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The last weekend of September has the dubious distinction of having an equal number of car events scheduled on Saturday and on Sunday.

UPDATE: Several events were announced mid-week so Saturday now has more events listed than Sunday. Things are back to normal...

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Finally got a dry weekend in Central Ohio. And because of the dry weekend, I'm posting lots of photos. If you attended a show or cruise-in this weekend, there's a good chance your car may be in one of those photos.

Der Dutchman Thursday Cruise-In

The weekly Thursday evening cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio continues to inch closer to the 400 mark. This week 355 vehicles attended the cruise-in. Only two more cruise-in left for this season.

On Saturday the restaurant held its second Coffee and Donut cruise-in of the season. The first one was back in July and was dampened by rain. One couldn't have asked for better weather this Saturday morning. More than 100 cars stopped by to partake in a donut and favorite morning beverage for a buck each.

Cruisin' with the King in 2022

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club registered 40 cars at the Burger King off St. Rt. 31 in Marysville, Ohio on Saturday evening. The monthly show features free registration, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. The club presents awards to its 15 "Favorites" at each show.

To see this month's "Favorites" and the rest of the cars from the show, CLICK HERE.

The Mid Ohio Cruisers will host its last show of the season at Burger King on October 15. As you can guess, Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy are encouraged

Benny's Pizza Car, Truck, and Bike Show

Marysville, Ohio was a busy place on Saturday. With the help of Big "Dawg" and the C-Town Cruisers, a car show made its return to Benny's Pizza on Columbus Avenue.

The show registered more than 120 cars. Best of Show honors went to Carol Atwell with a 1928 Ford Model A 2 Door Sedan.

Motts Military Driving for Daisy Car Show

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride crew made its annual stop at the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio on Saturday.

The show had 84 cars in attendance. Boot's Pick went to our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

Another good friend, Craig Grunkemeyer, took home the Best of Show award with his 1967 Corvette convertible.

First Church of God Fish Fry and Car Show

Saturday turned out to be "Good Friends Award Day". Our good friend, Dave Bratton, drove to Circleville, Ohio on Saturday to participate in the First Church of God Fish Fry and Car Show. The lovely country setting ended up with 68 cars participating in the show.

Not only did Dave rave about the fish and pecan pie, but His 1937 Ford convertible took home the Best of Show trophy.

CLICK HERE, for more photos from the First Church of God Fish Fry and Car Show.

Dub Pub 1st Annual Car Show

After canceling twice because of rain, the 1st Annual Dub Pub Car Show in Dublin, Ohio finally landed on a dry Sunday.

Mike Mitchell who organized the On the Rocks car shows for many years was the primary organizer for this show.

The show registered 78 vehicles. Proceeds from the Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle went to support Back the Blue K9 Units. Thanks to the generous folks at the show the total amount in the 50/50 raffle reached $600. One lucky person went home $300 richer.

Trophies were awarded to the Top 30 cars and trucks. There were also awards for the Best GM, Ford Mopar, Corvette, and import. The top awards were Runner Up Best of Show and Best of Show.

Here are the top award winners from the show:

Runner Up Best of Show - 1968 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Tim Inscho
Best of Show - 1932 Ford Coupe - Owner: Don Benedick

For more from the 1st Annual Dub Pub Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Speak! For the Unspoken Fall Car Show

The Mustang Club of Ohio co-hosted the Speak! For the Unspoken Fall Car Show on Sunday in Hilliard, Ohio. Proceeds from the show went to Speak! for the Unspoken organization which focuses on the rescue of special needs dogs and cats.

The show had just under 200 cars in attendance. The Best of Show award went to Ansel Fox with a 1969 Chevy Camaro.

You can see some of the cars that attended the show by clicking on this LINK.

Other News

  • A couple of weeks ago I asked if anyone knew who took Best of Show at the Mechanicsburg First Responders Car Show over Labor Day weekend. Well Terri Miller, wife of Mike Miller, sent me a photo of Mike and his 1970 Tor Red Road Runner convertible. The car is 1 of 179 produced that year.
  • Some very sad news. Patrick A. Petrime of Ashley, Ohio was killed Sunday evening when his 1975 Corvette Stingray crashed on Liberty Rd near Home Rd. He had just attended the Dub Pub show in Dublin, Ohio that afternoon. Some of you may recognize his car. My condolences go out to his family.

That's it for this week. A big thank you to Jeff Shankle, Dave Bratton, and Dale Pearce for their help in preparing this week's report.

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If you're looking for a little excitement this week, Jax Wax is hosting its second Jax Wax Street Madness event on Friday. Always a wild and crazy time.

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The rain on Saturday and Sunday canceled several shows and created confusion for one.

Around 10:30 AM on Saturday I received a Facebook notification that the #1Ricart, Car, Truck, and Bike Show at Picktown Palooza was canceled. Turns out the show wasn't canceled only that registration was delayed until the rain stopped. If you didn't go to the show on account of it being marked canceled here, I apologize.

Der Dutchman Thursday Cruise-In:

This week 282 cars attended the cruise-in on Thursday evening at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.

Saturday morning would have been the first of two Coffee and Donuts Cruise-ins this season. I was looking forward to seeing cars and sucking down a big fat cream-filled long john donut and a cup of coffee. The rain quickly shattered my dreams forcing me to eat a relatively healthy breakfast at home. Oh well. The next coffee and donuts cruise-in is scheduled for September.

Sizzlin Summer Season Series Car Show:

The Crossroads Events hosted its second of four scheduled car, truck, and bike shows at the Hidden Lakes Winery in Canal Winchester, Ohio on Friday evening.

Live music was provided by Dwane Haggy & "Shades of Puddy" band (they were really good!). The winery provided a food truck at the car show entrance. The combination of the restaurant, lake, and nice weather made for a great evening for a car show.

The event registered 70 vehicles. Thirty-two awards were presented in a variety of categories. The Best of Show winners for the evening were:

Best of Show Truck:

Best of Show Bike:

2010 Harley Davidson Electric Glide Rat Fink Customs
Owner: Bruce Hoover

Best of Show Car:

To see more cars and the other award winners from the Hidden Lakes Winery show, CLICK HERE.

Music in the Park and Cruise-In Car Show:

A second car show took place in downtown Canal Winchester on Friday evening as part of the Music in the Park Concert Series. This is the seventh year the C-Town Cruisers have hosted the free car show in the park. The Gas Pump Jockeys played live oldies music.

Fifty-plus cars attended this year's event.

The Peoples Choice award went to David and Karen Oiler with a 1935 Chevy Master.

Other award winners included:

  • Farthest traveled - Gary & Betty Parks
  • Band's Choice - Tim Hooten 1973 Chevy Nova SS
  • Kid's Choice- Mark Houck 1988 Pontiac Firebird
  • Mayor's Choice- Laney & Mo Abbott 1955 Chevy Bel Air
  • Sponsors Choice- Patty & Bob Spillman 1937 Ford Pickup

#1Ricart, Car, Truck, and Bike Show at Picktown Palooza:

As I mentioned at the start of this report, the Picktown Palooza Show was not canceled.

Here are some award-winning cruisers who ignored the morning showers and attended the show:

Cruisin' with the King in 2022:

Mother nature paused the rain on Saturday in time for the Mid Ohio Cruisers July car show at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.

The club registered 67 cars Saturday evening. There were another 15-20 cars that stopped by the Burger King but did not register.

Award plaques were presented to the club's "Favorite 15" vehicles.

Here are a few of this month's picks:

For the rest of the "Favorites" and other cars from the July show, CLICK HERE.

The rain turned Sunday into a literal washout. I received cancellations for three of the five shows on the schedule. One show was postponed to a later date. And the show I didn't receive any info on, I'm sure was canceled or had very low attendance. Thank goodness that kind of day doesn't happen very often.

I want to thank Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, and Shaun Sanders for their help putting together this week's report.

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After the finish of every season, I like to take a look back at what I think was good and what I think was not so good about it. The opinions expressed are my own and apply only to the events I attended. If you disagree with me or have an event you thought was particularly good or one not so good, please feel free to post a comment. With that said, lets get on with the review of the 2021 Central Ohio car show season..

From April 17 through November 12, I participated in 77 car shows, cruise-ins, and meet-ups and was a spectator in another nine. I took 5500 photos of classic cars, muscle cars, exotics, trucks, and motorcycles. I drove over 2600 miles round trip to report on local car events. This may all sound very impressive until you find out Jeff Tolley and his friends participated in 180 events this season. That's pretty much one every single day!

