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2004 Ford Mustang GT Convertible - Owner: Tony Oliver

Here's another week where you could attend a Central Ohio car event every day! It's also another big Saturday for shows and cruise-ins. So far there are 23 scheduled with the likelihood of one or two more being added before the week ends.

Monday (June 17):

Tuesday (June 18):

Wednesday (June 19):

Thursday (June 20):

Friday (June 21):

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Attendance this past Thursday was 323.

Each week I've been highlighting a unique/unusual vehicle that shows up at the cruise-in. This week there are multiple unique and unusual vehicles to mention.

The first is the one-of-kind motorcycle of John Gochnauer built in 1961 and raced at Charlotte Speedway. The bike has a 750 cc Cushman engine and reached a top speed of 130 mph.

Next, we have something that resembles a golf cart. But in reality, it's Ford's Think Neighbor an all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle designed for use on golf courses, corporate campuses, and vacation resorts.

Introduced in 2002, the Think Neighbor has a top speed of 25 mph and can go approximately 30 miles on a single charge.

The next unique/unusual vehicle on the list is the Shadetree Choppers' Volkswagon Beetle. The car was part of Motor Trend's Hot Rot Power Tower and made the drive from Hebron over to Plain City just to attend the cruise-in.

The final entry in this week's unique/unusual category was not so much the car, but the sign on the side of the car.

The Cobras will be in town this week for the London Cobra Show. Expect to see a lot of Cobras at the cruise-in on Thursday.

Danbury Senior Living Classic & Exotic Car Lunchtime Cruise-In:

Danbury Senior Living on Snouffer Rd in Columbus, Ohio hosted a lunchtime cruise-in on Friday.

There were about fifteen cars in attendance. Anyone who brought a car received a goody bag plus was served lunch which included ribs. Yum!

Danbury has plans to do this again next year on a bigger scale.

2nd Friday NAPA Cruise-In:

Between 25 and 30 cars turned out for the 2nd Friday Cruise-in in front of the NAPA Auto Parts store in Hilliard, Ohio.

The evening got a little rowdy when two young boys decided to ride their bikes in and around the cars. The boys refused to stop and got belligerent with the car owners. Things escalated to the point that the Hilliard Police were called.

Folks have invested lots of money into their cars and a paint job these days is not cheap so you can't fault the car owners for being upset with these boys. They displayed an unbelievable level of disrespect for the car owners.

Despite the incident with the boys, it was a nice evening for a cruise-in. Here are some of the cars that stopped by.

Columbus Cars & Coffee at Polaris Fashion Mall:

The corporate version of Columbus, Cars, & Coffee held its third meet of the season at Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. The nice weather attracted not only a large group of cars but also a big crowd of spectators.

Quite a few vendors were at this meet. They included Backroom Coffee, Shake Shake, Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing, DiLusso Realestate, iDrive Exotic Car Rental, Midwest Auto Group, and The Garage Door Guy. Shake Shack was there handing out free cups of frozen custard.

The two most interesting vehicles were the Austin-equipped rocket car and the Tesla Cybertruck. This was my first up-close look at a Cybertruck and it's a lot bigger in person than photos convey.

My Caddy was parked in excellent company with a Porsche on one side and a Ferrari on the other.

Here's a short montage of cars and bikes from Saturday's Cars & Coffee event.

London Church of the Nazarene Car & Motorcycle Show:

The London Church of the Nazarene hosted a car and motorcycle show on Saturday at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London, Ohio.

There was no registration fee but donations were accepted. All proceeds from the show went to benefit the "Christmas in Action" organization.

62 cars registered for Saturday's show. Trophy categories included Pastor's Choice, Kid's Choice, People's Choice, Best Motorcycle, Oldest Vehicle, Best Truck, Best Import, Top GM, Top Ford, Top Mopar, Top Rat Rod, and Best of Show.

Only one motorcycle registered so no surprise it received the Best Motorcycle Award.

Best of Show honors went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC 40 Military Weapons Carrier.

Read the rest of this week's News & Notes

1960 Ford Thunderbird - Owner: Don Davis

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NEWS AND NOTES

This past weekend was one of those rare occasions where TWO different cars received Best of Show awards on two consecutive days. Read on to find out what cars got back-to-back BOS awards.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Der Dutchman had 231 attend this past Thursday's cruise-in. I was a little surprised more cars didn't turn out. The weather was great.

Creative Auto Sale/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Creative Auto Sale, LLC and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted its August car show Friday evening. There were 27 cars in attendance. The show raised $200 for the Milford Center Food Pantry.

