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1973 Corvette - Owner: Mike Lloyd

This week has a full slate of shows on Saturday. Sunday is a little light because of Father's Day.

Monday (June 10):

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Wednesday (June 12):

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NEWS AND NOTES

This week's report covers a wide area of shows from Coshocton to Urbana, Ohio.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The restaurant's weekly cruise-in had the largest attendance so far this season with 413 cars.

This week's cruise-in was a memorial to loved ones who are no longer here. A table was set up by the food/registration shack so that people could display memories of their friends, family members, or whoever they wanted to remember.

Wayne Nisly who manages the cruise-in announced that milkshakes have been added to the menu.

This week's unique/unusual vehicle award goes to Charlie O'Neill and Tom Thompson for their Burgundy Bandit. The entire place paused for a moment when they fired it up to take it off the trailer.

Empty Pockets Cruisers Dave & Busters Car & Bike Show:

The last time the Empty Pockets Cruisers Car Club hosted a car show at Dave & Buster's Restaurant in Hilliard, Ohio was June 13, 2021. After a two-year hiatus and a completely remodeled Dave & Buster's, the club returned on Saturday to host another car show at the restaurant.

This year the club registered 109 cars. Jim McGruder was again the DJ and MC for the show.

The club presented a total of 50 award plaques. There were 45 "Favorite" awards plus five "Specialty" awards. The "Specialty" awards included Favorite Motorcycle, DJ's Choice, Dave & Buster's Choice, Sponsors Choice, and Empty Pockets Cruisers Choice, a.k.a Best of Show.

The Favorite Motorcycle went to William Russell with a 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide.

The 25th Anniversary 1992 Chevy Camaro RS belonging to Mark Schlueb received Dave & Buster's Choice Award.

Jim McGruder's DJ's Choice went to Christopher Gibbs with a 2016 Dodge Challenger Shaker 392.

Rod Scott and his 1958 Dodge D-100 Sweptside pickup received the Sponsors Choice.

The Empty Pockets Cruisers Choice (a.k.a Best of Show) was Robert Rutowkski's 1971 Pontiac GTO.

Immaculate Conception Parish Car Show:

The Immaculate Conception Parish in Columbus, Ohio held its 6th annual Car Show on Saturday.

The show registered 38 cars. There was a total of nine awards, Five trophies for People's Choice and four "Show Favorite". The People's Choice awards included Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, Best Overall and "Cutest".

Best Interior went to John Hughes with a 1966 Volkswagon.

Jack Leffel's 1940 Ford pickup received the Best Engine Award. You may remember Jack's pickup from the May 28 to June 2, 2024 News and Notes where it was picked as the Unique/Unusual vehicle at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In.

The 1966 Corvette belonging to Fred Davis was voted Best Paint.

Dave Bratton's 1937 Wild Rod Ford was voted "Best Overall", a.k.a Best of Show.

Here are more cars from the show:

Cruise-In • Brews 2024:

The Pickerington Lions Clubs and Combustion Brewery & Taproom with the help of Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted the 2024 Cruise-In • Brews Car Show on Saturday in Pickerington, Ohio.

There were 100 cars in attendance. Best of Show went to Doug Porter and his 1966 Chevy Nova.

Corvettes at Roscoe Village:

I don't normally list or cover shows east of Newark, Ohio. But I make an exception for the All-Corvette Show at Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio. As you'll see, there's plenty of interest in this event from Central Ohio cruisers to include it on the list each year.

The show is put on by the Classic Glass Corvette Club. The historical Roscoe Village makes a very unique venue for a car show.

This year the club registered 187 Corvettes. Awards were presented for first, second, and third place for each generation of Corvette except for the 8th generation. That generation had a 4th place award. There were also "Specialty" Awards and a Best of Show.

Here are the Central Ohio cruisers that won awards:

Quentin Sayers received the 2nd Place Award in the C3 Category for his 1969 Corvette.

2nd Place in the C5 Category also went to Quentin Sayer for his 2000 Corvette driven by Miss M.

Jim McGruder's 2020 Corvette Stingray received 4th Place in the C8 Category.