The Good:

Let's start with some good. The 2021 car show season pretty much returned to pre-pandemic normals. To my knowledge, not a single public health agency forced the cancellation of a car event this season because of Covid. Even the Governor allowed Goodguys to return to the Fairgrounds despite banning the public from attending the Ohio State Fair.

Shaun "Big Dawg" Saunders' C-Town Cruisers and Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride had a full slate of events this season compared to last year. The two combined to host more than 50 shows in Central Ohio!

Following a two and three-year absence respectively, the cruise-in at Chesrown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Delaware, and the car show formerly known as On the Rocks in Dublin returned in 2021.

Unfortunately, not every event came back. Missing this season was the USA Days Car Show in Centerburg, Cruisin' For a Cause, one of my favorites, at the Discover Church in Dublin, the downtown Lithopolis show on Memorial Day, the Canal Winchester Labor Day car show, and the Spring Fling (it plans to be back in 2022) just to name a few of the missing shows this year.

The biggest shocker of the season came in June when it was announced after 12 years that Colo's Classic Car Show at the Columbus Zoo was canceled. A lot of rumors floated around as to the reason for the cancellation but the Zoo never put out an "official" statement as far as I know.

After hosting no shows in 2020, The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion and the Mid Ohio Cruisers Club out of Marysville returned with their monthly car shows. The Mid Ohio Cruisers show had a new home at the Burger King on Route 31. It took a few shows for everyone to get adjusted to the new location. No question, both clubs continue to put on the best no registration fee car shows in Central Ohio.

The weekly Thursday cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City continued its reign as the king of Central Ohio cruise-ins. The cruise-ins started two weeks earlier this year. It was attended by more than 300 cars seven times during the summer. It set an all-time attendance record of 439 cars on the last cruise-in of the year. A whopping 2900 vehicles were registered in 2021.

Looking back over the year, I can't say there were any shows I attended that were truly outstanding. At the same time, I can't say I attended any that were horrible, either.

The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted four shows this year instead of their usual three. All four shows were well done. Their Trunk or Treat show continues to be one of my favorites. I always say it takes car people to put on a good car show.

Shows that I participated in for the first time included the All Corvette Gathering, Hosanna Lutheran Church Car Show, Mechanicsburg First Responders Car Show, Blackwing Shooting Center Summer Blast, Farrows Hot Rods and Handlebars, and Tolles Career and Technical Center Car and Craft Show. I was a spectator at my first Italian Gathering and Kreiger Ford Mustang and All Ford Show.

Buckeye Cruzin' at Ohio Stadium gets the award for the most expensive registration fee. Although to be fair, the $175 fee went to support the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. It was a fun event until the engine revving got out of hand and forced me to leave.

The most chaotic event this year was the Jax Wax Street Madness in July. The title gave a pretty good description of the event. Between the steady line of cars trying to get into the parking area and the hundreds of car audio systems blaring, I had a pounding headache by the time I left.

Heels and Wheels at the Vanity Gentlemen's Club was the most "adult" car show I attended. The Mayor had a couple of huge assets that were hard to overlook. Those who attended the show will know what I'm talking about.

Frank Sanborn gets this year's most miles traveled award. Not only did Frank attend shows in Central Ohio, but he also traveled to events in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Fairmount and Gas City Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Not So Good:

Some not-so-good news this year was the loss of some of our car show community members. Larry Bickers passed away in May. Many of you will remember Larry from his 2003 Mustang "Daily Driver" with more than 190,000 miles.

In September, we lost Jim Matheny. I never met Jim, but I'm told he helped organize and run lots of car shows in the Newark/Heath areas. He held positions with the Super Chevy Car Show Organization and Let's Go Cruising Magazine. For many years, he served as chairman for "Lite the Nite" and operated Jim Matheny Kar Shoz.

And finally, Terry McReynolds passed away in October. Terry was the Pace Truck Driver at Columbus Motor Speedway for more than 20 years. He was also an integral part of Pepsi's Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride team and a close friend of Dan "Boots" Longenette.

All three will be very much missed as will others who passed away this year.

This was my tenth year attending car shows and the first time experiencing a collision at one. A car leaving the North Hills Church of God Car and Bike Show in September pulled out in front of an oncoming car and caused it to flip around 360 degrees hitting a motorcycle and car participating in the show. This added a bit more excitement to the show than expected.

