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1957 Ford Fairlane 500 - Owner: Gary Simpson

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NEWS AND NOTES

I have to start out this week's News and Notes by announcing the passing of several Central Ohio car community members.

Don Kirk passed away on October 7th at the age of 89. Many of you will recognize Don by his orange 1970 Chevy Nova. Don and his sons, Chuck and Dan, have been regulars on the Central Ohio car show scene for years. Don was still participating in car shows right up until his passing. Our condolences go out to the Kirk family.

Last year Max Spraque helped organize a car show at SVG Motors in Washington Court House to help raise money for Julie Posey. Julie was a veteran in need of a double lung transplant. Unfortunately, Julie passed away on October 10th. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts Monthly Car Show:

Creative Auto Sales and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted their October car show this past Friday.

With an evening of perfect weather, the show had 25 cars in attendance and raised $175 for the Milford Center Food Pantry.

This month the show awarded trophies to its six "Favorite" cars:

The last Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts show of the season with be on Friday, November 3rd. Please note this is the FIRST Friday in November instead of the usual second Friday. Jeff Shankle is leaving right after the show for warmer weather in Florida. How dare he!

Performance Charity Car Show:

It was a wet Saturday for the 29th Annual Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio.

By noon there were 150 to 160 cars in attendance. Total attendance reached 168 by the end of the show. The number of pre-registered cars was in the 260 range so a good number of people stayed home because of the rain.

Some folks got very creative trying to keep their cars dry.

Dan Varner's 1960 Cadillac DeVille received the Best Cadillac Award.

Rod Scott received the Best Mopar Award for his 1958 Dodge D100 pickup and a Top 100 Award for his 1958 Desoto Firedome Sportsman.

At the awards presentation, it was announced that the 2024 show will again be the second Saturday in October.

KSM Youth Sports Trunk or Treat:

KSM Youth Sports out of Powell, Ohio hosted its first-ever trunk or treat car show on Sunday. Proceeds from the event went to support the Cure Starts Now, a grassroots effort to cure ALL cancers.

Chad Herrick and I attended the show not sure what to expect. Turns out the show was more treat than the trunk. The organizers said they had registered around 700 kids and I believe it. I went through a 350-piece bag of candy in under an hour.

The cars that were there had decorated trunks with bowls full of candy to give out. Chad had his crew of skeletons set up. Liberty Township even brought one of its fire trucks to the event.

The show presented nine trophies, six for the cars and three for costumes. Chad went home with the Best Theme and Attendees Choice awards. All in all, it was a fun afternoon for both the adults and kids.

Car, Truck, and Bike Show @ Walmart:

Doreen Baker and company held its last show of the season on Sunday at the Walmart in London, Ohio. This last show was a trunk-or-treat Halloween theme.

There were just under 40 cars in attendance. Cadillac Mac's 2015 Ford Coyote received the Best of Show award.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took home the People's Choice award.

David Elliot's 1957 Chevy Bel Air and Russ Annis's 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS received Top 20 awards.

Wooden Nickel Cruise-In:

DJ Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman proceeded over the annual Wooden Nickel Cruise-In on Sunday at the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio. An estimated 200 plus cars were in attendance.

For those not familiar with the wooden nickel, you can purchase one for a dollar at any show throughout the season when Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman is the DJ. The money collected from the sale of the nickels is then raffled off in increments at the Wooden Nickle Cruise-in at the end of the season.

This year there was a total cash giveout of $3850. There were 20 envelopes containing $100 and 37 envelopes with $50.

Jeff Shankle and Dave Bratton were kind enough to share their photos from the cruise-in. CLICK HERE to see the some of vehicles that attended the event.

Other Area Shows:

Unfortunately, the rain and cold temperatures this past weekend kept attendance low at many shows.

I'm going to finish this week's report with some photos from the Madison County Senior Center Cruise-in and the Central Township Firefighters Car Show.


A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info for this week's News and Notes:

  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Jeff Shankle
  • Russ Annis

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Next Monday, look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report. There are not too many weeks left in the season.

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1965 Ford GT 40 - Owner: Charles Crites

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Good weather on a Thursday evening generally means a lot of cars at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio. This past Thursday was no exception. There were 353 cars in attendance. A nice percentage of those cars were attending the cruise-in for the first time.

Union Township Firefighter's Association Car Show:

The Union Township Firefighter's Association hosted its Inaugural car show in Milford Center, Ohio on Friday.

Registration was advertised as $15 the day of the show but turned out to be only $10 -- a pleasant surprise. With registration, you received one door-prize ticket. There was also a 50/50 raffle and a separate raffle for a Craftsman Miter Saw.

Dave Bratton won the miter saw.

The show registered 41 cars. There were award plaques for the Top 15 and Best of Show.

Here are 14 of the Top 15 cars:

Talk about a surprise, my 2017 Camaro ZL1 was picked Best of Show. I'm guessing the younger firefighters liked my car.

Zucchinifest Automotion Car Show:

Friday evening saw another big turnout for the Zucchinifest Automotion Car Show at Fortress Obetz in Obetz, Ohio. The show registered 202 cars.

Here's a little slideshow of cars in attendance.

Best of Show went to Brian Dumond and his 1969 Pontiac.

Richwood Bank Coffee & Cars:

The Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio hosted its final coffee & cars cruise-in of the season on Saturday morning.

As always, the coffee bar inside the bank was ready to prepare your favorite mocha latte or pour you a plain cup of coffee.

Doug, the bank manager, came around with that peanut butter and chocolate treat sipped through a straw I raved about last month.

