.

The first is the one-of-kind motorcycle of John Gochnauer built in 1961 and raced at Charlotte Speedway. The bike has a 750 cc Cushman engine and reached a top speed of 130 mph.

Next, we have something that resembles a golf cart. But in reality, it's Ford's Think Neighbor an all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle designed for use on golf courses, corporate campuses, and vacation resorts.

Introduced in 2002, the Think Neighbor has a top speed of 25 mph and can go approximately 30 miles on a single charge.

The next unique/unusual vehicle on the list is the Shadetree Choppers' Volkswagon Beetle. The car was part of Motor Trend's Hot Rot Power Tower and made the drive from Hebron over to Plain City just to attend the cruise-in.

The final entry in this week's unique/unusual category was not so much the car, but the sign on the side of the car.

The Cobras will be in town this week for the London Cobra Show. Expect to see a lot of Cobras at the cruise-in on Thursday.

Danbury Senior Living Classic & Exotic Car Lunchtime Cruise-In:

Danbury Senior Living on Snouffer Rd in Columbus, Ohio hosted a lunchtime cruise-in on Friday.

There were about fifteen cars in attendance. Anyone who brought a car received a goody bag plus was served lunch which included ribs. Yum!

Danbury has plans to do this again next year on a bigger scale.

2nd Friday NAPA Cruise-In:

Between 25 and 30 cars turned out for the 2nd Friday Cruise-in in front of the NAPA Auto Parts store in Hilliard, Ohio.

The evening got a little rowdy when two young boys decided to ride their bikes in and around the cars. The boys refused to stop and got belligerent with the car owners. Things escalated to the point that the Hilliard Police were called.

Folks have invested lots of money into their cars and a paint job these days is not cheap so you can't fault the car owners for being upset with these boys. They displayed an unbelievable level of disrespect for the car owners.

Despite the incident with the boys, it was a nice evening for a cruise-in. Here are some of the cars that stopped by.

Columbus Cars & Coffee at Polaris Fashion Mall:

The corporate version of Columbus, Cars, & Coffee held its third meet of the season at Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. The nice weather attracted not only a large group of cars but also a big crowd of spectators.

Quite a few vendors were at this meet. They included Backroom Coffee, Shake Shake, Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing, DiLusso Realestate, iDrive Exotic Car Rental, Midwest Auto Group, and The Garage Door Guy. Shake Shack was there handing out free cups of frozen custard.

The two most interesting vehicles were the Austin-equipped rocket car and the Tesla Cybertruck. This was my first up-close look at a Cybertruck and it's a lot bigger in person than photos convey.

My Caddy was parked in excellent company with a Porsche on one side and a Ferrari on the other.

Here's a short montage of cars and bikes from Saturday's Cars & Coffee event.

London Church of the Nazarene Car & Motorcycle Show:

The London Church of the Nazarene hosted a car and motorcycle show on Saturday at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London, Ohio.

There was no registration fee but donations were accepted. All proceeds from the show went to benefit the "Christmas in Action" organization.

62 cars registered for Saturday's show. Trophy categories included Pastor's Choice, Kid's Choice, People's Choice, Best Motorcycle, Oldest Vehicle, Best Truck, Best Import, Top GM, Top Ford, Top Mopar, Top Rat Rod, and Best of Show.

Only one motorcycle registered so no surprise it received the Best Motorcycle Award.

Best of Show honors went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC 40 Military Weapons Carrier.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Steak 'n Shake:

For the second time this season, Frank Russell and his Crossroads Events team were at the Steak 'n Shake in Newark, Ohio. The team will be hosting a show at the restaurant on the third Saturday of each month through November.

Saturday's big winners were Dave O'Brien and his 1982 Chevy C-10 pickup. Dave's truck received the Veteran Owned Vehicle Award.

The team at Steak 'n Shake selected the 2002 Chevy Camaro SS of Jim M. to receive Best of Show.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride at East Linden FOA:

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride team hosted a car show at the Eagles Linden Fraternal Order Aerie 2252 in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

The show registered 40 plus cars.

Best of Show went to our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

Here are a few more outstanding rides from the show:

Gary Zuck Memorial Car Show:

This was the second year for the Gary Zuck Memorial Car Show hosted by the American Legion Post 677 in Lithopolis, Ohio.

This year the show registered 98 cars and motorcycles. Up from 84 that were registered last year.

Awards were presented to the Top 30 vehicles. There were also three trophies for cars 2000 and up (a welcome touch), two motorcycle trophies, three "Specialty" trophies, and a Best of Show.

This year the "Specialty" Awards went to John Harter with a 1956 Mecury, Willam Romburg with a 1940 Ford Deluxe, and Dave Bratton with his 1937 Wild Rod Ford.

The 1950 Chevy pickup belonging to Charlie Benson was selected Best of Show.

To see more rides from Saturday's Gary Zuck Memorial Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Father's Day Cruise-In Car Show at StoryPoint North:

The StoryPoint Senior Center in Powell, Ohio hosted its first-ever cruise-in on Sunday to celebrate Father's Day.

The cruise-in had food and refreshments, a DJ, and a raffle drawing.

The Toy Barn brought several of its cars. Pete Lieb was there with his '62 Chevy Bel Air 409 and Neal and Janice Thomas drove their Chrysler 300F from Pickerington to attend.

I got the chance to take some photos with three of my favorite Corvettes.

By the end, approximately 15 - 20 cars had stopped by during the afternoon.

I'm told the residents of StoryPoint enjoyed the cruise-in so much that there are plans to do another one later in the season.

Other Area Shows:

  • One Church Car & Bike Show in Gahanna, Ohio had approximately 25 cars in attendance on Friday evening. There was no judging or awards just a cruise-in. Jim Sradega sent some photos from the event.
  • Hot Wheels and Hot Wings car show took place on Saturday at Quaker Steak & Lube in Columbus, Ohio. There wasn't much information about this show before the event. Pete Lieb and Chris Kraner both attended. Pete said there were about 25 cars in attendance. Pete received 2nd place for his '62 Chevy Bel Air 409. Chris's 1970 Ford Torino GT received a 1st Place award in the Best Ford category.
  • Leon's Garage Father's Day Car Show - Leon's Garage in Marysville, Ohio hosted its second annual Father's Day Car Show on Sunday. This year the show registered 58 cars. There were awards for the Top Five plus a Best in Show. The Top Five winners were:
    • Richard Yaus - 1964 Pontiac GTO
    • Chad Rosser - 1970 Pontiac GTO
    • Larry Livingston - 1967 Chevy Camaro RS
    • Joe King - 1966 Mercury Caliente
    • Butch Thompson - 1968 Chevy Pro Street Van

Best in Show went to Todd Vesely with a 1979 Porsche 911 SC

That's all I have for this week. A BIG THANKS for their help and photos go to Dave Bratton, Bodie Truitt, Frank Russell, Dale Pearce, Jim Sradeja, Kevin Foust, Pete Lieb, and Liz Martin.

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