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2008 Volkswagon Convertible - Owners: Tom & Betty Lawrence

This weekend starts another month of the 2024 Central Ohio car show season. And boy is this month packed with events! I counted 90 plus Central Ohio car and bike events for June. And that's not counting the weekly and monthly events. Include those and you're well over 100!

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NEWS AND NOTES

I'm sad to report we lost another Central Ohio cruiser last week with the unexpected passing of Thad Lee Roberts. Thad was 59 years old.

Many of you will recognize Thad from his cars. He most often drove his 1973 Chevy Camaro RS/Z28 to shows. He also showed a 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger and a 1972 Chevy Nova.

Our condolences go out to his family. Here is his obituary with information regarding visitation and funeral service.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

It was another big evening at the restaurant's weekly cruise-in. Attendance this past Thursday reached 280 cars.

This week's unique/unusual car is the 1940 Ford pickup belonging to Jack Leffel. I think you'll understand from the photos why the pickup is so unique.

If there was a Best of Show award, in my opinion, it would go to this 1960 Chevy Impala.

A Ford Bronco Raptor Edition made an appearance on Thursday. I have to admit it was a damn cool SUV.

The Heart of Grove City Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers were in Grove City, Ohio on Saturday for the first of three Heart of Grove City Car, Truck, & Bike Shows this season.

The show registered 70 cars.

Live music was provided by the 3C Highway Band during the first half of the show.

Awards were presented to the Top 35 cars and trucks along with awards for MOPO (Most Potential)/Rat Rod, Best Bike, Best Truck, and Best of Show.

The MOPO/Rat Rod award went to Brian Black and his 1976 "Chebby" G10 Van.

The Best Bike award would have gone to this 2024 Yamaha MT-07 but the owner left before the end of the show.

Doug Glassburn's 1972 Chevy C-10 Stepside pickup received the Best Truck Award.

The Best of Show honors went to Jim Loftus with a 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Earthworks Cafe at Newark Station:

Frank Russell and his Crossroads Events team hosted their first-ever car show at Earthworks Cafe at Newark Station in Newark, Ohio on Saturday.

The team presented 34 awards at the end of the show.

The Veteran Owned Award went to Dave Byers and his 1989 Chevy Corvette.

For the second week in a row, David Anderson took home Best of Show honors with his 1949 supercharged Ford Tudor convertible.

Next up for the Crossroads Events Team is a show at the Chubby Hawaiian in Baltimore, Ohio on Saturday, June 1st.

Feast of the Flowering Moon Car Show:

Downtown Chillicothe, Ohio was the site of the Feast of the Flowering Moon Car Show on Saturday.

The show presented awards to the Top 25 plus eight "Special Category" awards including "Feast Choice" aka Best of Show.

Attendance totaled 130 cars with 118 of them registered.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, took home the Feast Choice Award along with a Top 25 for his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

The Scioto Post did a nice write-up on Dale and his truck. You can read the article posted on its website here.

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2001 Pontiac Firebird - Owner Thomas Longfellow

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Light sprinkles kept attendance down on Thursday. The total number of cars reached 120 cars by the end of the cruise-in. A lot of those cars came after 6 PM when the threat of rain subsided. Six of those cars were first-timers.

Only three more Thursday evening cruise-ins left in the season. This Saturday morning will be the annual Coffee and Donut Cruise-In. If you haven't had a chance to make it out this year, time is running out.

Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Creative Auto Sales and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their September car show on Friday evening.

The show registered 25 cars and raised over $100 for the local food pantries.

This month four cars received "Favorite" trophies. Three were selected by the manager of the Advanced Auto Parts store and one was selected by Jeff Shankle's grandson, MJ.

MJ's pick went to Ben LaWarre and his 1950 Chevy Truck.

The manager's "Favorite" picks were Chris and Ange Z. with a 1969 Ford Mustang, Jeff Guyer and his 1963 Ford Galaxie 500, and Nicholas Mathews with a 2016 Dodge Charger SRT.

Bud "Pockets" Carter Memorial Car Show:

Relatives of Richard "Bud, Pockets" Carter hosted a memorial car show in his honor on Saturday at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.