The top door prize of a bucket of car cleaning products and a bottle of Henry McKenna bourbon whiskey went to a lucky cruiser. This month several shirts perfect for cruising were also raffled off.

Auto Smart Cruise and Ride at Ten Pin Alley Car Show:

For the second time this season, Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio team were at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard, Ohio hosting a car show.

The Saturday show registered 75 cars.

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

The Best of Show honors went to Bryan Mauger and his 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo.

There were lots of beautiful cars at the show. Here are just a few.

Flywheels Car Show:

The Flywheels Car Club out of Marion, Ohio hosted its 3rd Annual Car Show on Saturday.

The show was held at Prospect Park in Prospect, Ohio. With lots of shade, the park made a perfect setting for a car show. There were half a dozen food trucks providing food and refreshments. A Matco Tool truck was also available in case a car needed repair.

The show turned out to be the biggest one on Saturday with 245 registered vehicles.

There were 70 or 80 awards presented at the end of the show. Although it was not officially announced as Best of Show, the final award went to Buddy Glassburn and his 1966 Corvette convertible with an LSA motor.

Here are a few more cars that participated in the Flywheel show.

Tremont City Car/Bike Show & Barbeque:

Tremont City, Ohio held its 13th Annual Car/Bike Show & Barbeque on Saturday.

The show was in honor of Edward "Eddie" Flora. Eddie was a local car race legend out of Springfield, Ohio who passed away in 2016. He still holds the record for the CC/GS Class in drag racing. His passion was building high-performance engines and racing.

The show had over 80 cars in attendance. Ten awards were presented at the end of the show.

The Best of Show/Eddie Flora award went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC40 Weapons Carrier.

Mechanicsburg First Responders Car Show:

The Mechanicsburg, Ohio Fire Department and E.M.S. held their fifth Annual First Responders Car Show on Saturday.

Besides the cars, tons of hot dogs, hamburgers, and fries were grilled up at the firehouse.

This year the show had 130 entries. Awards were presented to the "Top 45" along with 10 "specialty" trophies.

Frank Deering's 2000 Corvette received a Top 45 award.

Best of Show went to Mark Evan's 1969 Camaro. Mark's Camaro has received two BOS and a Runner-up BOS this season.

Dublin AM Rotary Classic Car Show:

On Sunday, the Dublin AM Rotary held its 5th Annual Classic Car Show in the Historic Business District of downtown Dublin, Ohio.

The show had a tremendous amount of spectator traffic throughout the entire event.

The number of cars registered totaled 100.

The flyer advertised trophies for the Top 30 picks and Best of Show. However, only 24 trophies were presented plus the Best of Show. Of the 24 awards, six were special category awards. These included Sports Car, Rotarian, Veterans Award, Motorcycle Pick, Judge's Pick, and a Memorial Trophy honoring Pete Fuhlbrigge. Pete was a "car guy" and Dublin AM Rotarian who passed away suddenly last fall.

Here are the cars that received the special category awards:

The Best of Show Award went to our friend, Harry Ours, and his 1940 Ford Panel Truck.

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival Car/Truck/Bike Show:

The City of Canal Winchester, Ohio held its 101st Annual Labor Day Festival this past weekend. With the help of Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers, the Festival included a car, truck, and bike show as part of the weekend festivities.

There were 200 cars in attendance on Sunday. Awards were presented to the "Top 50" cars plus awards for Best Truck, Best Bike, MOPO/Rat Rod, Mayor's Choice, C-Town Cruisers Choice, Queen's Choice, and Best of Show.

Dale Pearce's Chevy 3100 Pickup received one of the "Top 50" awards.

Jeff Irwin's 1966 Corvette was picked Best of Show.

River Car Rally:

The River Church in a Barn held its 21st Annual River Car Rally on Sunday.

The church is a converted barn two miles north of the city of Delaware, Ohio on Route 42.

As long as I can remember the Car Rally has always been on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and has always had free registration, free hot dogs, snow cones, and popcorn.

This year 97 vehicles attended the Car Rally. The judging was by "People's Choice". Voting for your favorite cars could be done by ballot or on your smartphone. The vehicle with the most votes was awarded the Pastor's Choice Award (aka Best of Show).

The vehicle receiving the most votes and therefore the Pastor's Choice Trophy was Kevin Foust's 1941 Dodge WC40 Weapons Carrier.

If you'd like to see more cars from this year's River Rally, CLICK HERE.

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

Frank Russell and the Crossroads Events team were back at Eldorado's Food & Spirits on Sunday for the September car show at the restaurant.

The "Spotlight" car for this show was the Dodge Challenger. The Spotlight Award went to Jason Huff with a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

This month's Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award went to Jesykah Catron's 2010 Chrysler 300S.

The 1936 Plymouth Coupe belonging to Rick and Danielle Grogan was selected Best of Show.

The Crossroads Events team will be back at Eldorado's for two more shows this season, October 8th and November 5th.

Springfield Swap Meet & Car Show:

I would be neglect if I didn't mention the Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show that took place this past weekend at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

The event was only two days (Friday - Saturday) instead of three as in past years. There is NO November Swap Meet and Car Show this year.

Jeff Shankle posted a bunch of photos to his Facebook page from the two-day swap meet. Here are the links to his photos. You'll need a Facebook account to see them.


Whew! Combine a long Holiday weekend, with beautiful weather, and tons of Central Ohio car events, and News and Notes turns into a small book.

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

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dale Pearce
  • Dave Bratton
  • Chad Herrick
  • Frank Russell
  • Kevin Foust
  • Craig Grunkemeyer

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.

