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1961 Morris Minor 1/4 Ton Pickup - Owner: Andy Melaragno

Here are the Central Ohio car and bike events for the last week of June.

Monday (June 24):

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Tuesday (June 25):

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Wednesday (June 26):

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Friday (June 28):

Saturday (June 29):

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To say it was a "Red Hot" weekend for car shows is a bit of an understatement. Temperatures well into the 90s caused the cancellation or postponement of four shows scheduled for the weekend. Unfortunately, a lot of cruisers stayed home this week because of the heat.

The Inn at Olentangy Trail Classic Car Show:

The Inn at Olentangy Trail Assisted Living Center hosted several car shows pre-Covid. The last one being in June of 2019 in which there were 56 cars in attendance. Fast forward to last Tuesday and the Inn at Olentangy Trail decided to pick up where it left off by hosting another car show.

Registration was $15 and included a dinner spread consisting of hot dogs, chips, corn on the cob, watermelon, ice cream, and drinks. There were also door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds went to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

The Orange Township Fire Department brought one of its fire trucks to the show and a bounce house was set up for the kids.

There were awards for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cars selected by the residents of the Inn at Olentangy Trail.

Third Place went to Brad Smith with a 1931 Ford pickup truck.

Ken Kubinski's 1967 Pontiac Firebird received the Second Place Award.

Tom Rizek's 1968 Chevy Camaro was chosen First Place.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Despite temperatures well into the 90s this past Thursday, attendance reached 190 cars. Of the 190, approximately 40 were Cobras that were in town for the London Cobra Show.

Nothing unique or unusual to report this week. However, this 1948 Chevy pickup truck received a lot of attention.

Just to give everyone a heads up. The 4th of July is on a Thursday this year. The restaurant will have reduced hours that day so there will be NO cruise-in on July 4th.

Mountainview Christian Church Car Show:

For the second year in a row, the Mountainview Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio hosted a benefit car show to raise funds for a Hurricane Relief Mission Trip to Puerto Rico.

The theme of the show was "Gettin' The Cruise Back Together" a reference to the Blues Brothers. You'll see that reference in the awards.

Registration was $10 and included one door prize ticket. There was also a large array of silent auction items to bid on.

The church had food and drink available to buy. The main entree included pulled pork sandwiches or hot dogs.

This year the Church registered 31 cars. The 1901 Oldsmobile with a five-horsepower engine was the most unique vehicle at the show.

There were 17 Sponsor's Choice Awards. No Best of Show.

The big winners were Dean Maisenbacher with a 1961 Chevy Parkwood station wagon and Dave Bratton with a 1937 Wild Rod Ford.

Many of us sat under a large maple tree for most of the show. The shade and slight breeze made the afternoon bearable.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Massey's Pizza:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride team made their annual stop at Massey's Pizza at the Indian Mound Mall in Heath, Ohio on Saturday.

The heat made a huge difference in attendance this year. The show registered 32 cars on Saturday compared to the record-setting 182 cars last year.

Tom and Tommy Obert received Best Mustang and Massey's Pick.

Dale Pearce took home the Best Truck Award with his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

Best of Show went to Terry Treneff's 1955 Chevy Nomad.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Earthworks Cafe:

The Crossroads Event team was back at Earthworks Cafe in Newark, Ohio on Saturday hosting the monthly car show at the restaurant.

The Earthworks Cafe staff was very accommodating letting everyone sit inside to get away from the heat.

Bubba Hettinger received the Veteran Owned Vehicle Award with his 1978 Chevy K10 Stepside 4x4 pickup.

Ron Howell's 2015 Chevy Corvette Z51 took home the Best of Show Honors.

The Crossroads Events team will be back at the Earthworks Cafe for the July show on July 27th. This coming Saturday (6/29/24) you can join them at the East West Restaurant in Heath, Ohio.



1971 Buick with a 385 Stroker - Owner: Michael Carrico

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Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

As many of you already know by now, Der Dutchman set a record in attendance last Thursday with 617 cars! Of those 617, 89 were first-time participants in the cruise-in.

The cruise-in was a Memorial to Wayne Nisly's late wife, Luella, who passed away in December.

Wayne was hoping to see 500 cars and got a whole bunch more.

I was told cars started showing up as early as 10:30 in the morning and had to be asked to move so Wayne could cut the grass. A steady stream of cars entered the cruise-in throughout most of the evening.

It was a perfect evening to celebrate the life of Luella who was an integral part of the cruise-in for so many years.

Everyone who brought a car took home a tire gauge in her memory.

I think I can safely say it will stand out as a cruise-in we'll all remember.

Creative Automotive/Advance Auto Parts Monthly Car Show:

Creative Automotive/Advance Auto Parts hosted its third show of the season at the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio on Friday evening.

The show had 23 cars in attendance and raised $200 from door prizes and 50/50 raffle money for the local food pantries.

The store manager's three picks this month were Wesley Bach (Grandson of the late Cal Rowland) with a 1952 Chevy pickup, Russ Annis with a 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS, and Mike Bonczak with a 1999 Pontiac 30th T/A.

Immaculate Conception Parish Car Show:

Forty-four cars turned out for the Immaculate Conception Parish Car Show in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

The entry fee was $10. Dash plaques were passed out to the first 25 cars to register. There was also a 50/50 raffle.

There were Five People's Choice awards. They included Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, "Cutest", and Best Overall. In addition, there were five "Show Favorite" trophies.

Here are the "Show "Favorite" winners:

Here are the "Best" award winners:

The People's Choice BEST OVERALL award went to Tim Hooten and his 1973 Chevy Nova SS with factory "Skyroof".


Amanda, Ohio was the scene of the 5th Annual Cruise-A-Palooza on Saturday.

The show registered 125 Cars.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, received a Top 20 award with his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

Best of Show went to the 1933 Ford Vicky belonging to Jim Deal.

Car, Truck, and Bike Show at Walmart:

Thanks to an approaching line of rain showers, the Car, Truck, and Bike Show at Walmart in London, Ohio on Sunday ended early.

The Best Truck award went to Dale Pearce with a 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup. Anthony Musick's 2017 Dodge Challenger TA received Best Mopar. Best Ford went to Tyler Combs with a 2003 Ford Mustang GT. My 2021 Corvette was picked Best GM.

Jeremy Ewing and his 1965 Ford Fairlane took home Best of Show honors.

Other Area Shows:

  • On Friday evening, the Oorang Bang Car Show took place in front of the LaRue, Ohio United Methodist Church. The show registered 83 cars. Award plaques were presented to the "Top 10" cars.

  • The 2nd Annual Harry and Mary Wise Car Show registered 170 cars on Saturday at the Walnut Grill in Sunbury, Ohio. Awards were presented to the "Top 20". Here's a sampling of the cars from the show.
  • Twenty-28 cars attended the Jim Allen Memorial Orphan Car Show at High Banks Metro Park in Lewis Center, Ohio on Saturday. Cash awards instead of trophies or plaques were presented to the "Top 6" cars.

Executive Storage Estates Open House:

The last item on this week's report has nothing to do with car shows or cruise-ins but a lot to do with cars.

Dave Bratton and Lou were invited to an Open House on Saturday at the Executive Storage Estates Condominiums in Plain City, Ohio.

As you can imagine from the name, these are "high-end" storage units that one can buy to store cars, boats, RVs, and memorabilia. As Dave described it, "Man caves for high rollers".

Dave sent me some photos from the open house that I thought might enjoy seeing. These units sure beat the heck out of the 10' x 20' unit I have to store my cars.

A big thanks to Dale Pearce, Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Jeff Shankle, Tim Inscho, Russ Annis, Phil Monroe, Larry Walters, and Bryan Mauger for contributing to this week's report.

I hope everyone has a great week.

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