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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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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.

...continue reading "2023 Central Ohio Car Show Season in Review"

1970 Dodge Super Bee - Owner: Scott Kegley

NEWS AND NOTES

Columbus Cars and Coffee Final Meet of the Season:

The corporate version of Columbus Cars and Coffee held its final meet of the season Saturday morning at the Midwestern Auto Group (MAG) dealership in Dublin, Ohio.

There were a lot of wet cars for this final meet.

Monster Mash Trunk or Treat Cruise-In:

The rain stopped and the roads dried Saturday afternoon in time for the Monster Mash Trunk or Treat Cruise-In at the Vineyard Church in London, Ohio.

The cruise-in had lots of cars decorated for Halloween and plenty of trick-or-treaters.

There was no charge to register your car. The Vineyard Church had 40 award plaques and three "Special" trophies. The "Special" trophies included Kid's Choice, People's Choice, and Pastor's Choice.

There was also a "Favorite" Costume contest for the kids.

The People's Choice went to Jimmy Hollar with a 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo SS.

Darrin Long's 1968 Chevy Camaro was the Kid's Choice.

The Pastor chose Dave Muller's 1960 Rambler 4 Dr Classic.

I'm glad the rain stopped and the roads dried as it turned out to be a fun couple of hours in London. London, Ohio that is.

Toy Barn Trunk or Treat:

About 40 cars turned out for the Toy Barn's Trunk or Treat event on Saturday evening.

Nothing says Halloween more than an orange Lamborghini Huracan with pumpkins.

Here are some more cars from the Toy Barn Trunk or Treat.

Pap's Rod Shop Trunk or Treat:

Pap's Rods n Kustoms hosted its 4th Annual Trunk or Treat Show at Evans Family Ranch in New Carlisle, Ohio on Saturday.

Last year the event had over 200 cars but this year with the rain attendance was a bit over 80.

Pap's gave out awards to the Top 40 cars along with Best Costume and Spookiest Car.

The top 40 award was a laser-cut steel Frankenstein face. Very clever.

This hearse received the Spookiest Car Award.

Pap's Rod n Kustoms has raised $2500 from its shows this year to help flood and hurricane victims.

Trunk or Treat Spooktacular!:

The Urbana, Ohio Cruisers hosted a rainy Trunk or Treat Spooktacular car show on Sunday.

The Urbana Cruisers with their auction raised $1650 for Donald Sparks. For those who may not know who Donald Sparks is, you'll find him on YouTube under the channel name Go4Rider. Every weekend Donald takes videos of as many car shows and cruise-ins as he can travel to in the Springfield-Dayton-Xenia-Urbana areas and posts them to most of the Ohio car show-related Facebook Groups. The money raised at Sunday's show will help cover some of the travel costs so Donald can continue making videos of Ohio car events.


That's it for this wet weekend of events. A big thanks to Jeff Shankle and Chad Herrick for their help with this week's News and Notes.

NOTE: Since the entire month of November is posted here, there will be no more weekly lists for the remainder of the year. Don't panic if you don't see a posting next week. I will be back in TWO weeks with reports from the shows that are scheduled during the first two weekends of November. I hope everyone has a good couple of weeks! Stay safe and I'll see you back here on November 13.

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1951 Chevy 3100 Pickup - Owners: Tamara & Allen Price

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Attendance was over 300 cars Thursday evening at the restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.

This coming Thursday is the LAST cruise-in for 2023. The following week (Thursday, October 5th) is the banquet, and then another season of Der Dutchman cruise-ins will be in the books.

If you'd like to attend the banquet, you can still sign up next Thursday.

Grace Chapel Church Wednesday Night Cruise-In:

The Pastor of the Grace Chapel Community Church in Westerville, Ohio has allowed the use of the church parking lot for a Wednesday evening Cruise-In all summer long.

I stopped by this past Wednesday to check it out before it shut down for the season. Dan's Deli has been there each week offering food and refreshment.

I'm guessing close to 50 cars rolled through the cruise-in by the time I left around 7 p.m. The parking lot was full with only a few parking spots still available.

This Wednesday is the last cruise-in according to the flyer but one of the regulars told me they may go into October if the weather stays nice.

Here are some of the cars from Wednesday's Cruise-In:

If the Pastor allows the use of the parking lot next year, you can bet I will stop by more often than once.

Columbus Cars and Coffee Meet at Esoteric:

For the second time this season, the corporate-sponsored Columbus Cars and Coffee hosted a meet at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio.

Beautiful weather on Saturday morning resulted in a great turnout of cars and spectators.

The vehicles inside the Esoteric shop were just as interesting as the ones outside it.

Columbus Cars and Coffee will be hosting another meet this coming Saturday at Meyer Shank Racing in Pataskala, Ohio. The following Saturday they will be at Associated Insurance Agencies in Uptown Westerville, Ohio. The season finale will be October 28th at the Midwestern Auto Group (MAG) in Dublin, Ohio.

MMC's Last Big Event of the Year:

The Marysville Mustang Club hosted its final meet of the year at C&N Motor Cars in Marysville, Ohio.

Open to all makes, models, and years, the meet had close to 50 cars roll through on Saturday afternoon.

Seeing the collection of cars, old-time gas pumps, and automotive memorabilia inside the C&N Motor Cars building made the trip out to Marysville all worthwhile.

Here's a small slideshow combining the photos from Columbus Cars and Coffee at Esoteric and the Marysville Mustang Club's Last Big Event of the Year.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Columbus Auto Resale:

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride schedule took Dan "Boots" Longette and the team to Columbus Auto Resale on Saturday.

The Show registered 45 cars.

The top winners were Dave Bratton and his 1937 Wild Rod Ford for Best Paint.

Jim McGruder's 2020 Corvette received the Kid's Choice Award.

Best Engine went to Dick Sephano with a 1967 Chevy Impala. The Best of Show winner was the 1963 Chevy Nova Wagon belonging to Scott Alvin.

This coming weekend will be the last two shows of the season for the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride Tour. On Saturday they will be hosting a show at Masseys Pizza in Grove City, Ohio and the final show will be Sunday at Moose Lodge 1427 in Columbus.

Still Electric Mods, Rods, and Classics Car Show:

Still Electric and the C-Town Cruisers teamed up on Saturday for the 2nd Annual Mods, Rods, and Classics car show at Alum Creek Baptist Church.

The show registered 171 cars and gave out over 40 trophies ranging in size from 2 1/2 to 5 feet tall.

The Best Truck Award went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC 40 Weapons Carrier.

Steve Bechtel and his 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible took home the Best of Show honors.

I spoke with Steve on Sunday about his car. He told me the previous owner spent four years restoring the car and passed away unexpectedly before he got a chance to drive it. The car was neglected for nine years before Steve bought it. It took Steve about a year to get back into running order.

Burnzies Green Cable Cruise-In:

Burnzies Old Trail Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio hosted its 4th Annual Green Cable Cruise-In on Saturday.

About 50 cars turned out for the cruise-in.

The first-place award went to Ed Evans with a 1950 Chevy Bel Air. The 1935 Ford Coupe of James Dylan received second place. Tim Hooten's 1964 MGB took third place.

Best of Show honors went to Frank Short with a 1970 Volkswagon Bus.

Chubby Hawaiin Grill Car, Truck, and Bike Show:

The Chubby Hawaiin Grill in Baltimore, Ohio teamed up for the second time this season with Crossroads Events to host a car, truck, and bike show.

There were 37 trophies awarded at the end of the show.

The "Spotlight" car for this show was any Chevrolet Model and the award went to Cliff Warner for his 1957 Chevrolet 210.

Dan J.'s 2012 Jeep Wrangler received The Larry Bickers Dailly Driver Award.

Best of Show went to the 2014 Chevy Corvette belonging to Jeff Dixon.

The Crossroads Events' next show will be this coming Sunday at the Eldorado's Food and Spirits on North High Street in Columbus, Ohio. The Spotlight car will be the AMC/Rambler.

North Hills Church of God Car Show:

The North Hills Church of God in Springfield, Ohio hosted its 7th Annual Car Show on Sunday.

Because of Issues with the septic system, the church wasn't able to use the entire field in the front of the church to park cars. Despite the inconvenience, the church did a good job of parking the 140 cars and bikes that registered for the show.

Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman provided the music. The church offered hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bratwursts, corn on the cob, chips, cookies, water, and soda pop for a small donation. There were also door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a pie auction.

The judging was done by the show participants. As you know, that kind of judging is not my favorite. However, the North Hills Church does it better than anyone. The registration fee is collected before you park your car. You receive an envelope containing ONE ballot and voting instructions when you register. Ballots are only accepted at the end of registration so everyone voting has the opportunity to see your vehicle. The ballot has your car number on it so If you vote for your car, it will not be counted.

This year the awards were laser cut steel trophies. The two Best of Show awards were clocks.

Awards included Top 40, Ladies Choice, Cooks Choice, Pastor's Choice, Best Custom, Farthest Traveled, Kids Choice, Mandy McCleary Tribute, Top Five Bikes, Top Three Cars 2000 and Up, Best of Show for cars, and Best of Show for bikes.

Here are the Special Award winners:

  • Ladies' Choice: Dave Bratton and his 1937 Ford Wild Rod

  • Best Custom: Steve Bechtel's 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible

  • Best Original: 1929 Ford Model A - Owner: Mark Lewis

  • Kids Choice: Radio Flyer Red Wagon - Owners: Zot & Judy Barazzotto

  • Patrick and Faith Rowland both took home awards. Patrick received the Cooks Choice for his 2016 Corvette Z06. Faith's 2016 purple Dodge Challenger was selected for the Mandy McCleary Tribute Award.

  • Pastor's Choice: - 1975 Corvette convertible - Owner: Jerry Arms

  • Farthest Traveled went to Billy Agee and his 1934 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Billy drives up from Newport, North Carolina to participate in the show every year.

The Best of Show Winners:

For the bikes, it went to Doug Stratton and his 2004 Harley-Davidson Road King.

Mark and Patty Enyart's 1962 Chevy Impala received the Best of Show honors for the cars. This may have been the quickest turnaround in car show history. Their Impala went from most potential to Best of Show in just over 24 hours.

2023 FC Fall Cruise-In:

Fish Catholic High School in Lancaster, Ohio hosted its 2023 Fall Cruise-In on Sunday.

The event had 60-plus cars in attendance.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received second place in the truck category.

Jim Cook's 1968 Chevy Chevelle was selected Best of Show.


That's it for this week's News and Notes. It was a big one this week!

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

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Tim Hooten
  • Frank Russel
  • Kevin Foust
  • Chad Herrick

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

1979 Pontiac Trans Am - Owner: Patrick Ellam

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NEWS AND NOTES

Starting with the August events, the Crossroads car, truck & bike shows will add a new category to the awards. The category will be called "Spotlight Car of the Week".

Here are the shows and the cars that will be in the "Spotlight":

  • 8/5 Vineyard Columbus East - Firebird/Trans Am.
  • 8/6 Eldorados Bar - Ford Mustang.
  • 8/13 Lewis Center Wings & Rings - Chevy Camaro.
  • 8/19 Texas Roadhouse Newark - Chevy Trucks.
  • 8/20 Polaris Quaker Steak & Lube - Dodge Viper
  • 9/3 Eldorados Bar - Dodge Challenger
  • 9/9 Deer Creek State Park - Jeep
  • 9/10 Lewis Center Wings & Rings - Pontiac
  • 9/16 Millersport Lions - Plymouth
  • 9/23 Chubby Hawaiian in Baltimore - Chevy Corvette

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The threat of severe weather once again kept attendance down at the weekly cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio. The turnout was only 119 cars. Lowest so far this season.

Despite the threat of severe weather, some really cool and unusual vehicles showed up on Thursday. The milk truck from Natural Choice Dairly garnered most of the attention.

River Pop-Up Meet:

More than 50 cars turned out for the River Pop-up Meet at Griggs Reservoir in Upper Arlington, Ohio on Friday evening.

Definitely a younger crowd. There were, however, a few "old geezers" like myself that stopped by.

Most of the cars were 2000 and newer. Mopars, Mustangs, and Corvettes made up the majority with a Tesla Plaid and McLaren mixed in. There were also some Hondas and Subarus that joined the meet-up.

It was a relaxed scene with everyone enjoying talking cars and taking in the nice weather on Friday evening.

Columbus Cars and Coffee Arena District Meet:

Once a year the corporate-sponsored Columbus Cars and Coffee holds one of its meets in the Arena District. It's a unique venue and one event I look forward to each year.

With the Arthritis show taking place at the same time, there weren't as many cars this year as last year. Still, the quality of the cars and the venue did not disappoint.

Here's a little slideshow from Saturday's Arena District meet.

Moose Lodge 2321 & Rippling Stream Campground Car, Truck & Bike Show:

With the help of the Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers, the Moose Lodge 2321 and the Rippling Stream Campground in Baltimore, Ohio held their first car, truck, and bike show on Saturday.

The show registered 104 cars. Awards were presented to the "Top 30" plus a Best of Show.

Jason and Deb Blankenship and their 1959 Chevy Apache pickup received the Best of Show Award.

River Valley Athletics Boosters Car Show:

The River Valley Athletics Boosters held its annual car show at the High School just outside Caledonia, Ohio on Sunday.

The show had a greater-than-expected turnout with 265 registered cars. The event raised $10,000 for the athletic teams at the high school.

Seventy sponsor-chosen awards were presented along with three memorial awards.

Our good friend, Dan Varner, received one of the sponsor awards for his unrestored 1968 Pontiac GTO.

There were two awards in memory of Ron Riser who passed away in October of 2022. One for a motorcycle and the other for a car.

The motorcycle award went to DJ Carter with a 2007 Harley Davidson Street Glide.

The car award went to the 1966 Chevy Corvette belonging to Buddy Glassburn.

The third memorial award was in honor of Doug Martin. The 1937 Wild Rod belonging to our good friends, Dave Bratton and Lou, took home the award. A photo of the Wild Rod will be on the front of the t-shirt for next year's show.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Massey's Pizza:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio team hosted its annual show at Massey's Pizza in the Indian Mound Mall in Heath, Ohio on Sunday.

The show set a record with 182 registered cars.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, took home the Best Truck Award with his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

The Best of Show award went to Sean Guyer and his 1960 Chevy Impala.

Arthritis Foundation Classic Car Show & Cruise-In:

The big event this week was the Arthritis Foundation 40th Annual Classic Car Show & Cruise-In at the Metro Center in Dublin, Ohio.

The Foundation couldn't have picked better weather for its event on Friday and Saturday.

I stopped by for a few hours on Saturday afternoon as a spectator. From the reports I received attendance was somewhere between 350 and 400 cars for Friday's Cruise-In and around 400 cars on Saturday. If anyone has exact numbers on attendance, please share them in the comments.

I'm going to finish this week's News and Notes with a little slideshow from the Arthritis Show. The slideshow is a combination of photos taken by Dave Bratton, Jeff Shankle, and myself on Friday and Saturday.


Here are the folks who helped put together this week's News and Notes:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce

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

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1969 Plymouth Road Runner - Owner: Jason McKendrick

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Despite the poor air quality caused by the Canadian wildfires, the weekly cruise-in at the Der Dutchman restaurant in Plain City, Ohio still drew 280 cars this past Thursday.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at PCC Transportation:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio team were in Circleville, Ohio on Saturday hosting a car and bike show at PCC Transportation.

Rain showers throughout much of the show caused an early end. The show registered 41 cars rain and all.

The Honor Flight Pick went to Chad Herrick and his 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392.

Rhonda Taylor's 1967 Ford Mustang GT 500 "Eleanor" Edition received the Best of Show honors.

Street Elite Corvette Club Open Car Show:

The Street Elite Corvette Club hosted its annual "open" car show at Foundation Park in Pataskala, Ohio on Saturday.

The show registered 65 cars and managed to stay relatively dry for the entire event.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Chief of Police's Choice award.

The Best of Show award for classic cars went to Greg Spangler and his 1987 Buick Regal Grand National.

Mick Proxmire's 2002 Corvette received the Best of Show for Corvettes.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Eldorado's Food & Spirits:

Frank Russell and the Crossroads Events team were in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday hosting the monthly car show at Eldorado's Food & Spirits.

The rain that had been predicted to arrive mid-afternoon never materialized. Everyone and every car stayed high and dry throughout the entire show.

The following are the top Eldorado's Food & Spirits picks for this month:

The owner of Eldorado's Food & Spirits selected the Best of Show winner. Her pick this month went to the 1961 Volkswagon Beetle of Mark Garrett.

The Point on Main Independence Day Car Show:

Another show that the rain skipped on Sunday was the Independence Day Car Show at the Point on Main Sports Bar and Grill.

Hosted by Shaun "Big Dawg" Saunders and the C-Town Cruisers, the show registered 63 cars. The Best of Show went to Mark Evans with a 1969 Chevy Camaro.

Junction City Independence Day Car Show:

Junction City, Ohio held its 24th annual Independence Day car show on Sunday. Wet roads in the morning kept some cruisers at home. The show ended up registering 40 cars.

Our good friends, Anthony Musick, and Dale Pearce, received Best Mopar and Best Truck awards respectively.

The Best of Show award went to Melody Thomas and her 1963 Split-Window Corvette.

I'm going to end this week's News and Notes with a slideshow I put together from the photos Jeff Shankle took at three cruise-in/meet-ups this past weekend. The three were Honda Marysville Motorsports Car & Bike Night, Columbus Cars & Coffee at The City Apartments, and Marysville Motors Monthly Meet-up at Ramsey's Pizza and Pub.


Here is this week's News and Notes contributors:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Chad Herrick
  • Anthony Musick
  • Dale Pearce
  • Phil Monroe
  • Mark Mitchell

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

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July. God Bless America!

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1985 Chevy Monte Carlo - Owner: George Felton

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NEWS AND NOTES

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Creative Automotive and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted its first car show of the season on Friday evening.

The show had 36 cars in attendance and raised $235 for Cindy and JP Culp Jr who lost their father, Doug, to cancer last week.

This first month's "Favorite" picks went to:

Cruisin' with the King:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club held its first Cruisin' with the King show of the season Saturday evening at the Burger King on Route 31 in Marysville, Ohio.

The club registered 70 plus cars. Awards were presented to the club's 15 "Favorite" cars from those that were registered. There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. And if you got hungry and/or thirsty, Burger King was right there.

Here are a few of the cars from Saturday's show:

Columbus Cars and Coffee at the City:

It was another packed parking lot on Saturday morning for Columbus Cars and Coffee at the City Apartments. This week had a little more excitement than normal as two cars decided to blow hoses. One blew the power steering hose and sprayed power steering fluid all over a hot exhaust causing quite a bit of smoke. The other car blew its radiator hose and dropped coolant all over the parking lot.

Fortunately, most of the cars on Saturday morning kept their hoses intact.

Special Request:

If anyone planning to attend the Import Face-Off next Sunday would like to send photos and a brief write-up about the event, I will be sure to include it with next week's report. Email photos and write-ups to hawk02@carshowtalk.com.


I want to thank Jeff Shankle, Dave Bratton, and Dale Pearce for their help with his week's report.

I'll close with some of the cars that attended the Car Guys Sonic Friday Nights in Hebron, Ohio, and the Columbus Cars & Coffee at Starbucks in Westerville, Ohio on Sunday morning.

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1987 GMC Pickup Truck - Owner: Cal Rowland

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NEWS AND NOTES

The cruise-ins and meet-ups this past weekend got a significant bump in attendance from the improved weather.

About 50 cars turned out for the River Pop-Up Meet in Upper Arlington on Friday evening.

The Marysville Mustang Club had a very successful season opener on Saturday. At one point during the afternoon, there was a line of cars 30-40 deep entering the parking lot at C&N Motor Cars.

When there's decent weather on a Saturday morning, you can count on a packed parking lot at Columbus Cars & Coffee at the City Apartments in Columbus. This past Saturday was no exception.


That's it for this week. A big thanks to Jeff Shankle for sharing his photos from this past weekend. And to Marco Gallardo for sharing the aerial photo of the Marysville Mustang Club's season opener.

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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.

1963 Ford Falcon - Owner: Brian Z.

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NEWS AND NOTES

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.

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