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2006 Chevy 2500 Pickup - Owner: Cindy Howard

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I'm starting off this week's News and Notes with a "Better Late than Never" entry.

Last Sunday Brett Gearhart was kind enough to send me information on the Battle of the Brands Car Show that took place on Saturday (July 29) in Sunbury, Ohio. Unfortunately, I didn't see Brett's email until Wednesday so it missed last week's News and Notes. Oops!

Without further ado, here's the scoop on the show.

There were a total of 109 cars registered. Brett Gearhart's 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS received the Best of Show award.

Congrats to Brett and mea culpa for not seeing his email on Sunday.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Attendance jumped back into the three hundred (303 to be exact) this past Thursday at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio.

The rocking chair and die-cast cars Wayne received as birthday gifts last week were on display in the barn.

Downtown Delaware First Friday Cruise-In:

Twenty-nine cars participated in the First Friday Cruise-In in downtown Delaware, Ohio on Friday evening.

The highlight of the cruise-in was a rare sighting of Dan Varner's 1991 Camaro Z/28 1LE with only 4800 miles on the odometer. In my opinion, it's one of the best if not THE best car in Dan's "Survivor" collection.

Richwood Bank Coffee and Cars Cruise-In:

The Delaware, Ohio branch of the Richwood Bank hosted its monthly Coffee and Cars Cruise-in on Saturday morning. There were 30-plus cars in attendance.

The volunteers working the coffee bar inside the bank offered a treat called a "Buckeye" to everyone who brought a car. I have no idea what was in the treat. The concoction definitely had peanut butter and chocolate in it. Whatever the ingredients, it tasted awfully darn good!

At the end of the cruise-in, the bank raffled off four door prizes. The top prize was a bucket of car care products along with a fifth of Henry McKenna's bourbon whiskey. The winner cannot only clean their vehicle but have a good time doing it.

Vettes, Rods, & Classics Charity Car Show:

The Capital City Corvette Club hosted its 21st Annual Vettes, Rods, & Classics car show on Saturday. The show is always held on the first Saturday in August unless rained out. The location is the Creekside district in Gahanna, Ohio, a wonderful venue for a car show.

All proceeds from the show go to benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Live entertainment was once again provided by the band Reelin' in the Years.

The club presented more than 80 awards at the end of the show. The unique thing about Vettes, Rods, and Classics is awards are presented for both the Rods/Classics and the Corvettes. There was an assortment of "Specialty" awards and Best of Show winners for each category.

This year the show registered a total of 247 cars.

Here is the list of "Specialty" Award winners:

The Best of Show for the Rods & Classics went to Antoine Davis and his 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The 1963 split-window Chevy Corvette belonging to Melody Thomas took home the Best of Show honors for the Vettes.

Here's a sampling of cars that participated in the Vettes, Rods, & Classics Charity Car Show:

Vineyard East Car, Truck, and Bike Show:

The Crossroads Events team was in Pickerington, Ohio on Saturday hosting the Vineyard Columbus East Campus Car, Truck, and Bike Show.

Thirty-five awards were presented at the end of the show.

The Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award went to Bob Salters with a 2014 Chevy Camaro LS2.

The "Spotlight" car of the show was a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am belonging to David Grove.

Bill McCulloch and his 1937 International D-2 pickup took home the Best of Show award.

Commercial Point Karting Classic Car, Truck, Jeep & Bike Show:

The 6th Annual Commercial Point Karting Classic Car, Truck, Jeep, & Bike Show took place Saturday evening in downtown Commercial Point, Ohio.

Issues with insurance eliminated the Go Kart racing through the streets of Commercial Point this year. There was, however, a free concert from the band McGuffey Lane.

The show registered 126 vehicles. Awards were presented after the McGuffey Lane concert which ended around 9 PM.

Chad Herrick's 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 received a "Premium Choice" award.

Dave and Jackie Hiles' 1962 Dodge D100 pickup received the Best Truck award. Kenny G's 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat received one of the three 2001 to Present awards.

The Best of Show award went to Ron Leibrock and his 1969 Restomod Camaro SS.

The Point on Main Bar & Grill Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers were at the Point on Main Street Bar & Grill on Sunday hosting its August show.

Mark Mitchell organized a get-together of members from the ssrFanatic.com forum for Sunday's show. In all, 19 members showed up with their Chevy SSR. Some traveled from as far as Tennessee and Pennsylvania to attend.

The threat of rain didn't deter 81 cars from registering. Awards were presented to the "Top 30" plus a Ladies Choice, Rat Rod/Mopo (most potential), and Best of Show.

Jeanne Whitling and her 2015 RHD Jeep Wrangler (aka Cookie Monster) received the Ladies Choice Award. Jeanne drove her Jeep all the way from Pennsylvania to participate in the show. The C-Town Cruisers seem to be getting quite the national attention.

The Best Rat Rod/Mopo award went to the 1974 Chevy Camaro Z/28 belonging to Blake Lipkey.

Eddie Smith's 1974 Plymouth Road Runner received the Best of Show honors.

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

Frank Russell and the Crossroads Events team literally traveled across town on Sunday to host the monthly car show at Eldorado's Food & Spirits located at the corner of Morse Road and High Street.

The Crossroads team presented 30 awards.

The Larry Bickers Daily Driver award went to Shannon Williams and his 1956 Buick Super all original.

The show's "Spotlight" car was the 2020 Ford Mustang GT belonging to Anthony Green.

Best of Show honors went to Sophie Patch and her 1929 Ford Model A. Sophie also received the Mayor's Choice award at the Vettes, Rods, & Classics Charity Car Show the day before.

Other Area Shows:

  • On Friday evening the Hosanna Lutheran Church in Pataskala, Ohio registered just under 100 cars for its annual car show. Jesse Bickell with a 1947 DeSoto received the Best of Show award.
  • The Rhythm & Rib Fest Cruise-In in downtown London, Ohio on Saturday evening had about 75 cars in attendance.

  • On Sunday, Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman was back at the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio spinning the tunes and passing out wooden nickels at its monthly cruise-in. There were just under 60 cars in attendance.

That's all I have for this week. A big thanks to the following folks for sending photos and info about this past week's events:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Chad Herrick
  • Frank Russell

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

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2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible - Owner: Kenny Windle

This should be my last post from the great state of Florida for this year. Heading back to Ohio on Tuesday. Should be back in Columbus Wednesday afternoon or evening. I hope to see everyone at Der Dutchman on Thursday.


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This past weekend saw near-perfect car show weather on Friday and Saturday disappear into morning showers on Sunday which canceled three events.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Attendance at the first cruise-in of the season at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio reached 240 Thursday evening. Of course, there was the usual assortment of low-calorie goodies raffled off at the end.

Delaware First Friday:

The First Friday event in downtown Delaware, Ohio took place on Friday evening. Approximately 38 cars participated in the cruise-in part of the event.

It's my understanding that If you want to leave the cruise-in before 9 PM, you can request assistance from the police to move your vehicle from the designated parking area.

Tri-County's Annual Car Show:

The Tri-County Career Center in Nelsonville, Ohio hosted its annual car show on Saturday. The event drew more the 80 cars.

The awards were hand-made and all the award winners were picked by the students. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, received a Truck trophy. Karson Musick went home with the Best of Show Peddle Car.

NAMI Mid-Ohio Car Show:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Mid-Ohio hosted its annual car show on Saturday at the Polaris Shopping Mall in Columbus, Ohio. The organization serves Delaware, Marrow, and Union counties.

The event registered more than 80 cars. There were 60-80 vendor booths selling all kinds of merchandise.

The show presented four awards, Best Muscle, Best Classic, Best Modern, and Best of Show. Lynn Wellman and her 1968 Pontiac Firebird received the Best Muscle Award. This was Lynn's first car show. The Best Classic award went to Rex Blevins with a 1955 Crown Victoria. The 2016 McLaren belonging to Joey Lowendick was picked Best Modern and our good friend, Dave Bratton, and his 1937 Ford convertible was the Best of Show winner.

Circleville First Church Auto Show:

The weather turned out to be a little better in Circleville on Sunday than in Columbus. As a result, the Circleville First Church Auto Show registered 85 cars. David Anderson and his 1963 Chevy Impala SS received the Best of Show award.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Elgin High School Music Boosters Classic Car & Bike Show in Marion, Ohio registered 91 cars on Saturday. Our good friend, Russ Annis, and his 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS picked up one of the 25 "Favorite" awards.
  • Speaking of Marion, The Rod Knockers Car Club of Marion hosted its second show of the season at the Rural King on Saturday evening. There were more than 150 cars in attendance.
  • On Sunday, Chad Herrick took home the Best of Show honors at the Eldorado's Car, Truck, & Bike Show with his 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392. Brian Z's Ford Falcon received Best Car and Mark Mitchell's SSR Best Truck.
  • After the rain moved out of the area, the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio ended up with 50-60 cars in attendance for its monthly cruise-in Sunday afternoon.

This concludes this last report from Florida. Now back to packing.

A big thanks to all the remote reporters who have sent me photos and info during these first two months of the season. The list includes Jeff Shankle, Dave Bratton, Dale Pearce, Anthony Musick, Bling Amobi Breezy, Mark Mitchell, and Russ Annis. Your help has been invaluable!

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2002 Chevy Corvette - Owner: Mick Proxmire

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Wednesday Evening Cruise at Grace Chapel

Jeff and Pam Shankle and Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio stopped by the Grace Chapel Church in Westerville, Ohio on Wednesday evening for its weekly cruise-in. About 50 cars were in attendance this week. Boots drove his award-winning "burn out" machine.

The Pastor announced that the church will continue to host the Wednesday cruise-in until the end of October. A food truck is on-site most Wednesdays for anyone wanting food and refreshment. Times for the cruise-in are typically 6 - 9 PM.

Der Dutchman Thursday Cruise-In

Attendance is creeping up at the Thursday evening cruise-in at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio. Two weeks ago attendance was 302 cars. Last week it was 309 and this week it was 340. With any luck, the 400 mark will be broken before the cruise-in ends in three weeks.

This week's "Unique Vehicle" award goes to Jim R. and his Ultima RS. The car's power plant is GM's LT5 engine which was only available in the 2019 Corvette ZR1. Jim's car is making close to 800 HP to the rear wheels!

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show

The September Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio on Friday evening featured 32 cars.

The event was the first car show for Carol and Steve Atwell's 1928 Ford Model A 2 Dr Sedan.

The show raised $210 for the Marysville and Milford Center food banks.

This month's picks were:

1969 Chevy Chevelle - Owner: Cliff Small
1928 Ford Model A 2 Dr Sedan - Owners: Carol & Steve Atwell
1957 Ford Thunderbird - Owner: Jimmy Carmean

Columbus Cars and Coffee Meet at Esoteric

Per usual, the Columbus Cars and Coffee meet at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio had another great turnout of cars and spectators Saturday morning.

