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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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1946 Chevy Pickup - Owner: Kevin Marshall

Let me start by expressing my appreciation to those who were concerned about my well-being because there wasn't a post last week. I'm happy to report I'm doing just fine.

There were only two events the previous weekend and three events this past weekend so it made sense to combine both weekends into one report.

Let's start with the weekend of November 5th and 6th.

Miller's Swap Meet & Car Show

The Miller's Swap Meet & Car Show is a twice-a-year event (March and November) at the Ross County Fairgrounds in Chillicothe, Ohio. The March swap meet is generally scheduled for the second Saturday of the month while the November swap meet is generally the first Saturday.

Despite some gusty winds, over 200 cars participated in the car show portion of this year's November swap meet.

Awards were presented to the Top 25, the Top 10 for 1988 and newer, plus 14 "Special Category" awards such as Best GM, Best Ford, Best Truck, Best of Show, etc.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received one of the two Sponsor's awards.

The Best Sedan/Wagon award went to Jeff Shankle's 1972 Buick Sport Wagon.

Cadillac Mac's 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 received the Best of Show honors.

Final 2022 Point on Main Car Show

On Sunday, November 6, Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers hosted what turned out to be their final car show of the season.

With temperatures pushing into the 70s, the show registered 101 cars. Awards were presented to the "Favorite" 36, along with a Ladies Choice, MOPO (Most Potential)/Rat Rod), Champions Award, and Best of Show.

Brian Z. who has been friends with Shaun for 8-9 years and always brings him something for his truck received a special appreciation award. You may recognize Brian from his red Ford Falcon. That's Brian's head sticking up above the roof of his car.

Here are the "Special Category" award winners:

The Ladies Choice award went to Dan Varner with a 1963 1/2 Mercury Marauder Fastback.

Shon Knudsen's 1979 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon received the MOPO/Rat Rod Award.

The 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 belonging to Cadillac Mac took the Champions Award.

And finally, Best of Show honors went to Craig Grunkemeyer and his 1967 Chevy Corvette convertible.

To see more from the final 2022 Point on Main Car Show, CLICK HERE.

November 11 and 12

The weather finally started to behave like it was November. The rain from the remnants of hurricane Nicole canceled the C-Town Cruisers Veterans Day car show on Friday.

It stopped raining long enough to keep those attending the final Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts show relatively dry. A new wheelbarrow fire pit was placed into service to take some of the November chill out.

A few folks braved the wet conditions and brought their show cars. Everyone else showed up in their daily driver. Jeff Tolley drove his Biscayne all the way from Pickerington to Marysville.

Rick Jones received the Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts "Cruiser of the Year" award. Rick and his dog attended all nine shows this year.

Tim Inscho was the Runner-up "Cruiser of the Year". Tim made it to all but two shows.

I think everyone in attendance wished the weather would have been a little better but we all agreed hanging out with friends for a few more hours was a nice way to finish the 2022 car show season.

As you can imagine, the turnout for the car show portion of the November Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show was rather small thanks to the snow and cold temperatures.

That's it for News and Notes from the last two weekends. Next week I will post a recap of the entire 2022 season along with my favorite cars, shows, and cruise-ins so stay tuned for that.

A big thanks to Jeff Shankle for sharing his photos for this report.


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1963 Ford Falcon - Owner: Brian Z.

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The Point on Main Annual Halloween Spooktacular

The C-Town Cruisers hosted its annual Halloween Spooktacular at The Point on Main Sports Bar and Grill on Saturday.

The show had 33 vehicles in attendance. Trophies were presented to the Top 25 along with awards for Best Dressed Vehicle, Best Costume, Best GM, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best Import, Best Truck, Best Bike, and Best of Show.

The Best of Show award went to the 1967 Chevy Chevelle Malibu belonging to Jim and Rose Horsley.

To see more from The Point On Main Halloween Spooktacular, CLICK HERE.

APWU Trunk or Treat Car Show

On Saturday, the American Postal Workers Union Local 232 hosted a Trunk or Treat car show at its union hall in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Proceeds from the show went to benefit the Firefighter Christmas Toy Drive.