Bud, who passed away last November, was a lifelong "car guy". He was a member of Goodguys and the NSRA. He was a regular at the Der Dutchman Cruise-Ins on Thursdays.

The show in Bud's memory registered 62 cars. Everyone who registered a vehicle received a door prize ticket. There was also a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Awards included 20 "Favorite" trophies plus trophies for Best Rat Rod, "Piston Man", Best Interior, Best Paint, and Best of Show. The Best Rat Rod and Piston Man trophies were handmade from car parts and tools.

Here are the "Special" Award winners:

The Best of Show went to Scott Varney and his recently completed Oldsmobile Super 88.

Springdale Baptist Church Hot Rods and Hot Food:

Springdale Baptist Church in Marysville, Ohio hosted its annual Hot Rods and Hot Food cruise-in on Saturday evening.

Approximately 20 cars stopped by during the evening. Hot dogs, chips, and water were available for a small donation.

It was a pleasant low-key evening relaxing with friends and talking cars. You need those kinds of car events now and again.

Empty Pockets Patriot Day Car Show:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers Car Club hosted its Patriot Day car show on Saturday.

There were about 60 cars in attendance.

The DJ's Choice went to the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T (General Lee) owned by Josh Wilkerson.

The Best of Show pick went to Kenny Hugues and his 1978 Lincoln Continental.

Hocking Township Firefighters Association Car Show:

With the help of the Lancaster Car Scene (LCS), the Hocking Township Firefighters Association hosted a car show at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio. The show had 60 cars in attendance on Saturday.

The Old Goats Car Club received the Top Club Award. The club members also took home a good bit of hardware.

Mark Robinette and his 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS took home the Best of Show honors.

Marysville Walmart Car Show:

The Walmart in Marysville, Ohio hosted its 10th Annual Car Show on Saturday evening.

All proceeds from the show went to the Union County Military Family Support Group (www.ucmfsg.com).

Sixty-five cars attended the show.

Steve and Carol Atwell's 1928 Ford Model A 2dr Sedan received the Manager's Choice Award (aka Best of Show). The Award also included a 50-inch flat-screen television.

The Capital City Church Classic Car/Bike Show and Fish Fry:

The Capital City Church in Lockbourne, Ohio held its 6th Annual Classic Car/Bike Show and Fish Fry On Saturday.

There were sixty entries.

Judging was done using a points system. Here is the sample judging sheet.

Awards were presented to the "Favorite 25" along with several "Special" Awards.

Best Bike went to Randy Armentrout with a 2017 Harley Davidson.

Don Kirk's 1970 Chevy Nova received the Pastor's Choice. Don is 90 years old and still "rowing gears"!

Carol Benson and Her 1963 Chevy C10 pickup was selected Runner-up Best of Show.

The Best of Show honors went to Craig Grunkenmeyer and his 1967 Corvette convertible.

Lite the Night Car Show:

The Lite the Nite Car Show took place on Saturday in downtown Newark, Ohio. The show has been a tradition in Newark for 38 years.

The event is organized by the family of the late Jim Matheny and the Newark Rodders Car Club. Proceeds from the show help support the lighting of the Licking County Court House during the holidays.

Four-foot and six-foot trophies are awarded to the most popular vehicles on display. Sponsors of the trophies assist with the judging.

This year the event registered 540 cars with 40 more cars participating that did not register. There were 30 four-foot and 40 six-foot trophies awarded at the end of the show.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received one of the six-foot trophies.

Corvette Gathering:

The Alliance of Ohio Corvette Clubs held its 18th Annual Corvette Gathering in downtown Lancaster, Ohio on Sunday.

The event is one giant cruise-in for Corvettes. Everyone received a commemorative plaque and door prize ticket with their $15 registration fee.

There was also a silent auction and hourly 50/50 raffles. Vendors of parts, accessories, and services were also present.

With the weather on Sunday just about ideal, the Gathering registered 420 Corvettes.

Here's a little slide show from the Corvette Gathering. It was almost as fun checking out the vanity license plates as it is seeing all the Corvettes.

The Point on Main Street Patriot Day Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruises were once again at The Point on Main Street hosting their monthly show at the Sports Bar and Grill in Columbus, Ohio. This month the show was in honor of Patriot Day recognizing those who had lost their lives on 9/11.

