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1967 Ford Bronco - Owner: Dan Stephens

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

There were 166 cars in attendance this week. Not bad considering how damn hot it was on Thursday.

There was a birthday celebration for Wayne Nisly who manages the cruise-in. Wayne turned 85 this week. He received a rocking chair with the name of the cruise-in engraved on the back.

We also found out that Wayne collects die-cast cars. He brought some of his collection to the cruise-in. It just so happened he received a few more cars as a birthday gift. What a coincidence.

Heels and Wheels Car and Bike Show:

On Saturday the Vanity Gentlemens Club in Columbus, Ohio hosted its 9th annual Heels and Wheels Car and Bike Show. The Garden on Bethel Rd and 7th Gear Exotics helped sponsor the show.

Held in the parking lot behind the club, the show registered 61 cars and bikes. Everyone that registered received a door prize ticket. The door prizes consisted of tools and buckets of car care products.

Adult beverages were available inside the club and food could be purchased outside at the show.

The Vanity Girls were happy to pose for photos with your car.

There were seven awards for the bikes and 11 awards for the cars plus a Best of Show. In addition to the car and Bike awards, the Vanity Girls also competed for awards. These included Best Butt, Best Breasts, Best Legs, and Overall Hottie.

Here are the motorcycle Awards:

The Car Awards:

The Best of Show Award went to Jamie Riffitt and Jackson Willoughby with a 1969 Camaro.

Purple Door Car Show:

The Purple Door Church in Grove City, Ohio held its 20th Annual Purple Door Car Show took on Saturday.

The show registered 109 cars this year. The Best of Show Award went to Ralph Carle with a 1959 Chevy El Camino.

Auto Smarts Radio Upper Deck Cruise-in:

Right around the corner from the Purple Door Show was the Upper Deck Cruise-in hosted by Auto Smarts radio.

The Show had 115 cars in attendance.

Just like Heels and Wheels, the Upper Deck Cruise-in had several lovely young ladies happy to pose for photos with your car.

For the second weekend in a row, Dale Pearce's 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Best Truck Award, and Jason and Debbie Blankenship's 1959 Chevy Apache pickup took home Best of Show.

Blackwing Summer Blast Car Show:

The Blackwing Shooting Center in Delaware, Ohio held its annual Summer Blast Car Show on Saturday.

There were about 65 cars in attendance. Eleven awards were presented at the conclusion of the show.

Here's a sample of the cars that attended the show:

The Best Car in Show award went to the 1968 Chevy Camaro belonging to Tim Inscho.

Air Force One / Custom Air Skilled Trades Cruise-In:

With the help of Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Radio Team, Air Force One/Custom Air held its first cruise-in at its headquarters in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday.

Air Force One (AFO) is a commercial HVAC contractor. Custom Air is the residential side of the business. The purpose of the show was to help bring awareness to the skilled trades.

There were a total of 71 cars in attendance.

Food trucks from Roosters and the Grilled Cheese Gangster provided food and refreshments during the show.

Boots and Mindy Drayer broadcast their radio show live from the cruise-in.

During the show, someone with the help of another cruiser vandalized the license plate on my Camaro.

Unlike the cocaine left at the White House, there is overwhelming evidence of who the culprits were in this vicious attack on my car.

Getting back to the cruise-in.

Along with the usual trophies for the picks from Auto Smarts, Pepsi, Jegs, and Cruisin' Classics, were custom, handmade trophies. Members of the AFO/Custom Air team selected the cars to receive the custom trophies.

Here are the Auto Smarts "Top" Picks:

The AFO/Custom Air Custom Trophy Picks:

Best of Show went to Pete Lieb and his 1962 Chevy 409 Bel Air.

Other Area Car Shows:

  • Sabina Park Car Show had about 100 cars and trucks in attendance on Sunday. Awards were presented to the "Top" 25. Dale Pearce took home one Top 25 award with his 1950 Chevy 3100.