Another first in 2021 was my banishment from the Ohio Car Shows and Cruise-ins Facebook group in July. The reason for being banished was my disagreement with their decision not to approve the list of Central Ohio car events for the week of July 12-18. They decided not to publicize any events that might compete with their group car show at Knox County Fairgrounds that Saturday. Seriously? The group's stated purpose is to promote car shows and cruise-ins in and around the state of Ohio.

After 12 years of meeting on Saturday mornings, Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center was abruptly canceled in May after some participants leaving the meet displayed some very poor judgment. In November, the group started meeting on Saturdays again at The City Apartments -- formerly the old University City shopping center.

I know some of you may disagree with me -- especially everyone at the Vettes, Rods, and Classics show in August when a monsoon passed through Gahanna during the awards ceremony. But I thought the weather wasn't as big a factor this season as in prior years. Out of the hundreds of events scheduled only 15 were canceled or postponed becasue of weather. And most were postponed to a later date.

Speaking of postponed. Thanks to a forecast that turned out to be totally wrong (big surprise), the Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio was postponed from July to October. And boy did that turn out to be a good move. The weather on the October date was about as perfect as one could expect for a car show. The organizers liked the October date such much, they've decided to hold the 2022 show in October.

Top Ten:

At the end of every season, I post my ten favorite vehicles I saw at a show or cruise-in. Here are the ones that made me stop and take a second, third, or sometimes fourth look.

No. 10 - 2016 EZ Go Golf Cart model "Tow Mater" - Owner: Julie Brown

No. 9 - 1937 Humber Pullman Limo - Owner: Ryan Patten

No. 8 - Restomod 1969 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Unknown

No. 7 - 1959 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman - Owner: Kaylee Bickel

No. 6 - 1950's Jaguar XK 120 Coupe - Owner: Unknown

No 5. - 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan - Owner: Clement Thurn

No 4. - Restomod 1967 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Ed Stizza

No. 3. - 1962 Dodge Dart - Owner: Steve Brown

No. 2 - 1948 Chevy Pickup - Owner: Sam Parks

No. 1 - Legends of Rock Custom Built Motorcycle - Owner: Unknown

Favorite Photos:

Take 5500 photos and there's bound to be some favorites. Here are the ones that I think best capture the season.

Click or tap on a photo to enlarge and enter slideshow mode.

Final Thoughts:

2021 turned out to be another great year for car events in Central Ohio. Because of the reduced number of events in 2020, the sheer volume of events this season was staggering. There were a lot of Saturdays with more than 15 events on the schedule.

What I really enjoyed most about this year was the opportunity to get to know many members of the car community a little better. The people you meet and the friends you make are the main reasons car cruises are so special.

2021 also gave me a sneak peek at the future. The next generation of car enthusiasts is alive and well. They may not seek awards like our generation. And their autos may not be Chevys, Fords or Dodges, but they're proud of their rides and they like to hang out and talk cars just like we do. And that's what counts.

I want to take a moment to thank some folks who helped me compile the weekly reports. They reported on shows I didn't or couldn't attend (I still haven't figured out how to be in multiple places at once). Without their help the weekly News and Notes would not have been anywhere near as detailed.

My sincerest thanks goes out to:

  • Jeff Shankle - I know for a fact he took more car photos than I did
  • Dale Pearce - If Dale doesn't know about a show, it ain't happening
  • Dave Bratton - Great resource for show information
  • Mark & Cathy Krist - Did a great job of reporting in between planting and harvesting vegetables.
  • Dan Varner - Seems have the scoop before anyone else.

Unless there's some late-breaking news to report, I'm going to take some time off to recharge. I'm leaving for Florida at the end of December. I'll be back just in time for the start of the 2022 car show season. Look for the first installment of "Save the Dates for 2022" sometime in February. The list is already growing.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday season. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

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This will be the last BIG Saturday of events for the 2021 season. The number of events starts to taper off after this weekend. This weekend will also mark the "unofficial" start to the Trunk or Treat season so get those Halloween costumes and candy ready.

CLICK HERE to skip the News and Notes section and go directly to the list of events.


