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1957 Ford Fairlane 500 - Owner: Gary Simpson

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NEWS AND NOTES

I have to start out this week's News and Notes by announcing the passing of several Central Ohio car community members.

Don Kirk passed away on October 7th at the age of 89. Many of you will recognize Don by his orange 1970 Chevy Nova. Don and his sons, Chuck and Dan, have been regulars on the Central Ohio car show scene for years. Don was still participating in car shows right up until his passing. Our condolences go out to the Kirk family.

Last year Max Spraque helped organize a car show at SVG Motors in Washington Court House to help raise money for Julie Posey. Julie was a veteran in need of a double lung transplant. Unfortunately, Julie passed away on October 10th. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts Monthly Car Show:

Creative Auto Sales and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted their October car show this past Friday.

With an evening of perfect weather, the show had 25 cars in attendance and raised $175 for the Milford Center Food Pantry.

This month the show awarded trophies to its six "Favorite" cars:

The last Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts show of the season with be on Friday, November 3rd. Please note this is the FIRST Friday in November instead of the usual second Friday. Jeff Shankle is leaving right after the show for warmer weather in Florida. How dare he!

Performance Charity Car Show:

It was a wet Saturday for the 29th Annual Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio.

By noon there were 150 to 160 cars in attendance. Total attendance reached 168 by the end of the show. The number of pre-registered cars was in the 260 range so a good number of people stayed home because of the rain.

Some folks got very creative trying to keep their cars dry.

Dan Varner's 1960 Cadillac DeVille received the Best Cadillac Award.

Rod Scott received the Best Mopar Award for his 1958 Dodge D100 pickup and a Top 100 Award for his 1958 Desoto Firedome Sportsman.

At the awards presentation, it was announced that the 2024 show will again be the second Saturday in October.

KSM Youth Sports Trunk or Treat:

KSM Youth Sports out of Powell, Ohio hosted its first-ever trunk or treat car show on Sunday. Proceeds from the event went to support the Cure Starts Now, a grassroots effort to cure ALL cancers.

Chad Herrick and I attended the show not sure what to expect. Turns out the show was more treat than the trunk. The organizers said they had registered around 700 kids and I believe it. I went through a 350-piece bag of candy in under an hour.

The cars that were there had decorated trunks with bowls full of candy to give out. Chad had his crew of skeletons set up. Liberty Township even brought one of its fire trucks to the event.

The show presented nine trophies, six for the cars and three for costumes. Chad went home with the Best Theme and Attendees Choice awards. All in all, it was a fun afternoon for both the adults and kids.

Car, Truck, and Bike Show @ Walmart:

Doreen Baker and company held its last show of the season on Sunday at the Walmart in London, Ohio. This last show was a trunk-or-treat Halloween theme.

There were just under 40 cars in attendance. Cadillac Mac's 2015 Ford Coyote received the Best of Show award.

Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took home the People's Choice award.

David Elliot's 1957 Chevy Bel Air and Russ Annis's 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS received Top 20 awards.

Wooden Nickel Cruise-In:

DJ Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman proceeded over the annual Wooden Nickel Cruise-In on Sunday at the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio. An estimated 200 plus cars were in attendance.

For those not familiar with the wooden nickel, you can purchase one for a dollar at any show throughout the season when Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman is the DJ. The money collected from the sale of the nickels is then raffled off in increments at the Wooden Nickle Cruise-in at the end of the season.

This year there was a total cash giveout of $3850. There were 20 envelopes containing $100 and 37 envelopes with $50.

Jeff Shankle and Dave Bratton were kind enough to share their photos from the cruise-in. CLICK HERE to see the some of vehicles that attended the event.

Other Area Shows:

Unfortunately, the rain and cold temperatures this past weekend kept attendance low at many shows.

I'm going to finish this week's report with some photos from the Madison County Senior Center Cruise-in and the Central Township Firefighters Car Show.


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
  • Russ Annis

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Next Monday, look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report. There are not too many weeks left in the season.

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1973 Chevy Nova SS Custom - Owner: Tim Hooten

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Thursday Cruise-In

The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held its "End-of-the-Cruise-In" banquet Thursday evening. There were 192 people in attendance, the most ever for the banquet.

