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It's the Big One! It's Goodguys week! I thought it was going to be canceled again this year when the Governor closed the Ohio State Fair to the public. Just goes to show what I know. I guess cars trump cows, horses, and pigs.

The Crowne Plaza Columbus North-Worthington and Hilton Polaris are the host hotels so expect a lot of action at these locations after show hours.

Even if you're not planning on attending Goodguys, there are still plenty of Central Ohio events to choose from this week.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman:

With the threat of rain Thursday evening, only 114 cars showed up at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio. There was no food service. If you wanted something to eat you had to go into the restaurant. I don't know for sure but possibly management didn't think it was cost-effective to send out food and servers for only 100 cars. Something to watch out for as the season progresses. On the bright side, everyone who attended the cruise-in on Thursday was offered a free cup of ice cream to make up for the lack of food service.

Delaware First Friday:

Again this month, the organizers of First Friday in downtown Delaware, Ohio closed off a block of Sandusky Street just south of East William Street (Rt 36) for classic cars. About 50 cars participated in the event on Friday. You couldn't ask for a better evening of weather.

4th of July Show at Tony's Bar & Grille

Sixty-Four cars celebrated the 4th of July at Tony's Bar & Grille Friday evening in London, Ohio.

Our good friend, Russ Annis, took Best of Show honors with his 1967 Chevy Chevelle.

For more photos from the 4th of July Show at Tony's, click here.

Rod Knockers July Show - Marion, Ohio

The Rod Knocker's July show in Marion, Ohio registered 104 cars Saturday evening. It turned out to be a good evening for the Longenette vehicles. Stacie's 1948 Chevy pickup received a Top 25 award and Boots' Badd '57 Chevy was this month's Club's Pick.

To see more cars from the Rod Knockers show, click here.

Ye Olde Mill Rod Run - Utica, Ohio

The Newark Rodders Car Club held their annual Ye Olde Mill Rod Run on Saturday at the Velvet Ice Ye Olde Mill in Utica, Ohio. The club registered 103 cars. Click here for photos from the show.

Champaign Cruisers Firecracker July 4th Show - Urbana Ohio

As I mentioned last week, the biggest show of the weekend was going to be the Champaign Cruisers' Firecracker July 4th Show at Skelley Lumber Company in Urbana, Ohio. Not only was it the biggest show of the weekend, but it also set a new attendance record with 677 cars!

The Best of Show Award went to Dennis Miller with a 1937 Chevy Sedan.

Here are a few more cars from the Firecracker Show.

Special thanks this week to Jeff, Dave and Russ for sending in car show photos.


Events are still being announced for July, August, September, and October. For the most comprehensive list of future car events in Central Ohio, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page.


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Another big week of events in Central Ohio. The Auto Smarts crew will be in Grove City on Saturday. The Hilliard Historical Society is holding their annual car show, and the Empty Pockets Cruisers will be at Dave and Busters in Hilliard on Sunday for the Spring into Summer event.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Does anyone have any information on the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware? Is the club still active? Only four cars associated with the club showed up for the First Friday Cruise at Freddie’s on Rt 23. There was no music, door prizes, or 50/50 raffle. I heard a rumor the club has disbanded. If this rumor is true, please let me know in the comments.

Speaking of Delaware, the downtown First Friday event made the last-minute decision to block off part of Sandusky Street for classic cars to park. Whether or not this continues next month and beyond is still to be decided.

The Delaware Richwood Bank restarted their monthly Saturday morning cruise-ins. This month's cruise-in wasn't well advertised so only 19 cars turned out. Anyone bringing a car could get a free cup of coffee or latte from the coffee bar inside the bank. Participants were also eligible to register for several door prizes. The bank plans to hold two more cruise-ins on the first Saturday in August and September. They are tentatively planning a Halloween cruise in October weather permitting.

Because of inclement weather, The Cruisin' The Point Car, Bike, and Truck Show benefitting Summit for Soldiers was postponed a week. The show on Saturday registered a little over 50 cars. The Best of Show award went to Cadillac Mac and his Ford Galaxy 500.

On Sunday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted the second show of the weekend at The Point on Main Sports Bar and Grill. The Point has become the quasi home base for the C-Town Cruisers.

Fifty-one cars registered for Sunday’s event. Once again more cars showed up that didn’t register.

Jeff Tolley and his 1965 Chevy C-10 pickup received the inaugural Larry Bickers Memorial Award. Larry passed away in May and was a regular participant at C-Town Cruiser events. The award will be presented at every C-Town Cruiser show going forward. It will be given to the individual who demonstrates a love for cars and exemplifies the car show/cruise-in culture.

The Ladies Choice selection went to the 1959 Cadillac belonging to Phillip Cunningham.

The Best of Show pick went to Jed Pallone with a 1952 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.

A bunch of Central Ohio car show regulars headed south on Sunday to the Lancaster, Ohio Fairgrounds for the Lancaster Old Car Show.

I’m told attendance was about 75% of what it had been in pre-Covid years. Despite the drop in attendance, the show still attracted more than 300 cars. The show presented awards to the top 50. There was no Best of Show.

If you would like to see more photos from the C-Town Cruisers and Lancaster shows, CLICK HERE.

A big shout out to Jon Kelly and Larry Walters for sending in photos to help make this week’s report.


The events keep coming. The calendar is starting to fill in for July, August and September. To see an up-to-date list of events for the rest of the year, head on over to The Save the Dates for 2021 page.

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Not much on the schedule for this second weekend of April. Next weekend will be a different story. Columbus Cars and Coffee, Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride, Mid Ohio Cruisers and the C-Town Cruisers just to name a few all have their first events of season scheduled for next weekend.

I couldn’t find anything for Sunday. If you know of event in Central Ohio on Sunday, please pass it my way.

UPDATE: The Franklin County Food Fair and cruise-in is both Saturday and Sunday. I’ve updated the listings.

News and Notes:

The Rod Knockers Car Club of Marion, Ohio held their first show of the season Saturday evening at Rural King. Because of Covid-19, the last show hosted by the club prior to Saturday was October of 2019. More the 80 cars turned out for this first show following the 17 month hiatus.

Each month this season, the club will feature a car from a past television show. April’s featured car was the 1982 Firebird Trans Am known as K.I.T.T. from the television show Knight Rider. Unfortunately, David Hasselhoff was unable to make an appearance at Saturday’s show due to a prior commitment. 😁

On a more serious note, this 1937 Ford pickup received the Club’s Choice Award for April.

For a comprehensive list of Central Ohio shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page. A good number of events were announced last week and added to the list.

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1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V

There isn’t a bunch of events in March so instead of posting a weekly list, I’m posting the events for the entire month. The weekly lists will begin again in April.

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Everyone, this is it. The last posting of Central Ohio events for 2020.

Weather permitting, Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center will be the only event through the remainder of year unless some impromptu car meets pop up.

The weekly event posts will start back up again next April.

Just like this year, I will start compiling a Save the Dates for 2021 page in late January or early February so you can start planning your 2021 car show season.

News and Notes:

The wife and I and puppy will be heading for Florida right after the new year. As I’ve gotten older, I can’t tolerate the cold and snow like I could in my younger years. We will be back in April just in time for the start of the season.

I'm praying that Covid is in our rearview mirrors by early 2021 and life and car shows return to some semblance of normal (I'm darn tired of having to wear a mask).

Here's hoping that everyone has a happy and safe holiday season. Please stay safe out there. Will talk again in 2021.


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A much lighter schedule this week as the 2020 season starts to wind down.

Looking forward, next Saturday (October 17) has 10 events so far on the schedule. After that, things start to taper off dramatically as the season comes to a close.

News and Notes:

I received an email this week from a reader that there will be a Powell Cruise-In and Pig Out this year. It won't be a downtown show as in past years. It will be held in the empty field just west of Auto Assets. The show is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, and is limited to 100 vehicles so you must register ahead of time. This link will take you to the registration form.

Colo's Classic Car Show on Saturday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was 100 short of my prediction of 1000 registered cars. Despite missing the thousand mark, it still ends up being the largest car event in central Ohio this year.

Saturday's show also marked the 600th event for the Pepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride series. Congratulations to Boots and his team for achieving this big milestone!

The Hot Rods and Handlebars show Saturday evening at AD Farrows in Sunbury, Ohio got some glowing reviews. Someone posted on Facebook that it was one of the best shows they had been to all year.

A few trunk or treat events popped up this week. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.


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Here are this week's Central Ohio car events.

News and Notes:

Not only is the Der Dutchman Cruise-In setting big attendance records this summer, but so is Columbus Cars & Coffee at Lennox Town Center. They are reporting on their Facebook page that more than 500 cars turned out this past Saturday morning!

Speaking of big attendance, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers had 190 cars show up for their Labor Day car meet at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus. Our very good friend, Russ Annis, and his 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS took Best of Show honors.

The Performance Classic Car Show Cruise-in scheduled for October 11th in Delaware, Ohio did not receive approval from the Delaware County Board of Health to hold the event so it has been canceled.

I reported last week that the Empty Pocket Cruiser's Trunk or Treat show had been canceled because the Hilliard Presbyterian Church decided not to host the show due to Covid-19. Well, this week the City of Hilliard has decided Trick or Treating is okay so the Church has changed its mind and will host the show. Everyone will have to wear masks and gloves and pass out candy directly to the children per the Hilliard trick or treat mandate.

I'm still updating the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for a complete list of events through the end of the season.


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Here are the Central Ohio car events for the first week of September including Labor day.

News and Notes:

I received an email from a reader that the Canal Events Center in Canal Winchester has closed. For now, I've removed the Bike and Sights and Sunday Cruisin' At The Canal events from the list. If anyone else can confirm the closing, please let me know in the comments.

The Empty Pocket Cruisers have canceled their Trunk or Treat car show scheduled for October 10 at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church. Covid-19 has led the church to determine that they no longer want to be the host for the show.

The cooler, less humid weather this past weekend helped boost attendance at a bunch of events.

The Bob Pool "Orphan" Car Show at Young's Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio had more than 80 cars participate. Marty Ruiz was kind enough to share his photos from the event.

Seventy cars showed up in downtown Rushsylvania for the Mike Hamilton Memorial Cruz Night on Saturday.

The Culp Lake Show in Springfield, Ohio had 300 cars on Sunday. This was more than double the number of cars that participated last year.

And finally, the Cars and Cones Ice Cream Cruise-In off of Polaris Parkway in Columbus had more than 160 cars stop by Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately, I removed more events this week from the Save the Dates for 2020 page than I added. Despite the cancellations, September is still going to be a busy month.


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Here are the Central Ohio car events for this week.

The Canal Events Center in Canal Winchester changed up their schedule this past week. The Friday night cruise-in has been moved to Sunday afternoons and the Wednesday night Bike & Sights moved to Friday.

Not sure what the plans are for the Mid Ohio Cruisers and their show this month at Burger King. I'll update this post as soon as I have any information.

News and Notes:

In case you haven't heard, Der Dutchman set a new attendance record last Thursday with 327 cars. The previous attendance record was 243 vehicles set on September 12th of last year.

The Empty Pockets Cruisers had their best attendance for their rescheduled Armed Forces show. They registered 189 cars on Saturday. Kevin Foust took the Best of Show honors.

And Finally, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers registered 58 cars at the Sunday Cruisin' at the Point on Main show. Congrats to Joe Messano and his 1966 Mustang Fastback for picking up the Best of Show award.

The Save the Dates for 2020 page is still be updated regularly. I added a few events as well as deleted a few events this week.


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Here are the Central Ohio events for the second week of July. The extended forecast calls for "steamy hot" temperatures so keep yourself well hydrated if you participate in any events.

News and Notes:

I didn't go to any events this week. With the rise in Covid-19 cases, I decided to do some social distancing. I also had another very good excuse. After more than three months trying to adopt a puppy, my wife and I finally added a furry member to our family. Meet Sierra. She pretty much consumed most of my weekend.

Goodguys was supposed to be in town this week, but as everyone knows, the event was canceled. Not all is lost, however. Some businesses and clubs have decided to take up the slack left behind by the Goodguys' cancellation. The Empty Pocket Cruisers are hosting a cruise-in at the Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931 both Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 PM. And Zenith Kustoms is organizing a Busch Boulevard cruise Friday evening.

The only cancellation notification this week was the Mechanicsburg First Responders Show scheduled for the first weekend of September. As I reported last week, The Pepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride announced their shows for the remainder of the season (PLEASE NOTE: The schedule was revised this week). For the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.


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