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1972 Corvette - Owner: Mike Lloyd

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

Monday (June 10):

Tuesday (June 11):

Wednesday (June 12):

Thursday (June 13):

Friday (June 14):

Saturday (June 15):

Sunday (June 16 - Father's Day):


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NEWS AND NOTES

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

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

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

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

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

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

Empty Pockets Cruisers Dave & Busters Car & Bike Show:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Immaculate Conception Parish Car Show:

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

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

Best Interior went to John Hughes with a 1966 Volkswagon.

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

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

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

Here are more cars from the show:

Cruise-In • Brews 2024:

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

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

Corvettes at Roscoe Village:

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

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

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

Here are the Central Ohio cruisers that won awards:

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

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

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

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

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

The Street Elite Corvette Club received the Club Participation Award.

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

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

Here are more Corvettes from the show:

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1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Owner: Jim Vawter

Monday (June 3):

  • No Events Found

Tuesday (June 4):

Wednesday (June 5):

Thursday (June 6):

Friday (June 7):

Saturday (June 8):

Sunday (June 9):


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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

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

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

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

It should be a big night if the weatherman cooperates.

Honda Motorsports Marysville Bike & Car Night:

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

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

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

Richwood Bank Coffee & Cars:

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

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

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

Bryan Lewis Memorial Car Show:

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

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

Here are the "Specialty" winners:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Grove City Baptist Church:

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

The show registered more than 100 cars.

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

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

Dog Face K9s Car & Bike Show:

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

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

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

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

Here are more cars from the show:

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

Jerome Township Community Car Show:

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

Jeff estimated there were more than 100 cars in attendance.

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

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

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2008 Volkswagon Convertible - Owners: Tom & Betty Lawrence

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

Tuesday (May 28):

  • No Events Found

Wednesday (May 29):

Thursday (May 30):

Friday (May 31):

Saturday (June 1):

Sunday (June 2):


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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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1941 Dodge Panel Truck - Owner: Randy Boyd

Another full week of Central Ohio car events to close out the last weekend of May. This week's list includes Monday, May 27th Memorial Day.

Monday (May 20):

Tuesday (May 21):]

  • No Events Found

Wednesday (May 22):

Thursday (May 23):

Friday (May 24):

Saturday (May 25):

Sunday - (May 26):

Monday - (May 27 - Memorial Day):


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NEWS AND NOTES

With better-than-expected weather this past weekend and lots of events on the schedule, this week's News and Notes is a big one!

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Perfect weather on Thursday evening brought out 283 cars to the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio.

When the weather is nice, you can count on something unique or unusual to show up at the cruise-in. This week it was a street-legal NASCAR race car once driven by Jeremy Mayfield. The car garnered a lot of attention when it showed up.

Columbus Cars and Coffee at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing:

Postponing Cars and Coffee at Esoteric for two weeks because of the weather turned out to be a good decision. With little to no rain in the forecast, a packed house of cars and spectators turned out for the Saturday morning Cars and Coffee.

There was the usual array of gorgeous exotics but also a nice mix of Classic American Muscle cars.

Two cars caught my attention during the morning. The first was a black Porsche GT3 RS with gold wheels, yellow calipers, and yellow stitching on the interior. The car just looked like it would be wicked fast around a track.

The second car was a restored 1963 split-window Corvette. The chassis was custom-made by Coffman Corvette out of Mansfield, Ohio. The powertrain was GM's small block LS3 engine. The Corvette was certainly Best of Show quality.

Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing will host another Columbus Cars and Coffee on September 14. If the weather is good, it's worth the drive to New Albany.

Cruisin' with the King:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club held its May show at the Burger King on Rt. 31 in Marysville, Ohio.

The show registered 64 cars but had a total of 80 cars in attendance Saturday evening.

Each month the Club picks its "Favorite" 15 cars to receive a unique award plaque from those who registered. And by the way, registration is always free.

Here are this month's "Favorite" picks:

...continue reading "Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, & Meet-Ups for May 20 – 27, 2024"

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1949 GMC 3500 Pickup - Owner: Cindy

This week has only one event scheduled on Sunday because of Mother's Day but there are plenty of car shows and cruise-ins to choose from during the rest of the week.

Monday (May 6):

  • No Events Found

Tuesday (May 7):

Wednesday (May 8):

Thursday (May 9):

Friday (May 10):

Saturday (May 11):

Sunday - (May 12 - Mother's Day) :


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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held its first cruise-in of the season on Thursday.

There were 273 cars in attendance. A pop-up shower around 6:15 PM dampened (no pun intended) what was otherwise a perfect evening for the season-opening cruise-in.

As always, lots of cool rides turned out for the cruise-in.

As luck would have it, Mother Nature decided to be very uncooperative this weekend. Scattered showers throughout the entire Central Ohio area for most of the weekend had a major effect on attendance.

Mag's Gospel Cruise-In:

The rain held off Friday evening, but the chance of rain kept attendance down at Mag's Gospel Cruise-In in Columbus.

Bruce Hoover's 2010 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Rat Fink motorcycle took home Best Bike and Best of Show awards.

Roundtown Cruisers Summer Cruise Nights:

The Roundtown Cruisers hosted its second Summer Cruise Night of the season in downtown Circleville, Ohio Friday evening.

There were 68 cars in attendance despite some early rain showers that eventually cleared out.

The Sponsor's Choice Award went to Neil Colter with a 1968 Dodge Dart GT.

Gathering Place Car Show:

With the help of Dragin' Angels, the Gathering Place Church in Washington Court House, Ohio held its second annual car show on Saturday. There were 38 cars in attendance.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Best Truck Award.

Best of Show honors went to Tye Campbell and his 1972 Chevy Nova.

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

The Crossroads team hosted its first car show of the season on Saturday at the Chubby Hawaiian Grill in Baltimore, Ohio.

Tim Hooten took home the Veteran Owned Award with his 1964 MG.

Jess Weldy's 2021 Ford Mustang received the Best of Show Award.

The Crossroads team will be back at the Chubby Hawaiian Grill on June 1.

The Paul Raduege Car Show:

The rain decided to take the afternoon off on Sunday just in time for the 2nd Annual Paul Raduege Car Show at the Outerbelt Brewing in Carroll, Ohio.

With the help of the Lancaster Car Scene (LCS), the show registered 54 cars.

Everyone who registered a car received a door prize ticket for a chance to win a bucket of car care products or coffee from Shifted Coffee. There was also a 50/50 raffle. The winner took home $117.

There were awards for the Top 30 along with category awards for Best Jeep, Best Truck, Best Bike, Best Muscle, Best Import, Lynn Raduege's Choice, and Best of Show.

Here are the Category Award Winners:

Since Paul Raduege was one of the founding members of the Old Goats Car Club, it's no surprise that the Club received the LCS Battle of the Clubs Top Club Award.

And finally, The Best of Show honors went to Paul Armstrong and his 1963 Chevy C10 pickup.

Other Shows:

Our good friend, Arch Mayer, was at Fortress Obetz on Thursday for the first Full Throttle Thursdays Cruise-In of the season.

Arch estimated there were at least 100 cars, trucks, and Jeeps in attendance along with well over 100 bikes. He thought this was the best turnout the event had ever had.


That concludes this week's report. Many thanks to Chad Herrick, Dale Pearce, Frank Russell, and Arch Mayer for their help in preparing this report.

Next Monday I have the wonderful pleasure of having a colonoscopy first thing in the morning. I'm going to try to post next week's list of events late Sunday evening in between trips to the bathroom.

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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"

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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: