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Here is this week's Central Ohio car events. There's a nice choice of events on tap for Saturday.

News and Notes:

BREAKING NEWS: The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In scheduled for August 20 -22 in Dublin, Ohio has been canceled. Read the details from Kevin Gadd.

I stopped by the Empty Pockets Good Time Cruise-In for a couple of hours on Saturday. I counted about 50 cars in attendance while I was there. The cruise-in provided a nice opportunity to touch base with some friends I hadn't seen since last fall. The Hilliard Memorial VFW provided food and drink to anyone interested in purchasing refreshments. It turned out to be great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon.

The most intriguing vehicle at the cruise-in was this 4th generation Camaro convertible with a '69 front and rear end. The car was purchased at a Mecum auction

Der Dutchman was down about 100 cars from the previous two weeks because of the weather.

Ron Griffith (1950 Ford F1 pickup), Dan Fannin (1971 Chevy Chevelle), and Ron Graham (1974 Pontiac GTO) picked up awards at the July Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show.

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise & Ride Other Guys Car Show at Massey's Pizza in Heath, Ohio registered 117 cars on Sunday. Tom Stewart's orange Chevy pickup took the Best of Show award.

From what I hear, the AD Farrow/Rabid Customs Rods and Handle Bars Show in Sunbury, Ohio on Saturday evening had a packed house. Lots of cars and lots of bikes turned out for the event.

There weren't many changes this week to the Save the Dates for 2020 page. It still remains the most comprehensive list of future Central Ohio car events so check it out when you have a chance.


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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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For the first time this season, there's a Central Ohio car event every day of the week. As per usual, the events could change as we get closer to the weekend.

This week will see the return of the Der Dutchman cruise-ins. Since this will be a special kickoff to the cruise-ins, Wayne Nisly is asking everyone interesting in attending to RSVP via email to wayne@wnisly.com.

News and Notes:

There is positive news regarding the 38th Annual Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In scheduled for August 20-22 in Dublin, Ohio. Last week the Dublin City Council approved all permit requests along with doubling their grant to help procure PPE and market the event. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the show is a GO!

Creative Towing and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted their third show of the season on Friday. With picture-perfect weather, the show had a good turn out with 47 registered cars. Over $500 was raised to help with medical expenses for Jeff Shankle's business partner. CLICK HERE, for photos from the show and this month's award winners.

On Sunday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted a show at the VFW Post 8794 in Whitehall, Ohio. The event registered 139 vehicles. Best of Show honors went to Pam Shankle with a 1936 Plymouth Business Coupe.

We should learn the fate of the Goodguys PPG Nationals this week. A decision as to whether or not the event will take place as scheduled will be made no later than June 17 according to the GoodGuys website.

UPDATE: It's official. The Goodguys PPG Nationals has been canceled for 2020. https://ohioexpocenter.com/event/goodguys-18th-ppg-hot-rod-custom-car-nationals/

The Save the Dates for 2020 page underwent a major clean up this week. ALL the canceled events have been removed. This should make it easier to find shows and cruise-ins still on the schedule as the page was becoming a sea of red cancellations.


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When I posted last week's list of events, there wasn't much on the schedule at the start of the week. By the end of the week, however, two events had been canceled and five new events added. I think this is going to be the norm for the rest of the season so check back often, especially towards the end of the week.

News and Notes:

BREAKING NEWS: I Just received messages from two readers that there will be NO Jack Maxton Friday Night Cruise-Ins this year. Word has it the dealership will be under new ownership soon.

The one and only cruise I've done so far this year is the Senior Celebration Street Cruise and Great Garage Door Contest in Obetz. The purpose of the cruise was to honor the Senior Graduates of Hamilton Township High School and the senior citizens of Obetz. It was an interesting cruise in that it offered awards for Best Paint, Most Unique, Best Modern, Best Classic, Best Overall, and Best Motorcycle as voted on by the spectators along the cruise route. There was also a participation award advertised for all those that registered for the cruise.

My car wasn't selected for any of the special awards, however, I did receive a $25 BP gas card in the mail this week for participating in the cruise. Not bad for a 45 minutes drive around Obetz!

The beautiful weather this weekend, especially on Sunday, made it all but impossible to shelter at home.

Two car meets on Sunday, one at the Target store in Powell, Ohio, and the other at the Coldstone Creamery on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, took advantage of the nice weather to attract more than 130 cars. I stopped by both meets to take photos and reconnect with friends.

After a two month absence, Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman and the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio held it's first cruise-in of the year. With 148 vehicles in attendance, the cruise-in has the distinction of being the biggest event so far in Central Ohio.

Cars & Coffee: After shutting down for twelve weeks due to the coronavirus, Columbus Cars and Coffee at Lennox Town Center is considering starting back up this weekend. Nothing has been officially set in stone so stay tuned. The other Columbus Cars and Coffee has the Esoteric Open house on its schedule. I spoke with a team member from Esoteric on Monday and they're still undecided about hosting the event this Saturday. I hope to post updates on both events later in the week.

Der Dutchman Plain City: Just received a text from Wayne Nisly Monday evening. He's got approval to start the Der Dutchman cruise-ins on June 18. Yippee!

A few more events were added to the Save the Dates for 2020 page this week. The most notable of these is the Empty Pockets Cruisers Armed Forces Day show. The show has been rescheduled for August 8. Unfortunately, there were also some cancellations. This page is still updated pretty much daily so check-in often.


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Here are the Central Ohio events I've found for this last weekend in May.

Even though it's still listed on Old Ride, I can confirm the Cruising To The Point Show Presented by Auto Smarts Radio has been canceled. The same goes for the S.A.L Spring Fling and Bike Rally in Lancaster.

If this past weekend is an omen for how the rest of the season is going to go, I strongly recommend checking back here often. There were events canceled right before and during the weekend. There were events that changed dates then changed back again, and there were events announced with less than 24 hours notice. By Memorial day my head was spinning trying to keep up with all the changes.

News and Notes:

The 2020 London Strawberry Festival was officially canceled last Thursday. The annual Cobra show that coincides with the festival was canceled a few weeks earlier. The fate of the Strawberry Festival Car and Motorcycle show is still up in the air. As of now, the plan is to still have the show although the location may change. Stay tuned for more info.

In a sign the season may be returning to some level of normality, four events were announced over the weekend. These include:

For a list of future events, cancellations, and postponements, check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page. The page is being updated almost every day.

Update: Marty Ruiz was kind enough to send the link to the photos he took at the "unofficial" Mount Victory car show on Memorial Day. Marty guessed about 80 cars showed up to support the local shops.

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Here's the list of car events for this weekend in Central Ohio.

I reached out to the Mid Ohio and C-Town Cruisers regarding the status of their events. I haven't heard anything back from either club as of this posting. I did hear it from a friend who heard from another friend that the Mid Ohio Cruisers were planning to have another cruise this month instead of a show. I don't have any info on the cruise other then it will take place Saturday evening (Click the Mid Ohio Cruisers link below for cruise info).

UPDATE: The C-Town Cruiser events for this weekend have been canceled.

I contacted the folks at Geer Gas on Monday. Their show is still on for Saturday but it will be a food drive car show. They are sending me a new flyer on Tuesday. UPDATE: The Geer Gas show has been rescheduled to May 23.

In a sign that things may be getting back to some semblance of normal, online registration for the 38th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show in Dublin, Ohio is now open. Click Here to pre-register your vehicles.

And finally, check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for an up-to-date list of cancellations, postponements, and rescheduled events. I'm updating this page almost daily.

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Here's what's going on in Central Ohio for Mother's Day weekend. This list could change as we move closer to the weekend so check back often.

Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for an up-to-date list of cancellations, postponements, and rescheduled events.

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UPDATE: I did get confirmation that the Knox Cars & Coffee Season Opener has been canceled. The Marysville Car Meet has been postponed until May 9th.

I promised to start the weekly Upcoming Events posts in April and I am a man of my word.

As you can see, a number of events scheduled for this weekend have been canceled or postponed as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown. I have reached out to the Knox Cars & Coffee and the Marysville Car Meet folks to confirm the status of their events. As of this writing, I have not heard back from either group. If you have any information about these meets, please post the info in the comments section.

If you do decide to venture out to either event (assuming they're still on), please use common sense and keep the recommended distance from other people.

Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of future events that will hopefully take place once the spread of the virus slows and social distancing guidelines are relaxed.

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If you've got a good case of cabin fever or are just itching for a car show, Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts will be holding their first show of the season this Friday (March 13, 2020).

The show will take place at the Advanced Auto Parts store at 1005 Delaware Avenue (Rt 36) in Marysville, Ohio. Registration is from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with awards presented between 7:30 and 8:00 PM. Registration is Free! All proceeds from door prize sales and 50/50 raffle go to support local charities.

The weather forecast calls for rain in the morning but it should be out of the area by the start of the show. Temperatures look to be considerably warmer than they were for the last Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show last November. I'm told the wheelbarrow fire pit is still available if needed.

Any questions regarding the show, please contact Jeff Shankle (614-679-2287).

For a list of future Central Ohio car events, please check out The Save the Dates for 2020 page.

The Mid Ohio Cruisers will kick off the 2020 Central Ohio car show season this coming Saturday, January 18, 2020, with their annual Snowball Cruise.

The Cruise hours will be from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Burger King restaurant located at 1044 Delaware Avenue in Marysville, Ohio.

As in past years, the club will present three Snowball awards to their favorite vehicles that risk the bad weather and salty roads to attend the show. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Come join the fun this Saturday and hang out with friends you haven't seen since the last car show season.