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Another big week of events in Central Ohio. The Auto Smarts crew will be in Grove City on Saturday. The Hilliard Historical Society is holding their annual car show, and the Empty Pockets Cruisers will be at Dave and Busters in Hilliard on Sunday for the Spring into Summer event.

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Does anyone have any information on the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware? Is the club still active? Only four cars associated with the club showed up for the First Friday Cruise at Freddie’s on Rt 23. There was no music, door prizes, or 50/50 raffle. I heard a rumor the club has disbanded. If this rumor is true, please let me know in the comments.

Speaking of Delaware, the downtown First Friday event made the last-minute decision to block off part of Sandusky Street for classic cars to park. Whether or not this continues next month and beyond is still to be decided.

The Delaware Richwood Bank restarted their monthly Saturday morning cruise-ins. This month's cruise-in wasn't well advertised so only 19 cars turned out. Anyone bringing a car could get a free cup of coffee or latte from the coffee bar inside the bank. Participants were also eligible to register for several door prizes. The bank plans to hold two more cruise-ins on the first Saturday in August and September. They are tentatively planning a Halloween cruise in October weather permitting.

Because of inclement weather, The Cruisin' The Point Car, Bike, and Truck Show benefitting Summit for Soldiers was postponed a week. The show on Saturday registered a little over 50 cars. The Best of Show award went to Cadillac Mac and his Ford Galaxy 500.

On Sunday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted the second show of the weekend at The Point on Main Sports Bar and Grill. The Point has become the quasi home base for the C-Town Cruisers.

Fifty-one cars registered for Sunday’s event. Once again more cars showed up that didn’t register.

Jeff Tolley and his 1965 Chevy C-10 pickup received the inaugural Larry Bickers Memorial Award. Larry passed away in May and was a regular participant at C-Town Cruiser events. The award will be presented at every C-Town Cruiser show going forward. It will be given to the individual who demonstrates a love for cars and exemplifies the car show/cruise-in culture.

The Ladies Choice selection went to the 1959 Cadillac belonging to Phillip Cunningham.

The Best of Show pick went to Jed Pallone with a 1952 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.

A bunch of Central Ohio car show regulars headed south on Sunday to the Lancaster, Ohio Fairgrounds for the Lancaster Old Car Show.

I’m told attendance was about 75% of what it had been in pre-Covid years. Despite the drop in attendance, the show still attracted more than 300 cars. The show presented awards to the top 50. There was no Best of Show.

If you would like to see more photos from the C-Town Cruisers and Lancaster shows, CLICK HERE.

A big shout out to Jon Kelly and Larry Walters for sending in photos to help make this week’s report.


The events keep coming. The calendar is starting to fill in for July, August and September. To see an up-to-date list of events for the rest of the year, head on over to The Save the Dates for 2021 page.

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A big week for events, especially Saturday with 16 events on the schedule. No excuse not to make at least one car show or cruise-in this week.

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The former "On the Rocks" car show is back under a new name. The bar and grill at Karric Square in Dublin, Ohio has undergone several owners since the last car show was held there in September 2018. It is now called the Last Call Music Bar & Grill. The show is scheduled for Sunday, June 20. No other show in Central Ohio could spark a stronger reaction from people than the old On the Rocks show. It will be interesting to see how the new show is received.

Despite light showers in the area, the first Der Dutchman Cruise-In of the season registered 117 cars. Five of those cars were first-timers to the cruise-in.

Over the winter, the restaurant built a larger foodshed to better accommodate the large number of people that attend the cruise-in each week.

Columbus Cars and Coffee held their second meet of the season at Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio. Even with temperatures in the 40s Saturday morning, there was an excellent turnout. If you're into high-end, exotic cars this was the place to be.

Boots and the Auto Smarts Radio team were in Upper Arlington, Ohio on Saturday for the fourth Annual Jim Hamilton Car Show. The show registered 135 cars with a bunch more showing up but not registering.

The Best of Show award went to Perry Lynch with a 1937 Chevy 2 door sedan.

If you grew up in Columbus in the '60s and '70s and you had a "hot" car, you knew Jerry's Drive-In at the corner of High Street and Morse Road was the place to hang out. You couldn't miss the huge pulsating neon red arrow as you drove down High Street.

The last cruise-in at that location took place Saturday evening. The Tee Jayes restaurant currently there now will soon be replaced by a Chic-FiL-A. It's always sad to see an era come to a close. Lots of folks have fond memories cruising through that parking lot. A big shout out to Chad Shirtzinger for organizing this final cruise-in.

It was another big week for car show and cruise-in announcements. Check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page for the most comprehensive list of upcoming Central Ohio car events.

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A much lighter schedule this week as the 2020 season starts to wind down.

Looking forward, next Saturday (October 17) has 10 events so far on the schedule. After that, things start to taper off dramatically as the season comes to a close.

News and Notes:

I received an email this week from a reader that there will be a Powell Cruise-In and Pig Out this year. It won't be a downtown show as in past years. It will be held in the empty field just west of Auto Assets. The show is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, and is limited to 100 vehicles so you must register ahead of time. This link will take you to the registration form.

Colo's Classic Car Show on Saturday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was 100 short of my prediction of 1000 registered cars. Despite missing the thousand mark, it still ends up being the largest car event in central Ohio this year.

Saturday's show also marked the 600th event for the Pepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride series. Congratulations to Boots and his team for achieving this big milestone!

The Hot Rods and Handlebars show Saturday evening at AD Farrows in Sunbury, Ohio got some glowing reviews. Someone posted on Facebook that it was one of the best shows they had been to all year.

A few trunk or treat events popped up this week. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.


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Here are this week's Central Ohio car events.

News and Notes:

Not only is the Der Dutchman Cruise-In setting big attendance records this summer, but so is Columbus Cars & Coffee at Lennox Town Center. They are reporting on their Facebook page that more than 500 cars turned out this past Saturday morning!

Speaking of big attendance, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers had 190 cars show up for their Labor Day car meet at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus. Our very good friend, Russ Annis, and his 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS took Best of Show honors.

The Performance Classic Car Show Cruise-in scheduled for October 11th in Delaware, Ohio did not receive approval from the Delaware County Board of Health to hold the event so it has been canceled.

I reported last week that the Empty Pocket Cruiser's Trunk or Treat show had been canceled because the Hilliard Presbyterian Church decided not to host the show due to Covid-19. Well, this week the City of Hilliard has decided Trick or Treating is okay so the Church has changed its mind and will host the show. Everyone will have to wear masks and gloves and pass out candy directly to the children per the Hilliard trick or treat mandate.

I'm still updating the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for a complete list of events through the end of the season.


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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.

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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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