  • Several hundred cars attended the 43rd Annual Poor Man's Nationals at Pastime Park in Plain City, Ohio on Sunday

That's it for this week. Here are the folks that helped put together the News and Notes:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dave Bratton
  • Dale Pearce
  • Russ Annis

I hope everyone has a good week! I'll see you again next week with a new report.

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1968 Ford Torino GT Convertible Indy Pace Car - Owner: Phil Chmelovsky

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

After a week's hiatus because of standing water in the field from heavy rains, the weekly cruise-in returned on Thursday with 206 cars in attendance.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Creative Automotive and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio hosted their July car show on Friday.

The show had 26 cars in attendance and raised $110 for the local food pantries.

The big hit of the evening was the little dog that stood guard over its owner's motorcycle while he looked at the cars. It rode on the bike between the handlebars and windshield.

The store manager's three picks this month were Scott Haring's 1964 Chevy Impala SS, Hunter Collier's 1990 Chevy S10 pickup, and Mel DeJarnette's 1950 Ford F1 panel truck.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Ten Pin Alley:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride team hosted the first of two car shows at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard, Ohio.

Approximately 60 cars attended the show on Friday evening.

The Best of Show award went to Wesley Bach with a 1952 Chevy Pickup. Wesley is the Grandson of the Late Cal Rowland who passed away in April. Wesley inherited his Grandfather's 1952 Chevy and 1987 GMC Pickups and has begun taking them to shows this summer.

Here are some of the other cars from the show photographed from a different perspective by Dave Bratton's daughter, Kelly.

Cruise-In with the King Car Show:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club hosted its July car show Saturday evening at the Burger King off State Rt 31 in Marysville, Ohio.

Scattered showers around the area for much of the afternoon and evening kept attendance down. The club registered 20 cars with probably another 10 showing up that didn't register.

Each month the club presents award plaques to its "Favorite 15" that register.

Here are this month's "Favorites".

Picktown Palooza Car, Truck, and Bike Show:

Jeff Duncan and his 1970 Chevy Nova received the Best of Show honors at the Picktown Palooza Car, Truck, and Bike Show in Pickerington, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

Jeff is from the Marion, Ohio area. On his way home from the Picktown show, he stopped by the Burger King in Marysville. As any GOOD reporter would do, I took the opportunity to take a photo of Jeff, his car, and the Best of Show trophy.

The wet afternoon forecast didn't deter 50 cars from attending the Picktown Palooza show.

Lancaster Car Scene (LCS) Car Show:

Outerbelt Brewing in Carroll, Ohio was the scene of the Lancaster Car Scene (LCS) show on Sunday.

The show registered 56 cars. Awards were presented to the "Top 30" along with Ladies Choice, Best Truck, Best Import, Best Muscle, Best Motorcycle, Top Club, and of course, Best of Show.

These were the "Best of" winners:

Jason and Deb Blankenship's 1959 Chevy Apache also received the Best Truck award at Picktown Palooza on Saturday.

The Top Club award went to the Hi-Way Starz.

John Picken's 1931 Ford Roadster took home the Best of Show award.

Choctaw Lake Car Show:

The biggest event on Sunday was the first annual Choctaw Lake Car Show in London, Ohio.

The show was organized by the Sheriff deputies of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

With the lake as background, the show registered 167 vehicles.

Food and refreshments were provided by 5-6 food trucks which included one from Schmidt's Sausage Haus.

The show presented 12 awards. The two biggest were Best of Show and the William "Bill" Wolfe Memorial Award.

The Best of Show award went to Gary Vance with a 1933 Ford Victoria. Dave Bratton's 1937 Wild Rod Convertible received the William "Bill" Wolfe Award.

Here are some more cars and scenes from the show:

Other Area Shows:

  • The Plumbwood Church of Christ in London, Ohio hosted its annual car show on Saturday. There were approximately 20 cars in attendance. There was a rare sighting of Jimmy Carmean wiping off his car. It paid off as Jimmy's car received the Pastor's Choice Award.

  • The OP Bar and Grill in Marysville, Ohio hosted its first annual Cruise-In on Sunday. There were 31 cars in attendance. The top three winners received gift cards to the bar and grill. The top gift card went to Tim Inscho and his 1968 Chevy Camaro.

  • The first annual Bob Helsel Car Show took place on Sunday at the Buckeye Lake Moose 2434 Lodge in Thornport, Ohio. The show registered 94 cars. Judging was by People's Choice.
  • The Miami Valley Steam Threshers were at Pastime Park in Plain City, Ohio for its Vintage Truck & Car Show. The show had an excellent turnout. The tractor and truck pulls looked like a lot of fun.


Whew! There was a lot to report on this week even with the rain on Saturday.

Here are the folks who helped put together this week's News and Notes:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dave Bratton
  • Kelly Bratton
  • Tim Inscho
  • Dale Pearce

I hope everyone has a good week! I'll see you next week with a new report.

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1971 Buick with a 385 Stroker - Owner: Michael Carrico

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

As many of you already know by now, Der Dutchman set a record in attendance last Thursday with 617 cars! Of those 617, 89 were first-time participants in the cruise-in.

The cruise-in was a Memorial to Wayne Nisly's late wife, Luella, who passed away in December.

Wayne was hoping to see 500 cars and got a whole bunch more.

I was told cars started showing up as early as 10:30 in the morning and had to be asked to move so Wayne could cut the grass. A steady stream of cars entered the cruise-in throughout most of the evening.

It was a perfect evening to celebrate the life of Luella who was an integral part of the cruise-in for so many years.

Everyone who brought a car took home a tire gauge in her memory.

I think I can safely say it will stand out as a cruise-in we'll all remember.

Creative Automotive/Advance Auto Parts Monthly Car Show:

Creative Automotive/Advance Auto Parts hosted its third show of the season at the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio on Friday evening.

The show had 23 cars in attendance and raised $200 from door prizes and 50/50 raffle money for the local food pantries.

The store manager's three picks this month were Wesley Bach (Grandson of the late Cal Rowland) with a 1952 Chevy pickup, Russ Annis with a 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS, and Mike Bonczak with a 1999 Pontiac 30th T/A.

Immaculate Conception Parish Car Show:

Forty-four cars turned out for the Immaculate Conception Parish Car Show in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

The entry fee was $10. Dash plaques were passed out to the first 25 cars to register. There was also a 50/50 raffle.

There were Five People's Choice awards. They included Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, "Cutest", and Best Overall. In addition, there were five "Show Favorite" trophies.

Here are the "Show "Favorite" winners:

Here are the "Best" award winners:

The People's Choice BEST OVERALL award went to Tim Hooten and his 1973 Chevy Nova SS with factory "Skyroof".

Cruise-A-Palooza:

Amanda, Ohio was the scene of the 5th Annual Cruise-A-Palooza on Saturday.

The show registered 125 Cars.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, received a Top 20 award with his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

Best of Show went to the 1933 Ford Vicky belonging to Jim Deal.

Car, Truck, and Bike Show at Walmart:

Thanks to an approaching line of rain showers, the Car, Truck, and Bike Show at Walmart in London, Ohio on Sunday ended early.

The Best Truck award went to Dale Pearce with a 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup. Anthony Musick's 2017 Dodge Challenger TA received Best Mopar. Best Ford went to Tyler Combs with a 2003 Ford Mustang GT. My 2021 Corvette was picked Best GM.

Jeremy Ewing and his 1965 Ford Fairlane took home Best of Show honors.

Other Area Shows:

  • On Friday evening, the Oorang Bang Car Show took place in front of the LaRue, Ohio United Methodist Church. The show registered 83 cars. Award plaques were presented to the "Top 10" cars.

  • The 2nd Annual Harry and Mary Wise Car Show registered 170 cars on Saturday at the Walnut Grill in Sunbury, Ohio. Awards were presented to the "Top 20". Here's a sampling of the cars from the show.
  • Twenty-28 cars attended the Jim Allen Memorial Orphan Car Show at High Banks Metro Park in Lewis Center, Ohio on Saturday. Cash awards instead of trophies or plaques were presented to the "Top 6" cars.

Executive Storage Estates Open House:

The last item on this week's report has nothing to do with car shows or cruise-ins but a lot to do with cars.

Dave Bratton and Lou were invited to an Open House on Saturday at the Executive Storage Estates Condominiums in Plain City, Ohio.

As you can imagine from the name, these are "high-end" storage units that one can buy to store cars, boats, RVs, and memorabilia. As Dave described it, "Man caves for high rollers".

Dave sent me some photos from the open house that I thought might enjoy seeing. These units sure beat the heck out of the 10' x 20' unit I have to store my cars.


A big thanks to Dale Pearce, Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Jeff Shankle, Tim Inscho, Russ Annis, Phil Monroe, Larry Walters, and Bryan Mauger for contributing to this week's report.

I hope everyone has a great week.

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The last weekend of August has turned out to be the biggest weekend of the season when it comes to the number of events. Lots to choose from all over the Central Ohio area.

NEWS AND NOTES:

38th Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-in:

I spent a few hours Friday afternoon as a spectator at the 38th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In in Dublin, Ohio. Friday's registration was somewhere between 330 and 350 cars. The big exhibit this year was 110 years of Chevrolet.

I managed to take more than 100 photos of some excellent rides.

The top 50 cars on Friday received six-foot trophies. Dave Bratton and Lou Koester received a special award for their financial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation.

I didn't make it to the show on Saturday. If you were at Saturday's show as a participant or spectator, please feel free to post a comment about the day's activities.

To see the photos I took of the one hundred plus cars on Friday, click here.

Westerville Cars & Coffee with Jake from State Farm:

Saturday morning I headed over to Westerville, Ohio for Westerville Cars & Coffee with Jake from State Farm. This is the second year State Farm agent, Jake Breakey, has been hosting a Saturday morning cruise-in in the parking lot behind his agency. Anyone that brought a car could enjoy a cup of coffee, donuts, and a chance to spin the wheel for prizes. It turned out to be a great way to spend a Saturday morning. My only disappointment was Jake wasn't wearing khakis. He was wearing shorts.

Cruisin' with the King:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club registered 53 cars Saturday evening at their monthly show at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio. The club presented awards to their favorite 15 vehicles.

To see some of the "Favorite" winners and other cars from the show, click here.

Meet at the Beach 2:

Sunday afternoon the south end of the Alum Creek Beach parking lot was the scene of the second Meet at the Beach car meet this season. The majority of owners of the estimated 100 plus cars that turned out during the afternoon were definitely under the age of 30.

The Japanese car manufacturers were very well represented. For a little while, my Camaro and a Jeep were the only cars from American manufacturers. A Mclaren, Lamborghini, and a few classics cars cruised through the parking lot but none stayed very long.

Looking through a crystal ball this will likely be the next generation of car show enthusiasts 20-30 years from now. They'll be showing off their restored 2015 Subaru or Toyota instead of a '69 Camaro.

If you have a Facebook account, check out Dale Pearce's video from the Millersport car show on Sunday. The show registered 65 cars.


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After one of the hottest weekends on record, a cool front finally pushed through last Monday bringing more seasonable temperatures and less humidity. The net result of the weather change was some nice attendance numbers this week at the local cruise-ins

Tuesday Night Cruise-In at the Hilton Polaris

After a slow start, the Tuesday Night Cruise-In at the Hilton Polaris had over 70 cars show up.

The mode of operation for this cruise-ins seems to be for everyone to show up after 6:30 PM. Prior to 6:30 there were maybe 4-5 cars in the parking lot. I think rush hour traffic has something to do with the late start.

Here are some of the cars that made it out to the cruise-in:

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Despite moving my father from skilled nursing to assisted living and the hottest weather so far this year, I managed to somehow attend four events this week and was a spectator at a fifth.

Goodguys PPG Nationals All American Sunday

I started the week at the Goodguys PPG Nationals All American Sunday. This event has been on my radar for the past several years. I've always had a reasonable excuse not to attend until this year.

For those that may not know, Goodguys All American Sunday is open to ALL YEARS of American made and powered automobiles. Owning a late model car this was obviously my only option to participate in the Goodguys event.

Being a first-time participant, I wasn't sure what to expect. I spoke with several people prior to Sunday and consensus was to arrive no later than 8 AM. I went a step further and got there before 7:30 AM. Knowing what I know now, I could have arrived by 9 AM and been fine.

I exited I-71 at 17th avenue. The lanes for entry of show cars into the event and for registration were well marked. Non-member cost to register for the day was $40. I got talked into joining Goodguys as a Silver member for an additional $5. As a Silver member, I can pre-register next year at a discount.

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The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain, Ohio held its first ever Coffee + Donut cruise-in Saturday morning. The event turned out to be a big success with 69 registered vehicles. Twelve were first time participants. Not bad considering the other shows in the area going on simultaneously.

For a little change of pace, the coffee and donuts were served out of the barn. The cost was $1 for a donut and $1 for a cup of coffee.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the coffee and pastries.

The cars parked in the field adjacent to the barn rather than the usual Thursday evening cruise-in spot.

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The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held their first cruise-in of the season on Thursday evening.

The cruise-in registered 104 vehicles, 14 of which were first time participants.

Prior to raffling off the deserts and gift card, Wayne Nisly led a memorial for longtime cruise-in regular Carey Davis who passed away in February.

Cary's beloved Chevy El Camino was parked in front of the foodshed. A tree has been planted in his honor next to the shed. The restaurant also passed out two dash plaques. One to remember Cary and the other a "Thank You" for making 2018 a record-breaking year.

At the end of the memorial, everybody got in their vehicles and on cue started their engines. The entire cruise-in gave a few engine revs and horn honks in unison for Carey.

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Over 200 people attended the annual Der Dutchman cruise-in banquet on Thursday evening.

The banquet is the restaurant's way to says thanks to everyone that participated in the cruise-in throughout the summer. It also gives everyone a chance to get together one more time before the cars are put away and the season officially comes to an end.

Wayne Nisly, cruise-in manager, was the master of ceremonies for the evening.

Everyone that brought a car to at least one cruise-in received a nice plaque from Wayne and the restaurant in appreciation for reaching the attendance goal of 200 cars.  That occurred on September 20th when the cruise-in registered 253 vehicles! It was quite an evening.

The evening came to close with the cruisers presenting Wayne, his wife, Luella, and Victor, assistant manager at the restaurant, gifts in appreciation for all the work they did to make each cruise-in a success.

The Der Dutchman cruise-in grew by leaps and bounds this year.  It will be a tall order to top that success going forward.  Wayne, always thinking big,  has set a goal of 300 cars for next year. There's also discussion of having one Saturday morning coffee and donuts cruise-in.   2019 is already shaping up to be another great season.  Can't wait....

Der Dutchman not only reached it's goal of 200 vehicles Thursday evening, it smashed that goal by a wide margin.

The weekly cruise-in at the Plain City, Ohio restaurant registered 241 cars! Fifty-two were first time participants.

Cars began showing up  at 1:30 PM that afternoon.  By 5 PM there were more than 100 cars registered.

It turned out to be quite an evening.  Wayne, Victor and the management of Der Dutchman should be commended for putting on the largest cruise-in in Central Ohio.