Der Dutchman Cruise-in:

Here's my final word on the Der Dutchman Cruise-in for this year. The banquet was this past Thursday. During the banquet, Wayne Nisly who manages the cruise-in pointed out that the cruise-in registered more than 2900 cars this summer. It sure has come a long way from the 18 cars that showed up the very first time I attended the cruise-in back in 2013.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Store:

This month's Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts show in Marysville, Ohio registered 20 cars on Friday evening. The show raised $144 for the Marysville and Milford Center Food Pantries.

Here are the manager's picks (click to enlarge):

LaRue Fall Bang Car Show:

The town of LaRue, Ohio held its Fall Bang Festival this past Friday and Saturday. For the first time, the Festival included a car show on Friday evening. The show registered between 35 and 40 cars. The organizers hope to make it an annual event.

To see more from the Fall Bang Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Performance Charity Car Show:

The Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio was originally scheduled for July 17 but because of weather forecasts calling for all-day showers (which didn't happen by the way), it was rescheduled to this past Saturday. As it turned out, it was a good call. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for a car show.

I predicted the show would be the biggest event of the weekend in Central Ohio and I was spot on. The show registered 460 cars. Counting those cars that showed up but didn't register, there were more than 500 cars during the afternoon in downtown Delaware on Saturday.

The show presented awards to the top 100 cars along with 20 Best of Show trophies. My unofficial "Early Bird" or "Are You Crazy" award goes to Sam and Barbara Parks. They arrived in the dark before Sandusky Street was even closed which was scheduled for 6 AM! The longest distance traveled was a car from South Carolina.

The Best of Show award went to Sherman and Austin Buck and their 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner:

Here are a few other winners:

Not pictured:

  • Best Pontiac - 1959 Pontiac Safare Wagon -Owner: Curtis Conklin
  • Best Buick - 1970 Buick GSX - Owner: Jeff Fortner

The October date proved to be so successful it was announced the show will be scheduled in October again next year.

Check out the Performance Charity PHOTO PAGE for a ton more cars, trucks, and bikes from the show.

Marysville Car Meet:

Between 75 and 80 cars showed up at the old Kroger parking lot in Marysville, Ohio for a Sunday afternoon car meet. It was definitely a younger crowd. Mustangs were the popular model of the day. There were a few Camaros and Corvettes and a couple of vehicles you don't see every day.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Hebron Nazarene Car and Truck Show registered 111 cars on Saturday. The 1959 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman belonging to Jesse and Kaylee Bickel took the Best of Show honors.
  • Seventy-six cars turned out for the Danville Memorial Park Car Show on Sunday.

Special thanks to Mark and Cathy Krist, Dan Varner, Dale Pearce, and Jeff Shankle for helping make this week's report.

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A few weekly cruise-ins have dropped off the schedule, however, this weekend and next still have a full slate of events. Things will begin to wind down in October.


Der Dutchman:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-in experienced another good week of attendance with 287 cars Thursday evening. Two outstanding cars, a 1940 Woody wagon that won best of show at the Zucchinifest and West Jefferson Ox Roast last week, and a 50's Cadillac paid a visit this week.

Only three more cruise-ins left for this year. If you haven't made it to one yet, time is starting to run out.

Speaking of Der Dutchman, they will hold their Coffee and Donuts Cruise-in this Saturday morning. It's a great excuse to enjoy a cup of coffee, one of their famous long John donuts and hang out with your car buddies.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

After battling rain the previous two months, The Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio finally got a descent evening of weather.

Forty-two cars showed up Friday evening for the monthly show with 35 of them registering. The show raised $180 for the Milford Center and Marysville food pantries.

This month the manager of Advanced Auto Parts selected the following four cars for awards.

Empty Pockets Cruisers Patriots Day Car Show:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers held their Patriots Day Car Show on Saturday at the Hilliard Community Center in Hilliard, Ohio.

This was the club's third show of the season and the first time hosting a show at the Hilliard Community center. Normally the club hosts three shows a season but in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 they added this extra show.

The Community center turned out to be a nice venue for a car show. There was plenty of parking, clean restrooms and some shade if you wanted it. The club reached out to large number of food trucks but only two showed up on Saturday. I overheard some people complaining that the service from both trucks was a little slow.

The club registered 134 cars and presented 50 awards. The special awards at this event included Most Patriotic, First Responders Choice, Sponsors Choice, DJ's Choice, and Best of Show.

