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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.

2003 Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor - Owner: Drew Goings

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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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