Wayne Nisly presented some interesting statistics about this year's cruise-in. Which, by the way, turned out to be the biggest year ever.

  • This was the ninth year for the cruise-in. Twelve cars showed up for the very first cruise-in. When attendance reached 27 cars, Wayne was amazed that there were that many "classic cars" in Central Ohio.
  • This year a total of 5449 cars attended the cruise-in from May 5th through September 29. Compare that to last year's total of 4832 cars.
  • The average weekly turnout was 259 cars. This number factored in four bad weather evenings where attendance was particularly low. This is compared to last year's average of 219 per week.

At the end of the banquet, Wayne and the restaurant presented everyone in attendance with a t-shirt with the logo from the cruise-in flyer as a token of appreciation for making this year's cruise-in the best one yet.

2nd Annual Cruise-In For A Cause

Monument Square in downtown Urbana, Ohio was the scene of the 2nd Annual Cruise-In For a Cause on Friday evening. The cruise-in had more than 130 cars in attendance. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Cancer Association of Champaign County.

Here are some of the photos Jeff Shankle shared from the cruise in.

Performance Charity Car Show

Downtown Delaware, Ohio on Saturday was the site of the 28th Annual Performance Charity Car Show formerly known as the "Blast from the Past".

Even with early morning temperatures in the low 30s, cars began to arrive shortly after 6 AM. The show registered 550 cars with 291 one of those pre-registering.

Jegs had the biggest vendor display at the show. The display featured Auto Smarts Radio host Dan "Boots" Longenette's award-winning burnout car.

Awards were presented to the "Favorite 100" and 20 "Best of Show" trophies.

The Best of Show award went to Frank Dominish with a 1964 Porsche. Other area award winners included:

  • Best Buick - 1979 Buick GTX - Jeff Fortner
  • Best 68 Camaro - Tom Rizak
  • Best Survivor - 1970 GTO - Dan Varner

To see more from the Performance Charity Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Northland High School Alumni Foundation Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Originally scheduled for September 25, the Northland High School Alumni Foundation Classic Car & Motorcycle Show was moved to its rain date of October 9.

The show took place at the Quaker Steak & Lube on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio. The event registered 36 cars on Sunday. There was a 50/50 raffle and other door prizes. Money raised from the show helps support scholarships, sports, music, theater, and more at Northland High School.

Six award plaques were presented for Top Motorcycle, Top Truck, Top Car 1969 and Older, Top Car 1970 and Newer, People's Choice, and Judge's Best in Show.

Here are the award winning vehicles.

The judge's BEST IN SHOW pick went to Ron Kinder and his 1965 Chevy C-10 Pickup.

Wings and Rings Car, Truck, & Bike Show

Frank Russell and the Crossroads Events team hosted its third and final show of the season at the Wings and Rings Restaurant in Lewis Center, Ohio on Sunday. After fighting rain for the first two shows, the third event finally saw some well-deserved sunshine.

A total of 46 cars were registered during the afternoon show. The Best of Show honors went to Quentin Sayer and his 2000 Corvette.

Burnzie's Old Trail Car, Truck, & Bike Show

Who would have guessed Burnzie's Old Trail Restaurant on the west side of Columbus would host the biggest show on Sunday?

Approximately 90 cars attended the event. There was a nice silent auction along with 50/50 and door prize raffles. Food prep got a little overwhelmed with that many vehicles.

Trophies were presented to the Top 70 cars, trucks, and bikes. There were no special awards or Best of Show. Loser Racing sponsored the trophies. Each of the seven Loser Racing businesses donated 10 trophies each.

For more photos from Burnzie's Old Trail show, CLICK HERE.

Other Area Shows

  • Steve Austin's Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio registered 151 cars at its 2nd Annual Car and Truck Show on Saturday.
  • Kevin Martin's 1962 Chevy C-10 pickup received Best in Show for the truck category at the Mario Knapp Memorial Car Show on Saturday.
  • The Hebron, Ohio Nazarene Church had 92 cars attend its Annual Car & Truck Show on Saturday. Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received a Top 10 Award.
  • Saturday saw an excellent turnout for the Logan County (Bellefontaine, Ohio) Bikers for Santa Toy Ride.
  • The Cruise-In Trunk or Treat at the Chillicothe Halloween Festival had more than 60 cars in attendance and a ton of trick-or-treaters on Saturday.