The meet had a nice mix of classic, muscle, and exotic cars. Just like the Toy Barn show two weeks ago, the arrival of the Lamborghinis attracted a crowd.

To see more from Saturday's Columbus Cars and Coffee meet, CLICK HERE.

Delaware Christian Church Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show

The Delaware Christian Church in Delaware, Ohio hosted its second annual Car Show on Saturday. Last year the church registered a little over 50 cars. This year the number of registered cars reach 71 with another half-dozen or so attending but not registering. The registration fee was whatever you wanted to donate.

There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Awards were presented to the Top 25 along with three special awards. The special awards were Pastor's Choice, Best of Show motorcycle, and Best of Show car/truck.

The Special Award winners included:

Pastor's Choice Award - 2021 Ford F150 - Owner: Joe Lyons
Best of Show Motorcycle - 2009 Harley Davidson - Owner: Tony Ford
Best of Show Car/Truck - 1964 Chevy Nova II SS - Owner: Diana Chalfant

CLICK HERE to see the rest of the automobiles from the Delaware Christian Church show.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride At Columbus Auto Resale

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride crew were at Columbus Auto Resale on Saturday. The show registered 38 cars.

Our good friend Jeff Shankle took Best Interior with his 1950 Ford F1 pickup.

The Best of Show award went to the 1967 Chevy Chevelle of Craig Massie.

Heart of Grove City Patriots Day Car Show

Shaun "Big Dog" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers were hosts for the 2nd Annual Heart of Grove City, Ohio Patriots Day Car Show.

The show registered a little over 60 cars. The Best Truck award went to Loy Oberer with a 1955 Ford F-100 pickup.

The 1932 Ford five Window of Gus O'Day took home the Best of Show honors.

Lite the Nite Car Show

The big event on Saturday was the 37th Annual Light the Nite Car Show at the Courthouse Square in Newark, Ohio. This year the show registered more than 420 cars.

The event helps support the holiday lighting of the courthouse in Newark and other charities. This year the show also honored the late Jim Matheny who helped organize the Nite the Light show for many years.

The awards were four and six-foot trophies. Dale Pearce used every inch of the truck bed in his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup to bring home his six-foot award.

Wings and Rings Car, Truck, & Bike Show

My original plan was to attend the All Corvette Gathering in Lancaster, Ohio on Sunday. But rain between my house and Lancaster killed that plan. Luckily the showers mainly stayed south and east of my location.

Plan B was to find a dry car show relatively close to home. This turned out to be the Crossroads Events show at the Wings and Rings in Lewis Center, Ohio.

This was the second show at the restaurant this year. Both this show and the previous show have faced less-than-ideal weather. A final show of the season is scheduled for October 9th. Hopefully, "third times a charm" will kick in and give them a beautiful day of weather.

With 23 cars, trucks, and bikes in attendance, the Best of Show awards went to Steve Barry with a 1999 Harley Davidson Heritage Springer and "DW" Warren Dorilen with a 2014 Maserati Ghibili.

Riverside Dairy Car Show

The Riverside Dairy Car Show in Mount Vernon, Ohio was originally scheduled for August 21st but was postponed to Sunday because of the weather.

The show registered 45 cars. Awards were presented for 3rd place, 2nd place, and Best of Show for both cars and trucks. Not only was there a trophy for each award winner but also a cash prize. The Best of Show winners received $100. Second and third place winners received $75 and $50 respectively.

Best of Show Car went to Harry Squires with a 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Steve Andrix's 1948 Chevy Pickup received the Best of Show Truck award.

Jeff Shankle's 1950 Ford F1 received the 2nd Place Truck award so drinks are on Jeff this week.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Empty Pockets Cruisers had over 120 cars in attendance for its Patriots Day Car Show in Hilliard, Ohio on Saturday
  • Despite the rain, 200 plus crazy Corvette owners turned out for the All Corvette Gathering in Lancaster, Ohio.
  • Our good friend Dale Pearce took home the Mayor's Choice and the Kid's Choice awards at the 17th Annual Gahanna Community Church Car Show

Whew! That's it for this week. A big thank you to Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, and Mark Mitchell for their help in preparing this week's report.

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I'm posting just a News and Notes this week.

If you're coming here for a list of car events still on the schedule for November, CLICK HERE

NEWS AND NOTES:

Columbus Cars and Coffee @ The City:

As many of you may know, the weekly Saturday morning Columbus Cars and Coffee meets at Lennox Town Center were suspended back in April after some cars got a out-of-control leaving the meet. The group that organized the meets held a series of Saturday morning meet ups at various locations around Columbus during the summer. The group also started receiving support from Byers Auto and Lindsay Automotive.

Well, I'm here to report that the group has found a new "permanent" home for the Saturday morning meets at The City Apartments -- formerly the old University City shopping center at the corner of Ackerman Rd and Olentangy River Rd.

This past Saturday was the first official meet at the new location. There was a nice turn out of cars and people so the word is definitely out about the new location. A nice mix of classics, muscle and exotic cars showed up on Saturday. I got the opportunity to see a new Mustang GT 500 and a new two door Ford Bronco.

Parking may get a little tight on those Saturdays when 500 cars show up. The lower level of the apartment complex is set aside for retail space. This may also affect parking in the future. But this past Saturday parking was good. Just beware of the speed bumps next to the complex. They are killers.

I'm glad to see this Columbus Cars and Coffee group find a new home. It's great way to get a quick car fix on a Saturday morning and also see some cars that don't often participate in car shows or cruise-ins. Lets hope everyone behaves themselves so there isn't a repeat of what happened in April.