The show registered 39 cars. Awards were presented to the Top 25, Rick's Pick (aka Best of Show), and Favorite Bike trophy.

The Favorite Bike award went to Corey Holmes with a 2016 Harley Davidson. Don Marcum and his 1956 Ford Victoria received Rick's Pick.

To see the rest of the cars from the APWU Trunk or Treat Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Street Kingz Fall Fling

The Street Kingz Car Club hosted its very first Fall Fling Car Show on Sunday behind the Cold Stone Creamery on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio. Proceeds from the show went to help cover some of the medical expenses for club member Dan Fancelli.

Along with registration, there were door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction to raise money for Dan. The silent auction included dyno pulls, wine baskets, car care products, and concert tickets just to mention a few.

The show registered 40 cars. There was a nice mix of classic and late-model cars. Awards were presented to the Top 25 plus Best Decorated, Kid's Choice, and Best of Show.

The Best Decorated and Kid's Choice awards went to Chad Herrick and his 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392.

Steve Kidwell and Nancy took the Best of Show honors with their 1965 Pontiac GTO.

More cars from the show can be seen HERE.

American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 Annual Trunk or Treat Car Show

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers hosted its second trunk or treat show of the weekend at the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 in South Columbus on Sunday.

The show had 55 cars in attendance. Here are the Best Costume winners and a few other ghouls and goblins:

Other Area Shows

  • Pap's 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat Car Show in Springfield, Ohio had almost 200 cars in attendance on Saturday.
  • The corporate-sponsored Columbus Cars and Coffee held its final meet of the season at the Midwestern Auto Group (MAG) dealership in Dublin, Ohio on Saturday morning. Two sources have confirmed that attendance was somewhere in the range of 300 to 400 cars. The event always attracts a large assortment of exotic cars.

That's it for this week. Weather permitting, I plan to do three more shows before finally putting a lid on the 2022 car show season. Look for a report from those shows on November 14. My final thoughts on the 2022 season will appear sometime before Thanksgiving if all goes well.


A big thanks to Jeff Shankle and Dave Bratton for their help with this week's News and Notes.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport - Owner: Triple F Collection

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For the first time in three months, I stayed home on Saturday. I enjoyed the day with my Grandson and watched a little football. Sunday, however, was a different story.

The Unveiling

The first stop on Sunday was Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio for the unveiling of the Triple F Collection's newest hypercar, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport.

The unveiling took place from 11 AM to 2 PM. I arrived shortly before 1 PM and the crowd was quite manageable. No idea how crazy it was or wasn't at 11 AM.

Here are a few of the Super Sport's specs:

  • 8.0-liter 16-cylinder hand-crafted engine
  • 4 turbochargers
  • 18 PSI maximum turbo boost
  • 7100 rpm redline
  • 1,600 horsepower
  • A maximum speed of up to 273 mph
  • Pricing starts at $4 million

Bugatti plans to build only 60 Super Sports so you might want to order yours now!

The Triple F Collection had a few of its other cars on display. All told I estimated there was about $20 million worth of cars at Esoteric.

Lancaster Car Scene Car-Toberfest

From Esoteric it was off to Outerbelt Brewing in Caroll, Ohio for the Lancaster Car Scene Car-toberfest Car Show.

The event was spread out over the parking lots of Outerbelt Brewing and the Tractor Supply Company (TSC).

Registration was $15 which included a door prize ticket. There was also a 50/50 raffle. Those that parked in the Outerbelt Brewing lot could get food and a craft beer inside the taproom. A food truck was available for those that parked at TSC and didn't want to make the walk to the taproom.

The show registered 142 vehicles with another 30-40 attending that didn't register.

Trophies were presented to the Top 50 cars, trucks, and bikes along with seven "Best Of" category awards and a Best of Show.

The Best of Show honors went to Bob Kraft with a 1955 Chevy 210.

