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1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible - Owners: Mike & Lisa Simpson

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Last weekend was the annual London Cobra Show held between London and Dublin, Ohio. About 40 of the Cobras in for the show attended the Der Dutchman Cruise-In on Thursday. Total attendance reached 245 cars.

Remembering the Classics at Verena at Hilliard:

The Verena Senior Living Community in Hilliard, Ohio hosted a Remembering the Classics event on Thursday evening.

The theme of the event was a celebration of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. A small "classic" car show and Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe musical tribute impersonators were part of the celebration.

The residents of Verena were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite car. Trophies were presented to the three cars with the most votes.

Jeff Tolley's 1959 Chevy Biscayne received the third-place trophy. Tom Obert's 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang finished in second place.

Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the most votes. The walker displayed right next to his truck gave Dale a huge advantage over the other cars. ­čśÄ

Everyone who participated in the car show was treated to a prime rib or chicken dinner compliments of the Verena.

London Strawberry Festival Car & Motorcycle Show:

Downtown London, Ohio was the scene of the annual Strawberry Festival Car & Motorcycle Show on Friday Evening.

The show registered about 40 cars.

One of my pet peeves is window cards with just a number to identify the car. Spectators and car show reporters like me find it beneficial to know the owner, year, make, and model of the vehicle. Especially when it comes to time to present awards.

Here's the Best of Show winner.

PTFD's Fish Fry & Friday Cruise-In:

It was one owner night at the Prairie Township Fire Department Fish Fry and Cruise-In on Friday evening in Columbus, Ohio.

The show registered 50 cars. There were 50 awards including the Fire Chief's Choice and Best of Show.

The Fire Chief's Choice Award went to Bud Norris and his all-original, one-owner 1965 Ford Mustang

Best of Show went to the one-owner 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS of Russ Annis.

Earth Angel Foundation Super Cruise-In:

The Earth Angel Foundation held its 36th annual Super Cruise-In at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio on Saturday.

The event registered over 225 cars. There were a total of 84 awards (80 + four special) presented at the end of the show.

The "Special" awards went to Bob Randolph with his 1970 Dodge Challenger (Kids' Choice). John Nuckles' 1940 Ford Woody received one of the two Goodguys awards. The other went to a T-Bucket from Indiana. Best of Show honors named after the late president of the Foundation, Neil Redd, went to the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi of Jim Bickel.

Here are some of the cars and scenes from this year's Super Cruise-In:

Pinecrest Car Show, Cruise-In:

On Saturday, the Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio was the site of the 3rd Annual Pinecrest Car Show, Cruise-In. The show was sponsored by the Pinecrest Civic Association and the C-Town Cruisers.

The awards included "Top 30", Pastor's Choice (aka Best of Show), and Club Participation.

Congratulations to The Old Goats Car Club for its third club participation award this season.

The Pastor's Choice or Best of Show went to Bill and Susie Albert and their 1963 Chevy Impala 409.

American Legion Canteen Post 144 Car Show:

Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their first of four car shows this season at the American Legion Canteen Post 144 on South High Street in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.

Unfortunately, some rain showers passing through the area just about the time registration opened kept some cars home in the garage. The show registered 33 cars.

Best of Show honors went to Steve Shaeffer with a 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.

The next show the C-Town Cruisers will host at the American Legion Post on South High Street will be the Labor Day Car Show on September 4th.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Buckeye Region Plymouth Owners Club hosted its 20th Annual All Mopar Car Show at the Plaza Inn Family Restaurant in Mount Victory, Ohio Saturday morning. Thirty-four cars turned out for the event. In lieu of trophies, everyone who registered a vehicle was treated to a free buffet luncheon at the restaurant.
  • Walmart, Empty Pockets, and Nationwide Children's Hospital hosted a car show on Saturday afternoon at the Westpointe Plaza Walmart. Sponsored by Walmart and Nationwide Children's Hospital with help from the Empty Pockets Car Club, the show registered around 50 cars. All proceeds went to the Children's Miracle Network. Awards were presented to the "Top 40" Cars along with three "Special Awards". Here are the Special Award winners:

  • The Marysville Mustang Club hosted its Summer Event Saturday at C&N Motor Cars in Marysville, Ohio. About 75 cars attended the afternoon car meet.
  • Anthony Musick's 2017 Dodge Challenger finished in 1st Place for 2001 to 2023 Modern Cars at the Permco Grand Prix at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.

I especially want to thank everyone who contributed to this week's report. This includes Dave Bratton, Jeff Shankle, Anthony Musick, Dale Pearce, Arch Mayer, Russ Annis, Phil Monroe, and Frank Sanborn.

My wife had a bad fall at Star Lanes at Polaris Friday afternoon and broke her left shoulder. I'll be playing Nursemaid for a while.

I hope everyone has a great week.

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I spent two long days at the Arthritis Foundation's 35th Annual Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in this weekend.  By Saturday evening I was sunburned, exhausted, and just a little bit upset.    Let me explain why.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Chevy Camaro.  To honor 50 years of the Camaro, the show made the model one of the featured marques cars.

I saw more Camaros participate in this year's show than in the past four years primarily because of the marque designation.  On Saturday 68 Camaros from all six generations competed in the class judging.  The previous high had been 34 cars.  Last year, for example, only 18 Camaros signed up for the Saturday portion of the show.

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Cruisin Classics Performance Center held an open house on Saturday at their new location at 4038 Fisher Rd on the west side of Columbus.  A nice crowd of local car enthusiasts were on hand for the open house.

Previously located in Grove City, the new 10,000 square foot facility doubles the work space of the old location. Read more

My wife and I attended the Summit Racing Equipment Hot Rod & Custom Car show on Friday evening -- the first day of the event. I picked her up from work around 4:25 pm and we headed straight to the show.  Little did we know the Columbus Blue Jackets had a home hockey game with their divisional rival, Pittsburgh Penquins, that evening.  Traffic in and around the Greater Columbus Convention Center was extremely congested with people coming in for the game. Next year,  I will definitely check the Blue Jacket's schedule before heading for the show.

We decided to park in the garage on the north side of the convention center.  The walk way from the garage to the convention center was closed because of construction. This forced us to head out towards High Street.  Fortunately, it was an unusually mild February day.  Needless to say, getting to the show turned out to be a bit of an adventure. Read more