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The month of August ends with what might just be the biggest week of the season for car events in Central Ohio. It's a doozie!

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Der Dutchman Thursday Cruise-In

The Thursday evening cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another excellent turnout with 269 cars.

This week's cruise-in "Unique Vehicle Award" goes to the 2008 Ford F-450 4x4 8-door pickup of Andy and Kim Matyac. According to the owner, the truck's powerplant is a twin-turbo diesel making well over 700 horsepower.

39th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in:

The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in took place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Metro Place in Dublin, Ohio. After Goodguys, the Arthritis Show is the second largest car event in Central Ohio. The unofficial attendance numbers I have for this year are approximately 350 cars registered for Friday's open cruise-in and just over 500 cars for the class judging on Saturday.

Dave Bratton's 1937 Ford Convertible was the featured car on this year's six-foot trophy presented to the Top 50 cars during Friday's open cruise-in. Dave and Lou Koester sponsored the trophies this year.

Here are a few of the local Top 50 winners:

  • William Brown - 1979 Ford Mustang Pace Car
  • Scott McPherson (aka Galaxy Mac/Cadillac Mac) - 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible
  • Mike Coughlin - 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500
  • Scott Mayo - 1968 Chevy Camaro
  • Dave Bratton - 1937 Ford Convertible
  • Mark Mitchell - 2004 Chevy SSR

One of the thrills for me was having the opportunity to see three 1963 split-window Corvette coupes all in the same weekend.

As luck would have it, a line of heavy thunderstorms roared through Central Ohio around 4 PM on Saturday. If anyone has information on the storms and the awards presentation on Saturday please post it in the comment section.

I did manage to take close to 170 photos from the show on Friday and Saturday before the rains hit. CLICK HERE if you want to see more cars and scenes from the 39th Annual Arthritis Classic Car Show and Cruise-In.

Speaking of thunderstorms, they impacted most if not all the Saturday evening shows and some of the Sunday ones as well. The show at the Dub Pub was postponed for the second week in a row and is now rescheduled for September 18. The Riverside Dairy Car Show was also postponed and will be rescheduled for another date.

Woodward Dream Cruise:

I know Michigan isn't anywhere close to Central Ohio. And for a lot of folks in Ohio, the sheer mention of the state causes a burst of expletives spewing forth from their mouths. But Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio and our good friend, Jeff Shankle, made the trip to that state up north this weekend for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Jeff, bless his heart, "tagged" me on the 456 photos he took from the cruise and posted to Facebook. I went through all 456 and picked my favorites to share with everyone. Hope you enjoy them.

That's it for this week. Hopefully, we can get out of this pattern of rain on the weekends.

A big thank you to Jeff Shankle and Dale Pearce for sharing their photos from this past weekend.

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The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain, Ohio held its first ever Coffee + Donut cruise-in Saturday morning. The event turned out to be a big success with 69 registered vehicles. Twelve were first time participants. Not bad considering the other shows in the area going on simultaneously.

For a little change of pace, the coffee and donuts were served out of the barn. The cost was $1 for a donut and $1 for a cup of coffee.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the coffee and pastries.

The cars parked in the field adjacent to the barn rather than the usual Thursday evening cruise-in spot.

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As the end of the year rapidly approaches, It's a good time to take a moment to look back at the 2017 car show season.  I had planned to write this year-end recap  back in November, but family commitments, Thanksgiving, my spouse convalescing from a total knee replacement, and updates to the website delayed this by a few weeks.

Now that things have started to settle down a bit, let's look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2017 season.

I managed to attend 80 events from January through November.  Of the 80 events, only six did I attend as a non-participant.

The list below reflects my opinion of the events I attended. In no way does it encompasses ALL the events that took place in Central Ohio during the season.  If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good or bad, please share it in the comments.  Feel free to also post a comment if you disagree with any of my choices.

Ok, so let's get started with the Good.


  1. Champaign Cruisers 4th of July Car Show at Skelley's Lumbar Company in Urbana, Ohio.  You can tell the Cruisers have been doing this for 20 years.  The show is extremely well-organized. The club even goes as far as to mark off parking areas in the grass with spray paint.  There were plenty of food vendors,  nice door prizes, a unique venue, and great mix of vehicles from Ohio and Indiana.
  2. Vettes, Rods and Classic Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio.  Hosted by the Capital City Corvette Club, this show has grown steadily every year.  The Creekside district makes a unique venue for a car show.  There are plenty of restaurants in the district to meet most everyone's culinary tastes.  Judging is based on a point system, and awards are presented in two categories, one for the Corvettes and the other for the rods and classics.
  3. Cruisin' for a Cause at the Discover Church in Dublin, Ohio.  This show raises money for a different cause each year.  This year the cause was Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.  In addition to the cars, there's also a craft show and model car contest going on simultaneously.  Each year the show offers unique custom hand-made trophies.  All vehicles are thoroughly judged and awards are based on a point system.

Honorable Mention: The Purple Door Cruise In at the Grove City United Methodist Church, Spring Fling All Corvette Show at the Polaris Parkway Quaker Steak and Lube, and Cabela's Charity Car Show and Cruise In at the Cabela's store on Gemini Place in Columbus, Ohio.

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