Best of Show award went to Dean and LuAnn Mafsenbacher and their 1953 Chevy 3100 pickup. The Mafsenbacher's truck also took the Best of Show honors at the Empty Pockets Armed Forces Day show in May.

All in all it was another great event put on by the Empty Pockets Cruisers. The club's final show of the season will be their annual Trunk or Treat event, one of my favorites, on October 16.

If you'd like to see more from the Patriots Day Show, CLICK HERE.

Ohio Corvette Club Alliance Corvette Gathering:

On Sunday I had the opportunity to participate in my very first Corvette Gathering in downtown Lancaster, Ohio.

The Gathering is put on by the Alliance of Corvette clubs from around the state of Ohio. It pretty much amounts to a big cruise-in for Corvettes. There's no judging or awards. For the $15 registration fee, you received a nice participation plaque and a raffle ticket for door prizes. The event also included a silent auction. Vendors were there selling Corvette related paraphernalia. After skipping last year because of Covid, this was the 16th year for the Corvette Gathering.

The Alliance registered 310 Corvettes, however, it was closer to 360 that participated. West Main Street in the historic district of downtown Lancaster is where the event is held. The street is closed between S. Columbus Street and S. High Street. There's a nice hill to climb as you walk towards S. High Street.

The newer Corvettes pretty much dominated the Gathering. Someone told me they only counted about 25 Corvettes from 1970 and older. I think there was more than that but the newer Corvettes were definitely in abundance. I saw quite a few out-of-state cars. The farthest away someone traveled that I saw was South Dakota.

If you like Corvettes and want to spend a relaxing day shooting the breeze with other Corvette owners, the Corvette Gathering is the place to be.

CLICK HERE to see a bunch of Corvettes from the Gathering.

Motts Military Driving for Daisy Car Show:

The Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride crew were at the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio on Sunday for the Motts Military Driving for Daisy Car Show.

The show registered around 100 cars. The Best of Show award went to Jim Bickel and his 1969 AMC AMX. Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took Best Truck.

CLICK HERE for more scenes from the Motts Military Driving Daisey show.

Other Area Car Shows:

I received word that the Street Elite Corvette Club's Charitable Open Car Show in Sunbury, Ohio on Saturday registered 160 cars. If anyone knows who took Best of Show, please post in the comments.

UPDATE: Sam Parks and his 1948 Chevy Pickup took the Best of Show award.

I'm told the turnout on Sunday for the All Ohio Ford Show at the Pastime Park in Plain City, Ohio was not very good. By 1 PM only 35-40 cars had registered. I understand there was no food or drink available. Very disappointing for a show with a $20 registration fee.

I want to again thank Dave Bratton and Jeff Shankle for sending information and photos on the shows they attending this weekend. It's great to have eyes, ears and cameras at the shows I'm unable to attend.

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The big event this week is the 38th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show on Friday and Saturday in Dublin, Ohio.


Der Dutchman:

The 40 cars or so that showed up at Der Dutchman on Thursday evening were treated to a 20 minutes downpour around 5 PM. With more rain threatening the area, the raffle drawing started at 6 PM instead of the usual 7:30 PM.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Show:

A Camaro and a Mustang received awards Friday evening at the monthly Creative Automotive/Advance Auto Parts Show in Marysville, Ohio. The show raised $45 for the Milford Center Trinity Chapel Food Pantry.

Buckeye Cruzin':

On Saturday, more than 125 vehicles registered for Buckeye Cruzin' at Ohio Stadium. Registration was $175. All of it went to Buckeye Cruise for Cancer - a very worthy cause as almost everyone has had cancer touch someone in their family.

Every car that registered got a photo taken of it in front of the rotunda on the north end of the stadium. Registrants were treated to a VIP breakfast provided by Porsche Columbus. There were several food trucks and a refueling station to keep everyone fed and hydrated.

The Triple F brought an assortment of exotic cars from their collection. I got to see a Pagani Huayra BC Macchina Volante in person. Say that five times in a row fast. Only 20 of them were produced at a selling price of $2.6 million each.

It was a great experience until several cars decided to rev engines. It's one thing to do a couple of quick revs but to continue it for 20+ minutes is a little much. One of the cars was behind my Corvette so every time the engine revved it blew black smoke at my car. I finally had enough and left. I hope the organizers put a stop to the revving next year. I will certainly point it out to them should I get the opportunity to do a post-event evaluation. Tell me what you think in the comments. Am I being too much of a "Debbie Downer" or does engine revving at car events annoy you too?

