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This week has a full slate of shows on Saturday. Sunday is a little light because of Father's Day.

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NEWS AND NOTES

This week's report covers a wide area of shows from Coshocton to Urbana, Ohio.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The restaurant's weekly cruise-in had the largest attendance so far this season with 413 cars.

This week's cruise-in was a memorial to loved ones who are no longer here. A table was set up by the food/registration shack so that people could display memories of their friends, family members, or whoever they wanted to remember.

Wayne Nisly who manages the cruise-in announced that milkshakes have been added to the menu.

This week's unique/unusual vehicle award goes to Charlie O'Neill and Tom Thompson for their Burgundy Bandit. The entire place paused for a moment when they fired it up to take it off the trailer.

Empty Pockets Cruisers Dave & Busters Car & Bike Show:

The last time the Empty Pockets Cruisers Car Club hosted a car show at Dave & Buster's Restaurant in Hilliard, Ohio was June 13, 2021. After a two-year hiatus and a completely remodeled Dave & Buster's, the club returned on Saturday to host another car show at the restaurant.

This year the club registered 109 cars. Jim McGruder was again the DJ and MC for the show.

The club presented a total of 50 award plaques. There were 45 "Favorite" awards plus five "Specialty" awards. The "Specialty" awards included Favorite Motorcycle, DJ's Choice, Dave & Buster's Choice, Sponsors Choice, and Empty Pockets Cruisers Choice, a.k.a Best of Show.

The Favorite Motorcycle went to William Russell with a 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide.

The 25th Anniversary 1992 Chevy Camaro RS belonging to Mark Schlueb received Dave & Buster's Choice Award.

Jim McGruder's DJ's Choice went to Christopher Gibbs with a 2016 Dodge Challenger Shaker 392.

Rod Scott and his 1958 Dodge D-100 Sweptside pickup received the Sponsors Choice.

The Empty Pockets Cruisers Choice (a.k.a Best of Show) was Robert Rutowkski's 1971 Pontiac GTO.

Immaculate Conception Parish Car Show:

The Immaculate Conception Parish in Columbus, Ohio held its 6th annual Car Show on Saturday.

The show registered 38 cars. There was a total of nine awards, Five trophies for People's Choice and four "Show Favorite". The People's Choice awards included Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, Best Overall and "Cutest".

Best Interior went to John Hughes with a 1966 Volkswagon.

Jack Leffel's 1940 Ford pickup received the Best Engine Award. You may remember Jack's pickup from the May 28 to June 2, 2024 News and Notes where it was picked as the Unique/Unusual vehicle at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In.

The 1966 Corvette belonging to Fred Davis was voted Best Paint.

Dave Bratton's 1937 Wild Rod Ford was voted "Best Overall", a.k.a Best of Show.

Here are more cars from the show:

Cruise-In • Brews 2024:

The Pickerington Lions Clubs and Combustion Brewery & Taproom with the help of Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted the 2024 Cruise-In • Brews Car Show on Saturday in Pickerington, Ohio.

There were 100 cars in attendance. Best of Show went to Doug Porter and his 1966 Chevy Nova.

Corvettes at Roscoe Village:

I don't normally list or cover shows east of Newark, Ohio. But I make an exception for the All-Corvette Show at Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio. As you'll see, there's plenty of interest in this event from Central Ohio cruisers to include it on the list each year.

The show is put on by the Classic Glass Corvette Club. The historical Roscoe Village makes a very unique venue for a car show.

This year the club registered 187 Corvettes. Awards were presented for first, second, and third place for each generation of Corvette except for the 8th generation. That generation had a 4th place award. There were also "Specialty" Awards and a Best of Show.

Here are the Central Ohio cruisers that won awards:

Quentin Sayers received the 2nd Place Award in the C3 Category for his 1969 Corvette.

2nd Place in the C5 Category also went to Quentin Sayer for his 2000 Corvette driven by Miss M.

Jim McGruder's 2020 Corvette Stingray received 4th Place in the C8 Category.

3rd Place in the C8 Category went to Jeff Irwin's 2024 Corvette Z06.

Steve Kidwell and Nancy received the Classic Glass Corvette Club Choice for their 1954 Corvette.

The Street Elite Corvette Club received the Club Participation Award.

David Hahn and his 1954 Corvette took home The Best of Show honors.

Overall, it was a well-organized show at a unique venue. My only complaint which is common to most downtown shows is not being able to hear the PA announcements if you happen to be parked at the far ends of the street. I missed the first part of the award ceremony for that very reason.

Here are more Corvettes from the show:

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1993 Ford Mustang LX Convertible - Owner: Steve Shorten

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NEWS AND NOTES

We have a celebrity Corvette among us. Craig Grunkemeyer's 1969 Corvette is featured in the December issue of Corvette Magazine.

Craig said this all came about when a photographer at the Goodguys after-hours party at the Crown Plaza noticed his Corvette and asked to do a photoshoot of his car. He and the photographer drove to a location off of Busch Boulevard to take the photos. The editors of the magazine liked the photos and Craig's car so much they chose to include an article about it in the December edition. Congrats Craig!

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Rain showers on Thursday, which at times came down very hard, spoiled the final cruise-in of the season at Der Dutchman.

About 40 dedicated cruisers or depending on your perspective crazy cruisers turned out for the last cruise-in. Because of the weather conditions, there was no food. However, those who did stop by were treated to one of the restaurant's cream-filled Long John donuts.

The banquet is this coming Thursday and will finish the season for the cruise-in.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Massey's Pizza:

On Saturday, Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride team hosted its second to last show of the season at Massey's Pizza in Grove City, Ohio.

With picture-perfect weather, the show registered 107 vehicles.

I didn't count the number of trophies Boots awarded at the end of the show, but as you can see from the photo it was not a small number.

It would take way too long to list all the award winners therefore I'm going to keep it to the "Special" category winners.

BEST INTERIOR: 1969 Chevy Camaro - Owners: Jim & Cheryl Cooper

BEST PAINT: 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe - Owner: Gus O'Day

BEST ENGINE: 1967 Chevy Nova - Owner: Dick DeStefano

BEST TRUCK: 1971 Chevy K5 Blazer - Owner: Mike Lowe

MOTTS' PICK: 1957 Chevy Bel Air - Owner: Judy Covington

DJ'S PICK: 1991 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Grady Maynard

MANAGER'S PICK: 1954 Packard Cavalier - Owner: Dan Williams

BOOTS' PICK: 1957 Chevy Bel Air - Owner: David Elliott

BEST OF SHOW: 1968 Chevy Chevelle - Owner: Andrew Van Ert

Keeler & Nadler Cars & Coffee:

Keeler & Nadler Family Weath in Dublin, Ohio hosted cars & coffee Saturday morning.

About 30 cars rolled through the cruise-in. I received word that a lot of newer Corvettes showed up.

Here are some of the cars that attended the Keeler & Nadler cars and coffee:

JSB Home Solutions Car Show:

JSB Home Solutions out of Canal Winchester, Ohio hosted its second annual Car Show on Saturday.

Attendance for this year's show was around 50 cars.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Owner's Pick. A rumor is floating around that Dale needed assistance getting up from that kneeling position. 😎

Westerville Special Olympics Car Show:

Roush Honda Used Car Company in Westerville, Ohio sponsored a car show on Sunday supporting Westerville Special Olympics.

The show registered more than 70 cars which is very respectable for a first-time event.

In addition to the car registration, there were 50/50 and door prize raffles. A fair number of the door prizes were $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. Two food trucks were parked behind the Roush building offering food and refreshments.

Three trophies were presented at the end of the show. The trophies included a People's Choice, Athlete's Choice, and Roush Employees' Choice.

The organizers promise to have more awards next year.

Billy Bush's 2015 Dodge Challenger RT received the Athlete's Choice Award.

The Roush Employees' Choice went to Patric Shaw and his rat rod.

Rod Scott and his 1958 Desoto Firedome Sportsman went home with the People's Choice Award.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Moose Lodge 1427:

The Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride Tour finished out the season at Moose Lodge 1427 in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.

There were 51 cars in attendance so everyone went home a winner.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Kidspalooza Car Show in Circleville, Ohio on Saturday registered 141 cars. Ted Tickle and his 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 received a Top 10 award. Nice award by the way.
  • Dale Pearce helped organize a small car show at the StoryPoint Senior Living Center in Pickerington, Ohio this past Thursday. Schon Crouse received Best of Show with his 1967 Pontiac and Lynn Raduege took 2nd Place with her 427 Roush Mustang.
  • While it's not a Central Ohio car event, the Pumpkin Run Nationals took place this past weekend at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, Ohio. Jeff Shankle attended the event and posted tons of photos to his Facebook page. If you're interested in seeing vehicles from the Pumpkin Run, here are the links to Jeff's photos. Please Note: a Facebook account is required.

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
  • Craig Grunkemeyer

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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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Attendance this week was quite a contrast from the previous week. Only 147 cars turned out. I think the weather forecast kept a lot of folks home. It called all day for a 40% chance of rain around 6 PM. The rain did eventually come, but it was well after the cruise-in was over. Wayne drew the raffle tickets early so everyone could get home before the rain.

Market District Grandview Yard Giant Eagle POP-UP Car Show:

The Giant Eagle in the Market District in Grandview, Ohio was the site of a pop-up car show on Friday evening hosted by Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers.

Awards were presented to the "Top 25" cars plus Best of Show.

The Best of Show award went to David Elliott and his 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

Cruisin' With the Mayor:

Cruisin' with the Mayor was another show that took place on Friday evening in West Jefferson, Ohio.

The show registered 66 cars. There were four awards, Mayor's Choice, 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place. All the winners received plaques and gift cards to Flyers Pizza.

The Mayor's Choice went to Eric and Beth Vacheresse and their 1969 F100 Ford Ranger.

First Place went to Mike Sullivan and his 1953 International R-132.

Second place went to a 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible. Sorry, I don't have the owner's name.

Our good friend, Russ Annis, picked up the Third Place award with his 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Commercial Point Homecoming & Fish Fry Car and Bike Show:

The Commercial Point, Ohio Men's Club set an attendance record on Saturday with 175 registered cars. Add in the cars that didn't register and attendance was well over 200 cars.

Three-foot trophies for the "Top 25" attracted a lot of really nice vehicles.

My only complaint with the show was the 35 minutes I stood in line to register. That process really needs to be streamlined for next year. Although in all fairness, I don't think the Men's Club expected that many cars.

Everyone who registered a car received a sheet of paper with the list of criteria used for judging. Vehicle cleanliness and presentation were two of the top criteria. To get the best score, the hoods had to be open and if the vehicle had a trunk it also had to be open.

Here are the top award winners:

TOP BIKE: 2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide - Owner: Jay Bethel
TOP TRUCK: 1946 Chevy Pickup - Owner: Kevin Marshall

MEN'S CLUB CHOICE: 1946 Ford Coupe - Owner: Bob Kirst

The BEST OF SHOW award went to Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge WC40 Military Pickup

Here are some of the other beautiful rides that attended the show:

Puerto Rico Mission Trip Car Show:

The Mountain View Christian Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio held a car show on Saturday to help raise money for a hurricane relief mission to Puerto Rico.

The show registered 57 cars. There were 16 Sponsor's Choice awards. The door prizes were awarded after the trophy presentation and after many of the participants had already left.

Here are some of the cars from the show.

To see more cars from the Puerto Rico Mission Trip Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Leon's Garage Dad's Day Car Show:

Leon's Garage in Marysville, Ohio hosted its first-ever Dad's Day Car Show on Sunday.

Parking was limited so pre-registration was requested by the restaurant. As it turned out, there were a few spaces available at the start of the show so some cars were able to register the day of.

The band Radio City played classic rock music on the patio during the afternoon.

There were games and kids' activities. And of course, food and beverages could be purchased from the restaurant.

The total number of registered cars reached 37. The show presented awards to the "Top Five" cars along with a Best of Show.

Here are the "Top Five" winners:

James Elsmore took home the Best of Show honors with his absolutely pristine 1964 Plymouth Belvedere Station Wagon.

Auto Smarts Cruise & Ride at Moose Lodge 1427:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Team were at Moose Lodge 1427 in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday hosting a car show to raise money for Honor Flight. A 91-year-old Korean War Veteran spoke to the crowd about how much it meant to him to have gone on an Honor Flight.

The show registered 57 cars.

Boots' Pick went to Dan Varner and his 1963 1/2 Mercury Marauder Fastback S-55.

Craig Grunkemeyer's 1969 Chevy Corvette received the Best of Show honors.

Dave Bratton was kind enough to share the photos he took from the show. Here's a slideshow of his photos. Pay close attention, you just may see your car.

Other Area Shows:

  • David Fravel and his 1963 Chevy Impala SS received the Best of Show award at the Outerbelt Brewery Father's Day Car Show in Carroll, Ohio on Sunday.
  • Farrow Harley-Davidson in Sunbury, Ohio had another big turnout for its Hod Rod and Handlebars Show on Saturday evening.

Thanks to Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Craig Grunkemeyer, Arch Mayer, and Russ Annis, for contributing to this week's report.

I hope everyone has a great week.

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