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1970 Chevy Camaro (All Original) - Owner: Bill Dennis

We celebrate the 4th of July on Thursday with two shows in the area, the annual Firecracker Car, Truck & Bike Show in Urbana, Ohio, and the C-Town Cruisers at the American Legion Canteen Post 144 in Columbus.

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NEWS AND NOTES

The weather forecast mid-week called for a 90% chance of rain with the possibility of severe storms on Saturday. It was enough to make two events originally scheduled for Saturday move to Sunday. But once again the weather forecasters got it wrong. There was little to no rain throughout much of Central Ohio and there weren't any severe storms. However, many cruisers expecting wet conditions stayed home on Saturday including myself.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

What a difference a week makes. With the temperature back in the low 80s and humidity about half of what it was the week before, attendance at the cruise-in shot up to 332 cars.

Just a reminder there is NO "official" cruise-in this week because of the July 4th Holiday. Wayne Nisly sent out the following email:

Honda Marysville Motorsports Bike & Car Night Meet-Up:

The were about 20 cars and roughly the same number of bikes at the meet-up on Friday evening.

I took advantage of the free food from the Triple P Barbecue Co. food truck and ordered a BBQ bacon burger and tater tots. It was a pretty good burger and who doesn't like tater tots?

A few of the bike owners took the opportunity to have their bikes dyno'd. The one below made a max of 82 hp.

It's always interesting to see what cars are available at Luxury Performance Sport next door.

Prairie Township Fire Department Fish Fry & Friday Cruise-In:

The Prairie Township Fire Department Hosted its annual Fish Fry and Cruise-in on Friday evening.

The cruise-in registered 118 cars this year. There were 40 "Favorite" Awards plus 10 Specialty Trophies.

Arch Mayer's 1997 Ford Cobra received a "Favorite 40" Award.

The Fire Chief's Choice was the 1957 Chevy Bel Air belonging to Jim Loftus.

Best of Show honors went to Dave Bratton and his 1937 Ford Wild Rod.

Conkey Classic Car Show:

Originally scheduled for May 11, the Conkey Classic Car Show was rescheduled for Sunday, June 30, because of the weather.

The show took place at Weaver Park at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard, Ohio. It honors the memory of Lou, Judy, and Dave Conkey who passed away from COVID-19 in 2020. Proceeds from the show go to the Conkey Memorial Foundation which assists persons with medical conditions and challenges.

Registration was $10 and included a chance to win one of the door prizes. There was also raffle prizes along with a 50/50 drawing. Multiple vendors had booths set up along the back fence of Weaver Park.

A total of 121 cars, trucks, and bikes were registered so it turned out to be a smart move to change the date to June 30. The weather was almost perfect for this time of year.

There were 15 "Specialty" car Awards and a Best of Show. There were also award plaques for the sponsors and awards for those who had participated in consecutive Conkey Classic shows. The kids also received awards for their Hula Hoop skills.

Here are the "Specialty" Award winners:

The Best Display Award went to Jeff Ward's 2002 Chevy S10 "Low Rider"

The Mojo Car Club received the Club Participation Award.

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

Final Thoughts: Weaver Park at the Franklin County Fairgrounds is not the ideal venue for a car show in my opinion. The grass area is rough with multiple potholes and tree roots above ground. A show participant tripped in one of the holes on Sunday and fell. The individual had to be transported to the hospital by EMS with the likelihood of a broken arm. The rest of the car show season is probably ruined for this person. With many of us cruisers up there in age, the last thing needed is a surface with a high potential to cause a fall. The organizers of the Conkey Show or any show for that matter should consider moving away from Weaver Park as a location for a car show. I have done my last show at the park. The risk of a fall is not worth it.

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

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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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