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Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, & Meet-Ups for June 24 – 30, 2024

1961 Morris Minor 1/4 Ton Pickup - Owner: Andy Melaragno

Here are the Central Ohio car and bike events for the last week of June.

Monday (June 24):

  • No Events Found

Tuesday (June 25):

  • No Events Found

Wednesday (June 26):

Thursday (June 27):

Friday (June 28):

Saturday (June 29):

Sunday (June 30):

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To say it was a "Red Hot" weekend for car shows is a bit of an understatement. Temperatures well into the 90s caused the cancellation or postponement of four shows scheduled for the weekend. Unfortunately, a lot of cruisers stayed home this week because of the heat.

The Inn at Olentangy Trail Classic Car Show:

The Inn at Olentangy Trail Assisted Living Center hosted several car shows pre-Covid. The last one being in June of 2019 in which there were 56 cars in attendance. Fast forward to last Tuesday and the Inn at Olentangy Trail decided to pick up where it left off by hosting another car show.

Registration was $15 and included a dinner spread consisting of hot dogs, chips, corn on the cob, watermelon, ice cream, and drinks. There were also door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds went to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

The Orange Township Fire Department brought one of its fire trucks to the show and a bounce house was set up for the kids.

There were awards for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cars selected by the residents of the Inn at Olentangy Trail.

Third Place went to Brad Smith with a 1931 Ford pickup truck.

Ken Kubinski's 1967 Pontiac Firebird received the Second Place Award.

Tom Rizek's 1968 Chevy Camaro was chosen First Place.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Despite temperatures well into the 90s this past Thursday, attendance reached 190 cars. Of the 190, approximately 40 were Cobras that were in town for the London Cobra Show.

Nothing unique or unusual to report this week. However, this 1948 Chevy pickup truck received a lot of attention.

Just to give everyone a heads up. The 4th of July is on a Thursday this year. The restaurant will have reduced hours that day so there will be NO cruise-in on July 4th.

Mountainview Christian Church Car Show:

For the second year in a row, the Mountainview Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio hosted a benefit car show to raise funds for a Hurricane Relief Mission Trip to Puerto Rico.

The theme of the show was "Gettin' The Cruise Back Together" a reference to the Blues Brothers. You'll see that reference in the awards.

Registration was $10 and included one door prize ticket. There was also a large array of silent auction items to bid on.

The church had food and drink available to buy. The main entree included pulled pork sandwiches or hot dogs.

This year the Church registered 31 cars. The 1901 Oldsmobile with a five-horsepower engine was the most unique vehicle at the show.

There were 17 Sponsor's Choice Awards. No Best of Show.

The big winners were Dean Maisenbacher with a 1961 Chevy Parkwood station wagon and Dave Bratton with a 1937 Wild Rod Ford.

Many of us sat under a large maple tree for most of the show. The shade and slight breeze made the afternoon bearable.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Massey's Pizza:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride team made their annual stop at Massey's Pizza at the Indian Mound Mall in Heath, Ohio on Saturday.

The heat made a huge difference in attendance this year. The show registered 32 cars on Saturday compared to the record-setting 182 cars last year.

Tom and Tommy Obert received Best Mustang and Massey's Pick.

Dale Pearce took home the Best Truck Award with his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

Best of Show went to Terry Treneff's 1955 Chevy Nomad.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Earthworks Cafe:

The Crossroads Event team was back at Earthworks Cafe in Newark, Ohio on Saturday hosting the monthly car show at the restaurant.

The Earthworks Cafe staff was very accommodating letting everyone sit inside to get away from the heat.

Bubba Hettinger received the Veteran Owned Vehicle Award with his 1978 Chevy K10 Stepside 4x4 pickup.

Ron Howell's 2015 Chevy Corvette Z51 took home the Best of Show Honors.

The Crossroads Events team will be back at the Earthworks Cafe for the July show on July 27th. This coming Saturday (6/29/24) you can join them at the East West Restaurant in Heath, Ohio.

Triple F Collection - The IV Event:

Who would have thought thousands of Central Ohioians wanted to see multi-million dollar exotic hypercars and were willing to pay money to do it?

That's exactly what happened Sunday at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The Triple F Collection along with the help of several other collections, held its The IV Event.

A ticket to get in was $20 for adults plus $7 to park. If you wished to display your car outside Kasich Hall, it was $195. All proceeds from the event will go to Make-A-Wish Foundations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

To say the crowd inside and outside Kasich Hall was large is an understatement. The place was packed!

You could smell the carbon fiber as soon as you walked inside. Cars with household names like Pagani, Koenigsegg, Nevera, McLaren, and Pininfarina were on display throughout the hall. Of course, there were also the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches.

None of the cars were roped off. You could get as up close and personal with each car as you wanted short of driving one. There were quite a few cars you could sit in.

The car that seemed to attract the largest crowd was the Koenigsegg Regera. A hybrid car with three electric motors and a single 5-liter twin-turbo V8 gas engine. The combination is said to deliver a whopping 1797 horsepower.

My personal favorite was a gray with orange interior Bugatti Chiron Super Sport. The powertrain is a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine capable of producing 1578 horsepower. Top speed is rated at 273 mph. That's fast enough to drive around Columbus on I-270 in well under an hour. The base price is a lowly $3,825,000. All it needs is some Chevy SS badges on the front quarter panels.

There was a split-window '63 Corvette inside the hall that seemed out of place with the rest of the cars.

It wouldn't be an exotic car show without someone revving an engine. That just happened to occur as I was leaving the event. There was a standing-room-only crowd with phones up in the air surrounding a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ waiting to record the very loud pops and crackles from its exhaust.

For your viewing pleasure, here is some very, very expensive automotive eye candy.

For me personally, I thought it was worth the $27 to see all the exotic hypercars up close and in person. By the size of the crowd, so did a lot of other people. It didn't hurt that the cost of admission went for a good cause.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at the Grove City Elks Lodge #37:

After hosting a show in Heath, Ohio on Saturday, the Auto Smarts Radio team traveled to Grove City, Ohio to host the first-ever car show at the Elks Lodge #37.

With early morning rain and temperatures noticeably cooler than Saturday, the show registered 58 cars.

The Elk Lodge President's pick went to Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup. It was a good weekend for Dale and his pickup truck.

Jeff Ward received the Veterans Pick with his 2002 Chevy S10 "Lowrider" pickup.

Chad Herrick's 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 was selected Best Modern Mopar and Jim McGruder's 2020 Corvette took home Best Modern Corvette.

Best of Show went to the 1942 Chevy Special belonging to Shawn Freels. Check out the custom trophy.

Here are Old Goats Car Club members getting ready to head home with some hardware.

Other Area Shows:

  • The only other area show to mention this week is the Harry and Mary Wise Car Show that took place on Saturday in Sunbury, Ohio. Attendance at this year's show was 105 cars. Not bad considering the heat. Our good friend, Bryan Mauger, received a Top 20 Award for his 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo. The Best of Show Award went to the 1956 Oldsmobile of Scott Varney (top right photo). Here are some of the cars from the show.

That concludes this week's News and Notes. It looks like this coming week won't be quite as hot.

I want to thank this week's contributors:

  • Dale Pearce
  • Chad Herrick
  • Frank Russell
  • Bryan Mauger

Have a safe week and stay cool.

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