To see a bunch more cars from Buckeye Cruzin', click here.

Blendon Senior Center Car Show:

The Blendon Senior Center in Westerville, Ohio registered 76 cars for their show on Saturday. Food and refreshments were included in the cost of registration. Awards were presented to the top three vehicles in each of five categories - the 1940s and older, the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s, and the 1980s and newer.

Our friend, Dave Bratton, and his 1937 Ford convertible received the Best of Show award. Not only did Dave get a trophy but he also received a cash prize as well.

Click Here, for more photos from the Blendon Senior Center Car Show

2021 Tomatofest Car Meet:

More than 120 cars turned out for the Tomatofest Car Meet at Huber park on Saturday. The show, hosted by the C-Town Cruisers, was part of the 2021 Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival.

David Oiler took Best of Show honors with a 1935 Chevy Master Deluxe. The Best Truck award went to Josh Hiles with a 1968 Chevy C-10.

Obetz Nazarene Church Car Show:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride Tour made a stop at the Obetz Nazarene Church on Saturday. The show registered approximately 50 cars and raised $600 for the church.

The Pastor's Choice/Best of Show award went to Brian Spangler and his 1956 Mercury Montclair.

Cars and Cones Ice Cream Cruise-in:

Fifty plus cars showed up Sunday afternoon in the parking lot behind the Coldstone Creamy on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio. Everyone enjoyed the comradery with friends, the cooler temperatures, and of course, the ice cream.

Cruis'in O'Reilly Auto Parts at Harrisburg Pike:

Ron Wineka and The Pasttime Cruisers hosted their monthly show at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store on Harrisburg Pike in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday. Forty-Four cars attended the show. Dale Pearce and his "Ole Blue" 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup truck received the Manager's Choice award. It was a good weekend for our friends and awards.

Dan Emmett Car Show:

Shame on me, I missed an event last week. The Dan Emmett Car Show, part of the Mount Vernon, Music and Arts Festival took place on Sunday. I didn't see any advertisement for this event on Facebook or any of my other sources for car show information.

Despite an apparent lack of advertising, 120 cars knew about the event. There was no registration, judging, or awards. The organizers blamed Covid and said they hope to return to a normal car show next year. Here are some photos from the event.

Vettes, Rods, and Classics Car Show Update:

I received an email last week from Bill Boyd of the Capital City Corvette Club. Bill had some updated numbers regarding the Vettes, Rods, and Classics Car Show in Gahanna, Ohio.

There were 298 registered cars, however, 336 cars actually paid through the gate. The hot rods and classics outnumbered the Corvettes by 5%. Goes to show how well I can estimate. The Best of Show trophies were hand-delivered to the winners. All other award winners were personally called and the club was back at Creekside on Saturday to give out the remaining awards. Of course, all the proceeds from the show went to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Once again I want to thank Dave Bratton, Jeff Shankle, and Dale Pearce for their help in making this report.

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Another HUGE week of car events in Central Ohio. No less than 20 events on the schedule for Saturday.

The marquee events this week will be Jegs Speed Week at National Trail Raceway, The Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, and Ohio Car Shows & Cruise-Ins Facebook Group Show in Mount Vernon.

UPDATE: The Performance Charity Car Show scheduled for Saturday in downtown Delaware, Ohio has been canceled because of weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date.


After a two-year absence, Chesrown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Delaware, Ohio was back with a cruise-in Thursday evening. The event drew more than 100 cars and dozens of spectators.

Food trucks provided refreshments, and the crowd of cruisers and spectators enjoyed music from The Conspiracy Band. Best of all the rain stayed away during the cruise-in.

For more from the Chesrown Cruise-In, click here.

The July Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Show in Marysville, Ohio registered 27 cars on Friday. The show raised $115 for the Trinity Chapel Food Pantry in Milford Center, Ohio. The four award winners this month were:

Our friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup had another good weekend. Dale's truck took the Best Truck award at the second annual Average Dude's Nationals hosted by the C-Town Cruisers on Saturday. On Sunday, his truck received the Peoples Choice Award at the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club Show. The Yacht Club registered 45 cars. Not bad considering the weather on Sunday.

