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Lewis Center to Marysville to Upper Arlington

Despite a forecast of rain and storms, I managed to make it to three events over the weekend, one as a spectator and two as a participant. Best of all, not one drop of rain fell on my head.

Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights

I started the weekend with a visit to Lewis Center, Ohio on Thursday evening for week two of Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights.More than thirty cars showed up during the hour I was there. Because of the limited parking, the cruise-in is reserved for vehicles 25 years and older.

One of the vehicles to show up this week was this awesome Chevrolet Thriftmaster pick up. The truck was absolutely pristine!


Here are some of the other cars and trucks that turned out at Wholly Joe's while I was there.

Creative Towing/Advanced Auto

Friday evening it was off to Marysville, Ohio for the second Creative Towing/Advanced Auto show.  The show broke another attendance record with 44 vehicles.Chester Frazier brought out his race car which has Creative Towing as a primary sponsor. 

Pam Shankle's Blue Impala made a dramatic show entrance when the power steering hose decided to spring a leak just as she arrived.  A gathering of "arm-chair" mechancs attempt to diagnose the problem.

More scenes from the show.

Five vehicles received "Favorite" awards this month.  With it being Mother's Day weekend, the ladies (Pam and Heather Shankle and Cindy Culp) chose their favorite vehicles.

Here are their picks:

Dan Varner and his 1966 Chevy Impala.

Daryl Newby's 1974 Volkswagon Beetle

Cal Rowland and his 1952 Chevy pickup

This Ford Shelby GT500 convertible belonging to Bill Troyer

And the final favorite went to Gary Turner's 1969 Chevy Nova

2nd Annual Jim Hamilton Car Show

The final event of the weekend was the 2nd Annual Jim Hamilton car show at the Kingsdale shopping center in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Proceeds from this show go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in the name of the late, retired Detective Jim Hamilton.  The show is also part of the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride series so Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts crew were on hand to MC the awards presentation.

Just like last year, the show attracted a nice mix of vehicles.  Over 80 vehicles registered for the event. There was everything from hot rods, to late-model muscles cars, and even a few exotics.


It's not very often that three classic Ford Thunderbirds show up at the same show.

The blue one, a 1957 T-Bird, belongs to Jay Benedict.  Jay found the car in an Indiana barn over the winter.  The car hadn't been driven since 1977 and was covered in what Jay describes as 6 inches of dirt and bird poop when he found it.

It's also unusual to see a Honda Civic with purple wheels and farm tractors at most car shows.  

The show offered plenty of options for food and refreshments.  There were several food trucks on site, and of course, multiple restaurants in and around the shopping center.


The show presented a combination of 30 Jim Hamilton awards, 14 Auto Smarts picks, a Boot's Pick, and a Best-of-show.

Best AMC1963 Studabaker Avanti - Owner: Skip

Best Truck1962 Chevrolet Pickup - Owner: Kevin Martin

Best PT Cruiser2010 PT Cruiser - Owner: Teel Slike

Best Ford1937 Ford Coupe - Owner: Dave Bratton

Best Chevrolet1969 Chevrolet Camaro - Owner: Greg Dresbach

Best Mopar (Sorry, missed getting a photo)
1969 Plymouth Road Runner - Owner: Gary Lyons

Best Exotic2018 Porsche 918 Spyder - Owner: Malcom Ross

Sponsor's Choice1971 Oldsmobile 442 - Owner: Bryan Rapp

TunerVolkswagon Beetle - Owner: Josh Steinhart

Best Original1959 Corvette Stingray - Owner: Curtis

Chief's Pick1966 Ford Mustang Convertible - Owner: Tom Diley

Best Utility VehicleJohn Deere Tractor - Owner: Brian Darin

Best Police Cruiser
Ford SUV - Perry Township Police Department

Loudest Vehicle1962 Impala

Kim Hamilton's Pick (widow of the late Jim Hamilton)
First choice was 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat but the owner and car left before the awards presentation.  As the saying goes, you got to be present to win. Her second choice was this 1964 Pontiac GTO belonging to Dean Maisenbacker

Boot's Pick1934 Ford 2-Door - Owner: Fred Jacobs

1939 Chevrolet Stake Bed Pickup - Owner: Michael Miller 

Overall I give the show a solid A.  My only quibble was with the 50/50 drawing.  Turns out $5 only bought you one ticket. At most shows you get six tickets for that amount. I can't really complain too loud, though,  as the money went to an excellent cause.

On final comment on the weekend.  Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers Mother's Day show at the American Legion Paschall Post 164 in Grove City, Ohio was cancelled on Friday because of the threat for severe weather over the weekend.  Unfortunately,  not everyone got the word about the cancellation and about 20 cars showed up at the American Legion Hall.  One person made the drive all the way from Toledo to attend the show. For that effort, and because the car exemplifies the spirit of America, the least I can do is post a few photos of it here.

2 thoughts on “Lewis Center to Marysville to Upper Arlington

  1. Dave Haugh

    In the future, you need to specify what AMC stands for. Does it mean American Motors Corporation, or Avanti Motor company. I bring this up because the Avanti was produced by Studebaker for the model years 1962 and 1963, and by various other entities under the Avanti Motor Company name after that. The Avanti was never produced by American Motors so giving a 1963 Avanti (which most likely was made by Studebaker) a favorite AMC trophy an interesting choice to say the least. I know that AMC cars are few and far between at most local shows, and giving a non AMC car a designated AMC trophy only makes it less likely that owners of American Motors vehicles will bring their cars to this show in the future.

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Dave, Thanks for the clarification. I can see where the use of AMC could create confusion. I record the awards presentation at every show I attend. I just posted the description Dan "Boots" Longenette used when he presented the award.

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