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1941 Dodge Panel Truck - Owner: Randy Boyd

Another full week of Central Ohio car events to close out the last weekend of May. This week's list includes Monday, May 27th Memorial Day.

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NEWS AND NOTES

With better-than-expected weather this past weekend and lots of events on the schedule, this week's News and Notes is a big one!

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Perfect weather on Thursday evening brought out 283 cars to the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio.

When the weather is nice, you can count on something unique or unusual to show up at the cruise-in. This week it was a street-legal NASCAR race car once driven by Jeremy Mayfield. The car garnered a lot of attention when it showed up.

Columbus Cars and Coffee at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing:

Postponing Cars and Coffee at Esoteric for two weeks because of the weather turned out to be a good decision. With little to no rain in the forecast, a packed house of cars and spectators turned out for the Saturday morning Cars and Coffee.

There was the usual array of gorgeous exotics but also a nice mix of Classic American Muscle cars.

Two cars caught my attention during the morning. The first was a black Porsche GT3 RS with gold wheels, yellow calipers, and yellow stitching on the interior. The car just looked like it would be wicked fast around a track.

The second car was a restored 1963 split-window Corvette. The chassis was custom-made by Coffman Corvette out of Mansfield, Ohio. The powertrain was GM's small block LS3 engine. The Corvette was certainly Best of Show quality.

Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing will host another Columbus Cars and Coffee on September 14. If the weather is good, it's worth the drive to New Albany.

Cruisin' with the King:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club held its May show at the Burger King on Rt. 31 in Marysville, Ohio.

The show registered 64 cars but had a total of 80 cars in attendance Saturday evening.

Each month the Club picks its "Favorite" 15 cars to receive a unique award plaque from those who registered. And by the way, registration is always free.

Here are this month's "Favorite" picks:

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1972 Volvo 142E - Owner: Adam Squier

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NEWS AND NOTES

Empty Pockets Cruisers Trunk or Treat:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted its annual trunk or treat car show on Saturday at the Hilliard, Ohio Presbyterian Church.

The show registered 90 cars. This is down a little from previous years thanks to the weather and a noon kickoff of the Ohio State vs Penn State football game.

A tire popped mid-way through the show which got everyone's attention for several minutes.

It was reported that two Jeff Tolleys were seen roaming around the show.

Will the Real Jeff Tolley Come on Down?

The Empty Pockets Cruisers presented 50 award plaques at the end of the show. Five were for best costume. The car awards included "Favorite 40" along with four "Specialty" car awards and a Best of Show.

Because of rain moving into the area, the awards were presented a little early. The costume winners were selected prior to the awards presentation.

Here are the winners of the "Specialty" car awards:

The Best of Show award went to Edgar Hernandez's 1961 Chevy Apache.

Car-Toberfest:

The Lancaster Car Scene hosted its second annual Car-Toberfest at Outerbelt Brewing in Carroll, Ohio on Sunday.

The show had 157 cars in attendance beating last year's attendance of 142.

Awards were presented to the Top 100 along with awards for Best Jeep, Best Muscle, Best Truck, Veteran Choice, Best Bike, and Best of Show.

For the second year in a row, Bob Kraft and his 1955 Chevy 210 took home the Best of Show award.

I had family from out of town in for the Ohio State football game so I wasn't able to attend the show. However, I did receive lots of photos of the beautiful vehicles that were in attendance. Here's a slideshow from all those photos.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club out of Marysville, Ohio held its final car show of the season on Saturday evening. There were 28 cars in attendance at the Burger King on State Route 31.

  • Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received Best of Show honors on Sunday at a benefit car show in Hillsboro, Ohio for Max Sprague. Max is one of the primary moderators of the Ohio Car Shows and Cruise-ins Facebook group.

  • Chad Herrick picked up his second Best Halloween Decoration award on Saturday at the Jax Wax Street Madness Halloween Edition. The first one of the day came at the Empty Pockets Trunk or Treat show. Chad estimated there were between 500-700 people at Jax Wax Street Madness Saturday evening.
  • Tim Davidheiser's 1948 International Harvester KB-1 won Best of Show at The Masonic Lodge 475/VFW Post 3761 in Baltimore, Ohio on Sunday.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info for this week's News and Notes:

  • Dale Pearce
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Chad Herrick
  • Bryan Mauger

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Next Monday will have the schedule for the entire month of November and a News and Notes report from the last weekend of October. We're down to the last three weeks of outdoor car events. Cross your fingers that the weather cooperates.

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1957 Chevy 210 Wagon - Owner: Tom Kavanaugh

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NEWS AND NOTES

For those who may not know, George Burton passed away on September 6th. You may recognize him by his yellow Chevy SSR. He participated in lots of car shows around the area. George will be missed.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In was back in the 300s on Thursday evening. Attendance hit 330 cars to be exact.

On Saturday morning, attendance at the Coffee and Donuts Cruise-In broke the 100 mark.

Wayne in the barn loft counting cars

When you allow yourself one cream-filled Long John donut per year, man do they taste extra good!

While the Coffee and Donuts cruise-in was going on, the C10 Club Ohio was having breakfast in the restaurant before embarking on its historic bridge cruise.

I managed to catch some of the C10s before they left the restaurant. Looked like they had a pretty good turnout for the cruise.

NAPA Friday Night Cruise-In:

Thanks to great weather, the Cruise-In at the NAPA store in Hilliard, Ohio had 60-plus cars roll through Friday evening.

The cars in attendance were a nice mix of classics, modern muscle, and imports.

I can't think of too many better ways to spend a Friday evening than hanging out with your car buddies.

Farrow's Hot Rods & Handlebars:

It was a wild scene Saturday evening at Farrow Harley-Davidson in Sunbury, Ohio. The Harley-Davidson dealership hosted its second Hot Rods and Handlebars event this season.

The band Phoenix Rising entertained the crowd with classic rock during the evening.

Food and refreshments were available from four food trucks located to the left of the stage. Plus there was a beer garden for adult beverages.

I can't give an exact number of cars and motorcycles that were in attendance since the window placards were not numbered. My best guess on the cars was somewhere around 130 to 150. All I can say about the number of motorcycles is there was a boatload of them.

If you wanted your motorcycle judged, there was a specified area you needed to park and register it. As for the cars, I have no idea how they judged them. The show officially started at 4 PM and all judging had to be completed by 5:30 PM. I spoke with someone who was at the show and he saw three people he assumed were judges doing a pretty fast walk by each car.

If your car was selected as a finalist for an award, this placard was placed on the windshield.

There were four awards for the motorcycles, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and Best of Show. There were a total of 10 awards for the cars. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for classic cars, modern cars (2000 and up), and Rabid's Choice plus a Best of Show

The Motorcycle Division winners:

The Car Division Winners:

Motts Military "Driving for Daisy" Car Show:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Team were in Groveport, Ohio on Saturday hosting the annual car show at Motts Military Museum.

The show had over 100 cars in attendance.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Manager's Pick.

Honor Flight's Pick went to Frank Deering and his 2000 Corvette.

Best of Show went to the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi owned by Jim Bickel.

First Church of God Fish Fry and Car Show:

The First Church of God in Circleville, Ohio hosted its annual Fish Fry and Car Show on Saturday. From what I understand, the fish sandwiches are pretty darn tasty.

This year the show registered 68 cars. There were 29 trophies presented at the end of the show. These included Top 20, Pastor's Choice, Roger Fortner Memorial, Six Top Class (Chevy, Ford, Dodge, etc.), and Best of Show.

Here are the Top three award winners:

  • Roger Fortner Memorial - 1967 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Leonard Cross or Croft
  • Pastor's Choice - 2016 Ford Mustang GT 350 - Owner: William Thomaschek
  • Best of Show - 1950 Chevy Pickup - Owner: Charlie Benson

Here are some of the cars from the show:

Speak for the Unspoken Car Show:

The Mustang Club of Ohio hosted its second Speak for the Unspoken Car Show on Sunday. The show took place in Hilliard, Ohio.

Proceeds from the show went to Speak for the Unspoken which is a foster-based rescue group for dogs with special needs.

Once the roads dried from some early morning showers, the show registered around 160 vehicles.

One of the vehicles that was registered was the 1985 Chevy Astro Van named Blastro. Built with a supercharged big block Chevy engine rated at 2000 HP, the owner claims it to be the fastest van in the world.

At around 2 PM, everyone in attendance got a chance to hear what a 2000 HP supercharged Chevy big block sounds like.

The Mustang Club of Ohio presented trophies to the "Top 40" along with 14 "Special" awards, a Runner-Up Best of Show, and a Best of Show.

Here are the "Special" award winners:

Runner-Up Best of Show went to Dan Gifford with a 1972 Oldsmobile 442 convertible.

Pete Lieb's 1962 Chevy Bel Air 409 received the Best of Show award.

Millersport Lions Club Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

The Millersport, Ohio Lions Club with the help of the Crossroads Events crew hosted a car, truck, and bike show on Sunday.

This show's "Spotlight" winner was Rick and Danielle Grogan and their 1936 Plymouth Coupe Hot Rod.

Nick Bradley's 1966 Dodge Coronet which was owned by his father and sat in a barn for 23 years received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver award.

The Best in Show winner was Jeff Wickham with his 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo SS.

Other Area Shows:

  • Coughlin Chevrolet in Pataskala, Ohio held its 16th Annual Car Show on Saturday. The show had 312+ cars in attendance. Lots of Corvettes. The show included free registration, free t-shirts, and a free lunch of hot dogs and chips. Coughlin presented awards to the Top 100 cars. There was no best-of-show award.
  • The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club hosted its September car show at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio on Saturday evening. There were around 50 cars in attendance. Our friend, Kenny G., picked up a "Favorite 15" award for his 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

  • Despite some early morning rain, the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio had another packed house of cars and spectators for its fall car show on Sunday morning.

That's it for this week's News and Notes.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info about this past week's events:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Craig Grunkemeyer
  • Frank Russel
  • Kenny G.
  • Tim Davidheiser

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

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1968 Ford Torino GT Convertible Indy Pace Car - Owner: Phil Chmelovsky

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

After a week's hiatus because of standing water in the field from heavy rains, the weekly cruise-in returned on Thursday with 206 cars in attendance.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Creative Automotive and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted their July car show on Friday.

The show had 26 cars in attendance and raised $110 for the local food pantries.

The big hit of the evening was the little dog that stood guard over its owner's motorcycle while he looked at the cars. It rode on the bike between the handlebars and windshield.

The store manager's three picks this month were Scott Haring's 1964 Chevy Impala SS, Hunter Collier's 1990 Chevy S10 pickup, and Mel DeJarnette's 1950 Ford F1 panel truck.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Ten Pin Alley:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride team hosted the first of two car shows at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard, Ohio.

Approximately 60 cars attended the show on Friday evening.

The Best of Show award went to Wesley Bach with a 1952 Chevy Pickup. Wesley is the Grandson of the Late Cal Rowland who passed away in April. Wesley inherited his Grandfather's 1952 Chevy and 1987 GMC Pickups and has begun taking them to shows this summer.

Here are some of the other cars from the show photographed from a different perspective by Dave Bratton's daughter, Kelly.

Cruise-In with the King Car Show:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club hosted its July car show Saturday evening at the Burger King off State Rt 31 in Marysville, Ohio.

Scattered showers around the area for much of the afternoon and evening kept attendance down. The club registered 20 cars with probably another 10 showing up that didn't register.

Each month the club presents award plaques to its "Favorite 15" that register.

Here are this month's "Favorites".

Picktown Palooza Car, Truck, and Bike Show:

Jeff Duncan and his 1970 Chevy Nova received the Best of Show honors at the Picktown Palooza Car, Truck, and Bike Show in Pickerington, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

Jeff is from the Marion, Ohio area. On his way home from the Picktown show, he stopped by the Burger King in Marysville. As any GOOD reporter would do, I took the opportunity to take a photo of Jeff, his car, and the Best of Show trophy.

The wet afternoon forecast didn't deter 50 cars from attending the Picktown Palooza show.

Lancaster Car Scene (LCS) Car Show:

Outerbelt Brewing in Carroll, Ohio was the scene of the Lancaster Car Scene (LCS) show on Sunday.

The show registered 56 cars. Awards were presented to the "Top 30" along with Ladies Choice, Best Truck, Best Import, Best Muscle, Best Motorcycle, Top Club, and of course, Best of Show.

These were the "Best of" winners:

Jason and Deb Blankenship's 1959 Chevy Apache also received the Best Truck award at Picktown Palooza on Saturday.

The Top Club award went to the Hi-Way Starz.

John Picken's 1931 Ford Roadster took home the Best of Show award.

Choctaw Lake Car Show:

The biggest event on Sunday was the first annual Choctaw Lake Car Show in London, Ohio.

The show was organized by the Sheriff deputies of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

With the lake as background, the show registered 167 vehicles.

Food and refreshments were provided by 5-6 food trucks which included one from Schmidt's Sausage Haus.

The show presented 12 awards. The two biggest were Best of Show and the William "Bill" Wolfe Memorial Award.

The Best of Show award went to Gary Vance with a 1933 Ford Victoria. Dave Bratton's 1937 Wild Rod Convertible received the William "Bill" Wolfe Award.

Here are some more cars and scenes from the show:

Other Area Shows:

  • The Plumbwood Church of Christ in London, Ohio hosted its annual car show on Saturday. There were approximately 20 cars in attendance. There was a rare sighting of Jimmy Carmean wiping off his car. It paid off as Jimmy's car received the Pastor's Choice Award.

  • The OP Bar and Grill in Marysville, Ohio hosted its first annual Cruise-In on Sunday. There were 31 cars in attendance. The top three winners received gift cards to the bar and grill. The top gift card went to Tim Inscho and his 1968 Chevy Camaro.

  • The first annual Bob Helsel Car Show took place on Sunday at the Buckeye Lake Moose 2434 Lodge in Thornport, Ohio. The show registered 94 cars. Judging was by People's Choice.
  • The Miami Valley Steam Threshers were at Pastime Park in Plain City, Ohio for its Vintage Truck & Car Show. The show had an excellent turnout. The tractor and truck pulls looked like a lot of fun.


Whew! There was a lot to report on this week even with the rain on Saturday.

Here are the folks who helped put together this week's News and Notes:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dave Bratton
  • Kelly Bratton
  • Tim Inscho
  • Dale Pearce

I hope everyone has a good week! I'll see you next week with a new report.

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1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille - Owner: Jeff Tolley

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The King of Thursday evening cruise-ins had another big turnout this week. Breaking last week's number by one car with 323 in attendance.

Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio brought his brand new 2023 Corvette Stingray to the cruise-in.

Mark your calendars. There will be a celebration of life for Wayne's late wife, Luella, on Thursday, June 8. Wayne would love to see 500 cars attend.

Friday Night Cruise-In Hilliard NAPA Autoparts:

About 40 cars showed up on Friday evening for the cruise-in in front of the NAPA Autoparts store on Main Street in Hilliard, Ohio.

There was a nice mixture of classic, muscle, domestic, and imported cars.

Empty Pockets Armed Forces Day Car Show:

The Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski VFW Memorial Post 4931 in Columbus, Ohio was the site of the annual Empty Pockets Car Club Armed Forces Day Car Show on Saturday.

Rain showers in the morning got the show off to a slow start. The final registration number reached 66 cars. There were door prizes and two 50/50 drawings. Food for sale was provided by the VFW post.

The club presented 45 "Favorite" awards, four "Special" awards, and a Best of Show.

The "Special" awards included Sponsor's Choice, DJ's Choice, Post Pick, and Most Patriotic.

The Best of Show award went to Michelle O'Sullivan with a 1956 Desoto Firedome.

Cruisin' with the King:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club hosted its second show of the season Saturday evening at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.

The club registered 53 cars with about a dozen or more in attendance that did not register.

There were door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a guess the number of candy pieces in the jar contest for the kids.

Each month, the club picks its "Favorite" 15 from the cars that registered. Here are this month's Favorites:

Boy Scout Troop 412 Car & Bike Show:

Boy Scout Troop 412 hosted a car & bike show in Grove City, Ohio on Saturday. Just like the Empty Pockets show, things got off to a slow start because of the morning rain.

The scout troop registered 48 cars and presented 24 awards.

Gus O'Day and his 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan went home with the Best of Show award.

VFW Post 8794 Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers were in Whitehall, Ohio on Sunday to host the VFW Post 8794 Car Show.

Fifty-eight cars attended the event. Awards included the VFW Post's top 30 picks and Best of Show.

The Best of Show award went to Jerry Keck and his 1941 Willys Coupe.

2023 All Ford Show:

The Mustang Club of Ohio held its annual All Ford Show at the Kreiger Ford dealership in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday. Registration was limited to 200 cars and was SOLD OUT well ahead of the event.

I'm excited to report that one of our good friends, Arch Mayer, and his 2004 Ford Mustang convertible Saleen Edition took the overall Best of Show honors. Congratulations to Arch!

Martinsburg Activity Center Car Show:

The 13th Annual Martinsburg Activity Center Car Show took place in Martinsburg, Ohio on Sunday.

The event had a larger-than-expected turnout of 130 cars. Even though registration was "officially" from 8 AM to Noon, some cars got there as early as 6:30 in the morning.

Scott McClure who is the general manager of Westerville Automotive and a regular on the Auto Smart Radio Show was the MC and organizer of the show.

The show awarded a total of 53 trophies. Included in the 53 awards were a Firefighters pick and Best of Show.

The Firefighters pick went to Paul Burkett with a 1948 Chevy pickup. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air belonging to Cliff Warner took the Best of Show honors.

British Car Days:

Quaker Steak and Lube on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio was the site of the Annual British Car Day Show on Sunday. This year the show registered 181 cars.

Tim Hooten's 1964 MG B Roaster received a First Place award in the MG-B-Chrome class.

I'm going to conclude this week's News and Notes with a little slide show of some of the cars that participated in this past week's Central Ohio events. Other than some rain showers Saturday morning, the weather was great. Watch closely, you might see your car or truck.


A big shout out to Dale Pearce, Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Tim Hooten, and Jeff Shankle for their contributions to this week's report. You guys are the best!

Note: Next week's list will be out on Tuesday because of the Monday Holiday. Everyone have a safe Holiday weekend.

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1985 Chevy Monte Carlo - Owner: George Felton

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NEWS AND NOTES

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Creative Automotive and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted its first car show of the season on Friday evening.

The show had 36 cars in attendance and raised $235 for Cindy and JP Culp Jr who lost their father, Doug, to cancer last week.

This first month's "Favorite" picks went to:

Cruisin' with the King:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club held its first Cruisin' with the King show of the season Saturday evening at the Burger King on Route 31 in Marysville, Ohio.

The club registered 70 plus cars. Awards were presented to the club's 15 "Favorite" cars from those that were registered. There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. And if you got hungry and/or thirsty, Burger King was right there.

Here are a few of the cars from Saturday's show:

Columbus Cars and Coffee at the City:

It was another packed parking lot on Saturday morning for Columbus Cars and Coffee at the City Apartments. This week had a little more excitement than normal as two cars decided to blow hoses. One blew the power steering hose and sprayed power steering fluid all over a hot exhaust causing quite a bit of smoke. The other car blew its radiator hose and dropped coolant all over the parking lot.

Fortunately, most of the cars on Saturday morning kept their hoses intact.

Special Request:

If anyone planning to attend the Import Face-Off next Sunday would like to send photos and a brief write-up about the event, I will be sure to include it with next week's report. Email photos and write-ups to hawk02@carshowtalk.com.


I want to thank Jeff Shankle, Dave Bratton, and Dale Pearce for their help with his week's report.

I'll close with some of the cars that attended the Car Guys Sonic Friday Nights in Hebron, Ohio, and the Columbus Cars & Coffee at Starbucks in Westerville, Ohio on Sunday morning.

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It's that time of the year when the weather turns cold, the cars are put away for the winter, and we impatiently sit and wait for the next car show season to start. Reminiscing about the season that just finished is a great way to pass some of the time.

Before we begin our journey back through 2022, I must state the usual disclaimer that the opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. They reflect the events I attended and the cars I saw in 2022. If you disagree with anything I post, please feel to express them in the comments section. If you encountered something particularly good or bad during the past season, please post that in the comment section as well.

With that out of the way, let's begin the journey back through 2022.

