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Here are the Central Ohio car events for the second weekend of August.

Events will likely be added or canceled as the week progresses, so check back often for updates.

News and Notes:

Between the virus and weather this past week, I don't have much to report. Two shows scheduled for this weekend, the Hosanna Lutheran Car Show in Pataskala on Friday evening and the Purple Door Car Show in Grove City on Saturday have both been canceled.

My primary computer took a big dump Saturday afternoon. Damn thing won't even power on. As has been my luck this year, both Apple stores in Columbus are closed because of the pandemic. Earliest I can get the computer into a repair center is Thursday as a walk-in. I mention all this as a warning that updates may not be as timely as usual this week.

The Save the Dates for 2020 page is still be updated regularly. Unfortunately, there were more cancellations last week then additions.


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Here are the Central Ohio events for the second week of July. The extended forecast calls for "steamy hot" temperatures so keep yourself well hydrated if you participate in any events.

News and Notes:

I didn't go to any events this week. With the rise in Covid-19 cases, I decided to do some social distancing. I also had another very good excuse. After more than three months trying to adopt a puppy, my wife and I finally added a furry member to our family. Meet Sierra. She pretty much consumed most of my weekend.

Goodguys was supposed to be in town this week, but as everyone knows, the event was canceled. Not all is lost, however. Some businesses and clubs have decided to take up the slack left behind by the Goodguys' cancellation. The Empty Pocket Cruisers are hosting a cruise-in at the Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931 both Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 PM. And Zenith Kustoms is organizing a Busch Boulevard cruise Friday evening.

The only cancellation notification this week was the Mechanicsburg First Responders Show scheduled for the first weekend of September. As I reported last week, The Pepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride announced their shows for the remainder of the season (PLEASE NOTE: The schedule was revised this week). For the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.


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Now that the 2019 Central Ohio car show season has officially come to an end, it's time to take a look back at what was good, what was bad and what was ugly.

I managed to participate in 80 events this year. When you consider there were five weeks during 2019 where I didn't participate in any events, that's a pretty big accomplishment, even if I do say so myself.

I traveled more than 3000 miles to attend events in Centerburg, Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Gahanna, Hilliard, Johnstown, Lewis Center, Lockbourne, Marion, Marysville, New Albany, Obetz, Plain City, Powell, Springfield, Westerville, and Worthington.

Throughout the season, I took more than 9200 photos of cars, trucks, and motorcycles from around Central Ohio. Besides my car, Kevin Martin's 1962 Chevy pickup truck wins the award for the most photographed vehicle in 2019.

Before I get deep into the recap of this season, let me take a second to make the usual disclaimer:

The lists I'm about to present reflect my opinion and my opinion only of the events I attended in 2019. If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good, bad or ugly, please feel free to share it in the comments. Also, feel free to post a comment if you agree or disagree with any of my choices.

Okay, let's start with the GOOD.

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The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted their annual Trunk or Treat Car show on Saturday at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio.

With temperatures near 80 on Friday, a cold front moved through the area overnight dropping the high on Saturday into the mid-50s. The drastic change in temperature caused the one car club to cancel their event on Saturday.

Despite the chilly temperatures, the Empty Pocket Cruisers went on with the show and managed to register 137 vehicles. In the afternoon, there were plenty of children dressed up in costumes trick or treating their way through the cars.

Once again the Ohio Zombie Guard was there to protect the crowd from zombies, ghosts, ghouls, globlins, and other unnatural phenomena.

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The Empty Pocket Cruisers held their Spring into Summer car show on Saturday. This was the second event of the year hosted by the club.

The location of the show was changed this year from the Hilliard Historical Village to the St. James Lutheran Church on Trabue Road in Columbus, Ohio.

No question the new venue is a marked improvement over the Historical Village. There is ample parking on both the blacktop and grass. The grass area is part of a ball field so there are no dips, ruts or exposed tree roots to grab your car like the Historical Village

Due to a scheduling mix up, the event was going on simultaneously with the Auto Smarts Cruisin' Classics show only four miles away. Because of this and the weather, the show only registered 57 vehicles compared to 148 last year.

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The Central Ohio weather on Saturday suddenly changed from early spring to mid-summer overnight. Afternoon temperatures in the mid-80s and lots of sunshine brought out the cars on Saturday. Just about every show in the area had better than expected turn out. Some even set registration records.

I managed to break away for a few hours Saturday evening to attend the Cruisin' with the King show in Marysville, Ohio. The Shankles were once again kind enough to send me lots of photos from the Empty Pocket Cruisers Armed Forces Day Car Show they attended earlier in the day.

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The Empty Pockets Cruisers held their annual Trunk or Treat car show at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio on Saturday. Wind gusts in excess of 25 mph made for a very breezy afternoon. It became a challenge keeping all those Halloween decorations from blowing away to other parts of Hilliard.

This was the third and final show of the season hosted by the Empty Pockets Cruisers. The club registered 117 vehicles, down from the record setting 168 that registered last year.

Trick or Treating was held from 1-3 PM so everyone that registered a car was encouraged to bring candy.

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The Empty Pockets Cruisers made an excellent decision to reschedule the Hilliard Historical Village Car Show from Saturday to Sunday.  Not only did the show not have to contend with scattered showers, but the move made it the only major show on the schedule in Central Ohio for Sunday.

With the good weather and date change, the show managed to register 148 vehicles. This compares to 111 vehicles registered last year when the show was held on a Saturday and had some other competition. I overheard one of the Empty Pockets Cruisers say this was the second best turn out they've had for the Hilliard Historical Village show.

Jim McGruder once again provided the music for the show. There were door prizes plus a 50/50 raffle. Food was available from members of the Hilliard Historical Village. Haggerty Insurance was there with a vendor booth.

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Scattered showers played havoc with this week's car shows.  On Friday, the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride at Tin Pan Alley in Hilliard, Ohio had only 17 cars register for the show.  Cruisin' with the King in Marysville, Ohio didn't do much better on Saturday evening with just 16 registered cars.

I had planned to do the Meet to Beat Leukemia car show at Columbus State on Saturday afternoon and Cruisin' with the King Saturday evening, but showers right as I was ready to leave for both shows killed those plans.

Luckily, the weather gave us a break from the showers on Sunday so the whole weekend wasn't a complete wash out (no pun intended).

 

4TH ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CAR SHOW

The Empty Pockets Cruisers' made a wise decision on Friday to move their Armed Forces Day Car Show at the VFW Post 4931 in Hilliard, Ohio from Saturday to Sunday.  As it turned out, Sunday's weather was near perfect for a car show.

 

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Friday's showers, which cancelled most of the events scheduled for the evening, gave way to almost perfect weather on Saturday.  With Seven car and motorcycle shows on tap for the central Ohio area,  classic car owners had lots of choices where to spend their Saturday afternoon.

I chose to attend the Hilliard Historic Village Car show hosted by the Empty Pocket Cruisers. The show was held at Weaver Park on the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

The show offered the traditional door prizes and 50/50 raffle. It also offered a unique "Participation Raffle".  Every car owner that registered for the show was automatically entered in a raffle to win a dollar amount equal to the  number of registered vehicles.  With the show registering 111 cars, trucks, and bikes, one lucky owner went home $111 richer.

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