3rd Place in the C8 Category went to Jeff Irwin's 2024 Corvette Z06.

Steve Kidwell and Nancy received the Classic Glass Corvette Club Choice for their 1954 Corvette.

The Street Elite Corvette Club received the Club Participation Award.

David Hahn and his 1954 Corvette took home The Best of Show honors.

Overall, it was a well-organized show at a unique venue. My only complaint which is common to most downtown shows is not being able to hear the PA announcements if you happen to be parked at the far ends of the street. I missed the first part of the award ceremony for that very reason.

Here are more Corvettes from the show:

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1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Owner: Jim Vawter

Monday (June 3):

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Tuesday (June 4):

Wednesday (June 5):

Thursday (June 6):

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Another Thursday evening of perfect weather led to 320 cars in attendance at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In.

This coming Thursday, June 6th, will be a special Memorial Cruise-In, Remembering Our Loved Ones.

A table will be set up for anyone to bring memories of a loved one you wish to honor be it a spouse, friend, parent, or other family member.

It should be a big night if the weatherman cooperates.

Honda Motorsports Marysville Bike & Car Night:

Honda Motorsports in Marysville, Ohio held its monthly bike and car night on Friday evening.

Besides a few hours each month to hang out with your bike and car buddies, the event offers free food from the Triple P Barbeque Co. food truck, giveaways, refreshments, and dyno runs of your motorcycle.

With the nice weather on Friday, there was a good mix of cars and bikes.

Richwood Bank Coffee & Cars:

The Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio hosted its second Coffee and Cars Cruise-in of the season on Saturday morning.

Bryan Mauger brought his 1970 Monte Carlo and the owners of his previous 1972 Monte Carlo stopped by the cruise-in. This provided a nice opportunity for a side-by-side photo of the two cars.

The lucky winner of the raffle drawing went home with a bottle of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Bryan Lewis Memorial Car Show:

The second annual Bryan Lewis Memorial Car Show took place Saturday at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Hilliard, Ohio. Carz and Causez hosted the show for the second year in a row. Jim McGruder was the DJ and MC. Food and refreshments were provided by the High School Ministry of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. There was the option to pay for your food with a credit card which you don't see at most car shows.

The show registered 132 cars on Saturday. Awards plaques were presented to the "Favorite" 45 plus five "Specialty" awards. The Specialty awards included DJ's Choice, Church Choice, Charity's Choice, Sponsors Choice, and the Bryan Lewis Memorial Award. The winner of the Bryan Lewis Award also received a custom-made trophy in the form of a table lamp.

Here are the "Specialty" winners:

This year's Bryan Lewis Memorial Award went to Dave Chase with a 1969 Chevy Camaro.

Final Thoughts: You couldn't ask for a better-organized show. The parking lot of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church is huge with wide parking spaces. There were clean restroom facilities inside the Church. The awards presentation started and 3 PM and was finished before 3:30 PM. Hats off to Carz and Causez for a show well done.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Chubby Hawaiian:

The Crossroads Events team was back at the Chubby Hawaiian Grill in Baltimore, Ohio on Saturday hosting the June car show at the restaurant.

This month it was two C7 Corvettes taking home the top awards.

The Veteran Owned Award went to Jeff Dixon and his 2014 Chevy Corvette.

Tom Decker and his 2016 Chevy Corvette received the Best of Show honors.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Grove City Baptist Church:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts team "officially" kicked off its 2024 Cruise & Ride Tour on Saturday at the Grove City Baptist Church.

The show registered more than 100 cars.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup truck received the Ladies Pick award.

For the third weekend in a row, David Anderson's 1940 Supercharged Ford Tudor convertible received Best of Show.

Dog Face K9s Car & Bike Show:

Quaker Steak & Lube on Lyra Drive in Columbus, Ohio was the location for the Dog Face K9s Car & Bike Show on Saturday.

Organized and run by Zenith Kustoms, the show benefitted Dog Face K9s, a non-profit organization that trains veterans and dogs into self-service teams.

The show registered 80 plus cars. Awards were presented to the Top 30 along with custom trophies for Best Bike, Best Modern Muscle, Best Classic Muscle, Best Truck, Best Import, Best Paint, Best Custom, Best Rod, Best Chevy, Best Mopar, Best For Ford, Best Work in Progress, and Best Original.

The Best of Show Award went to Scott Varney and his 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88.

Here are more cars from the show:

From the report I received, it was a well-organized show. The awards presentation started on time and moved right along. Kudos to Zenith Kustoms.

Jerome Township Community Car Show:

Jeff Shankle dropped by the Jerome Township Community Car Show on Saturday. The show took place in Plain City, Ohio, and benefitted The Fallen 15.

Jeff estimated there were more than 100 cars in attendance.

Here are some of the photos Jeff took at the show:

To see more of Jeff's photos, CLICK HERE.

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2008 Volkswagon Convertible - Owners: Tom & Betty Lawrence

This weekend starts another month of the 2024 Central Ohio car show season. And boy is this month packed with events! I counted 90 plus Central Ohio car and bike events for June. And that's not counting the weekly and monthly events. Include those and you're well over 100!

Tuesday (May 28):

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Wednesday (May 29):

Thursday (May 30):

Friday (May 31):

Saturday (June 1):

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NEWS AND NOTES

I'm sad to report we lost another Central Ohio cruiser last week with the unexpected passing of Thad Lee Roberts. Thad was 59 years old.

Many of you will recognize Thad from his cars. He most often drove his 1973 Chevy Camaro RS/Z28 to shows. He also showed a 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger and a 1972 Chevy Nova.

Our condolences go out to his family. Here is his obituary with information regarding visitation and funeral service.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

It was another big evening at the restaurant's weekly cruise-in. Attendance this past Thursday reached 280 cars.

This week's unique/unusual car is the 1940 Ford pickup belonging to Jack Leffel. I think you'll understand from the photos why the pickup is so unique.

If there was a Best of Show award, in my opinion, it would go to this 1960 Chevy Impala.

A Ford Bronco Raptor Edition made an appearance on Thursday. I have to admit it was a damn cool SUV.

The Heart of Grove City Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers were in Grove City, Ohio on Saturday for the first of three Heart of Grove City Car, Truck, & Bike Shows this season.

The show registered 70 cars.

Live music was provided by the 3C Highway Band during the first half of the show.

Awards were presented to the Top 35 cars and trucks along with awards for MOPO (Most Potential)/Rat Rod, Best Bike, Best Truck, and Best of Show.

The MOPO/Rat Rod award went to Brian Black and his 1976 "Chebby" G10 Van.

The Best Bike award would have gone to this 2024 Yamaha MT-07 but the owner left before the end of the show.

Doug Glassburn's 1972 Chevy C-10 Stepside pickup received the Best Truck Award.

The Best of Show honors went to Jim Loftus with a 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Earthworks Cafe at Newark Station:

Frank Russell and his Crossroads Events team hosted their first-ever car show at Earthworks Cafe at Newark Station in Newark, Ohio on Saturday.

The team presented 34 awards at the end of the show.

The Veteran Owned Award went to Dave Byers and his 1989 Chevy Corvette.

For the second week in a row, David Anderson took home Best of Show honors with his 1949 supercharged Ford Tudor convertible.

Next up for the Crossroads Events Team is a show at the Chubby Hawaiian in Baltimore, Ohio on Saturday, June 1st.

Feast of the Flowering Moon Car Show:

Downtown Chillicothe, Ohio was the site of the Feast of the Flowering Moon Car Show on Saturday.

The show presented awards to the Top 25 plus eight "Special Category" awards including "Feast Choice" aka Best of Show.

Attendance totaled 130 cars with 118 of them registered.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, took home the Feast Choice Award along with a Top 25 for his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

The Scioto Post did a nice write-up on Dale and his truck. You can read the article posted on its website here.

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1970 Chevy Camaro - Owner: J. C. Skedell

Another big week of car events in Central Ohio. Let's hope the weather is a little more cooperative than it has been.

