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Central Ohio Cruise-in Hosted by Scout Troop 382

The threat of storms on Saturday canceled several shows and impacted participation in others.

The Central Ohio Cruise-in put on by Boy Scout Troop 382 of Centerburg, Ohio managed to dodge the rain but was significantly down in attendance from previous years.  Last year more than 90 vehicles registered for the show compared to 53 this year.

The show has been traditionally held on a Sunday, but this year it was changed to Saturday so it wouldn't conflict with the Centerburg High School graduation.


The show itself was also much smaller than prior years.  Only 16 awards were presented, eight for "Best in Show" and eight for "Scout's Choice". Last year, by comparison, the scout troop passed out more than 50 awards.

There were no food trucks this year. Instead, the scouts sold hot dogs, brats, chips and drinks to help raise money. There were also no door prizes or a 50/50 raffle, however, vehicles were randomly selected to receive several gift certificates from area vendors. The troop played mostly "classic rock 'n roll"  which was a nice change of pace from the 50's and 60's music you hear at most car shows and cruise-ins.

Here are some of the rare and unusual vehicles from the show.

What are the odds that TWO 1972 Avanti II show up at the same show?

An all original and "Scout's Favorite" 1952 Kaiser Manhattan

Could this be the original crew cab pickup?

A vintage Ford Model A roadster

"Best in Show" Winners

1973 Chevy Camaro owned by Doug Noble

1969 Plymouth GTX convertible owned by Steve and Jane Howell

Tim Incho's 1977 GMC pickup

Mark Lester and his 1977 Camaro SS

Not pictured:

  • 1967 GTO  belonging to Happy Cooperider
  • 1968 Dodge charger RT owned by Dallas D. Williams
  • 1957 Chevy Bel Air  belonging to Dan Smith
  • 1972 Chevy Vega GT of Jim and Lisa Crist

Your's truly received one of the "Scout's Choice" awards.

As luck would have it, I managed to make it all the way home without driving through any rain. I don't think some of the other show participants were as fortunate as I was, especially those living in the Johnstown area.

Hopefully, next year's show will have better weather and a return to the size and scoop it once was.

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

I'm aware of three shows on tap for the Memorial Day weekend.  Two of the shows will be hosted  by Shaun "Big Dawg"  Sanders.  On Saturday will be his Pep Boys Carnival of Cars behind the Pep Boys store on Hamilton Road across from Eastland Mall. Monday, Memorial Day, he will host the Bloom Township Fire Fighters 79th Annual Memorial Day Fish Fry & Car Show held in Lithopolis, Ohio.  A charity show  in honor of Jim Young will be held on Sunday at the Grandview Yard.

I have my Son and his family visiting from Atlanta next weekend so I'll be taking a short break from participating in any car shows this coming weekend.  I hope to make Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center Saturday morning.  Until then, I hope to see everyone out there cruising.