There were 56 cars in attendance on Sunday.

Jeff Ward's 2002 Chevy S-10 Lowrider received the Most Patriotic award. Jeff also won the 50/50 raffle.

The Best of Show award went to Bart and Stephanie Triplett and their 2018 Ram 1500 Sport R/T with a supercharged Hell Cat engine.

Old Goats members took home some of the "Top 30" awards.

Crossroads Events Saturday and Sunday Car Shows:

The Crossroads Event team hosted two shows this past weekend. On Saturday, the team was at Deer Creek State Park. They were back in Lewis Center on Sunday for the monthly show at the Wings and Rings restaurant.

Dave Muller and his 1960 Rambler Classic received the Best of Show honors at the Deer Creek State Park show.

The "Spotlight" car for the Wings and Rings show was all Pontiac vehicles. GM and Pontiac expert, Steve Schaeffer, helped pick the Spotlight car.

Steve Wallace's 1976 Pontiac Trans Am took home the Spotlight Award.

The Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award went to the 1968 Chevy II/Nova of Ben Shirley.

David Elliot's 1957 Chevy Bel Air was picked Best of Show.

Steve Schaffer received a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedication and service to the Central Ohio car community. Thank you, Steve!

All Ohio Ford Show:

The last show to report on this week is the 13th Annual All-Ohio Ford Show. Hosted by the United Ford Owners (UFO) Car Club, It took place on Sunday in Plain City, Ohio at Pastime Park.

There were 72 Fords in attendance.

Every car that wanted to be judged had to drive through a designated judging area where seven judges looked over each car. I don't know about you, but I like the idea of a judging area. No one can complain that the judges didn't look at your car.

Our good friend, Arch Mayer, and his Saleen Mustang received a Top Three pick and went home with a nice three-foot trophy.


That's it for this week's News and Notes.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info about this past week's events:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dale Pearce
  • Arch Mayer
  • Chad Herrick
  • Frank Russel
  • Craig Grunkemeyer
  • Kenny G

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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1968 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Leslie Burnside (Original Owner)

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Heavy rains early Thursday morning created standing water in the main field. To prevent damage to the field and the possibility of stuck cars, approximately 90% of the main field was blocked off Thursday evening.

Fortunately, the field on the other side of the fence was perfectly dry so the majority of the 123 cars in attendance parked there. Did I mention how warm it was Thursday evening?

River Pop-Up Meet:

The turnout for the River Pop-Up Meet at Griggs Reservoir in Upper Arlington, Ohio far exceeded expectations on Friday evening. By some estimates, somewhere between 200-250 cars stopped by the meet-up during the three-hour window. Whatever the numbers, it was many cars of all makes models, and years. Here is just a small sample:

Southeast Conservation Club Car & Bike Show:

The Southeast Conversation Club in Grove City, Ohio hosted its annual car and bike show on Saturday.

The Club offered breakfast starting at 9 AM and the usual hamburgers and hot dogs from the grill starting at 11 AM.

The show registered 182 cars and motorcycles. Awards were presented to the Top 25 cars and Top 10 motorcycles. Special awards included Kid's Choice, Club Members Choice, President's Choice, and Most Potential. There were three Best of Show trophies - Best of Show Motorcycle, Best of Show Truck, and Best of Show Car.

Here are the President's Choice, Kid's Choice, Club Members Choice, and Most Potential winners.

The Best of Show winners:

BEST BIKE: 2007 Harley Davidson Road King - Owner: Duke Cook

BEST TRUCK: 1937 Ford Pickup - Owners: Bob & Patty Spillman

BEST CAR: 1962 Chevy Impala SS - Owners: Mark & Patty Enyart

American Legion Post 490 Classic Car, Truck, and Bike Show:

Zenith Kustoms hosted its annual Classic Car, Truck, and Bike Show at the American Legion Post 490 in Whitehall, Ohio on Saturday.

The show was open to cars and trucks from 1997 and older. A little over 60 cars turned out for the show.

Dale Peace's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Best Truck award.

Scott Harring's 1964 Chevy Impala received a "Top 15" award.