Monday (May 13):

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Tuesday (May 14):

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Wednesday (May 15):

Thursday (May 16):

Friday (May 17):

Saturday (May 18):

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NEWS AND NOTES

The weather seems to be in this rain-every-other-day pattern with the last two Saturdays being rain days.

The Conkey Classic Car Show got ahead of the game and on Friday postponed its show to June 30th.

Der Dutchman had about 12 cars on Thursday thanks to the rain. I heard everyone who showed up got a free hot dog.

Creative Auto Group/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

The Creative Auto Group and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their third show of the season on Friday under clear skies. The show registered 25 cars and raised $180 for Marysville Food Pantry.

The Manager's Picks this month were Ron Griffith and his 1950 Ford F1 Pickup, Mark Larison with a 1965 Ford Cobra, Kenny and Sue G and their 2016 Challenger Hellcat, and yours truly with a 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

Hilliard 2nd Friday NAPA Cruise-In:

The 2nd Friday of the month cruise-in at the NAPA store in Hilliard, Ohio was also blessed with clear skies and no rain. Estimates have attendance at around 45 - 50 cars on Friday evening.

Here are some of the cars that attended the cruise-in:


Columbus Cars & Coffee at Starbucks:

With a limited schedule on Sunday because of Mother's Day, and no rain in the forecast, I decided to stop by Columbus Cars and Coffee at Starbucks in Westerville, Ohio.

I would guess between 40 and 45 cars stopped by during the 90 minutes I was there.

I had a nice conversation with Chuck Putsch owner of the blue 1961 Morgan 4/4 Series III you see at a lot of shows and cruise-ins. Chuck and his Morgan Club are gearing up for the British Car Days at Quaker Steak and Lube next weekend.

Here are a few more cars from the morning Cars and Coffee:

Other Area Shows:

Two shows that went on despite the rain showers on Saturday morning were the Spring Fling All Corvette Show at Quaker Steak & Lube in Columbus, Ohio. The second show was the Carroll Lions downtown car show in Carroll, Ohio.

This was the second year in a row the Spring Fling had to deal with rain. The show registered 115 cars on Saturday. Our good friend, Marc Cropper, braved the wet conditions and received a Top Five award for his 1991 Corvette.

After the morning showers passed, the downtown Carroll Lions Show registered 57 cars.

Members of the Old Goats Car Club, Dave Hiles, Chad Herrick, and Doug Mullens went home with Top 25 awards.

The Best of Show award went to David Ray's 1937 Studebaker Dictator 6.

That's all I have for this week. A big thanks to Jeff Shankle, Arch Mayer, Dale Pearce, Chad Herrick, Lynn Raduege, Marc Cropper, and John Crutcher for their contributions to this week's report.

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2004 Acura TL - Owner: Karla Rodriguez

The 2024 Central Ohio car show season goes from a smoldering burn to a HOT FIRE this week. There is a full schedule of events on both Saturday and Sunday.

Three weekly cruise-ins will kick off this week - Der Dutchman in Plain City, Full Throttle Thursdays in Obetz, and Grace Chapel in Westerville. This will make something to do every Wednesday and Thursday well into October.

Monday (April 29):

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Tuesday (April 30):

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Wednesday (May 1):

Thursday (May 2):

Friday (May 3):

Saturday (May 4):

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NEWS AND NOTES

Dick Ater Memorial Jaguar Jubilee:

The Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center in Springfield, Ohio was the site of the Dick Ater Memorial Jaguar Jubilee Car Show on Saturday.

The show featured a silent auction and four food trucks including one from Young's Dairy. All proceeds went to Ater's Drug-Free Clubs of America.

The show registered 77 vehicles. Unique steel-cut awards were presented to the top cars at the end of the show.

The Best of Show award went to Bob McKee and his 1959 Ford Thunderbird convertible.

Here are a few more cars from the 77 that attended the show:

Auto Show @ Walmart:

On Saturday, Doreen Baker and her team hosted their first of three car shows this year at the London, Ohio Walmart.

With the temperature in the 80s, the show registered 65 cars.

Dale Pearce posted a video to Facebook from the show.

The Best of Show Award went to the 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible owned by Brock Smith.

