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We close out another month of the season this week. Lots of events are on tap for the Fourth of July weekend. The big event will be the Firecracker July 4th Show in Urbana, Ohio. It will draw between 400 and 700 cars depending on the weather.

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The First Friday event in downtown Delaware, Ohio is reserving the same block again this weekend for classic cars. Cars are asked to arrive between 5 PM and 6 PM. No cars will be allowed in after 6 PM, and no cars will be allowed to leave prior to 9 PM. This is first come first serve so if you're interested in participating, get there early.

The cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another big Thursday evening. Close to 60 Cobras from the Cobra Show in London, Ohio showed up at the cruise-in. Overall attendance for the evening topped 390 cars.

To see more photos from Thursday's Der Dutchman Cruise-In, click Here.

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smart Radio crew hosted the first-ever car show at The Point at Otterbein in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday. The show registered 57 cars.

One of the unique things offered by The Point was a canvas print of your vehicle from a favorite photo for $20. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, took advantage of the offer and had a print made of his truck. The end result turned out fantastic.

The Best of Show Award went to Jeff Fortner and his 1971 Buick GSX. Jeff's Buick has been on a "Hot Steak" lately. This is the third week in a row his car has received a well deserved top award.

If you've ever been to an Auto Smarts Radio show, you know Boots gives out a lot of "Category" awards. Click here to see some of the "Category" winners from the show.

Here are attendance numbers for some of the other area shows from this past weekend.

  • Surgergrove (Friday) - registered 80 cars
  • Marengo Methodist Church (Saturday) - registered 43 cars
  • Whitehall Church of the Nazarene (Sunday) - registered 60 cars.

Events are still filling in 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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Despite several cancellations, it's another full week of events in Central Ohio. This week's list includes those events scheduled through Memorial Day.

The three-day Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show highlight the weekend. On Tuesday, Pepsi's Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride start a monthly Pistons and Pizza cruise-in at various Masseys Pizza locations around Central Ohio. The Gahanna Massys Pizza is the site for this month's cruise-in. There is no registration fee to attend.

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The big news this week is the organizers of the former Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center have announced their first car meet since suspending the Saturday meet ups back in April.

The first meet will be held on June 5th at the Whitehall Community Park on Hamilton Road in Columbus. The group has secured sponsorship from Byers and Lindsay Auto groups. Police will be on-site to make sure everyone behaves in a safe and orderly manner.

The Grace Chapel Community Church in Westerville, Ohio drew 48 cars on Wednesday evening for their first cruise-in of the season. Dan’s Deli provided food and refreshments.

The Thursday Cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another impressive turnout. The cruise-in logged 308 vehicles during the evening. No question the cruise-in is on track to hit the 500 mark in attendance this season. The quality of cars that show up each week is unbelievable.

By all estimates, Farrow's Hot Rods and Handlebars Car and Bike show in Sunbury, Ohio had close to 500 cars and Bikes combined Saturday evening.

The Rabid Customs Choice Award went to Steve Andrix with a 1954 Chevy Bel Air.

Nick Confalone and his 1964 Ford Fairlane took the Best in Show honors.

The first of two Powell, Ohio Sertoma Cruise-In and Pig Outs was held on Sunday. The show registered more than 85 cars. The Best of Show award went to Tom Dillion and his 1956 Chevy Bel Air.

The next Cruise-In and Pig Out is scheduled for August 8, 2021.

The last show to report on this week is the Saturday Night Cruise at Nik Fixx Automotive in Columbus hosted by Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers. Thirty-two cars attended the show. I don't know who won the Best of Show award.


There were minimal car shows and cruise-ins announced two weeks ago. Last week, however, was a completely different story. There were one or more announcements made every day.

June is jammed packed with events. The Save the Dates for 2021 page has over 40 events listed in June and this is not counting all the ongoing events during the month. Hold on to your hat, June is going to be a very busy month for car events in Central Ohio.

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Here’s this weekend’s list of Central Ohio car events. Saturday has a selection of events to cover the entire day. Lets pray for decent weather.

NEWS AND NOTES:

As most of you may already know by now, Governor DeWine has closed the Ohio State Fair to the public over continued pandemic concerns. What impact this will have on the Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals scheduled for July 9 - 11 is anyone’s guess. Don’t be surprised if the event is canceled for a second year in a row. I will post updates on its status as soon as they are announced.

