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BREAKING NEWS: Dan Boots Longenette of Auto Smarts Radio just posted that Colo’s Classic Car Show at the Columbus Zoo has been canceled for this year. No reason was given for the cancellation. If I find out any additional information, I will post it here.

It's one of those rare weeks where you can do a car show or cruise-in every day of the week if you wanted to.

The featured event this week is the London Cobra Show. The show will move between Dublin (host hotel) and London Ohio. I'm told a bunch of Cobras will be making a stop at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In on Thursday. If you're into Cobras, this will be three days of jam-packed fun.

NEWS AND NOTES:

With no rain in the forecast, the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another big evening of participation. The Cruise-in registered 378 cars on Thursday.

The rain Friday evening and Saturday morning put a damper on a number of events to start the weekend. The good news is the rain cleared out by Saturday afternoon and stayed away on Sunday.

The Mid Ohio Cruisers registered 56 cars Saturday evening at their monthly Cruisin' with the King Show in Marysville, Ohio. The club presented 15 "Club Favorite" awards and a Boyd's Tire & Service Choice Award. The Boyd's Choice Award went to Dustin and Emilee Evans with a 1977 Pontiac Can-Am.

After a three year hiatus, the car show at the bar and grill in Dublin, Ohio formerly known as On the Rocks returned on Sunday. The bar has undergone multiple owners since the last show was held there in the fall of 2018. The bar is now called the Last Call Music Bar and Grill. Mike Mitchell who organized and ran all the On the Rocks shows is still the main force behind the new show.

Despite Sunday being Fathers Day and some very warm temperatures and high humidity, the Last Call Music Bar and Grill Car and Bike Show registered 88 cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Awards were presented to the top 40, a Manager's Choice, and five Best of Show.

Here are the Manager's Choice and "Best of" winners:

Managers Choice
1971 Dodge Challenger RT
Owner: Phil Monroe

Best Mopar
2016 Dodge Challenger RT
Owner: Bob Kirst

Best Ford
1970 Ford Torino GT
Owner: Chris Kraner

Best GM
1971 Buick GSX
Owner: Jeff Fortner

Best Corvette
1969 Chevy Corvette
Owner: Craig Grunkemeyer

Best of Show Runner-up
1948 Chevy Pickup
Owner: Sam Parks


Best of Show
1962 Chevy Bel Air 409
Owner: Pete Lieb

For more photos from Der Dutchman, Cruisin' with the King, and the Last Call Music Bar and Grill Show, Click here.

Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took Best of Show and People's Choice honors at the Pataskala SDB Church Classic Car Show on Sunday.


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The All About Autism Car Show at Quaker Steak and Lube on Polaris Parkway originally scheduled for Saturday was changed to Sunday because of the weather.

It's always tough to write a negative review but Sunday's All About Autism show will not make my list of favorite shows this season.  Myself and an estimated third of the 123 vehicles that registered for the show left well before the awards ceremony.  I know the money went for a good cause, but I still expect better from a $20 registration fee. And here's why...

  1. "Peoples Choice" judging.  If you've read any of my prior posts, you know I dislike this method of judging.  It turns judging into a popularity contest rather than based on the merits and appeal of the vehicle. I don't understand why organizers can't find four or five volunteers to walk around the show and pick their favorite cars.  They don't have to be car experts, although that would certainly be a plus.  Anything is better than peoples choice judging, in my opinion.
  2. Lack of security surrounding the ballots.  They were just sitting in a stack on the registration table. Anyone could come up, grab a handful and write-in their car in the first place spot on each ballot.
  3. Timing of the awards ceremony.  The show was advertised from 11 AM to 5 PM.  The silent auction didn't start until after 3 PM.  It was still going on at 4:30 PM with no indication of finishing anytime soon.  I would guess more than a third of the cars had left by then. I had a commitment after 5 PM  and couldn't stay any longer.  I had been there since 10 AM which made for a long day!

This is the first time I've ever left a show before it was over. I couldn't help but feel a little ripped off as I drove away.  I left feeling the cars were just a minor component of the show instead of a feature.

Car shows are supposed to be fun. Unless you hung out at the bar all afternoon drinking, the fun factor for this show was pretty low, at least it was for me. That's a shame since the show attracted some really nice vehicles.

If you attended this show, please let me know what you thought about it in the comment section. I'm curious to know if my perception is off-base.

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