I have a lot of people to thank for their help with this week's report. Along with our regulars Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, and Dave Bratton, Kevin Martin, Frank Russell, Bryan Mauger, Greg Dresbach, Dan Varner, and Adam Lester contributed photos. Thanks, everyone!

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I'm posting just a News and Notes this week.

If you're coming here for a list of car events still on the schedule for November, CLICK HERE

NEWS AND NOTES:

Columbus Cars and Coffee @ The City:

As many of you may know, the weekly Saturday morning Columbus Cars and Coffee meets at Lennox Town Center were suspended back in April after some cars got a out-of-control leaving the meet. The group that organized the meets held a series of Saturday morning meet ups at various locations around Columbus during the summer. The group also started receiving support from Byers Auto and Lindsay Automotive.

Well, I'm here to report that the group has found a new "permanent" home for the Saturday morning meets at The City Apartments -- formerly the old University City shopping center at the corner of Ackerman Rd and Olentangy River Rd.

This past Saturday was the first official meet at the new location. There was a nice turn out of cars and people so the word is definitely out about the new location. A nice mix of classics, muscle and exotic cars showed up on Saturday. I got the opportunity to see a new Mustang GT 500 and a new two door Ford Bronco.

Parking may get a little tight on those Saturdays when 500 cars show up. The lower level of the apartment complex is set aside for retail space. This may also affect parking in the future. But this past Saturday parking was good. Just beware of the speed bumps next to the complex. They are killers.

I'm glad to see this Columbus Cars and Coffee group find a new home. It's great way to get a quick car fix on a Saturday morning and also see some cars that don't often participate in car shows or cruise-ins. Lets hope everyone behaves themselves so there isn't a repeat of what happened in April.

If you'd like to see more from Columbus Cars and Coffee @ The City, CLICK HERE.

Miller's Swap Meet & Car Show:

A number of Central Ohio car show regulars made the trek down to Chillicothe, Ohio on Saturday for the 14th Annual Miller's Automotive Swap Meet and Car Show at the Ross County Fairgrounds.

The Miller Automotive Group hosts the swap meet and car show twice a year in March and November.

The sunny weather on Saturday brought out 145 vehicles for the car show. Jeff Tolley and Dale Pearce came home with Top 25 awards. Congratulations!

Sunday Afternoon Car Meet at the Point on Main:

With cloudless skies and above normal temperatures for November, the C-Town Cruisers hosted their last show of the year at The Point Restaurant on Main.

The show registered 77 cars, however, counting the ones that didn't register there were more than 100 cars.

Awards were presented to the top 31 cars. The special awards included Ladies Choice, Best Rat Rod/Most Potential, and Best of Show.

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air belonging to Steve Kidwell and Nancy received the Ladies Choice award. John White with a 1953 Chevy Suburban was awarded Best Rat Rod/Most Potential. Best of Show honors went to Rick and June Lawrence with a 1973 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Shaun announced that the C-Town Cruisers have been able to donate more than $6000 to charity this year thanks to everyone's participation in their events. The charities that receive the bulk of the donations are Friends of the Shelter, a dog rescue organization, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Wounded Warrior Project. You may not always get a trophy but know your registration, door prize and raffle ticket money is going to support good causes.

If you'd like to see more cars and scenes from the Sunday Afternoon Car Meet at The Point on Main, CLICK HERE.

Performance Charity Car Show:

The Performance Charity Car Show that took place on October 9th in downtown Delaware, Ohio has posted photos on their website of the 2021 award winners.


Not sure if I'll have a report next week. The long range forecast is calling for rain on Thursday and Friday and highs in the low 40s on Saturday - burrrr.... I'm going to try to hit three events this week but I'll have to wait to see what the weather does.

As I mentioned last week, I will be posting a season wrap up later in the month so stay tuned for that.


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