To see more photos from the Car-Toberfest show, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore Masonic Lodge #475 Car Show

Earlier in the day on Sunday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted a Car Show for the Masonic Lodge #475 in Baltimore, Ohio. The actual show location was the Baltimore VFW Post 3761.

The show registered 84 cars. A total of 35 trophies were presented at the end of the show.

The Best of Show award went to the 1968 Plymouth Fury III owned by Joe Warner.

CLICK HERE, for more photos from the Baltimore Masonic #475 Show.

Other Area Shows

  • The Western Ohio Cars N Scouts Show in Enon, Ohio had more than 80 cars in attendance on Saturday.
  • Jax Wax held its Street Madness Halloween Edition at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio on Saturday evening. For the first time at a Street Madness event, Jax Wax presented three custom trophies. The trophies were for Best "Old School", Best "New School", and Best Truck. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Best Truck trophy.

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

1952 Ford F Series 1 Pickup - Owners: Big Dawg & Mary

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Der Dutchman Tuesday and Thursday Cruise-Ins

I have two Der Dutchman cruise-ins to report on this week. For the past several years a friend and I have been trying to make it to one of the monthly cruise-ins at the Bellville Der Dutchman. Every time we planned to go it either rained or was windy and cold. This past Tuesday the weather finally cooperated and we made the drive up to Bellville.

The cruise-in had a little over 40 cars in attendance. Every car that participated in the cruise-in received a 10% off coupon towards a restaurant or bakery purchase along with a raffle ticket for door prizes. There was a DJ spinning the tunes and making announcements about upcoming car shows in the area.

The restaurant blocked off the north parking lot which provides the cruise-in with ample parking. There was also a nice pavilion with tables and chairs to sit down and eat your food or get out of the sun on those hot summer days. There was no food served outside. You either ordered carryout or ate in the restaurant. Overall I'd say it was worth the 48 min drive to Bellville. My friend and I are talking about making another road trip to the Bellville Der Dutchman next year.

Thanks to the Delaware County Fair and cold and windy weather, attendance was down a bit this week at the Der Dutchman cruise-in at the Plain City restaurant. The Thursday evening cruise-in still had 272 cars in attendance.

This Thursday (September 30) will be the LAST cruise-in for the year. The banquet will be the following Thursday (October 6) and then that's it until next spring.

Napa Friday Night Cruise-In

I stopped by the Friday night Cruise-In at the Napa parking lot in Hilliard, Ohio. There were about 20 cars in attendance. There was lots of discussion about cars and car shows during the hour or so I was there.

Hidden Lakes Winery Sizzlin Summer Season Series

Crossroads Events and the Hidden Lakes Winery in Canal Winchester, Ohio hosted their fourth show of the season at the winery on Friday evening.

The event registered 47 cars. Thirty-six awards were presented at the end of the evening. The Best of Show went to Mike Simonski and his 1953 Chevy Tin Woody Wagon.

Still Electric Mods, Rods, & Classic Car Show

Still Electric with the help of Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted its first-ever car show at the Alum Creek Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

The registration fee was $15 and included a ticket for a hot dog and soft drink from the food truck. There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

The show registered 114 cars. A team of three judges evaluated all the vehicles. Custom trophies ranging in size from six feet (Best of Show), four feet (category awards), and two feet (top 30) were presented at the end of the show.

Mark Valentine was presented with the "Biggest Car Show Enthusiast" award.

The Old Goats Car Club just missed receiving the Club Participation award but the members still took home lots of hardware.

Bob Krist and his 1946 Ford Coupe received the Best of Show honors. This year Bob added a big blower to the engine.

To see the other Category winners and there rest of the cars from the Still Electric Show, CLICK HERE.

Shamrock Club Classic Car Show and Cruise-In

The Shamrock Club of Columbus, Ohio hosted its 6th Annual Classic Car Show and Cruise-in on Sunday.

Early morning rain got things off to a slow start but by early afternoon 55 cars had registered for the show. There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Hot dogs and brats could be purchased at the club's outside pavilion. Adult beverages were available in the basement of the club.

At the end of the show, trophies were awarded to the Top 20, Best Bike, Best Mopar, Best GM, Best Ford, Best Truck, Best Import, People's Choice, Board's Choice, and Best of Show.

The Best of Show award went to Don Benedik with a 1932 Ford Coupe.

CLICK HERE for the category winners and rest of the cars from Shamrock Club show.

Farrow's Hot Rods & Handlebars

I received some photos from Farrow's Hot Rods & Handlebars show in Sunbury, Ohio on Saturday evening. Looks like another packed house for this event. The silver bike in the photo belongs to our friend Larry Walters.

James Dean Rebel Run and Ducktail Run

Although these are not Central Ohio Car events, I think they're worth mentioning just for their shear size.

Our very good friends, Jeff and Pam Shankle, along with some other Marysville, Ohio folks made their annual trek to the James Dean and Ducktail Run events in Gas City and Fairmont, Indiana this weekend.

Over the four day period, the Ducktail run registered 2838 cars and the James Dean Rebel Run registered over 2400 cars. Jeff took more than 1800 photos! If you're friends with Jeff on Facebook, you can scan all the photos he took. Let me just say, there were a lot of really nice cars.


I received this request through Facebook:

Melissa D'Costa and her family are Looking for someone with a cool old classic car to provide one last joy ride for the cremains of her father who was a huge car guy. The funeral is Friday, September 30th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Grove City, Ohio. Arrive at the church at 11:30-11:40am, funeral ends around 11:50. Will transport cremains in a small sealed box, along with a guitar, from the church to St. Joseph’s Cemetery off 23 in Lockbourne, Ohio. About a 10 mile drive. The car will follow the funeral director in an escorted assembly with the rest of the family and friends following. The drive should be complete by 12:30 and then the driver is free to go. The funeral director did warn that the car will have to have a beacon and funeral flag attached to the hood of the car magnetically. They can put a paper plate under them to protect the car, but we wanted to be sure the driver knows that. We will pay for gas and time if someone is interested in helping out the family call (614) 202-2952 or email fun2bapt@hotmail.com.


I have a lot of people to thank for this week's report. A big shout out goes to Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, Frank Russell, Larry Walters, and Adam Lester.

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2002 Chevy Corvette - Owner: Mick Proxmire

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Wednesday Evening Cruise at Grace Chapel

Jeff and Pam Shankle and Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio stopped by the Grace Chapel Church in Westerville, Ohio on Wednesday evening for its weekly cruise-in. About 50 cars were in attendance this week. Boots drove his award-winning "burn out" machine.

The Pastor announced that the church will continue to host the Wednesday cruise-in until the end of October. A food truck is on-site most Wednesdays for anyone wanting food and refreshment. Times for the cruise-in are typically 6 - 9 PM.

Der Dutchman Thursday Cruise-In

Attendance is creeping up at the Thursday evening cruise-in at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. Two weeks ago attendance was 302 cars. Last week it was 309 and this week it was 340. With any luck, the 400 mark will be broken before the cruise-in ends in three weeks.

This week's "Unique Vehicle" award goes to Jim R. and his Ultima RS. The car's power plant is GM's LT5 engine which was only available in the 2019 Corvette ZR1. Jim's car is making close to 800 HP to the rear wheels!

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show

The September Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio on Friday evening featured 32 cars.

The event was the first car show for Carol and Steve Atwell's 1928 Ford Model A 2 Dr Sedan.

The show raised $210 for the Marysville and Milford Center food banks.

This month's picks were:

1969 Chevy Chevelle - Owner: Cliff Small
1928 Ford Model A 2 Dr Sedan - Owners: Carol & Steve Atwell
1957 Ford Thunderbird - Owner: Jimmy Carmean

Columbus Cars and Coffee Meet at Esoteric

Per usual, the Columbus Cars and Coffee meet at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio had another great turnout of cars and spectators Saturday morning.