Showers on Friday evening didn’t stop 20 cars from attending the Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio. The event raised $95 for the Marysville Food Pantry. Here are the award winning cars for this month:

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. Events are continually being added to the list.

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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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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 car events for the first week and weekend of July. Even though there is no Champaign Cruisers Firecracker or Union County Fairground shows this year, there are still plenty of events scheduled for July 4th.

Last week there were several last-minute cancellations and location changes. I try to update the list as soon as I know about any changes, however, it's always a good idea to contact the organizers to confirm the event is still on before heading out.

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The second week of the Der Dutchman Cruise-In turned out to be a big one. More than 200 cars showed up for what turned out to be a beautiful Thursday evening weather-wise. Starting this week, I believe the restaurant is going to start selling ice cream and soft drinks at the cruise-in.

The inaugural Grace Chapel Wednesday Night Cruise-in attracted about 20 cars. Just like the Hilton Cruise-In last year, it was after 6 pm when the majority of cars arrived. Chad Schirtziner is working to get a food truck on the premises each week.

CLICK HERE, to see photos from each cruise-in.

Two big events, Cruise the Ville and Vettes, Rods, And Classics at Creekside, were canceled last week. Fortunately, there were twice as many new events anounced. To see the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.

BREAKING NEWS: Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio have released their 2020 Cruise and Ride schedule. I will be adding these events to the Save the Dates page.


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Here's the list of car events for this weekend in Central Ohio.

I reached out to the Mid Ohio and C-Town Cruisers regarding the status of their events. I haven't heard anything back from either club as of this posting. I did hear it from a friend who heard from another friend that the Mid Ohio Cruisers were planning to have another cruise this month instead of a show. I don't have any info on the cruise other then it will take place Saturday evening (Click the Mid Ohio Cruisers link below for cruise info).

UPDATE: The C-Town Cruiser events for this weekend have been canceled.

I contacted the folks at Geer Gas on Monday. Their show is still on for Saturday but it will be a food drive car show. They are sending me a new flyer on Tuesday. UPDATE: The Geer Gas show has been rescheduled to May 23.

In a sign that things may be getting back to some semblance of normal, online registration for the 38th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show in Dublin, Ohio is now open. Click Here to pre-register your vehicles.

And finally, check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for an up-to-date list of cancellations, postponements, and rescheduled events. I'm updating this page almost daily.

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An old wheelbarrow became a makeshift fire pit Friday evening to keep the 17 car and truck owners that turned out for the final Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio from freezing to death.

By the end of the show, temperatures had fallen into the mid to low 20's. Thank goodness there wasn't much wind or the evening would have been really brutal.

For this final show of the season, six awards were presented.

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Steady rain all day Saturday postponed one area show and washed out two others. Luckily the showers moved out the area in time for the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat Cruise-in on Sunday.

The event hosted by the C-Town Cruisers was held at the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 on South High Street in Columbus, Ohio. Along with the cars, the show featured a kid's Halloween party and hayride.

The food special inside the American Legion Canteen included a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans and piece of cake all for $8.00.

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The C-Town Cruisers hosted their annual Independence Day car show on Thursday at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus, Ohio.

The past two years I've driven to Skelly Lumber in Urbana, Ohio to participate in the Champaign Cruisers Car Club annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show. This year, however, I decided to stay a little closer to home.

It also helped my decision about which show to do that the C-Town Cruisers planned to present awards between 2:30 - 3:00 PM. All the other shows advertised awards at 5:00 PM. The thoughts of spending all afternoon in July's heat and humidity did not have much of an appeal to me.

The show registered a total of 36 vehicles. I figured the number would be closer to 50 cars based on the Veterans Day show last November. I guess heat and humidity are a bigger deterrent to car show participation than cold and salt.

Inside, members of American Legion Post 144 put together a very nice potluck for the cruisers. Cost was based on whatever you felt like donating. There were hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and potato salad, chips, and plenty of deserts.

Just like the Veterans Day show, the C-Town Cruisers created custom trophies to celebrate our great country's birthday. The trophies included 25 "Favorite" and a "Best of Cruise".

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