If you'd like to see more from Columbus Cars and Coffee @ The City, CLICK HERE.

Miller's Swap Meet & Car Show:

A number of Central Ohio car show regulars made the trek down to Chillicothe, Ohio on Saturday for the 14th Annual Miller's Automotive Swap Meet and Car Show at the Ross County Fairgrounds.

The Miller Automotive Group hosts the swap meet and car show twice a year in March and November.

The sunny weather on Saturday brought out 145 vehicles for the car show. Jeff Tolley and Dale Pearce came home with Top 25 awards. Congratulations!

Sunday Afternoon Car Meet at the Point on Main:

With cloudless skies and above normal temperatures for November, the C-Town Cruisers hosted their last show of the year at The Point Restaurant on Main.

The show registered 77 cars, however, counting the ones that didn't register there were more than 100 cars.

Awards were presented to the top 31 cars. The special awards included Ladies Choice, Best Rat Rod/Most Potential, and Best of Show.

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air belonging to Steve Kidwell and Nancy received the Ladies Choice award. John White with a 1953 Chevy Suburban was awarded Best Rat Rod/Most Potential. Best of Show honors went to Rick and June Lawrence with a 1973 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Shaun announced that the C-Town Cruisers have been able to donate more than $6000 to charity this year thanks to everyone's participation in their events. The charities that receive the bulk of the donations are Friends of the Shelter, a dog rescue organization, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Wounded Warrior Project. You may not always get a trophy but know your registration, door prize and raffle ticket money is going to support good causes.

If you'd like to see more cars and scenes from the Sunday Afternoon Car Meet at The Point on Main, CLICK HERE.

Performance Charity Car Show:

The Performance Charity Car Show that took place on October 9th in downtown Delaware, Ohio has posted photos on their website of the 2021 award winners.


Not sure if I'll have a report next week. The long range forecast is calling for rain on Thursday and Friday and highs in the low 40s on Saturday - burrrr.... I'm going to try to hit three events this week but I'll have to wait to see what the weather does.

As I mentioned last week, I will be posting a season wrap up later in the month so stay tuned for that.


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This will be the last BIG Saturday of events for the 2021 season. The number of events starts to taper off after this weekend. This weekend will also mark the "unofficial" start to the Trunk or Treat season so get those Halloween costumes and candy ready.

CLICK HERE to skip the News and Notes section and go directly to the list of events.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman Cruise-in:

Here's my final word on the Der Dutchman Cruise-in for this year. The banquet was this past Thursday. During the banquet, Wayne Nisly who manages the cruise-in pointed out that the cruise-in registered more than 2900 cars this summer. It sure has come a long way from the 18 cars that showed up the very first time I attended the cruise-in back in 2013.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Store:

This month's Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts show in Marysville, Ohio registered 20 cars on Friday evening. The show raised $144 for the Marysville and Milford Center Food Pantries.

Here are the manager's picks (click to enlarge):

LaRue Fall Bang Car Show:

The town of LaRue, Ohio held its Fall Bang Festival this past Friday and Saturday. For the first time, the Festival included a car show on Friday evening. The show registered between 35 and 40 cars. The organizers hope to make it an annual event.

To see more from the Fall Bang Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Performance Charity Car Show:

The Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio was originally scheduled for July 17 but because of weather forecasts calling for all-day showers (which didn't happen by the way), it was rescheduled to this past Saturday. As it turned out, it was a good call. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for a car show.

I predicted the show would be the biggest event of the weekend in Central Ohio and I was spot on. The show registered 460 cars. Counting those cars that showed up but didn't register, there were more than 500 cars during the afternoon in downtown Delaware on Saturday.

The show presented awards to the top 100 cars along with 20 Best of Show trophies. My unofficial "Early Bird" or "Are You Crazy" award goes to Sam and Barbara Parks. They arrived in the dark before Sandusky Street was even closed which was scheduled for 6 AM! The longest distance traveled was a car from South Carolina.

The Best of Show award went to Sherman and Austin Buck and their 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner:

Here are a few other winners:

Not pictured:

  • Best Pontiac - 1959 Pontiac Safare Wagon -Owner: Curtis Conklin
  • Best Buick - 1970 Buick GSX - Owner: Jeff Fortner

The October date proved to be so successful it was announced the show will be scheduled in October again next year.

Check out the Performance Charity PHOTO PAGE for a ton more cars, trucks, and bikes from the show.

Marysville Car Meet:

Between 75 and 80 cars showed up at the old Kroger parking lot in Marysville, Ohio for a Sunday afternoon car meet. It was definitely a younger crowd. Mustangs were the popular model of the day. There were a few Camaros and Corvettes and a couple of vehicles you don't see every day.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Hebron Nazarene Car and Truck Show registered 111 cars on Saturday. The 1959 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman belonging to Jesse and Kaylee Bickel took the Best of Show honors.
  • Seventy-six cars turned out for the Danville Memorial Park Car Show on Sunday.

Special thanks to Mark and Cathy Krist, Dan Varner, Dale Pearce, and Jeff Shankle for helping make this week's report.


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The big event this week will be the Performance Charity Car Show in Downtown Delaware, Ohio on Saturday. Originally scheduled for July, the show was postponed due to weather.

I contacted the Dairy Queen in South Bloomfield, the Sonic Drive-In in Heath and the Rusty Lug Nutz group out of Pickerington. All three told me they will continue their weekly cruise-ins as long as the weather is good and cars continue to show up. All predicted they would likely finish by the end of October.