Some Statistics:

  • More than 6000 photos of your cars, trucks, and motorcycles were posted to carshowtalk.com in 2022.
  • From March through November, carshowtalk.com listed 995 events in the Central Ohio area which includes Marion on the north, Springfield on the west, Chillicothe on the south, and Newark on the east as boundaries.
  • August had the most events with 232. November had the least with 18.
  • I personally traveled to 21 different locations to participate in a car event. Der Dutchman in Bellville and the Historic Clifton Mill were the two farthest. Both exceeded 50 miles.
  • There were 116,175 visits to carshowtalk.com from March through October. The week of August 22-28 had the most visits with 4845. It kind of goes along with August having the most events.

I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for supporting carshowtalk.com in 2022. It was the best year yet for the website.

Favorite Cruise-Ins/Meet-ups:

  • Der Dutchman Cruise-In - I doubt anyone will argue that the weekly cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio isn't the best cruise-in in all of Central Ohio. This year 5449 cars attended the cruise-in from May through September. The weekly average of 259 vehicles was an all-time record. Wayne and Luella Nisly along with the restaurant staff do a great job of making the cruise-in a fun and relaxing way to spend a Thursday evening during the summer.
  • Columbus Cars and Coffee Arena District Meet - There's something about seeing hundreds of classic, exotic, and muscle cars lined up in front of Nationwide Arena. This turns out to be my favorite Columbus Cars and Coffee meet each season. I got so carried away this year that I took close to 300 photos - most of any event.
  • Jax Wax Street Madness - I didn't go to the two meet-ups this year, however, those that did go reported that the "Street Madness" name is by far the best description for the event. It's crazy and loud! The event has gotten so big the fall/Halloween meet moved from the airport to National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. How you feel about the event will likely depend on your age. If you're under 40, you'll love it. Over 40 and you'll probably never go to another one again.
  • Goodguys After Hours at the Crown Plaza, Hilton, and Quaker Steak and Lube - No discussion of cruise-ins/meet-ups would be complete without mentioning the after-hours gathering at these three locations during Goodguys weekend. There's definitely a party atmosphere at the Crown Plaza. The Hilton is a little more subdued and Quaker Steak and lube is just plain madness.

Favorite NO Registration Fee Judged Shows:

  • Rod Knockers Car Club - The club's monthly show at the Rural King in Marion, Ohio continues to be the king of this category. If there's decent weather on the first Saturday of the month from April through October, you can expect well over 100 cars in attendance The club presents around 30 awards each month that always represent a different theme. There are door prizes and 50/50 raffles and music from the 50s/60s along with classic rock. You owe yourself to attend at least one Rod Knockers show during the season. It will only cost you the gas to get to Marion and back.
  • Cruisin' with the King in 2022 - Runner-up in this category is the monthly show hosted by the Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club at the Burger King on Rt 31 in Marysville, Ohio. On a good Saturday, attendance will push the 100 mark. At the end of the show, awards are presented to the club's "Favorite" 15 cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There are door prizes and 50/50 raffles and music from the 50s and 60s. And if you're hungry, there's Burger King right there.
  • Summer Jubilee Car Show - Kuhlwein's Farm Market & Deli and the Vienna Door Company sponsored a registration-free judged show this summer at Kuhlwein's Farm Market in Hilliard, Ohio. With assistance from the Empty Pockets Cruisers Car Club, the event attracted 117 cars. Twenty-four awards were presented at the end of the show. Live entertainment was provided by Madeline Rose and the Thorns. There were several food trucks on site. However, the big hit was the free bratwurst sandwiches given out by Lehnerts Meats. I'm told by reliable sources Kulwein's and the Vienna Door Company plan to sponsor more shows like this in 2023.

Favorite Registration Fee Judged Shows:

This was a tough category for me to pick this year. As I looked back over the year, there were a lot of good shows in this category.

  • Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals - Obviously Goodguys has to be included at the top of this list. It is the largest and most prestigious show in the area. We are blessed to have an event like this to look forward to every year. Receiving an All-American Sunday Award with my Camaro made this year's event even more special.
  • Empty Pockets Cruisers Trunk or Treat - This show makes my Favorite list year after year. It seems to bring out the Halloween spirit in everyone that attends. More folks dress up in costumes and decorate cars than any other Trunk or Treat show in the area. The volume of children trick or treating is also impressive. This year my 350-piece bag of candy was emptied in record-setting time.
  • Vettes, Rods, and Classics - This is another show that ranks at the top of my list every year. The Capital City Corvette Club does a great job as a host. Creekside in Gahanna, Ohio is a cool venue for a car show. There are a lot of places to sit and eat. The club presents 80 plus awards. I like that the Corvettes and rods and classics are judged independently of each other and that each category has its own Best of Show winner. This year saw the return of the band Reelin' In The Years for live entertainment. The Capital City Corvette Club can chalk up another successful show with lots of great cars.
  • Spring Fling All Corvette Show - After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, the Spring Fling All Corvette show returned to Quaker Steak and Lube in Columbus, Ohio this past May. Hosted by the Chosen Few Corvette Club, the show attracts Corvette owners and clubs from all over the country. This year the show registered more than 300 Corvettes and presented 130 awards. If you own a Corvette, this is a show you'll want to attend.
  • Auto Smarts Radio/C-Town Cruisers - I would be remiss if I didn't mention Boots and Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride and Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers. Those two groups were involved in 50 Central Ohio car events in 2022. Add in the new kid on the block, Frank Russell, and Crossroad Events, and you have over 60 shows hosted by those three groups. Having 60 additional shows to choose from each season is a massive bonus for our area. I'm told it's unique to Central Ohio.

Favorite Ten:

Each year I pick my 10 favorite cars, trucks, and motorcycles I saw during the season. I try to limit the picks from Goodguys since one could easily select all ten from there. This year my favorite 10 only includes one car from Goodguys. The rest were all from local shows and cruise-ins.

Without further ado, here are my ten favorites in no particular order.

1970 Oldsmobile 442 - Owner: Aaron Denny (Summer Jubilee)
1966 Corvette Stingray Restomod with GM LT5 engine - Owner: Michels Auto Design (Goodguys)
1968 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Scott Mayo (Arthritis Show)
1957 Porsche Speedster - Owner: Laurie Hartley (Battle of the Brands)
1959 Ford F-100 - Owner: Kristin Finnerty (Battle of the Brands)
1966 Internation Scout - Owner: Unknown (Powell Cruize-in and Pig out)
2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide - Owner: Coryell Stephenson (Performance Charity Car Show)
2022 Yenko/SC Chevy Camaro - Owner: Bill Reno (Der Dutchman)
1934 Packard - Owner: Ray Gosnell (Vettes, Rods, and Classics)
1991 Chevy Camaro Z/28-1LE - Owner: Dan Varner (Chesrown Classic Cruise-In)

The Unusual, Unique, and Odd:

Each year vehicles show up at shows and cruise-ins that some might describe as unusual or unique while others call them odd. Here are some of the vehicles in 2022 that fit those descriptions.

R.I.P.

This year we lost a number of fellow Central Ohio cruisers. They will all be missed.

Cruisers of the Year:

  • This year's Cruiser of the Year Award goes to Jeff Tolley. Jeff participated in more than 170 events this season. And I thought my 80 was pretty good.
  • Runner-up Cruisers of the Year goes to Jeff Shankle and Dave O'Brien. Both attended just under 160 events. Jeff also receives Photographer of the Year. It wasn't even a contest.

Other Notables:

  • Best Restrooms - Delaware Christian Church
  • Best Hamburger - Tolles Car and Craft Show
  • Best "Live" Entertainment - Vettes, Rods, & Classics
  • Worst Weather - The thunderstorms that roared through Central Ohio on July 23rd
  • Best Door Prize - The bottle of booze that was part of the grand prize basket at Richwood Bank's Coffee and Cars.
  • Tallest Best of Show trophy - Still Electric Mods, Rods, & Classic Car Show and Auto Smarts Radio Westerville Moose Lodge Car Show
  • Most expensive collection of cars at an event not counting Goodguys - $20 million plus at the Unveiling of the Triple F Collection's newest supercar

Final Thoughts on 2022:

I want to thank all those who shared photos and information from events I wasn't able to attend. A special thanks goes to regular contributors Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, and Dave Bratton. Their weekly contributions helped carshowtalk.com reach a whole new level this year.

I'm going to take a few months off. I'll be back in February with the first edition of Save the Dates for 2023. The weekly list of events will resume again in April.

I wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season. I'll be leaving for my winter home the day after Christmas.

I'm going to end the year with the final lines from Ohio State University's Alma Mater:

The seasons pass the years will roll
Time and change will surely show
How firm thy friendship...OHIO!

The same can be said about a season of car shows. The friendships we make and the experiences we share with each other will roll on long after the season ends.

This slideshow captures my favorite moments from 2022. Enjoy! I'll see everyone next year.

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2008 Chevy HHR Panel - Owner: Chris Wise

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NEWS AND NOTES

There were a lot of final shows of the season this week.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show

Creative Automotive and the Advanced Auto Parts Store in Marysville, Ohio held its October car show on Friday evening.

The show had 19 cars in attendance and raised $155 from door prizes and a 50/50 raffle for the local food pantries.

Here are the three vehicles the manager of the Advanced Auto Parts Store picked for awards.

1948 Chevy Coupe - Owner: Rex Dillon
1977 GMC 4x4 Pickup - Owner: Tim Inscho
1948 Ford F1 - Owner: John Cordell

November 11 will be the Last Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car show of the season. I've been told that the wheelbarrow and firewood are ready to go.

Empty Pocket Cruisers Trunk or Treat Car Show

The Empty Pocket Cruisers and the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio hosted their 9th Annual Trunk or Treat Car Show on Saturday. Not sure what it is about this show, but it really brings out the Halloween spirit in folks to do this to their cars.

The show registered 147 cars. Trick or Treating "officially" took place from 1 -3 PM. And let me tell you there were a lot of trick-or-treaters this year. My 365-piece bag of candy was gone well before the awards were presented!

Speaking of awards, The Empty Pocket Cruisers presented plaques to the "Favorite 40" cars, trucks, and motorcycles along with a Church's Choice, Kid's Choice, DJ's Choice, and Sponsor's Choice. Because of Halloween, there were also award plaques for Best Decoration and Best Costume for both adults and children.

Here are the best-decorated cars:

Here are some of the best costumes:

The Special Award winners:

KID's CHOICE - 2012 Mini Countrymen - Owner: Christina Czekalski
PASTOR'S CHOICE - 1940 Plymouth P-10 - Owners: Phillip & Julie Miller
DJ'S CHOICE - 1946 Ford Coupe - Owner: Bob Kirst
SPONSOR'S CHOICE - 1964 Chrysler 300K - Owners: Anthony & Carol Moye

For the rest of the cars and scenes from the Empty Pockets Trunk or Treat Show, CLICK HERE.

Eldorado's Car, Truck, and Bike Show

On Sunday, Frank Russell and the Crossroads Event team hosted their final show of the season at Eldorados Pizza/Spirits in Columbus, Ohio.

With near-perfect weather for October, the show registered 50 cars. There were door prizes plus a 50/50 raffle. At the end of the show, more than 30 trophies were presented including a variety of specialty categories.

The Best in Show award went to Viki and Don Campbell with a 1934 Chevy Master Sedan. Vicki and Don drove 120 miles one-way to attend the show.

CLICK HERE to see all the specialty category winners and the rest of the cars from the Eldorados show.

Cruis'in O'Reilly Auto Parts 2022

On Sunday, the Pastime Cruisers held its final show of the season at the O'Reillys Auto Parts store on Harrisburg Pike in Columbus, Ohio.

The show registered between 35 -40 cars. Awards were presented to the "Favorite" 25 and a Manager's Choice.

The final Manager's Choice award for 2022 went to the 1947 Cadillac of Craig Coleman.

For more cars from the O'Reillys show, CLICK HERE.

Other Area Shows

  • More than 60 cars turned out for the Mid Ohio Cruisers' final show of the season at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio on Saturday evening.
  • Two Rusty Lug Nut members received awards at the New Beginnings Church Cruise-N-Shop Show in Ashville, Ohio on Saturday. Dale Pearce received the Furthest Driven and People's Choice awards and Anthony Musick received the Best Mopar.
  • Sunday Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman held his annual Wooden Nickel Cruise-In at the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio. There were almost 200 cars in attendance.
  • The 1965 Ford Falcon belonging to Steven DeMatteo took home the Best of Show honors at the FOP Associate Car Show in Whitehall, Ohio on Sunday.

Special thanks to Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, Brian Thompson, and Dave Bratton for their help in preparing this week's report.

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2014 Chevy Impala LTZ Custom - Owner: Donald Crissinger

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NEWS AND NOTES

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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NEWS AND NOTES

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: