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1978 Chevy Malibu - Owner: Peyton Magnaghi

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In held its annual season-ending banquet on Thursday evening at the restaurant.

Looking back over the season, one thousand fewer cars attended the cruise-in this year than last year. On the bright side, the cruise-in set a single-day attendance record with 617 cars on June 8th during the Celebration of Life cruise-in for Luella Nisly. It was a special evening.

Everyone attending the banquet received a complimentary Der Dutchman Cruise-In ball cap.

Those of us who regularly attended the cruise-in each week will now have to find something else to do on Thursday evenings from now until May 2, 2024 rolls around.

Tolles Car & Craft Show:

Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio hosted its 6th Annual Car and Craft Show on Saturday.

Thanks to early morning temperatures in the low 40s, the car show started slowly but eventually registered 61 cars.

Last year I gave the show the honor of having the best-tasting hamburger. Much to my and everyone's disappointment, the culinary students weren't at the show this year. In their place was the Hound Dog Food truck. Let's hope the students return next year. We all missed the taste of a good car show hamburger.

The show divided the cars into categories and presented 22 trophies based on those categories. Some examples of the different categories were Best 50s, Best 60s, Best 70s, Modern Muscle, Vintage Muscle, Rat Rod, and so on. There was also a Tolles Student Award, a People's Choice Award, and Best in Show. The trophy for the Rat Rod was handmade from tools and engine parts.

Voting for the People's Choice Award was done electronically using a QR code located on the window plaque of each registered car. Very high-tech.

Here are the category winners selected by the judges:

The People's Choice Award went to Don Benedik and his 1932 Ford Roadster.

Kevin Foust's 1941 Dodge WC40 Military Weapons Carrier received the Best in Show honors.

BGMC Car Show:

The New Beginnings Church held its 6th Annual BGMC Car Show on Saturday.

BGMC stands for Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge. It's the missions education program for all kids in the Assemblies of God. The money raised through BGMC provides the Assemblies of God missionaries with needed supplies to support its missions throughout the world.

Only 36 cars attended the show thanks to cold and windy weather conditions. There were more trophies than cars so everyone went home a winner.

I'm guessing the weather conditions had some influence on Dave Bratton's claim that the chili was "to die for". Dave said it was so good he went back for seconds.

Here are the "Special" category winners:

Best Truck, Dale Pearce - 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup
Best Import, Seth Peyton - 1982 Volkswagon Rabbit
Pastor's Choice, Dave Muller - 1960 Rambler Classic
3rd Place, Richard Hails - 1971 Chevy Nova SS
2nd Place, Carol Benson - 1960 Chevy C10 Pick Up
Best Bike, Bruce Hoover - 2010 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
BGMC Pick, Dave Bratton - 1937 Wild Rod Ford

Mark and Patty Enyart's 1962 Chevy Impala SS was selected Best of Show.

Rod Knockers Car Show:

The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion, Ohio held its final car show of the season on Saturday evening. Not only was Saturday the last show of the season but also the last show for the foreseeable future. The club announced that it has decided to take some time off to re-evaluate its direction moving forward.

Those of you who follow this blog know that I have ranked the Rod Knockers Monthly Car Show as the number one registration-free show in Central Ohio for the last five years. There's no question it will be missed in 2024. Here's hoping it comes back sooner rather than later.

The last show registered 52 cars. Not bad considering the weather.

Being October, this was the Halloween-themed show.

Our good friend, Frank Sanborn, received one of the last "Favorite" Awards from the Club for his Dodge Dart.

Here's wishing the club all the best in whatever direction it decides to take.

Millersport Lions Club and Lewis Center Wings & Rings Car Shows:

The Crossroads Events team was busy this past weekend hosting a car show on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday they helped host a show for the Millersport Lions Club in Millersport Ohio.

The "Spotlight" vehicle for this show was all Ford trucks. The Spotlight Award went to Shawn Ford (how appropriate) and his 1948 Ford F-1 pickup.

Jayden Householder's 2001 Chevy Camaro received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award.

Best of Show honors went to Fred Williams with a 1967 Ford Mustang GT 500.

The team traveled to Lewis Center on Sunday to host its monthly show at the Wings & Rings Restaurant.

The "Spotlight" car was all Dodges. The Spotlight Award went to Danielle Grogan and her 2021 Dodge Daytona.

Danielle's husband, Rick, took home the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award for his 2021 Dodge Ram pickup.

Jim McGruder's "customized" 2020 Rapid Blue Corvette Stingray was picked as Best of Show.

The Crossroads Events team will be off for the next two weekends but will be back in November hosting their last two shows of the season on November 5th at Eldorado's Food and Spirits and November 12th at Lewis Center Wings & Rings.

Steve Austin's Auto Group Open Car and Truck Show:

The Steve Austin Auto Group held its 4th Annual Open Car and Truck Show at its dealership in Bellefontaine, Ohio on Saturday.

The show had over 115 vehicles in attendance. There were several food trucks on site. The show also held a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. The Steve Austin Group presented awards to the "Top" 30 plus a Best of Show.

Other Area Shows:

  • Dan Varner's 1960 Cadillac DeVille received the Best of Show for Classics at the Mario Knapp Car Show on Saturday.

  • The Ohio Autism Show Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show at the Hartford Fairgrounds in Croton, Ohio had well over 100 cars in attendance on Saturday. As is typical Ohio weather this time of year, the attendees experienced sunshine, rain, and hail all in a 30-minute period. Our friend, Kenny G., received an Integrity Insurance Sponsor's Pick.
  • Phil Monroe made the trip down I-71 to Wilmington, Ohio on Sunday to check out the Fairlane Torino Show put on by the Fairlane Club of America. CLICK HERE to see the photos Phil took at the show.

That's it for this week. If the weather is on our side, we're looking at only one more month of car shows in 2023. Wow! Has this season gone by fast!

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
  • Phil Monroe
  • Frank Sanborn
  • Kenny G.
  • Scott Harring
  • Frank Russell

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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1960 Chevy 2-Door Biscayne - Owners: David & Sharon Wray

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Thanks to the warm temperatures attendance was down a little this week at 297 cars.

The weekly cruise-in at the restaurant in Plain City, Ohio has become so popular even the police are attending.

Also in attendance this week was the first mid-engine Corvette with a Lingenfelter Supercharger Package. This package takes the LT2 engine in the C8 Corvette from 495 HP up to 700 HP.

Two other cars really stood out at this week's cruise-in. Bryan Mauger's 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo and a deep red second-generation Corvette convertible. Both cars were every bit worthy of Best of Show status.

There will be a celebration of life for Wayne's late wife, Luella, this Thursday, June 8. The long-range forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s. Wayne would love to see 500 cars attend.

Richwood Bank Coffee and Cars:

Between 30 and 40 cars turned out Saturday morning for the Richwood Bank Coffee and Cars Cruise-In in Delaware, Ohio.

Participants could enjoy a free cup of coffee or latte from the coffee shop inside the bank. A donuts and coffee truck was set up in the parking lot for those wishing a little more than coffee.

The cruise-in ended with a door prize raffle. The top prize was a bucket of car cleaning products and a fifth of Old Forester Bourbon.

Bryan Lewis Memorial Car Show:

Carz and Causez hosted its first-ever car show on Saturday at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Hilliard, Ohio. The show was in honor of Bryan Lewis, a member of the Empty Pockets Car Club, who passed away in 2021.

Despite the very warm temperatures, the event registered 154 cars. Food and refreshments were available from the Corn Dog Castle food truck. DJ Ronnie Wineka spun the toons during the afternoon. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Learning 4 Life Farm.

Awards were presented to the "Favorite 45" cars along with DJ's Choice, Sponsor's Choice (Vienna Door Company), Church's Choice, Charity's Choice, and the Bryan Lewis Memorial Award.

Here are the "Choice" winners:

The Bryan Lewis Memorial Award was presented to Derek Hayes and his 1983 Zimmer Gold Spirit.

Here are some of the "Favorite 45" from the show:

It turned out to be a pretty good day for some of the members of the Rusty Lug Nutz Facebook Group.

Left to right: Dr. Ron Rogers, Cindy Rogers, Dale Pearce, and William Brown

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride at Grove City Baptist Church:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Crew hosted their second car show of the season at the Grove City Baptist Church Saturday afternoon.

The show registered 120 cars. A line of thunder showers moved through the area around 5 PM soaking everyone and everything. The rain moved out allowing Boots to hand out the awards early. Unfortunately, the Best of Show winner, Chip Cooper, and his 1968 Camaro left the show early so he didn't receive the trophy.

Here's a little slideshow of some of the cars from the show before and after the rain.

Trisha's Rescue Car and Bike Show:

The Newark Eagles Club in Newark, Ohio was the site of Trisha's Rescue Car and Bike Show on Sunday.

Proceeds from the show hosted by Trisha Wilson go to rescue, spay, and neuter stray dogs and cats.

With slightly cooler temperatures on Sunday than on Saturday, the show registered 103 cars.

There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Everyone who registered a car got a door prize ticket.

Bounce houses were set up for the kids to have some fun.

The show presented awards to the "Top 30". In addition, there were awards for Best GM, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best Truck, Best Bike, Best Import, and Trisha's Pick.

Here are the Best Of winners:

Greg Everingham took home Trisha's Pick with his 1954 Cadillac Series 62.

Other Area Shows:

  • Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted a show at The Point On Main Street Sports Bar and Grill on Sunday. The show registered 68 cars. The Best of Show honors went to Ted Tickle and his 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7.

  • There were 85 cars in attendance Saturday evening at the Rod Knockers monthly show at the Rural King in Marion, Ohio. Here are a few of the cars that attended the show.
  • Although technically not an area show, our good friend, Chris Kraner, participated in the Ford Nationals at Carlisle, Pennsylvania with his Torino this weekend. There were approximately 4000 cars in attendance.

That's it for this week's report. As I mentioned, next week, especially Saturday, has a ton of events. I'll try to report on as many shows as possible.

I want to thank Dale Pearce, Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Jeff Shankle, Chad Herrick, and Chris Kraner for contributing to this week's report.

I hope everyone has a good week.

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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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NEWS AND NOTES

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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After the finish of every season, I like to take a look back at what I think was good and what I think was not so good about it. The opinions expressed are my own and apply only to the events I attended. If you disagree with me or have an event you thought was particularly good or one not so good, please feel free to post a comment. With that said, lets get on with the review of the 2021 Central Ohio car show season..

From April 17 through November 12, I participated in 77 car shows, cruise-ins, and meet-ups and was a spectator in another nine. I took 5500 photos of classic cars, muscle cars, exotics, trucks, and motorcycles. I drove over 2600 miles round trip to report on local car events. This may all sound very impressive until you find out Jeff Tolley and his friends participated in 180 events this season. That's pretty much one every single day!

The Good:

Let's start with some good. The 2021 car show season pretty much returned to pre-pandemic normals. To my knowledge, not a single public health agency forced the cancellation of a car event this season because of Covid. Even the Governor allowed Goodguys to return to the Fairgrounds despite banning the public from attending the Ohio State Fair.

Shaun "Big Dawg" Saunders' C-Town Cruisers and Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride had a full slate of events this season compared to last year. The two combined to host more than 50 shows in Central Ohio!

Following a two and three-year absence respectively, the cruise-in at Chesrown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Delaware, and the car show formerly known as On the Rocks in Dublin returned in 2021.

Unfortunately, not every event came back. Missing this season was the USA Days Car Show in Centerburg, Cruisin' For a Cause, one of my favorites, at the Discover Church in Dublin, the downtown Lithopolis show on Memorial Day, the Canal Winchester Labor Day car show, and the Spring Fling (it plans to be back in 2022) just to name a few of the missing shows this year.

The biggest shocker of the season came in June when it was announced after 12 years that Colo's Classic Car Show at the Columbus Zoo was canceled. A lot of rumors floated around as to the reason for the cancellation but the Zoo never put out an "official" statement as far as I know.

After hosting no shows in 2020, The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion and the Mid Ohio Cruisers Club out of Marysville returned with their monthly car shows. The Mid Ohio Cruisers show had a new home at the Burger King on Route 31. It took a few shows for everyone to get adjusted to the new location. No question, both clubs continue to put on the best no registration fee car shows in Central Ohio.

The weekly Thursday cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City continued its reign as the king of Central Ohio cruise-ins. The cruise-ins started two weeks earlier this year. It was attended by more than 300 cars seven times during the summer. It set an all-time attendance record of 439 cars on the last cruise-in of the year. A whopping 2900 vehicles were registered in 2021.

Looking back over the year, I can't say there were any shows I attended that were truly outstanding. At the same time, I can't say I attended any that were horrible, either.

The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted four shows this year instead of their usual three. All four shows were well done. Their Trunk or Treat show continues to be one of my favorites. I always say it takes car people to put on a good car show.

Shows that I participated in for the first time included the All Corvette Gathering, Hosanna Lutheran Church Car Show, Mechanicsburg First Responders Car Show, Blackwing Shooting Center Summer Blast, Farrows Hot Rods and Handlebars, and Tolles Career and Technical Center Car and Craft Show. I was a spectator at my first Italian Gathering and Kreiger Ford Mustang and All Ford Show.

Buckeye Cruzin' at Ohio Stadium gets the award for the most expensive registration fee. Although to be fair, the $175 fee went to support the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. It was a fun event until the engine revving got out of hand and forced me to leave.

The most chaotic event this year was the Jax Wax Street Madness in July. The title gave a pretty good description of the event. Between the steady line of cars trying to get into the parking area and the hundreds of car audio systems blaring, I had a pounding headache by the time I left.

Heels and Wheels at the Vanity Gentlemen's Club was the most "adult" car show I attended. The Mayor had a couple of huge assets that were hard to overlook. Those who attended the show will know what I'm talking about.

Frank Sanborn gets this year's most miles traveled award. Not only did Frank attend shows in Central Ohio, but he also traveled to events in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Fairmount and Gas City Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Not So Good:

Some not-so-good news this year was the loss of some of our car show community members. Larry Bickers passed away in May. Many of you will remember Larry from his 2003 Mustang "Daily Driver" with more than 190,000 miles.

In September, we lost Jim Matheny. I never met Jim, but I'm told he helped organize and run lots of car shows in the Newark/Heath areas. He held positions with the Super Chevy Car Show Organization and Let's Go Cruising Magazine. For many years, he served as chairman for "Lite the Nite" and operated Jim Matheny Kar Shoz.

And finally, Terry McReynolds passed away in October. Terry was the Pace Truck Driver at Columbus Motor Speedway for more than 20 years. He was also an integral part of Pepsi's Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride team and a close friend of Dan "Boots" Longenette.

All three will be very much missed as will others who passed away this year.

This was my tenth year attending car shows and the first time experiencing a collision at one. A car leaving the North Hills Church of God Car and Bike Show in September pulled out in front of an oncoming car and caused it to flip around 360 degrees hitting a motorcycle and car participating in the show. This added a bit more excitement to the show than expected.

Another first in 2021 was my banishment from the Ohio Car Shows and Cruise-ins Facebook group in July. The reason for being banished was my disagreement with their decision not to approve the list of Central Ohio car events for the week of July 12-18. They decided not to publicize any events that might compete with their group car show at Knox County Fairgrounds that Saturday. Seriously? The group's stated purpose is to promote car shows and cruise-ins in and around the state of Ohio.

After 12 years of meeting on Saturday mornings, Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center was abruptly canceled in May after some participants leaving the meet displayed some very poor judgment. In November, the group started meeting on Saturdays again at The City Apartments -- formerly the old University City shopping center.

I know some of you may disagree with me -- especially everyone at the Vettes, Rods, and Classics show in August when a monsoon passed through Gahanna during the awards ceremony. But I thought the weather wasn't as big a factor this season as in prior years. Out of the hundreds of events scheduled only 15 were canceled or postponed becasue of weather. And most were postponed to a later date.

Speaking of postponed. Thanks to a forecast that turned out to be totally wrong (big surprise), the Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio was postponed from July to October. And boy did that turn out to be a good move. The weather on the October date was about as perfect as one could expect for a car show. The organizers liked the October date such much, they've decided to hold the 2022 show in October.

Top Ten:

At the end of every season, I post my ten favorite vehicles I saw at a show or cruise-in. Here are the ones that made me stop and take a second, third, or sometimes fourth look.

No. 10 - 2016 EZ Go Golf Cart model "Tow Mater" - Owner: Julie Brown

No. 9 - 1937 Humber Pullman Limo - Owner: Ryan Patten

No. 8 - Restomod 1969 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Unknown

No. 7 - 1959 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman - Owner: Kaylee Bickel

No. 6 - 1950's Jaguar XK 120 Coupe - Owner: Unknown

No 5. - 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan - Owner: Clement Thurn

No 4. - Restomod 1967 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Ed Stizza

No. 3. - 1962 Dodge Dart - Owner: Steve Brown

No. 2 - 1948 Chevy Pickup - Owner: Sam Parks

No. 1 - Legends of Rock Custom Built Motorcycle - Owner: Unknown

Favorite Photos:

Take 5500 photos and there's bound to be some favorites. Here are the ones that I think best capture the season.

Click or tap on a photo to enlarge and enter slideshow mode.

Final Thoughts:

2021 turned out to be another great year for car events in Central Ohio. Because of the reduced number of events in 2020, the sheer volume of events this season was staggering. There were a lot of Saturdays with more than 15 events on the schedule.

What I really enjoyed most about this year was the opportunity to get to know many members of the car community a little better. The people you meet and the friends you make are the main reasons car cruises are so special.

2021 also gave me a sneak peek at the future. The next generation of car enthusiasts is alive and well. They may not seek awards like our generation. And their autos may not be Chevys, Fords or Dodges, but they're proud of their rides and they like to hang out and talk cars just like we do. And that's what counts.

I want to take a moment to thank some folks who helped me compile the weekly reports. They reported on shows I didn't or couldn't attend (I still haven't figured out how to be in multiple places at once). Without their help the weekly News and Notes would not have been anywhere near as detailed.

My sincerest thanks goes out to:

  • Jeff Shankle - I know for a fact he took more car photos than I did
  • Dale Pearce - If Dale doesn't know about a show, it ain't happening
  • Dave Bratton - Great resource for show information
  • Mark & Cathy Krist - Did a great job of reporting in between planting and harvesting vegetables.
  • Dan Varner - Seems have the scoop before anyone else.

Unless there's some late-breaking news to report, I'm going to take some time off to recharge. I'm leaving for Florida at the end of December. I'll be back just in time for the start of the 2022 car show season. Look for the first installment of "Save the Dates for 2022" sometime in February. The list is already growing.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday season. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.


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Here is this week's line-up. Several Patriot Day car shows commemorating 9/11 will take place on Saturday. The Street Elite Corvette Club will host its annual open car show in Sunbury also on Saturday. Motts Military Show and the All Corvette Gathering in Lancaster highlight the schedule for Sunday.

NEWS AND NOTES:

WARNING: Because of the holiday weekend, this week's report is a long one. If you want to jump to the list of events and skip the report, click here.

Der Dutchman:

With weather conditions being close to ideal this past Thursday, attendance at the Der Dutchman cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio jumped back up to more than 300 cars. The weather forecast looks good for this coming Thursday so expect another big cruise-in.

Zucchinifest Car and Motorcycle Show:

On Friday evening the Zucchinifest Car and Motorcycle Show at Fortress Obetz in Obetz, Ohio registered more than 180 cars.

Best of Show went to a 1940 Woody Wagon with a Corvette engine. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Mayor's Choice award. Good thing Dale has a truck or it could have been a challenge getting that trophy home.

Richwood Bank Coffee and Cars Cruise-in:

Twenty-one cars spent a relaxing Saturday morning at the Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio. I left before the raffle drawing to make the drive over to Mechanicsburg.

The Flywheels Hot Rod Club of Marion hosted a car show at the Prospect Community Park in Prospect, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The Club expected to register around 50 cars and ended up registering 174 vehicles. Talk about exceeding expectations!

The Prospect Lions Club and several food vendors provided refreshments. There were commercial and craft booths scattered around the park. I'm told the park was a great location for a car show. Clean restrooms and plenty of trees to provide shade.

The Flywheels Hot Rod Club plans to make this an annual event. To see more photos from the Flywheel show, click here.

Mechanicsburg First Responders Car Show:

Ohio State's football home opener has generally been the first Saturday of September so I've never been able to attend the Mechanicsburg First Responders Car Show until this year.

The show is held on Main Street (Route 29) north of Route 4 all the way to the Route 29/559 junction. Main Street south of Route 4 is used for overflow parking. And this year the show needed every bit of overflow parking as it registered well over 200 cars.

I arrived in Mechanicsburg around 11:40 AM (registration opened at 11 AM) and I had to park at the very end of Main Street right at the Rt 29/559 junction. It was just about a quarter-mile walk from my car to the fire station to register. My advice is to arrive early if you want to park anywhere close to the action.

I didn't see a lot in the way of food vendors. Although to be honest I wasn't looking for any. I know there was food available at the fire station and there were a couple of refreshment stands. I know this because I bought ice tea at one.

The awards were a combination of custom-made and traditional trophies. There were a good number of special awards like Mayor's Choice, Most Original, Farthest Traveled, Best Engine, etc, along with "Top 45" trophies, a Runner-up Best of Show, and a Best of Show.

Runner-up Best of Show went to Sam Parks and his 1948 Chevrolet Pickup. The orange 1946 Ford Coupe belonging to Robert Kirst from Mansfield, Ohio took the Best of Show honors.

If you'd like to see more cars from the Mechanicsburg show, click here.

Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride at Ten Pin Alley:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride team were in Hilliard, Ohio Saturday at the Ten Pin Alley bowling establishment.

The show registered 82 vehicles. Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took The Best Truck Award. Best of Show went to Aaron Denney and his 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442.

The Italian Gathering:

On my way to the Dublin A.M. Rotary Classic Car Show on Sunday, I stopped by Wendy's International Headquarters in Dublin, Ohio to take some photos from the Italian Gathering. Boy, could you smell the money!

The event is organized by Evans Automotive and proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy's Wonderful Kids.

This is the first year that owners of the British manufactured McLaren could participate in the Italian Gathering. Personally, I think the organizers should relabel it the Exotic Gathering and allow the Porsches, Jaguars, and any other high-end foreign-manufactured cars to participate. I bet it would be a huge event.

Click here to see more photos from the Italian Gathering.

Dublin A.M. Rotary Classic Car Show:

After a year off because of Covid, the Rotary Club of Dublin A.M. held their second annual classic car show on Sunday in the public parking lots off Bridge Park Avenue in Dublin, Ohio.

This year the show registered 103 cars. The DJ again was Jason Nester, who in my opinion is one of the top two or three DJs in the area. Elvis was also in the parking lot along with the Poodle girls. The biggest complaint I heard was the lack of food vendors. If you wanted something to eat or drink the only choices were the restaurants adjacent to the parking lots.

The Dublin A.M. Rotary presented 30 "Favorite" trophies and a Best of Show. The Best of Show Award went to Mark Richmond with a 1967 Volkswagon Karmann Ghia Coupe.

Click this link for more photos from the Dublin A.M. Rotary Classic Car Show.

American Legion Southway Post 144 Labor Day Car Meet:

Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers were in south Columbus, Ohio on Monday hosting the Labor Day Car Meet at the American Legion Southway Post 144.

The American Legion Southway Post 144 is one of my favorite venues for a car show. It sits back off of South High Street. There's a long driveway to a big parking lot. You can park on the blacktop or you can park in the grass. There's plenty of shaded areas to escape the sun. What's really nice is the members of Post 144 appreciate the C-Town Cruisers hosting car shows at their establishment.

Getting back to the show, 90 cars registered Monday with another 10-20 cars showing up but not registering. Big Dawg presented trophies to the "Top 40" cars along with a Best Truck Award, a Best Rat Rod/Most Potential Award, a Most Patriotic Award, a Club Participation Award, the Larry Bickers Memorial Award, and a Best of Cruise.

The Larry Bickers Memorial Award went to Mike and Sandy Gibson and their 1947 Buick Super Convertible. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air belonging to Tom and Lynn Verfaillie took the Best of Cruise honors.

American Legion Southway Post 144 Labor Day Car Meet photos

I received a few photos from Monday's West Jefferson Ox Roast Car Show that was held in Garrett Park in West Jefferson, Ohio. It looks like the event registered around 140 cars. According to the flyer, there were trophies for the "Favorite" 35 and a Best of Show. If anyone knows who took the Best of Show Award or has information on any other shows in the area this past weekend, please feel free to post in the comments.

That's it for this week. I think I set a record with 520 photos taken over the three-day weekend. Whew!

I want to thank Dale Pearce, Cathy, and Mark Krist, Jeff Shankle, and Bryan Lewis for their help making this report.


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Another month of the season is in the books. Only two and half months of events left for this year.

This week's list includes events scheduled on Labor Day, and boy is this holiday weekend packed. The 10-day forecast calls for cooler temperatures. Let's hope it's accurate.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Although a drop of rain never fell on the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio Thursday evening, the weather around the area kept attendance down to 77 cars. I got caught in a downpour driving through Dublin, Ohio on my way to the cruise-in. My black Camaro needs a thorough washing this week as it's a mess.

Jay Vanscoy Car Show:

The Hilliard, Ohio Church of Christ hosted the first Annual Jay Vanscoy Car Show on Saturday. The show is a memorial to Jay Vanscoy, the son of Senior Minister Danny Vanscoy. Jay passed away in January.

The show registered 55 cars. The registration fee was $15 and included a tee-shirt, a very nice "goodie" bag, and a door prize raffle ticket.

The Church presented three awards, People's Choice, Preacher's Pick, and Best of Show. Here are the award-winning cars. See a common theme here?

To see more cars from the Jay Vanscoy Car Show, click here.

Plain City Classic Car Cruise-In:

Chapman Ford and the Uptown Plain City Organization hosted their 18th annual Plain City Classic Car Cruise-In in downtown Plain City, Ohio Saturday afternoon.

The event registered 135 vehicles. Ribbons were presented to the Top 40 cars. There were several special award trophies and a Best of Show.

This year's Best of Show Award went to Dave and Jane Winkle and their 1958 Chevy Corvette convertible.

Krieger Ford Mustang & Ford Car Show:

The Mustang Club of Ohio and Krieger Ford held their 47th Annual ALL Mustang and Ford Car Show on Sunday at the Krieger Ford Dealership in Columbus, Ohio.

As a Camaro and Corvette owner, the hour and a half I was at the show taking photos was tough on me, but for the good of the Central Ohio car community, I managed to hang in there long enough to get some nice photos.

In all seriousness, I saw a lot of very nice cars. By my unofficial count, there were between 125 and 130 cars registered. If you're into Mustangs and Fords or just cars in general, Krieger Ford was the place to be Sunday afternoon.

There was no overall Best of Show winner. Each Mustang and Ford was entered into a class based on model year, model, and mods. Awards were presented to the top cars in each class based on points.

Click here to see more cars from the Mustang and Ford show.

14th Annual Car Show at Culp Lake:

The car show at Culp Lake in Springfield, Ohio attracted 144 cars on Sunday. The show is in a park-like setting so there were plenty of trees around to escape some of the heat.

Other Area Shows:

  • Bob Pool Orphan Car Show in Yellow Springs, Ohio registered 98 cars on Saturday
  • Moundbuilders Motor Mania in Newark on Sunday had 68 cars participate in the show
  • Another big turn out for Columbus Cars and Coffee at Esoteric. Watch on YouTube.

If you have any information about other shows that took place this past weekend, please feel free to post them in the comments section.

Many thanks to Arch Mayer and Jeff Shankle for helping make this week's report.

Because of the holiday on Monday, next week's list of events will be posted on Tuesday.


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We close out another month of the season this week. Lots of events are on tap for the Fourth of July weekend. The big event will be the Firecracker July 4th Show in Urbana, Ohio. It will draw between 400 and 700 cars depending on the weather.

NEWS AND NOTES:

The First Friday event in downtown Delaware, Ohio is reserving the same block again this weekend for classic cars. Cars are asked to arrive between 5 PM and 6 PM. No cars will be allowed in after 6 PM, and no cars will be allowed to leave prior to 9 PM. This is first come first serve so if you're interested in participating, get there early.

The cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another big Thursday evening. Close to 60 Cobras from the Cobra Show in London, Ohio showed up at the cruise-in. Overall attendance for the evening topped 390 cars.

To see more photos from Thursday's Der Dutchman Cruise-In, click Here.

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smart Radio crew hosted the first-ever car show at The Point at Otterbein in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday. The show registered 57 cars.

One of the unique things offered by The Point was a canvas print of your vehicle from a favorite photo for $20. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, took advantage of the offer and had a print made of his truck. The end result turned out fantastic.

The Best of Show Award went to Jeff Fortner and his 1971 Buick GSX. Jeff's Buick has been on a "Hot Steak" lately. This is the third week in a row his car has received a well deserved top award.

If you've ever been to an Auto Smarts Radio show, you know Boots gives out a lot of "Category" awards. Click here to see some of the "Category" winners from the show.

Here are attendance numbers for some of the other area shows from this past weekend.

  • Surgergrove (Friday) - registered 80 cars
  • Marengo Methodist Church (Saturday) - registered 43 cars
  • Whitehall Church of the Nazarene (Sunday) - registered 60 cars.

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We start the fourth month of the season this week. Two car shows in Marion, Ohio and two Columbus Cars and Coffee meets highlight this week's list of events.

NEWS AND NOTES:

The weather during the first part of the Memorial day weekend played havoc with a number of events. Several were canceled or postponed. Those events that did brave the rain and cold temperatures obviously had less turnout than expected.

One of those shows that braved the weather on Saturday was Pepsi’s Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard, Ohio. Our friend Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup truck took the Best of Show award.

With improving weather on Sunday, the Moonshine Festival Car, Truck and Bike Show in New Straitsville, Ohio registered 83 vehicles. The car show associated with the swap meet in Springfield, Ohio had 45-50 cars in attendance.

With almost Ideal weather by Monday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers registered 120 cars at the American Legion Southway Post 144 Memorial Day Meet in Columbus. A lot of cars showed up at the event but didn’t register. By all guestimates, there may have been close to 200 cars at the Southway Post Monday afternoon.

The Best of Show award went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC 40.


Just when you thought June couldn’t get any busier, four more events were announced last week. This makes the total number of June events in Central Ohio at 47 right now not counting the ongoing shows and cruise-ins.

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I always consider the first weekend in April the “official” start of the Central Ohio car show season. Some may argue it starts in March but I consider those March events to be more like a Preseason.

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News and Notes:

On Friday evening, both the inaugural Marysville Muscle Cruise-In and Spring Car and Bike Show at Tony’s Bar and Grill in London, Ohio had good turnouts for early season shows.

The Spring show in London registered around 45 vehicles. The Best of Show award went to this Ghost Busters-themed Dodge Challenger.

Due to the recent behavior of some attendees, the organizers of Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center have decided to CANCEL the Saturday morning meets indefinitely. They hope to be back in the fall with new plans. Here’s their Facebook post. There are always some bad actors that spoil the fun for everyone.

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For the second week in a row, several cars received double awards. This time it was at the Heart of Ohio USA Days Car Show in Centerburg, Ohio.

The show presented metal signs to the Top 100 cars along with four special awards.

Two of the special award winners also received Top 100 awards. As I've said many times before, giving cars multiple awards is a great way to kill future attendance at your show.

And speaking of attendance, the event on Sunday registered 250 vehicles.

That's down from 387 last year but not bad considering there was a discussion at last year's award presentation that the 2018 show might be the last. I know flyers for this year's show didn't appear until the middle of August, less than a month before the event.

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