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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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If you're coming here for a list of car events still on the schedule for November, the only thing remaining is the Ohio Ford Expo SuperSwap in Columbus on November 27 and 28.

Columbus Cars and Coffee will continue to hold Saturday morning meet-ups throughout the winter at the parking lot of The City apartments weather permitting.

NEWS AND NOTES:

I participated in two car shows this week to finish out my season.

American Legion Southway Post 144 Veterans Day Cruise-in:

On Thursday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their Veterans Day Cruise-In at the American Legion Southway Post 144 on South High Street in Columbus, Ohio. For the C-Town Cruisers, this was their last show of the year.

The American Legion Southway Post provided a bean dinner free to all the veterans. Those that weren't veterans could enjoy the meal by making a donation.

The show registered 50 cars. Awards were presented to the top 30 cars along with a Cry Baby award and Best of Show.

The Cry Baby award went to No One Cares! The Best of Show award went to Carol Benson with a 1977 Pontiac GT. Many of you may recognize Carol by her 1963 Chevy C10 Pickup. Another beautiful vehicle that receives a lot of attention.

Big Dawg passed out the awards early so everyone could get on their way before the rain started.

To see more from the Veterans Day Cruise-in, CLICK HERE.

Creative Automotive Group/Advanced Auto Parts:

Jeff Shankle's Creative Automotive Group and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their final show of the season on Friday evening.

The wheelbarrow fire pit has become a tradition for the final show. Once again it was forced into action Friday evening. To say it was cold is a bit of an understatement. You could describe the 12 folks that brought their vehicles to the show as either dedicated car show enthusiasts or just plain nuts! Both descriptions are very fitting.

The show raised $145 for the local food pantries. In all, the monthly Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts shows raised more than $1400 this year for the food pantries in Marysville and Milford Center. A big thanks to everyone that participated!

The manager's three favorite picks this month went to Haley Benjamin with a 2016 Camaro SS convertible, Tom Stewart with a 1982 Chevy C10 pickup, and Tony Kristoff with a 1970 El Camino SS.

Ron Smith picked up the Cruiser of the Year award and yours truly received the Runner-Up Cruiser award. Ron attended all nine monthly shows. I made it to all but the first two shows when I was in Florida.

Jeff is looking at a bigger place for the shows next year and also partnering with Auto Smarts and the C-Town Cruisers for a couple of events in 2022. Stay tuned...

Cruising for Carter Benefit Car Show:

Several Rusty Lug Nutz members braved the cold weather and drove over to Cambridge, Ohio on Saturday to participate in the Cruising for Carter Benefit Car Show. The show was held at the Deerassic Park Education Center in Cambridge.

Seven-year-old Carter Campbell was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in the spring of 2020. After a year in remission, his cancer has returned. All proceeds from the show went to support the Carter family.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received Carter's Crew's Best in Show pick. Carter's pick was a 1929 rat rod.

One of the great things about the car show community is the willingness to give of their time to help others in need.


This is it for weekly reports until next year. I will be posting a 2021 season wrap-up next week so stay tuned for that.


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I'm posting just a News and Notes this week.

If you're coming here for a list of car events still on the schedule for November, CLICK HERE

NEWS AND NOTES:

Columbus Cars and Coffee @ The City:

As many of you may know, the weekly Saturday morning Columbus Cars and Coffee meets at Lennox Town Center were suspended back in April after some cars got a out-of-control leaving the meet. The group that organized the meets held a series of Saturday morning meet ups at various locations around Columbus during the summer. The group also started receiving support from Byers Auto and Lindsay Automotive.

Well, I'm here to report that the group has found a new "permanent" home for the Saturday morning meets at The City Apartments -- formerly the old University City shopping center at the corner of Ackerman Rd and Olentangy River Rd.

This past Saturday was the first official meet at the new location. There was a nice turn out of cars and people so the word is definitely out about the new location. A nice mix of classics, muscle and exotic cars showed up on Saturday. I got the opportunity to see a new Mustang GT 500 and a new two door Ford Bronco.

Parking may get a little tight on those Saturdays when 500 cars show up. The lower level of the apartment complex is set aside for retail space. This may also affect parking in the future. But this past Saturday parking was good. Just beware of the speed bumps next to the complex. They are killers.

I'm glad to see this Columbus Cars and Coffee group find a new home. It's great way to get a quick car fix on a Saturday morning and also see some cars that don't often participate in car shows or cruise-ins. Lets hope everyone behaves themselves so there isn't a repeat of what happened in April.

If you'd like to see more from Columbus Cars and Coffee @ The City, CLICK HERE.

Miller's Swap Meet & Car Show:

A number of Central Ohio car show regulars made the trek down to Chillicothe, Ohio on Saturday for the 14th Annual Miller's Automotive Swap Meet and Car Show at the Ross County Fairgrounds.

The Miller Automotive Group hosts the swap meet and car show twice a year in March and November.

The sunny weather on Saturday brought out 145 vehicles for the car show. Jeff Tolley and Dale Pearce came home with Top 25 awards. Congratulations!

Sunday Afternoon Car Meet at the Point on Main:

With cloudless skies and above normal temperatures for November, the C-Town Cruisers hosted their last show of the year at The Point Restaurant on Main.

The show registered 77 cars, however, counting the ones that didn't register there were more than 100 cars.

Awards were presented to the top 31 cars. The special awards included Ladies Choice, Best Rat Rod/Most Potential, and Best of Show.

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air belonging to Steve Kidwell and Nancy received the Ladies Choice award. John White with a 1953 Chevy Suburban was awarded Best Rat Rod/Most Potential. Best of Show honors went to Rick and June Lawrence with a 1973 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Shaun announced that the C-Town Cruisers have been able to donate more than $6000 to charity this year thanks to everyone's participation in their events. The charities that receive the bulk of the donations are Friends of the Shelter, a dog rescue organization, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Wounded Warrior Project. You may not always get a trophy but know your registration, door prize and raffle ticket money is going to support good causes.

If you'd like to see more cars and scenes from the Sunday Afternoon Car Meet at The Point on Main, CLICK HERE.

Performance Charity Car Show:

The Performance Charity Car Show that took place on October 9th in downtown Delaware, Ohio has posted photos on their website of the 2021 award winners.


Not sure if I'll have a report next week. The long range forecast is calling for rain on Thursday and Friday and highs in the low 40s on Saturday - burrrr.... I'm going to try to hit three events this week but I'll have to wait to see what the weather does.

As I mentioned last week, I will be posting a season wrap up later in the month so stay tuned for that.


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This is it, folks. The final listing of car events for this season. Just like March, I'm listing ALL the events for the entire month of November. I'll be posting my final thoughts on 2021 towards the end of the month so stay tuned for that.

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

NEWS AND NOTES:

Rain on Friday and Saturday postponed or canceled a number of events. Those events that did go on rain or shine had very low turnouts as you can imagine.

One of those events, The Spooktacular Halloween Show at the Point on Main Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio registered around 20 cars on Saturday. With decent weather, that show would have been pushing 100 cars or more. The Best of Show Award went to John Van Paepeghem, Jr with a 1965 Ford Falcon Convertible (that's John in the black ball cap and hoody).

American Legion Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat Meet:

The rain finally cleared out for Sunday's American Legion Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat Meet hosted by Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers.

The show registered 60 cars. Awards were presented to the "Top 30" cars. There were special awards for Best Costume, Best Dressed Vehicle, and Best of Show.

Best Costume went to Karson Musick dressed as a character from Paw Patrol.

Kenny G and his 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat received the Best Dressed Vehicle Award.

And finally, Best of Show went to Phil Monroe with a 1971 Dodge Challenger RT.

All in All, it turned out to be a fun afternoon of trunking or treating at the American Legion Southway Post. Check out the show's PHOTO PAGE for more cars and scenes from the show.

A big shout-out goes to Dale Pearce for his help putting together this report.


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It's a surprisingly full lineup for the last week of October. There are a ton of Trunk or Treat events this week. I tried to include only those that focused on classic, muscle, and performance cars.

Marysville Muscle and Honda Motorsports Bike Night will be joining forces at the Honda Motorsports lot on Friday evening in Marysville, Ohio . There will be a costume contest, 50/50 raffle and Geezers BQ on site. The combined meet is schedules from 5 PM to 7 PM.

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

NEWS AND NOTES:

Not much to report this week. For the first time since April, I did not attend a car show or cruise-in. If the weather cooperates, I should have big report next week.

On a somber note, Terry McReynolds passed away on Monday, October 18th. Terry was the Pace Truck Driver at Columbus Motor Speedway for more than 20 years. Recently, Terry was an integral part of the Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride team. If you participated in one of Boots's shows this year, you most likely interacted with Terry at the registration trailer. May he R.I.P.


A few events are still trickling in for November. For the most up-to-date list of car events in Central Ohio through the end of November, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page.


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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.

NEWS AND NOTES:

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.