CLICK HERE to skip the News and Notes section and go directly to the list of events.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman:

The last cruise-in of the season at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio set a new attendance record on Thursday. The cruise-in registered 439 cars! This broke the previous attendance record of 401 cars set back on August 20, 2020. The photo below will give you a sense of just how packed the place was Thursday evening.

CLICK HERE to see more photos from the final 2021 Der Dutchman Cruise-In.

Downtown Delaware First Friday:

Approximately 25-30 cars turned out for the final downtown Delaware, Ohio First Friday event of 2021. Ghostbusters appeared to be the unofficial theme of the evening.

Tolles Car and Craft Show:

The Tolles Career & Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio held their 4th Annual Car and Craft Show on Saturday.

The show registered 111 cars. Instead of dash plaques, the first 100 cars to register received a unique etched wooden plaque commemorating participation in the show.

The show presented a total of 23 awards. There were no "Favorites". Instead, each car was entered into one of 19 classes. Trophies were presented to each class winner. There was also a People's Choice award, a Best of Show award, and two special awards.

Clement Thun's 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan was selected Best of Show.

To see more cars from the Tolles Car and Craft Show and the rest of the class winners , CLICK HERE.

Toy Barn Fall Car Show:

I registered to participate in the Toy Barn Car Show on Sunday but decided to go as a spectator due to the weather. I counted close to 70 cars and a decent number of spectators when I was there around 10 AM. Although this was a far cry from the number of cars and the crowd at the spring show back in May.

To see more from the soggy Toy Barn Fall Show, check out its PHOTO PAGE.

Other Area Car Shows:

  • The 8th Annual Mario Knapp Memorial Car Show held at Quaker Steak and Lube on Lyra Drive in Columbus, Ohio registered over 150 cars on Saturday.
  • Sixty-Five cars turned out for the 4th Annual BGMC Car Show at the New Beginnings Church in Columbus, Ohio
  • More than 160 cars participated in the Steve Austin's Auto Group Car and Truck Show in Bellefontaine, Ohio on Saturday. I received a report that the music was loud enough to cause hearing damage.
  • Rick Levine's 1970 Oldsmobile 442 convertible took Best of Show honors at the Community Christian Church Fall Craft, Vendor and Car Show.

If you have information about any other area shows that took place this past weekend, please feel free to post in the Comment Section.

I want to thank Dave Bratton, Cathy and Mark Krist, and Dale Pearce for their help making this week's report.


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This week starts the last full month of the season. Many of the "on going" shows and cruise-in will hold their last event for the season this week and next month.

There are lots of trunk or treat events scheduled starting the middle of the October so get the Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy ready.

CLICK HERE to skip the News and Notes section and go directly to the list of events.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman:

The unseasonably cold weather this past Thursday didn't deter 59 cars from showing up at the Der Dutchman Cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio. It was kind of weird to see everyone in long pants and coats again. Looking back, the last time coats were needed was the first cruise-in of the season back on May 3rd.

This Thursday will mark the very last Der Dutchman Cruise-In for 2021. The following week will be the banquet and then we'll have to wait until May 2022 for the weekly cruise-ins to resume again.

Marysville Muscle Cruise-In:

After Thursday's chill, the weather on Friday was just about perfect for the monthly Marysville Muscle Cruise-in at Honda Powersports in Marysville, Ohio. Chris stopped by with his 1970 Ford Torino GT, Jim drove his 800 HP Ultima RS, Ron arrived in his 1980 Z/28 Camaro, and Tim's 1968 Camaro made its return following a two year absence. Unfortunately, the food truck was a no show.

Two more cruise-ins are scheduled for the last Friday in October and November before calling it quits for the season. The weather will be the wild card for these last two meets.

Music in the Park Cruise-in Car Show:

Rained out in July, the rescheduled Music in the Park Cruise-In Car Show took place Friday evening at Stradley Park in Canal Winchester, Ohio . Hosted by the C-Town Cruisers, the event registered about 40 cars. Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup truck received the People's Choice Award.

North Hills Car and Bike Show:

After skipping a year because of Covid, the North Hills Church of God in Springfield, Ohio resumed its annual Car and Bike Show on Sunday. The show had a record turn out with 203 registered cars and bikes . The turn out was so big, the church ran out of parking spaces and had to close registration early. Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman was the DJ.

Judging was done by everyone that registered a vehicle. If you've been a reader of this blog, you know I'm not a fan of participation judging. However, the way this show does it makes it a little more palatable. First, there is only one ballot per vehicle and the ballot has your car number on it. Second, participants can't vote for their own car, truck or bike. If they do, their entire ballot is null and void. And third, the ballots can not be turned in until after registration is closed. As with all participation judging, if you come with a club or group of friends you have a better chance of going home with an award.

Unfortunately, towards the end of the show a spectator's car pulled out of the church lot and hit an on coming car going east bound on Moorefield road. The hit spun the on coming car around 360 degrees where it hit one of the bikes parked close to the church entrance. It was a serious enough accident to require an emergency vehicle. Let's hope and pray everyone involved is okay.

Despite the commotion from the accident, the award presentation was only delayed by about 15 minutes. The Church presented awards to the Top 25 cars, the top five bikes, 10 special awards, and a Best of Show for cars and a Best of Show for Bikes.

David Salyers took the car Best of Show honors with his 1967 Pontiac GTO. David's car also received the Cook's Choice aware. The bike Best of Show went to a 1934 Harley Davidson VLD belonging to Craig Biniker.

If you'd like to see more from the North Hills Show, CLICK HERE to go to the show's photo page.

Other Area Shows:

  • Bill Repp and his 1972 Chevy Chevelle took Best of Show honors at the Saturday Night Cruise at Nik Fixx.
  • The Fire Department in Laurelville, Ohio registered 103 cars at their show on Saturday.
  • The Shamrock Club Classic Car and Bike Show had an excellent turn out registering 95 cars.
  • The 1956 Ford Parklane belonging to Kim Miklos received Best of Show at the Gahanna Community Church Car Show on Sunday. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took the Best Truck award.
  • If anyone attended the Sunbury Lions Club Country Cruise-In on Sunday, please feel free to post info about it in the comments.
  • This is the second week in a row I received an email from a reader who went to an event only to find out it was canceled. Last week it was the Cruisin' Classics Monthly Cruise-In. This week it was the Green Cables Cruise-In. I know this can be very frustrating. Groups post their show flyers all over internet but then don't post anything when they cancel. If I find out a show has been canceled, I try my best to get the word out. All we can do is ask that show organizers show some respect to the car community and let people know when their event has been canceled.

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A few weekly cruise-ins have dropped off the schedule, however, this weekend and next still have a full slate of events. Things will begin to wind down in October.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-in experienced another good week of attendance with 287 cars Thursday evening. Two outstanding cars, a 1940 Woody wagon that won best of show at the Zucchinifest and West Jefferson Ox Roast last week, and a 50's Cadillac paid a visit this week.

Only three more cruise-ins left for this year. If you haven't made it to one yet, time is starting to run out.

Speaking of Der Dutchman, they will hold their Coffee and Donuts Cruise-in this Saturday morning. It's a great excuse to enjoy a cup of coffee, one of their famous long John donuts and hang out with your car buddies.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

After battling rain the previous two months, The Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio finally got a descent evening of weather.

Forty-two cars showed up Friday evening for the monthly show with 35 of them registering. The show raised $180 for the Milford Center and Marysville food pantries.

This month the manager of Advanced Auto Parts selected the following four cars for awards.

Empty Pockets Cruisers Patriots Day Car Show:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers held their Patriots Day Car Show on Saturday at the Hilliard Community Center in Hilliard, Ohio.

This was the club's third show of the season and the first time hosting a show at the Hilliard Community center. Normally the club hosts three shows a season but in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 they added this extra show.

The Community center turned out to be a nice venue for a car show. There was plenty of parking, clean restrooms and some shade if you wanted it. The club reached out to large number of food trucks but only two showed up on Saturday. I overheard some people complaining that the service from both trucks was a little slow.

The club registered 134 cars and presented 50 awards. The special awards at this event included Most Patriotic, First Responders Choice, Sponsors Choice, DJ's Choice, and Best of Show.

Best of Show award went to Dean and LuAnn Mafsenbacher and their 1953 Chevy 3100 pickup. The Mafsenbacher's truck also took the Best of Show honors at the Empty Pockets Armed Forces Day show in May.

All in all it was another great event put on by the Empty Pockets Cruisers. The club's final show of the season will be their annual Trunk or Treat event, one of my favorites, on October 16.

If you'd like to see more from the Patriots Day Show, CLICK HERE.

Ohio Corvette Club Alliance Corvette Gathering:

On Sunday I had the opportunity to participate in my very first Corvette Gathering in downtown Lancaster, Ohio.

The Gathering is put on by the Alliance of Corvette clubs from around the state of Ohio. It pretty much amounts to a big cruise-in for Corvettes. There's no judging or awards. For the $15 registration fee, you received a nice participation plaque and a raffle ticket for door prizes. The event also included a silent auction. Vendors were there selling Corvette related paraphernalia. After skipping last year because of Covid, this was the 16th year for the Corvette Gathering.

The Alliance registered 310 Corvettes, however, it was closer to 360 that participated. West Main Street in the historic district of downtown Lancaster is where the event is held. The street is closed between S. Columbus Street and S. High Street. There's a nice hill to climb as you walk towards S. High Street.

The newer Corvettes pretty much dominated the Gathering. Someone told me they only counted about 25 Corvettes from 1970 and older. I think there was more than that but the newer Corvettes were definitely in abundance. I saw quite a few out-of-state cars. The farthest away someone traveled that I saw was South Dakota.

If you like Corvettes and want to spend a relaxing day shooting the breeze with other Corvette owners, the Corvette Gathering is the place to be.

CLICK HERE to see a bunch of Corvettes from the Gathering.

Motts Military Driving for Daisy Car Show:

The Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride crew were at the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio on Sunday for the Motts Military Driving for Daisy Car Show.

The show registered around 100 cars. The Best of Show award went to Jim Bickel and his 1969 AMC AMX. Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took Best Truck.

CLICK HERE for more scenes from the Motts Military Driving Daisey show.

Other Area Car Shows:

I received word that the Street Elite Corvette Club's Charitable Open Car Show in Sunbury, Ohio on Saturday registered 160 cars. If anyone knows who took Best of Show, please post in the comments.

UPDATE: Sam Parks and his 1948 Chevy Pickup took the Best of Show award.

I'm told the turnout on Sunday for the All Ohio Ford Show at the Pastime Park in Plain City, Ohio was not very good. By 1 PM only 35-40 cars had registered. I understand there was no food or drink available. Very disappointing for a show with a $20 registration fee.

I want to again thank Dave Bratton and Jeff Shankle for sending information and photos on the shows they attending this weekend. It's great to have eyes, ears and cameras at the shows I'm unable to attend.


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