American Legion Canteen Post #144 Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their first show of the season at the American Legion Canteen Post #144 in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.

This was the first of six shows scheduled at Post #144 this season.

Officially, the C-Town Cruisers registered 76 cars. But there were a bunch more cars popping in and out during the show.

Chad Hilderbrand and his 1961 "pristine" Chevy Impala Bubble Top took home the Best of Show honors.

Toy Barn Spring Car Show:

When the weather is good, you can count with 100% certainty there will be a big crowd on hand for the Toy Barn Spring Car Show. Sunday was no exception with a "Standing Room" only crowd at the Dublin, Ohio Dealership. Schmidt's was there serving Bahama Mamas. The coffee and donuts concession ran out of coffee early but the donuts lasted till the end.

That's all I have for this week. I want to thank Chad Herrick, Dave Bratton, Dale Pearce, and Bryan Mauger for their contribution to this week's report.

I'm heading back to Ohio on Tuesday. If all goes well, I'll see everyone at the first Der Dutchman Cruise-In on Thursday!

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1977 Ford Bronco - Owner: Tera Womack

Another Central Ohio car show season has come to an end. As we put the cars away until next spring, it's time to look back at the memories that were made during the season that just ended.

As always, I must state the usual disclaimer. The opinions expressed in the following paragraphs are mine. They are from the events I attended and the vehicles l saw. If you agree or disagree with anything I've written, please free to post in the comment section. I'd love to know your thoughts.

THE STATS:

Okay, let's start off with some statistics about this past season.

  • From January through November, there were 1108 Central Ohio car events posted to carshowtalk.com. Clearly enough to keep anyone that loves cars very, very busy.
  • The month with the most events was July with 222.
  • The month with the least events was November with 16. No surprise there.
  • The week with the most events was August 14 -20 with 56.
  • There was a new post on carshowtalk.com 36 out of 52 weeks this year. Yes, the website kept me pretty busy.
  • There were reports or mentions on 274 of the 1108 events listed on carshowtalk.com.

PARTICIPATION AWARD:

I participated in 89 events in Ohio this year and I was a spectator at another four. This pales in comparison to the number of events these three Central Ohio cruisers participated in.

Jeff Shankle made it to 160 events breaking his personal best. Jeff Tolley did 240 car shows, cruise-ins, and swap meets. Dave O'Brien did a few more at 243 and says he still has some more to attend.

Left to Right: Dave O'Brien, Jeff Tolley, Jeff Shankle

I'm pretty confident no one else attended more events this year than those three. For Dave O'Brien and Jeff Tolley, it was almost a car show or cruise-ins every day.

CAR SHOWS, CRUISE-INS, MEET-UPS

Of all the car shows, cruise-ins, and meet-ups I attended this season, One stands out far above the rest. It was the Der Dutchman Cruise-in on June 8th celebrating the life of the late Luella Nisly, wife of Wayne Nisly.

That Thursday evening 617 cars and close to 1000 people were in attendance. The support from the Central Ohio car community for Wayne, Luella, and the cruise-in was amazing. Looking back at the crowd of people during the raffle drawing gave me goosebumps. It will be a cruise-in I will never forget.

Continuing with Der Dutchman, twice this year heavy rains overnight caused either cancellation of the cruise-in or partial closer of the main field because of standing water. This is the first time in the twelve-year history of the cruise-in that happened.

The Capital City Corvette Club's annual Vettes, Rods, and Classics in Gahanna, Ohio continues to be one of my top shows in the area. The Creekside District makes a great venue for a car show. Sprinkle in some "live" entertainment from the band Reeling in the Years. Then add in lots of community support, a great cause, and beautiful Corvettes and classic cars and you've got all the ingredients for a successful car show.

The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion, Ohio still managed to put on the best no-registration fee monthly car show in the area. The club did this despite a change in management at the Rural King which wasn't particularly car show friendly.

Sadly, the club announced after the last show in October that it had decided to take some time off to re-evaluate its direction moving forward. This means no more monthly car shows at the Rural King in Marion for the foreseeable future. These monthly shows will definitely be missed by a lot of folks in 2024.

Organized and promoted by Glayton Noggle, the Friday evening River Pop-up meets at Griggs Reservoir in Upper Arlington, Ohio turned out to be very popular by season's end. Clayton's military background made sure everyone followed the rules and it resulted in more people feeling comfortable enough to participate in the meet-ups. Attendance at the August 25th meet-up was estimated to be between 200 - 250 cars. Very impressive for a meet-up.

It's easy to take for granted Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals since it comes to town every year (2020 being the one exception). We are truly blessed to have an event like this in our backyard every July.

For anyone who loves cars, the show and the after-hours parties at the Crown Plaza and Polaris Hilton are like a kid in a candy store.

When it came to Goodguys Awards, Central Ohio was well represented this year.

Looking back, I participated in 14 events this year for the very first time. The one that stands out from the group is the Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap on Memorial Day in Mt Victory, Ohio.

Cars parked all over people's lawns are something you don't see at many cruise-ins. Factor in the opportunity to view the oil and gas memorabilia in the outbuildings on Don Houchin's property and you soon realize the Mt Victory event is rather unique. I plan to go back next year.

Events that were my favorites in previous years, continued to be favorites again this year.

There's just something special about the cars, the crowd, and the venue that makes Columbus Cars and Coffee Arena District Meet something special.

If you own a Corvette or are into Corvettes, The Ohio Corvette Club Alliance Corvette Gathering in downtown Lancaster, Ohio is one of those events you definitely need to attend. It's essentially a BIG Cruise-in for Corvettes. This year the Gathering registered more than 400 Corvettes.

In July, the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio started hosting weekly meet-ups at the dealership. Each meet-up featured a different vehicle. One week it was All American Cars and Trucks. The next week it was BMW Night. After that it was Bourbon and Exotics, then Viper Night -- you get the picture.

I attended two of the meet-ups -- the All American Cars and Trucks and Corvette Night. Corvette Night turned out to be one of the most enjoyable events I did in 2023. I hung out that evening with Arch Mayer and Greg Hopkins, enjoyed a cold beer, and saw some beautiful Corvettes. Doesn't get much better than that in my book.

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1938 Dodge 2 Dr Sedan - Owner: Bill Blackburn

The 2023 Central Ohio car show season has officially ended as far as judged shows. It was just posted on Facebook that there will be a cruise-in at Earthworks Cafe and Lounge in Newark, Ohio on November, 18th. If you're dying for one more car event before you put your car away, here you have it.

Here are the News and Notes from the final five Central Ohio car shows of 2023.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Often referred to as the "Wheelbarrow Fire Pit" car show, Creative Automotive Auto Sales and the Advance Auto Parts Store in Marysville, Ohio hosted its final show of the year on November 3rd.

There were 26 cars in attendance and $145 was raised for the Marysville Food Pantry.

Here are the six "Favorite" car picks for this month:

In addition to the car awards, Jeff Shankle presented awards for Cruiser and Co-Cruiser of the Year.

Rex Dillion, Tim Inscho, and I received Co-Cruiser of the Year awards. The three of us only missed one show. I was in Florida for the April show so I had a good excuse.

Left to Right: Rex Dillion, yours truly, and Tim Inscho

The Cruiser of the Year award went to Jimmy Carmean and Rick Jones. They both attended all eight Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts shows this year. Rick has been Cruiser of the Year four out of the last five years.

Miller's Swap Meet and Car Show:

The 16th Annual Miller's Fall Swap Meet and Car Show took place on Saturday, November 4th at the Ross County Fairgrounds in Chillicothe, Ohio.

With plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 60s, the car show registered 171 vehicles.

I didn't go far into the swap meet area but from what I was told by those that did it was huge.

The car show presented a total of 40 award plaques -- "Top 20" for cars '87 and older and "Top 20" for cars '88 and newer. In addition to the plaques, there were 13 "Special" trophies and two Best of Shows -- one for '87 and older and one for '88 and newer.

The club participation award went to the Street Kingz Car Club.

Here are the "Special" trophy winners: