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1948 Willys Overland Jeepster - Owner: Dennis Mowrey

It's Goodguys Week!

The Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals comes to town this weekend. It is the largest car event in Central Ohio, attracting car enthusiasts from all over the region. There will be impressive displays of classic, muscle cars, hot rods, and custom builds. Whether you participate with your car or as a spectator, it's worth the price of admission.

The excitement doesn't end when the day’s events wrap up at the Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals. Join fellow enthusiasts and keep the festivities going at the after-parties at the Crown Plaza North and Hilton Polaris Hotels, and Quaker Steak & Lube:

2ND UPDATE:

YouTuber, Automotive Adventures with Austin, has posted a new ride-along video he did today with a Goodguys official showing the changes to this year's show.

UPDATE:

Just wanted to make everyone aware that there is major construction and I mean MAJOR CONSTRUCTION going on at the Ohio Expo Center. A YouTuber by the name of Automotive Adventures With Austin posted a video yesterday of the construction going on at the Expo Center. If you're bringing a car to the Goodguys be prepared for a lot of concrete blocks, fencing, and dust. It could be a big mess if it rains this weekend!

Here's the schedule for the upcoming week:

Monday (July 8):

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Tuesday (July 9):

Wednesday (July 10):

Thursday (July 11):

Friday (July 12):

Saturday (July 13):

Sunday (July 14):


Check out the Save the Dates for 2024 page for the most comprehensive and best-organized list of future Central Ohio car events.


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NEWS AND NOTES

Champaign Cruisers Firecracker Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

Originally, there were two events in the area scheduled on July 4th. The show at the American Legion on South High Street was postponed because of the weather forecast. This left the 26th Annual Champaign Cruisers Firecracker Car, Truck, and Bike Show in Urbana, Ohio as the only event.

In 2023, 676 entries were recorded, but this year only 295 vehicles were registered due to the threat of afternoon rain. The awards ceremony was moved to 1 PM in an attempt to get the show over before the rain started.

Central Ohio cruisers Jeff Shankle, Chad Herrick, and Kenny G received Sponsor's Pick Awards.

Chad, a member of the Old Goats Car Club, said a real live goat showed up at his car. Now that's a little freaky.

Thanks to Jeff Shankle for sharing his photos from the show. Here are some of the 295 cars:

Roundtown Cruisers Summer Cruise Night:

The Roundtown Cruisers Car Club hosted its July Summer Cruise Night show in downtown Circleville, Ohio on Friday.

This month the show had a little over 70 cars in attendance. The trophy winners were Mike Ramey and his 1932 Ford Coupe, Jim Moore with a 1962 Plymouth Wagon, Dallas Behrens' 1952 Chevy Suburban, and Rhonda and Steven Taylor with their 1956 Ford Pickup.

Horsepower Farms Cars, Coffee, and Donuts:

Horsepower Farms collector car and recreational vehicle condominiums on Home Rd in Powell, Ohio, hosted a cars, coffee, and donuts meet-up on Saturday morning. There were somewhere between 75 and 100 cars in attendance.

Here are examples of a single-storage condominium, a single-storage with a loft, and a double-storage condominium with a loft.

Jim Gill, owner of Chesrown Chevrolet GMC, has quite the collection of cars in his storage condominium.

There seems to be enough demand for storage condominiums that plans are in the works to build more units. If you'd like more information on Horsepower Farms, check out its website.

Stockhands Horses for Healing Car Show:

Sponsored by the Delaware Knights Auto Club and Artomotive, the third annual Stockhands Horses for Healing car show took place on Saturday off Rt 315 in Delaware, County.

Founded in 2014, the Stockhands Horses for Healing is a non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted therapeutic services to children and adults living with mental, physical, and emotional challenges.

This year the show set an attendance record with 145 registered vehicles. There was no set registration fee. It was whatever you wanted to donate.

There were door prizes, a gift card raffle, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle all to help raise money. The winning half of the 50/50 hit $433. All of which was donated back by the winner. All told, the show raised over $6000 for the organization. The most ever.

There were trophies for the "Top 25" along with a motorcycle award, Kids Choice, and Best of Show.

The Motorcycle Award went to Melinda Hines with a Hondamatic 400A.

The Kids Choice was a 2024 Mustang Dark Horse. Ironically, the winner received a diecast Chevy Impala.

Here are 24 of the Top 25 winners:

The Best of Show Award went to the 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 belonging to Chris and Stacy Selvaggio. A beautiful car!

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

Sean "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers were back in Grove City, Ohio on Saturday for their second Heart of Grove City Car, Truck, and Bike Show of the season.

There were 70-plus cars in attendance for this second Heart of Grove City Show.

Here are a few of the "Top 35" winners:

Gary and Gregg Allwine took home the Best of Show honors with their 1960 Studebaker Lark VIII.

There will be one more Heart of Grove City Show this season on September 7, 2024.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Chubby Hawaiian and West Church Social:

Just like last weekend, the Crossroads team hosted shows on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday the team was back at the Chubby Hawaiian Grill for the July show at the restaurant.

Lisa Gardner and her 2005 Mini Cooper received the Veteran Owned Vehicle Award.

Best of Show went to Dave O'Brien's 1970 Dodge Coronet convertible. Dave has owned the car for 54 years!

On Sunday the team hosted a show at West Church Social in Newark, Ohio.

At the end of the show, 31 trophies were awarded.

The Veteran Owned Vehicle Award went to Sherrill Luce for his 1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible.

The West Social staff picked the 1985 Chevy K5 Blazer owned by Matt Francis as Best of Show.

The next show for Crossroads Events will be at the Wings & Rings in Lewis Center this coming Sunday (7/14). They'll be back at West Church Social for another show on August 4, 2024.

The Point On Main Car Show:

The C-Town Cruisers were back at the Point On Main Sports Bar & Grill on Sunday for the July car show at the restaurant.

81 cars "officially" registered with another 20 - 30 cars taking up parking spaces but did not register.

There were awards for the "Top 30" plus Ladies Choice, Most Potential/Best Rat Rod, and Best of Show.

The Ladies Choice Award went to Ralph Carle's 1959 Chevy El Camino.

The 1934 Ford Coupe of Christian Antel received the Most Potential (MOPO)/Rat Rod Award.

Anthony and Carol Moye took home the Best of Show honors with their 1964 Chrysler 300.

The C-Town Cruisers will host the next show at the Point on Main August 11, 2024.

Junction City Independence Day Celebration Car Show:

The Independence Day Celebration Car Show in Junction City, Ohio registered 125 vehicles on Sunday.

Three members of the Old Goats Car Club, Douglas Mullen, Chad Herrick, and Chuck McKeever received awards.

Other News:

  • Dale Pearce traveled two hours on Saturday to attend a car show in Hillsboro, Ohio hosted by Max Sprague and the Ohio Car Shows and Cruise-Ins Facebook Group. There were 134 cars in attendance. Dale's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received a "Top 20" award.

Best of Show went to Terry Bach with a 1969 Ford Mustang GT 500 signed by Carol Shelby.

That concludes another week of News and Notes.

I want to thank this week's contributors:

  • Dale Pearce
  • Russ Annis
  • Chad Herrick
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Jeff Coleman
  • Frank Russell
  • Lynn Raduege

I have a hunch there will be a lot of Goodguys photos on the pages of carshowtalk.com next week. Stay safe and stay cool.

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1973 Ford Mustang (Home built and Painted) - Owner: Kim Rodgers

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NEWS AND NOTES

Fourth of July Car Shows:

  • Champaign Cruiser's Firecracker Car, Truck, & Bike Show - The Champaign Cruiser's Car Club hosted its 25th annual Firecracker Car Show at Skelley Lumber Company in Urbana, Ohio. The show registered 677 cars this year. The Best of Show award went to Scott Trogolo and his 1948 Buick Road Master.
  • Union County Fairgrounds Annual Fourth of July Show - The annual Fourth of July car show at the Union County Fairgrounds in Marysville, Ohio registered 50 cars. The event advertised 25 awards but only presented 15. Thanks to some very wet spots from heavy rains on Sunday, one participant spent a good part of the show cleaning mud off his car. Kevin Foust and his 1940 Dodge WC40 Military Pickup received Best of Show.
  • VFW Post 8794 After the Parade Car Show - Our friend, Kenny G, received the Most Patriotic Award at the Whitehall, Ohio VFW Post 8794 After the Parade Car Show hosted by the C-Town Cruisers.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In was canceled this past Thursday because the field was extremely wet from heavy rains earlier in the week. Hopefully, things will dry out and the cruise-in will be back this week.

Chesrown Class Car Cruise-In:

The rain cleared out Thursday evening just in time for the 9th Annual Classic Car Cruise-In at Chesrown Chevrolet Buick GMC in Delaware, Ohio.

Miss Ohio was there admiring all the cars.

Anyone hungry or thirsty could purchase food and refreshment from Graeter's Ice Cream, Dos Hermanos, and Slap Yo Self food trucks.

Just as in past years, the band Conspiracy provided live entertainment.

As for the cars, there didn't seem to be as many this year. I think the weather forecast might have had something to do with it and the fact that the cruise-in was announced later than usual. Still, there were well over 100 cars in attendance and of course lots of spectators.

Toy Barn American Car and Bike Event:

This past Friday, the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio started a weekly series of meets-ups at the dealership. The series will run through September 2nd. Each week will be a different category of cars. This week was American Cars and Bikes. Next week will be BMW Night. You can register for any of the series here.

Approximately 20-25 cars turned out for the American Car and Bike event. As you might expect, most were late-model Mustangs, Camaros, and Corvettes. A few older classic American cars did stop by. Somehow a couple of McLarens turned up in the mix.

The coolest vehicle at the meet-up was a 2022 RAM TRX pickup with a supercharged, Hemi engine and the entire body covered in Rhino lining. How much fun would that be to pick up a load of mulch or a few 2x4s in a 707 HP pickup?

Here are more cars from the Toy Barn American Car and Bike meet-up:

Chubby Hawaiian Grill Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

Frank Russell and the Crossroads Events team were in Baltimore, Ohio on Saturday for a car show hosted by Chubby Hawaiian Grill.

The show registered 58 cars. Thanks to a line of showers moving through the area, the 35 awards were presented early so everyone could get home before the rain.

The Larry Bickers Daily Driver award went to Bubba Hettinger and his 1978 Chevy K10 Stepside.

Derek Hayes and his 1983 Zimmer Gold Spirit took home the Best of Show honors.

Goodguys After-Hours Parties:

I spent a few hours Saturday evening hopping back and forth between the Goodguys after-hours parties at the Crown Plaza and Polaris Hilton hotels. This year I even managed to get a little closer to the burnouts at Quaker Steak and Lube. It looked like a third of the Columbus Police Force was at the restaurant monitoring the action.

I put together a small slideshow from the photos I took at the festivities.

Lewis Center Wings and Rings Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

On Sunday, the Crossroads Events team traveled 45 miles north from Baltimore to Lewis Center, Ohio for the monthly show at the Wings & Rings Sports Bar.

This month the show registered 45 vehicles.

The Larry Bickers Daily Driver award went to Pauline Robson with a 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus.

The manager of Wings & Rings selected David Elliott's 1957 Chevy Bel Air as Best of Show.

Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals:

Another Goodguys is in the books. The Central Ohio car community is very lucky to have an event like this in our backyard. There are only three Goodguys events east of the Mississippi River. These take place in Raleigh, NC, Lebanon, TN, and Columbus, OH.

Congratulations to Arch Mayer, Clayton Noggle, and Tony Oliver. All three of their cars received Goodguys All-American Sunday awards.

I was able to recognize the cars of a few more local Goodguys Award winners.

I want to thank everyone who sent me Goodguys photos or tagged me on Facebook. I went through more than 1000 photos and picked the ones that I thought best illustrated what Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals weekend is all about. Hope you enjoy it!


These folks helped put together this week's News and Notes:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Chad Herrick
  • Dave Bratton
  • Phil Monroe
  • Frank Russell
  • Kenny G
  • Arch Mayer
  • Russ Annis

A big thanks to every one of them for their contribution.

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

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We close out another month of the season this week. Lots of events are on tap for the Fourth of July weekend. The big event will be the Firecracker July 4th Show in Urbana, Ohio. It will draw between 400 and 700 cars depending on the weather.

NEWS AND NOTES:

The First Friday event in downtown Delaware, Ohio is reserving the same block again this weekend for classic cars. Cars are asked to arrive between 5 PM and 6 PM. No cars will be allowed in after 6 PM, and no cars will be allowed to leave prior to 9 PM. This is first come first serve so if you're interested in participating, get there early.

The cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another big Thursday evening. Close to 60 Cobras from the Cobra Show in London, Ohio showed up at the cruise-in. Overall attendance for the evening topped 390 cars.

To see more photos from Thursday's Der Dutchman Cruise-In, click Here.

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smart Radio crew hosted the first-ever car show at The Point at Otterbein in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday. The show registered 57 cars.

One of the unique things offered by The Point was a canvas print of your vehicle from a favorite photo for $20. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, took advantage of the offer and had a print made of his truck. The end result turned out fantastic.

The Best of Show Award went to Jeff Fortner and his 1971 Buick GSX. Jeff's Buick has been on a "Hot Steak" lately. This is the third week in a row his car has received a well deserved top award.

If you've ever been to an Auto Smarts Radio show, you know Boots gives out a lot of "Category" awards. Click here to see some of the "Category" winners from the show.

Here are attendance numbers for some of the other area shows from this past weekend.

  • Surgergrove (Friday) - registered 80 cars
  • Marengo Methodist Church (Saturday) - registered 43 cars
  • Whitehall Church of the Nazarene (Sunday) - registered 60 cars.

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The C-Town Cruisers hosted their annual Independence Day car show on Thursday at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus, Ohio.

The past two years I've driven to Skelly Lumber in Urbana, Ohio to participate in the Champaign Cruisers Car Club annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show. This year, however, I decided to stay a little closer to home.

It also helped my decision about which show to do that the C-Town Cruisers planned to present awards between 2:30 - 3:00 PM. All the other shows advertised awards at 5:00 PM. The thoughts of spending all afternoon in July's heat and humidity did not have much of an appeal to me.

The show registered a total of 36 vehicles. I figured the number would be closer to 50 cars based on the Veterans Day show last November. I guess heat and humidity are a bigger deterrent to car show participation than cold and salt.

Inside, members of American Legion Post 144 put together a very nice potluck for the cruisers. Cost was based on whatever you felt like donating. There were hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and potato salad, chips, and plenty of deserts.

Just like the Veterans Day show, the C-Town Cruisers created custom trophies to celebrate our great country's birthday. The trophies included 25 "Favorite" and a "Best of Cruise".

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With temperatures in the low 90s, and humidity pushing 100%, and zero breeze to speak of, the majority of participants in 21st Annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike Show in Urbana, Ohio chose to park in the wooded area surrounding Skelly Lumber rather than the open field. The annual 4th of July car show hosted by the Champaign Cruisers registered 472 vehicles this year.  This was down from the 640 cars and trucks that registered for last year's show.  No doubt the heat and humidity had an effect on attendance.  It was beastly hot even in the shade!

Prior years the president of the Champaign Cruisers Car Club was the lead organizer of the show.  This year organization was turned over to a committee of club members. I'm please to report that the committee didn't miss a beat.  This is one of the best organized shows you'll ever attend and this year was no exception.

The show is also a pretty good bargain.  The $10 registration fee automatically enters you in the drawing for door prizes (most of which are gas cards) and the drivers pot.  One lucky participant went home after the show $472 dollars richer. The show also claims to be largest 50/50 raffle drawing in the area.  The winning half on Wednesday was over $1000 dollars making this claim hard to refute.

There were plenty of food choices.  I counted no less than nine food vendors at the show. They offered everything from kettle corn to pizza.

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As the end of the year rapidly approaches, It's a good time to take a moment to look back at the 2017 car show season.  I had planned to write this year-end recap  back in November, but family commitments, Thanksgiving, my spouse convalescing from a total knee replacement, and updates to the website delayed this by a few weeks.

Now that things have started to settle down a bit, let's look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2017 season.

I managed to attend 80 events from January through November.  Of the 80 events, only six did I attend as a non-participant.

The list below reflects my opinion of the events I attended. In no way does it encompasses ALL the events that took place in Central Ohio during the season.  If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good or bad, please share it in the comments.  Feel free to also post a comment if you disagree with any of my choices.

Ok, so let's get started with the Good.

BEST REGISTRATION FEE CAR SHOWS:

  1. Champaign Cruisers 4th of July Car Show at Skelley's Lumbar Company in Urbana, Ohio.  You can tell the Cruisers have been doing this for 20 years.  The show is extremely well-organized. The club even goes as far as to mark off parking areas in the grass with spray paint.  There were plenty of food vendors,  nice door prizes, a unique venue, and great mix of vehicles from Ohio and Indiana.
  2. Vettes, Rods and Classic Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio.  Hosted by the Capital City Corvette Club, this show has grown steadily every year.  The Creekside district makes a unique venue for a car show.  There are plenty of restaurants in the district to meet most everyone's culinary tastes.  Judging is based on a point system, and awards are presented in two categories, one for the Corvettes and the other for the rods and classics.
  3. Cruisin' for a Cause at the Discover Church in Dublin, Ohio.  This show raises money for a different cause each year.  This year the cause was Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.  In addition to the cars, there's also a craft show and model car contest going on simultaneously.  Each year the show offers unique custom hand-made trophies.  All vehicles are thoroughly judged and awards are based on a point system.

Honorable Mention: The Purple Door Cruise In at the Grove City United Methodist Church, Spring Fling All Corvette Show at the Polaris Parkway Quaker Steak and Lube, and Cabela's Charity Car Show and Cruise In at the Cabela's store on Gemini Place in Columbus, Ohio.

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I attended my first Champaign Cruisers Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show on Tuesday.   This is the 20th year the Champaign Cruisers car club has sponsored a car show on the 4th of July.

The show is held in the grass and wooded areas surrounding the Skelley Lumber Company in Urbana, Ohio.

Club members helped to park cars as they entered the show area and directed traffic after the show was over.  The club even went as far as to mark off parking areas with white spray paint to ensure adequate space for foot and golf cart traffic between car rows.  You could tell the club has been doing this for a few years.

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