The meet had a nice mix of classic, muscle, and exotic cars. Just like the Toy Barn show two weeks ago, the arrival of the Lamborghinis attracted a crowd.

To see more from Saturday's Columbus Cars and Coffee meet, CLICK HERE.

Delaware Christian Church Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show

The Delaware Christian Church in Delaware, Ohio hosted its second annual Car Show on Saturday. Last year the church registered a little over 50 cars. This year the number of registered cars reach 71 with another half-dozen or so attending but not registering. The registration fee was whatever you wanted to donate.

There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Awards were presented to the Top 25 along with three special awards. The special awards were Pastor's Choice, Best of Show motorcycle, and Best of Show car/truck.

The Special Award winners included:

Pastor's Choice Award - 2021 Ford F150 - Owner: Joe Lyons
Best of Show Motorcycle - 2009 Harley Davidson - Owner: Tony Ford
Best of Show Car/Truck - 1964 Chevy Nova II SS - Owner: Diana Chalfant

CLICK HERE to see the rest of the automobiles from the Delaware Christian Church show.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride At Columbus Auto Resale

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride crew were at Columbus Auto Resale on Saturday. The show registered 38 cars.

Our good friend Jeff Shankle took Best Interior with his 1950 Ford F1 pickup.

The Best of Show award went to the 1967 Chevy Chevelle of Craig Massie.

Heart of Grove City Patriots Day Car Show

Shaun "Big Dog" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers were hosts for the 2nd Annual Heart of Grove City, Ohio Patriots Day Car Show.

The show registered a little over 60 cars. The Best Truck award went to Loy Oberer with a 1955 Ford F-100 pickup.

The 1932 Ford five Window of Gus O'Day took home the Best of Show honors.

Lite the Nite Car Show

The big event on Saturday was the 37th Annual Light the Nite Car Show at the Courthouse Square in Newark, Ohio. This year the show registered more than 420 cars.

The event helps support the holiday lighting of the courthouse in Newark and other charities. This year the show also honored the late Jim Matheny who helped organize the Nite the Light show for many years.

The awards were four and six-foot trophies. Dale Pearce used every inch of the truck bed in his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup to bring home his six-foot award.

Wings and Rings Car, Truck, & Bike Show

My original plan was to attend the All Corvette Gathering in Lancaster, Ohio on Sunday. But rain between my house and Lancaster killed that plan. Luckily the showers mainly stayed south and east of my location.

Plan B was to find a dry car show relatively close to home. This turned out to be the Crossroads Events show at the Wings and Rings in Lewis Center, Ohio.

This was the second show at the restaurant this year. Both this show and the previous show have faced less-than-ideal weather. A final show of the season is scheduled for October 9th. Hopefully, "third times a charm" will kick in and give them a beautiful day of weather.

With 23 cars, trucks, and bikes in attendance, the Best of Show awards went to Steve Barry with a 1999 Harley Davidson Heritage Springer and "DW" Warren Dorilen with a 2014 Maserati Ghibili.

Riverside Dairy Car Show

The Riverside Dairy Car Show in Mount Vernon, Ohio was originally scheduled for August 21st but was postponed to Sunday because of the weather.

The show registered 45 cars. Awards were presented for 3rd place, 2nd place, and Best of Show for both cars and trucks. Not only was there a trophy for each award winner but also a cash prize. The Best of Show winners received $100. Second and third place winners received $75 and $50 respectively.

Best of Show Car went to Harry Squires with a 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Steve Andrix's 1948 Chevy Pickup received the Best of Show Truck award.

Jeff Shankle's 1950 Ford F1 received the 2nd Place Truck award so drinks are on Jeff this week.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Empty Pockets Cruisers had over 120 cars in attendance for its Patriots Day Car Show in Hilliard, Ohio on Saturday
  • Despite the rain, 200 plus crazy Corvette owners turned out for the All Corvette Gathering in Lancaster, Ohio.
  • Our good friend Dale Pearce took home the Mayor's Choice and the Kid's Choice awards at the 17th Annual Gahanna Community Church Car Show

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

17

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.

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