This month the Advanced Auto Parts store manager picked his four favorite vehicles to receive a trophy. One of the trophy winners, Eddie and Rita Hampshire, drove from Indiana to attend the show.

Here are the manager's picks:

Gary Zuck Memorial Car Show:

The American Legion Post 677 in Lithopolis, Ohio hosted the very first Gary Zuck Memorial Car Show on Saturday.

Gary passed away in May of 2022. He was a member of Post 677. Over the years, he was instrumental in organizing car shows at the American Legion Post in Lithopolis. Gary was also a member of the Lancaster Old Car Club and acted as Technical Advisor for the '55 Fords in the Crown Victoria Association.

The show on Saturday registered 84 cars. There were awards for the Top 30 vehicles, five awards for years 2000 and up, eight specialty awards, and a best of show.

Judging was done on a scoring method with the top score being 40 points. Two pairs of judges looked at every car and determined its point score.

Here are the "Just Because We Like It" specialty winners:

The Best of Show award went to our good friend Russ Annis and his 1967 Chevy Chevelle.

Honor Flight Vance Outdoors Car Show:

Auto Smarts Radio and Vance Outdoors teamed up on Saturday to host its annual car show in Obetz, Ohio.

The show had more than 125 cars in attendance.

All the proceeds from the show go to Honor Flight. This year the show raised $123,500 for the organization.

Here are some of the vehicles from the show:

Dale Pearce received the Ladies Choice award for his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

The Best of Show honors went to the 1955 Chevy 210 belonging to Bob Kraft.

Tomato Fest Car and Bike Show:

Ohio seems to have a plethora of festivals over the course of the summer. There's the Pumpkin Festival, the Strawberry Festival, The Walleye Festival, and the Bratwurst Festival just to name a few.

Reynoldsburg, Ohio bills itself as the Birthplace of the Tomato and has held an annual festival in honor of the fruit since 1966.

Part of the festivities is a car and bike show which as in previous years is hosted by the Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers.

This year the show registered 60 cars. Awards were presented to the Top 30 plus Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, Most Potential/Rat Rod, Junior Cruiser, and Best of Show.

The Best of Show award went to Barry McPeek and his 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe.

To see more cars and bikes from the Tomatofest show, CLICK HERE.

Dub Pub Car Show:

The Dub Pub Restaurant in Dublin, Ohio hosted its second Annual Car Show on Sunday.

The show registered 122 cars. Up from 78 cars at last year's inaugural show.

Proceeds from the show went to support the Back the Blue K9 Unit of Dublin, Ohio.

Awards were presented to the Top 35 vehicles plus Best GM, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best Corvette, Best Import, Runner-Up Best of Show, and Best of Show.

These are the "Best of" award winners:

Runner-up Best of Show went to Mark Evans and his 1969 Chevy Camaro SS.

Russ Annis and his 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS for the second day in a row took home Best of Show honors.

Lewis Center Buffalo Wings & Rings Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

The Crossroads Events team was in Lewis Center, Ohio on Sunday for the monthly car show hosted by the Buffalo Wings & Rings Restaurant.

The Camaro was the Spot-Light car for this month's show. Mark Lester's 1967 Chevy Camaro RS-SS was the Spot-Light Car winner.

The Larry Bicker Daily Driver award went to the 1981 Chevy Camaro belonging to Tim Richards.

Tim Raines and his 1951 Ford F-1 Restomod went home with the Best of Show award.

Real Church Car & Bike Show:

There were 86 cars that registered for the Real Church Car & Bike Show in Pickerington, Ohio on Sunday. The show helped raise money for the charity "God's Garage".

Chad Herrick's 2018 Dodge Charger Dayton 392 received a Top 10 pick.

For the second day in a row, Bob Kraft's 1955 Chevy 210 took the Best of Show honors.

Hot Summer Nights Cruise-In:

Downtown Bellefontaine, Ohio on Saturday evening was the site of the Annual Hot Summer Nights Cruise-In. More the 300 cars were in attendance.

The cruise-in presented plaques to the "Favorite 50" cars. There was no best-of-show award.

Here is just a small sample of the cars that attended the cruise-in.

42nd Mopar Nationals:

I can't conclude this week's report without mentioning the 42nd Mopar Nationals that took place at National Trail Raceway all weekend and some of the after-hours parties.


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

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dave Bratton
  • Chad Herrick
  • Frank Russell
  • Frank Sanborn

I hope everyone has a good week! I'll see you again next week with a new list of car events and News and Notes report.

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