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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):

  • No Events Found

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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1966 Plymouth Belvedere - Owner: Louie Wild

With the posting of the first weekly list of events for 2024, I hereby proclaim the Central Ohio car show season is now open for business.

Monday (April 1):

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Tuesday (April 2):

Wednesday (April 3):

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Friday (April 5):

Saturday (April 6):

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NEWS AND NOTES

Not much to write about in this week's report. The two car shows that took place in March were hit with rain and cold weather.

The Creative Auto Group/Advanced Auto Parts show on March 8th in Marysville, Ohio had four brave souls turn out for the show.

The next day the Miller Swap Meet/Car Show at the Ross County Fairgrounds in Chillicothe, Ohio had just 27 cars participate in the car show. Everyone who participated received an award. The swap meet faired much better since much of it was held indoors.

Not all was lost because of the weather. The Miller family presented Don Sparks whose Youtube channel goes by the name Go4Rider the "Beyond the Call of Duty Award" for his help promoting their events.

Rob Schrader who runs the Miami Valley Novas website had the honor of presenting the Miller family with the Ohio Automotive Event Preservation Award. This award goes to individuals or organizations that go above and beyond to promote automotive events in the State of Ohio. Congratulations to the Miller family!

That's it for this week. Special thanks to Jeff Shankle and Rob Schrader for their contributions to this week's report.

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1972 AMC Gremlin X - Owner: Mark Jasinsky

Here are the Central Ohio car events for the month of March. The Miller's Spring Swap Meet and Car Show in Chillicothe, Ohio has the distinct honor of being the first "Judged" show of the 2024 season.

As in past years, the weekly list of events will begin the first week of April.

Fingers crossed for an early spring in Ohio.


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NEWS AND NOTES

I'm sad to report we lost another Central Ohio cruiser last month. David Hiles from Reynoldsburg, Ohio passed away on February 20. A member of the Old Goats Car Club, David drove a gold 1966 Pontiac GTO. He always displayed his GTO with a stuffed tiger on the roof or hood. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be missed.

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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:

The Best of Show winners:

  • '88 and Newer - Custom 1995 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Bob Kirst

  • '87 and Older - 1967 Chevy Nova SS - Owner: Charlie Seymour

Notice that Charlie is standing with two trophies. The one with "Best of Show" at the top will stay with the show promoter. Each year the cars and owner names that received Best of Show will be added to the base of the trophy.

Final Thoughts: This was my first Miller's Swap Meet and Car Show. It was worth the hour's drive from Columbus. I liked splitting the awards into older and newer cars. In my opinion, it gets more people to participate in the show and adds a larger variety of cars. No one can argue that is a bad thing.

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1967 Ford Fairlane GT - Owner: Dave Griffith

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Finally, the forecast was right for a change. At about 5:15 PM Thursday evening, a line of showers moved through Plain City, Ohio soaking the 41 cars that showed up for the weekly cruise-in at the restaurant.

During a brief lull in the rain, Wayne and Victor quickly raffled off the Der Dutchman baked goods. Pretty much everyone still at the cruise-in won a pie, cake, or cookies. I went home with a package of chocolate chip cookies which made getting a little wet worth it.

Ricart Corvette Convene:

The weather couldn't be more perfect for the Corvette Convene at Ricart Chevrolet in Dublin, Ohio on Friday evening.

Somewhere between 60 and 70 Corvette owners turned out for the event. Almost all generations of Corvettes were represented including the 368th one built. The majority, however, were mostly C7s and C8s.

Ricart had several brand-new mid-engine Z06s on display.

There was a DJ spinning the tunes and a Dos Hermanos truck provided food and refreshments.

If you were a Corvette fan, it was an enjoyable Friday evening.

Grace Point Car Show:

On Saturday, the Grace Point Church hosted its 4th Annual Car Show at the Bibibop parking lot on Route 23 and Lewis Center Road.

The show registered 38 cars. Everyone received a door prize ticket with registration. There was also a 50/50 raffle. Money raised from the car show went to support the Grace Point Food Pantry.

Live music was provided by Sparky Brewer. The Bibibop and Panera restaurants were right there for food and refreshments.

Trophies were awarded to the Top 10 cars along with Pastor's Choice, Original Survivor, Kind of Unusual, and Best of Show awards.

The Pastor's Choice went to Daryl Newby and his 1974 Volkswagon Thing.

Rodney Blain with a 1978 GMC Sierra 15 received the Original Survivor pick.

The Kind of Unusual pick went to the 1946 Chevy 3100 DP pickup truck belonging to Jonathan Krabill.

The Best of Show pick was Kevin Foust's 1941 Dodge WC 40 Weapons Carrier. Kevin drove his truck 100 miles to participate in the show.

Carroll Community Festival Car Show:

Downtown Carroll, Ohio was the site of the Carroll Community Festival Car Show on Saturday.

The show was put on by the Lancaster Car Scene (LCS) and registered approximately 90 cars.

Awards were presented to the Top 40 along with a Mayor's Choice, Battle of the Club Cup, and Best of Show.

Dale Pearce along with members of the Old Goats Car Club took home Top 40 trophies.

Jason and Debbie Blankenship's 1959 Chevy Apache pickup received the Best of Show honors.

Canaan Land Church Car Show:

The Canann Land Church with the help of Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers hosted its annual car show in Grove City, Ohio on Saturday.

There were 102 registered cars.

Jeff Ward received the Ladies Choice award with his 2002 custom-bagged Chevy S-10 pickup.

Bruce Hoover's customized 2010 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic took home the Best Bike Award.

The Best of Show honors went to Rod Scott and his 1958 Desoto Firedome Sportsman.

Powell Cruize-In and Pig-Out:

The Powell/Dt Sertoma Club hosted its 31st Annual Cruize-In & Pig Out in downtown Powell, Ohio on Sunday.

There were 145 registered cars and trucks in attendance.

Stockhands Horses for Healing had a display that included one of its ponies for the kids to pet.

Along with the restaurants in downtown Powell, A Cut Above - Schnitzel & More had a food truck at the show.

There was no door prize raffle, however, the show did have hourly 50/50 raffles starting at about 1 PM.

Awards plaques were presented to the "Favorite 60". The "Special" awards included Mayor's Choice, Police Department's Choice, Fire Department's Choice, People's Choice, Best Interior, Best Engine, and Best of Show.

Here are the "Special" award winners:

The Best of Show Award went to Sam and Janice Foos with a 1957 Ford Skyliner. Unfortunately, they left before the awards presentation.

Here's a slideshow featuring all the vehicles that participated in the downtown Powell car show:

Columbus Racing Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

Frank Rusell and the Crossroads Events team along with a lot of beautiful cars were at Quaker Steak & Lube in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday hosting the Columbus Racing Car, Truck, & Bike Show.

The "Spotlight" car for this show was the Dodge Viper. Bill Chandler and his 2008 Dodge Viper received the Spotlight Car Award.

The 2004 Toyota Corolla LE belonging to Nick S. took home the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award.

Best of Show honors went to Steve Kidwell and Nancy and their 1965 GTO.

Igniters Rod Run and Car Show:

The Igniters Street Rods Car Club hosted its Annual Rod Run and Car Show at Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe, Ohio on Sunday.

The show registered 298 cars. There were well over 300 cars if you included the club members.

Yoctangee Park provided tons of shade to help beat the heat.

Awards were presented to the Top 50 along with "Specialty" awards for Best '34 Ford, Best 50s Car, Best Interior, Best Rat Rod, and the Jim Bucy Memorial Award. There was no Best of Show.

To see more cars from the show, CLICK HERE.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Uptown Classics Auto Show took place Friday evening in downtown Marysville, Ohio. The show registered 132 cars. Jeff Irwin's 1963 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport race car received the Best of the Best Award.
  • I don't normally cover events east of Newark but I thought this was a cute way to finish off this week's report. Dale Pearce and his daughters traveled to Zanesville on Sunday to participate in a car show at the VFW. His daughters received Best of Show for their peddle car (actually Dale's 3100 received BOS and the peddle car received a Top 20 but we'll just keep this between ourselves).

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

  • Dale Pearce
  • Chad Herrick
  • Frank Russell
  • Kevin Foust

I hope everyone has a good week! I'll see you again next week with the Labor Day weekend events.

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2013 Ford Mustang - Owner: Brandon Taylor

The Central Ohio car show season "officially" (by my standards anyway) begins this weekend. Now get those vehicles out of storage, if you haven't already, and let's start having fun in 2023!


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NEWS AND NOTES

The Miller Automotive Swap Meet and Car Show on March 11th in Chillicothe, Ohio saw several local cruisers receive awards. Anthony Musick received a Top 10 for Newer Cars, Jeff Tolley went home with a Top 15 for Older Cars, and Dale Pearce won the Best Truck and the Appreciation of Dedication award from the Ohio Automotive Event Preservation group. Congrats to all three!

Left to Right: Anthony Musick, Dale Pearce, and Jeff Tolley
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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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