The Average Dude's Nationals Best of Show winner was Charlie Seymour of Chillicothe with a 1967 Nova SS.

Those of you that spend time on Facebook have probably seen lots of photos from the Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals held at the Ohio Expo Center this weekend. Rumor has it Jeff Shankle has been diagnosed with a severe case of camera phone finger after taking 450 photos at the event. Jeff was last seen icing his hand.

I won't bombard you with more photos from Goodguys, but I would like to point out something awesome that happened there this weekend. If you've ever attended an Empty Pockets Cruisers show, you may have seen Valeria Dresbach running around. She's an active member of the club and plays an important role in making their shows run smoothly. A big shout-out goes to Valeria's mom, Julie Hendrix, and her husband Dave Miller. Their 1971 Oldsmobile 442 won the Goodguys Restored Award. Congrats!

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Just when you thought the Central Ohio car event schedule couldn't get any busier, it does just that. If you can't find a show or cruise-in close to home this weekend, you may need to seek the help of a professional. Let's hope the weather cooperates for all these events.


I received confirmation last week from two readers that the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware has officially disbanded. I've removed First Friday at Freddy's from the list of ongoing events since it's no longer an organized event.

The Vintage Auto Club organized and hosted the Blast from the Past Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio from 1994 through 2016. They were instrumental in making the show one of the largest car events in Central Ohio.

With the threat of rain along with hot and humid temperatures, the Thursday evening cruise-in at Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio only registered 85 cars. I've got to admit, the pre-2018 attendance figure on Thursday was rather refreshing. The place can get a little crazy when 300 plus cars show up.

The Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Show in Marysville on Friday evening raised more than $150 for the Marysville Food Pantry. Here are this month's award-winning cars:

The 1970 silver and black Buick GS belonging to Jeff Fortner won Best of Show honors Saturday at the Upine Biker Bash, Car Show, and Cruise-In at Farrows Harley Davidson in Sunbury, Ohio. Rhett Ricart, CEO of the Ricart Automotive Group, was there with his 1939 Cadillac and LS3.

The big winner this weekend was Sam Parks' 1948 Chevrolet pickup. It won Best of Show honors on Saturday at the Hilliard Historical Society Car Show and turned around and took the same award on Sunday at the Empty Pockets Cruisers Spring into Summer Show. Sam has been all over Central Ohio with his truck this season. It's a spectacular vehicle.

Other specialty award winners from the Spring into Summer Show include:

CLICK HERE, if you'd like to see more cars from the Spring Into Summer Show.

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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.


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.

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A big week for events, especially Saturday with 16 events on the schedule. No excuse not to make at least one car show or cruise-in this week.


The former "On the Rocks" car show is back under a new name. The bar and grill at Karric Square in Dublin, Ohio has undergone several owners since the last car show was held there in September 2018. It is now called the Last Call Music Bar & Grill. The show is scheduled for Sunday, June 20. No other show in Central Ohio could spark a stronger reaction from people than the old On the Rocks show. It will be interesting to see how the new show is received.

Despite light showers in the area, the first Der Dutchman Cruise-In of the season registered 117 cars. Five of those cars were first-timers to the cruise-in.

Over the winter, the restaurant built a larger foodshed to better accommodate the large number of people that attend the cruise-in each week.

Columbus Cars and Coffee held their second meet of the season at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio. Even with temperatures in the 40s Saturday morning, there was an excellent turnout. If you're into high-end, exotic cars this was the place to be.

Boots and the Auto Smarts Radio team were in Upper Arlington, Ohio on Saturday for the fourth Annual Jim Hamilton Car Show. The show registered 135 cars with a bunch more showing up but not registering.

The Best of Show award went to Perry Lynch with a 1937 Chevy 2 door sedan.

If you grew up in Columbus in the '60s and '70s and you had a "hot" car, you knew Jerry's Drive-In at the corner of High Street and Morse Road was the place to hang out. You couldn't miss the huge pulsating neon red arrow as you drove down High Street.

The last cruise-in at that location took place Saturday evening. The Tee Jayes restaurant currently there now will soon be replaced by a Chic-FiL-A. It's always sad to see an era come to a close. Lots of folks have fond memories cruising through that parking lot. A big shout out to Chad Shirtzinger for organizing this final cruise-in.