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1976 Pontiac Trans Am - Owner: Steve Wallace

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

For the third week in a row, attendance at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio broke the 300 mark. This week it was 325 to be exact.

Once again lots of great-looking cars and trucks were in attendance.

Mark your calendars. There will be a celebration of life for Wayne's late wife, Luella, on Thursday, June 8. Wayne would love to see 500 cars attend.

Heart of Grove City Spring Warm-Up Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Saunders and the C-Town Cruisers were in downtown Grove City, Ohio on Saturday hosting the Heart of Grove City Spring Warm-up Car Show.

The event had a good turnout registering 108 vehicles during the afternoon.

Quite a few heads were turned when Dale Pearce pulled up in a new mid-engine Corvette.

Rumors began circulating that Dale had lost his mind and traded in "Ole Blue" for the new Corvette. Those rumors were quickly put to rest when everyone realized Dale was driving Dan "Boots" Longenette's new Corvette. The best part was watching Dale try to get out of the car.

Getting back to the show, awards were presented to the "Top" 35 cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The "Best Of" awards included Best Bike, Best Truck, Best MoPo(Most Potential)/Rat Rod, Best Club Participation (Larry Bickers Memorial Award), Junior Cruiser Award, and of course Best of Show.

Here are the "Best Of" winners:

The Larry Bickers Award for Best Club Participation went to the Old Goats Car Club. Larry along with Paul and Lynn Raduege and Frank Russell were the original founding members of the club which is now around 240 members strong. Larry passed away several years ago and Paul passed away last year leaving Lynn and Frank as the remaining founding members.

Kenny G and Lynn Raduege accepting the Larry Bickers Memorial Award

The Best of Show Award went to our good friend, Dan Varner, with his 1964 "Survivor" Chevy Impala.

Here are the Top 35:

Moonshine Festival Car, Truck, and Bike Show

About 90 cars attended the Moonshine Festival Car, Truck, and Bike Show in downtown New Straitsville, Ohio on Sunday.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 took home the Best GM award.

Best of Show went to the 1954 Corvette belonging to Steve Kidwell and Nancy.

Ye Olde Mill Rod Run & Picnic:

The Newark Rodders Car Club hosted its 52nd Annual Rod Run & Picnic at the Velvet Ice Cream Ye Olde Mill in Utica, Ohio on Sunday.

The beautiful weather and ice cream brought out hundreds of cars to the event. Dave Bratton said he arrived at 9:45 in the morning and was number 369! The final registration number ended up being well over 400 cars.

The horse-drawn carriage arriving and departing did create a lot of dust for cars parked close to the road. And of course, this time of year the fuzz balls from the cottonwood trees are not car-friendly.

There was no Best of Show, however, there were two memorial trophies. One in honor of Barb Wilson who started the show 52 years ago and one for her grandson. The Barb Wilson Award went to Barry McPeek and his 1932 Ford Sedan. William Brown and his 1979 Mustang Pace Car received the Memorial Award for the grandson.

Dave Bratton was kind enough to share the photos he took at the Rod Run & Picnic.

Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap:

I had the pleasure of attending my first Memorial Day Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap in Mount Victory, Ohio on Monday.

What a nice way to spend Memorial Day. Registration was free and optional. There were 192 cars registered by 1 PM with probably another 50-75 cars in attendance that didn't register. There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Food trucks and the Methodist Church across Rt 31 were available for food and refreshments.

Almost all the residences around the show area allowed cars to park at the end of their front yard and driveway. There was one grumpy neighbor, however, who had his entire front yard taped off.

Mount Victory is best known for its antique shops. However, the most impressive display of memorabilia is the oil and gas collection contained in the outbuildings on Donald Houchin's property. It's definitely a walk back in time.

Here are some of the cars and scenes from the Mount Victory show:

Rogers Garage Memorial Day Car Meet:

Another Memorial Day car meet took place at Rogers Garage in Johnstown, Ohio. It's estimated that 200 or more cars attended the meet on Monday. Someone compared it to Der Dutchman on a slower night.

Here's a slideshow of the cars from that event:

Other Central Ohio Car Events:

  • The Memorial Day Car Show in downtown Lithopolis, Ohio hosted by the C-Town Cruisers registered 175 vehicles. Best of Show went to Bob Kraft and his 1955 Chevy 210.

  • The Pauley Family Car Show Benefit in Sabina, Ohio on Sunday had about 50 cars in attendance.
  • The New Holland Community Park Celebration Day Car Show registered 75 cars on Saturday.
  • On Saturday, the Feast of the Flowering Moon Cruise-In in Downtown Chillicothe, Ohio broke the 100 mark with 104 cars.
  • I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Three days of beautiful weather made for a lot of cars and lots of visitors. Our good friend, Jeff Shankle, posted over 450 photos from the event on his Facebook page. Here's just a small sample of the cars from the weekend.

Whew! A Holiday weekend and great weather made for an exceptionally long report this week. Next week will return to our regularly scheduled Monday posting and a little shorter report.

I want to thank Dale Pearce, Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Jeff Shankle, Bryan Mauer, Kevin Foust, and Phil Monroe for their contributions to this week's report.

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1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille - Owner: Jeff Tolley

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The King of Thursday evening cruise-ins had another big turnout this week. Breaking last week's number by one car with 323 in attendance.

Dan "Boots" Longenette from Auto Smarts Radio brought his brand new 2023 Corvette Stingray to the cruise-in.

Mark your calendars. There will be a celebration of life for Wayne's late wife, Luella, on Thursday, June 8. Wayne would love to see 500 cars attend.

Friday Night Cruise-In Hilliard NAPA Autoparts:

About 40 cars showed up on Friday evening for the cruise-in in front of the NAPA Autoparts store on Main Street in Hilliard, Ohio.

There was a nice mixture of classic, muscle, domestic, and imported cars.

Empty Pockets Armed Forces Day Car Show:

The Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski VFW Memorial Post 4931 in Columbus, Ohio was the site of the annual Empty Pockets Car Club Armed Forces Day Car Show on Saturday.

Rain showers in the morning got the show off to a slow start. The final registration number reached 66 cars. There were door prizes and two 50/50 drawings. Food for sale was provided by the VFW post.

The club presented 45 "Favorite" awards, four "Special" awards, and a Best of Show.

The "Special" awards included Sponsor's Choice, DJ's Choice, Post Pick, and Most Patriotic.

The Best of Show award went to Michelle O'Sullivan with a 1956 Desoto Firedome.

Cruisin' with the King:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club hosted its second show of the season Saturday evening at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.

The club registered 53 cars with about a dozen or more in attendance that did not register.

There were door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a guess the number of candy pieces in the jar contest for the kids.

Each month, the club picks its "Favorite" 15 from the cars that registered. Here are this month's Favorites:

Boy Scout Troop 412 Car & Bike Show:

Boy Scout Troop 412 hosted a car & bike show in Grove City, Ohio on Saturday. Just like the Empty Pockets show, things got off to a slow start because of the morning rain.

The scout troop registered 48 cars and presented 24 awards.

Gus O'Day and his 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan went home with the Best of Show award.

VFW Post 8794 Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers were in Whitehall, Ohio on Sunday to host the VFW Post 8794 Car Show.

Fifty-eight cars attended the event. Awards included the VFW Post's top 30 picks and Best of Show.

The Best of Show award went to Jerry Keck and his 1941 Willys Coupe.

2023 All Ford Show:

The Mustang Club of Ohio held its annual All Ford Show at the Kreiger Ford dealership in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday. Registration was limited to 200 cars and was SOLD OUT well ahead of the event.

I'm excited to report that one of our good friends, Arch Mayer, and his 2004 Ford Mustang convertible Saleen Edition took the overall Best of Show honors. Congratulations to Arch!

Martinsburg Activity Center Car Show:

The 13th Annual Martinsburg Activity Center Car Show took place in Martinsburg, Ohio on Sunday.

The event had a larger-than-expected turnout of 130 cars. Even though registration was "officially" from 8 AM to Noon, some cars got there as early as 6:30 in the morning.

Scott McClure who is the general manager of Westerville Automotive and a regular on the Auto Smart Radio Show was the MC and organizer of the show.

The show awarded a total of 53 trophies. Included in the 53 awards were a Firefighters pick and Best of Show.

The Firefighters pick went to Paul Burkett with a 1948 Chevy pickup. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air belonging to Cliff Warner took the Best of Show honors.

British Car Days:

Quaker Steak and Lube on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio was the site of the Annual British Car Day Show on Sunday. This year the show registered 181 cars.

Tim Hooten's 1964 MG B Roaster received a First Place award in the MG-B-Chrome class.

I'm going to conclude this week's News and Notes with a little slide show of some of the cars that participated in this past week's Central Ohio events. Other than some rain showers Saturday morning, the weather was great. Watch closely, you might see your car or truck.


A big shout out to Dale Pearce, Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Tim Hooten, and Jeff Shankle for their contributions to this week's report. You guys are the best!

Note: Next week's list will be out on Tuesday because of the Monday Holiday. Everyone have a safe Holiday weekend.

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1976 Plymouth Duster - Owner: Matt Strauss

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Perfect weather this past Thursday resulted in 322 cars turning out for the Der Dutchman weekly cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio.

Per usual, there was a great variety of fantastic rides. Here is a small sampling.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Monthly Car Show:

The Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts monthly car show was a little shorter this month thanks to rain that started about an hour into the show. The event still managed to raise $70 for the local food pantries.

This month's Manager's Picks were:

Spring Fling All Corvette Show:

Despite morning drizzle, the Chosen Few Corvette Club still managed to have over 200 cars attend its Spring Fling All Corvette Show at Quaker Steak and Lube in Columbus, Ohio.

Bling Amobi Breezy's Corvette received the Manager's Choice Award. The Longest Distance Traveled award went to a Corvette owner from Austin Texas.

Carroll Lions Car Show:

With the help of the C-Town Cruisers, the Carroll Lions Club held its car show in downtown Carroll, Ohio on Saturday. The show had over 40 cars in attendance.

The Best of Show honors went to Brianna and Dylan Elsmore and their 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger.

Conkey Classic Car Show:

The third annual Conkey Classic Car Show took place on Saturday at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard, Ohio. The event registered 37 cars. The Best of Show award went to Mike Mathews and his 1947 Ford Special Deluxe.

Yabo's Tacos Weekly Car Meet:

Yabo's Tacos in Powell, Ohio had about 25 cars show up Saturday evening for its weekly car meet. The mix of cars included classics, muscle, and imports.

One car owner having an issue with his car's AC unit created the most excitement during the evening when he ran up and over a set of ramps he just happen to have in his car. Another car owner came to the rescue with a car jack. I can't say I've ever seen that happen before at a car event.

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

Frank Russell and the Crossroads Event team hosted the only judged show on Sunday at the Wings and Rings Restaurant in Lewis Center, Ohio.

The show registered 35 cars. Mark Lester's 1967 Camaro took the Best Car Award. The Best of Show honors went to Dave Bratton with a 1937 Ford convertible.

Here are a few more cars from the show you might recognize:

Due to the rain Saturday morning, the Columbus Cars & Coffee Meet at Esoteric Fine Auto Detailing in New Albany, Ohio has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday (May 20).


A big thanks to Dale Pearce, Bling Amobi Breezy, Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Jeff Shankle, and Katie Marie for their contributions to this week's report.

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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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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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1954 Corvette - Owners: Steve Tidwell & Nancy

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Last week we lost another Central Ohio Cruiser. Calvin Rowland Jr of Urbana passed away on April 21, 2023, after a battle with cancer.

Many of you will recognize Calvin by his 1952 Chevy and 1987 GMC pickups. Calvin participated in shows all over Central Ohio with his trucks.

Our condolences go out to his family. Calvin will be missed.

Paul Radeuge Memorial Car Show:

Despite less than-ideal weather for a car show, some 60-plus cars attended the Paul Radeuge Memorial Car Show on April 23rd at the Outerbelt Brewing in Carroll, Ohio.

The Best of Show award went to Blake Behrens and his 1949 Chevy Business Coupe.

Import Face-Off (Spring):

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Import Face-Off may well be the second largest car event in Central Ohio after Goodguys.

Check out these photos from the event posted on the "TheFloat" website. The crowd is very impressive considering how cold and dreary it was that day.

For the second year in a row, the C6 Corvette belonging to Bling Amobi Breezy of the Street Kingz Car Club took Best Install and Best in Show at the Import Face-Off. Congratulations!

Logan Church of the Nazarene Car & Vendor Show:

Early morning showers didn't stop 40 cars from participating in the Logan Church of the Nazarene Car & Vendor Show on Saturday in Logan, Ohio.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Best Antique Truck award.

The Best of Show award went to Greg Simons and his 1962 Mercury Monterey.

Dick Ater Memorial Jaguar Jubilee:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride crew presided over the Dick Ater Memorial Jaguar Jubilee Car Show in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday.

The show registered 70 vehicles. The show featured a nice silent auction with many items made from cut steel. Refreshments were provided by 4-5 food trucks on site. As you can see from the photo below, some of the awards presented were not your typical trophy or plaque.

Here's a small slideshow of some of the cars from the Dick Ater Jaguar Jubilee. A big thanks to Dave Bratton for sharing his photos from the show.

Masonic Lodge 475/VFW 3761 Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their first show of the season on Sunday in Baltimore, Ohio. The show had approximately 35 cars in attendance. Dale Pearce's 1950 3100 Chevy pickup took home the Best of Show honors. Dale had a very good weekend.

Finally, our good friend, Phil Monroe, and his 1971 Dodge Challenger RT received the Peoples Choice Award at the London Walmart Show on Sunday.

If anyone participated in the Toy Barn Car Show on Sunday, please share your experience in the comment section. I'm sure there was a good crowd there.


Special thanks to Dave Bratton, Dale Pearce, Anthony Musick, and Bling Amobi Breezy for their help in putting together this week's report.

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