The Best of Show went to Cal Berkey and his 1957 Ford T-Bird.

Buckeyes Proud Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

The Crossroads Events team was in Hebron, Ohio on Saturday hosting the Buckeyes Proud Car, Truck, and Bike Show at the Mill Dam Corner Grille.

The Team presented 29 awards.

The Best Buckeye Display was the "Spotlight" car for this show. That award went to Janice and Neal Thomas and their 1960 Chrysler 300F.

Ernie Lott and his 2017 Ram 1500 Bighorn pickup received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver award.

The 1963 split-window Corvette belonging to Melody Thomas took the Best of Show honors.

Crestview Rehab Center Cruise-In Car Show:

On Saturday, the Crestview Rehab Center in Lancaster, Ohio held its annual cruise-in car show.

The show registered 52 cars.

Chad Harrick's 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 took 2nd place in the 2000 and up class.

Best of Show went to Richard and Ithel Minton and their 1926 Essex 2dr.

Gospel Car & Motorcycle Show:

Mercy and Grace On Wheels hosted its 15th Annual Gospel Car & Motorcycle Show on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

More than 80 cars turned out for the event.

Here's a "motley" crew of "Top" award winners.

Jeff Shankle discovered his long-lost brother, Frank Shankle, at the show.

James Nutter's 1964 Chevy Impala convertible took home the Best of Show honors.

Toy Barn Corvette Night:

About 30 Corvettes attended Corvette Night at the Toy Barn in Dublin, Ohio Saturday evening.

The generations of Corvettes represented during the evening included C2, C5, C6, C7, and C8.

A couple of rare Corvettes attended the event. The first was a beautiful red 1963 split-window Corvette. The other was a 6th generation ZR1 with the LS9 supercharged engine.

Of course, the evening would not have been complete without an appearance from the current "Top Dog" of the Corvette line, the 2023 Z06.

A Big shout out to the Toy Barn for hosting this event. For all of us Corvette "fanboys", which I readily admit to being one, it was an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday evening. And the complimentary beer was a bonus.

Rams and Rhinos Charity Car and Bike Show:

The Marysville Rhinos Rugby Football Club teamed up with Ramsey's Pizza & Pub in Marysville, Ohio to host its second annual charity car and bike show on Sunday afternoon.

All proceeds from the show went to Canine Collective and the Marysville Rhinos RFC.

There were 31 registered cars in attendance. A State Highway Patrol Officer brought his car but didn't register. 😎

Trophies were presented for first, second, and third place for the cars, Fan Favorite, and Best Motorcycle.

Ryan Miller's 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS took 3rd Place for the cars.

Second Place went to Steve Mattox and his 1967 Mustang GT.

Mike Bostick's 1969 Camaro received the 1st Place trophy.

The 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible belonging to Rick Tillman was voted Fan Favorite.

Best Motorcycle went to a 2016 Honda Fury 1300 VT owned by Zack Goings.

Here are all the trophy winners:

Left to right: Steve Mattox, Ryan Miller, Mike Bostick, Zack Goings, and Rick Tillman

Loser Racing Motorcycle & Car Show:

Shakers Public House on Georgesville Rd in Columbus, Ohio was the scene of the 2nd Annual Loser Racing Motorcycle and Car Show.

The show had over 85 vehicles in attendance. Around 50 trophies were presented to the top cars and bikes. There were no special categories or Best of Show.

Other Area Car Shows:

  • Bob Pool's Orphan Car Show at Young's Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio had 150 cars in attendance on Saturday. Best of Show went to Bob and Peggy Morgan's 1954 Hudson Hornet.
  • Sunday saw 108 cars attend the Moundbuilders Motor Mania in Newark, Ohio.
  • Michael Green received one of the awards at the Culp Lake Car Show in Springfield, Ohio on Sunday. If anyone has more info on the show, please post in the comments.


PLEASE NOTE: Because of the Monday Holiday, next week's list and report will be posted on Tuesday.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info about this past week's events:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dale Pearce
  • Chad Herrick
  • Frank Russell
  • Scott Harring
  • Michael Green

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe this coming holiday weekend. I'll talk to everyone next Tuesday.

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