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1937 Studebaker Coupe Express Pickup - Owner: Kurt Finton

This coming weekend closes out the month of July. I don't know about you, but the month of July flew by this year. I can't believe we're almost down to the last four months of the season!

Here's the selection of Central Ohio car events for this week.

Monday (July 22):

Tuesday (July 23):

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NEWS AND NOTES

Ten shows from this past week are covered in this week's News and Notes. I spent a good bit of my weekend on Rt 33 between Columbus and Marysville.

Verena at Hilliard Celebrating America Event and Car Show:

The Verena at Hilliard 55+ Independent Senior Living Community held its Celebrating American Event and Invitational Car Show on Thursday.

Live entertainment was provided by the band Driving Guitars.

Along with providing dinner for everyone who participated in the car show, the Verena at Hilliard presented trophies for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cars as voted on by the residents.

3rd Place went to Steve Elam with his 2016 Chevy Colorado pickup and 1945 James military motorcycle.

The 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang of Tom Obert received the 2nd Place award.

For the second year in a row, Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the most votes. Some car owners have privately complained that the walker Dale places next to his truck gives him an unfair advantage regarding voting. 🤣

Arthritis Foundation 41st Charity Auto Show:

The big event this past weekend was the Arthritis Foundation 41st Charity Auto Show at the Metro Place in Dublin, Ohio.

The Friday open cruise-in registered 377 vehicles.

The evening's "live" music was provided by the band British Invasion.

At the end of the evening, six-foot trophies were presented to the Top 100 cars and trucks.

I was able to get photos of most of the Central Ohio cruisers who received one of the six-footers.

Not pictured:

  • Kevin Martin - 1962 Chevy Pickup
  • Andrew Van Ert -1968 Chevy Chevelle
  • Charlie Seymour - 1967 Chevy Nova SS
  • David Erickson - 1969 Plymouth Sport Fury & 1939 Plymouth P8 Coupe

If I missed anyone please let me know.

The class-judged show on Saturday had around 700 cars in attendance.

Here are some of the 1100 cars from both days of the show.

Robin Wahlenmaier had the little model car of her Chevelle she displays on the front of her car taken at the Arthritis show on Friday. The car has significant sentimental value. If anyone's child picked this car up please return it to Robin. You can reach her on Facebook. She will not ask any questions. She just wants it back.

Cruisin with the King in 2024:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club held its July show at Burger King in Marysville, Ohio on Saturday evening.

This month the club registered 45 vehicles.

The club presented award plaques to its "Favorite 15" from the vehicles that registered.

Here are this month's "Favorites":

The Mid Ohio Cruisers will be back at Burger King for the August show on August 17th.

Groovy's Cruise-In/Car Show:

Groovy's Plant Ranch in Marengo, Ohio hosted a cruise-in/car show on Saturday. There were 83 cars in attendance.

There was no registration fee to participate in the cruise-in/car show. Groovy's gave out awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vehicles. First place received a $200 gift card to Groovy's Plant Ranch.

Here are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners:

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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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1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 - Owners: Steve & Diane Storts

The schedule is fairly light this week. Other than Columbus Cars & Coffee at Starbucks in Westerville, there is nothing else scheduled on Sunday since it is Easter. I did confirm that Starbucks will be open on Easter Sunday for those of you in the mood for a cinnamon dolce latte.


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NEWS AND NOTES

Not much to report this week. Thanks to the weather, attendance at the Rod Knockers show in Marion on Saturday evening was rather sparse (around 25 cars total). Had a cool award plaque, though.

The weather improved a little bit on Sunday but not by much. The first cruise-in of the year at the Heart of Ohio Antique Center in Springfield, Ohio saw about 50 cars in attendance.

Marysville Motors, formerly known as Maryville Muscle, held its first monthly cruise-in of the season on Sunday. The group has changed locations this year from the Honda Marysville Motorsports parking lot to Ramsey's Parkway Drive-Thru, Pizza, and Pub. The date and time have also changed and are now the first Sunday of the month from 1 - 4 PM. About 25 cars attended the first cruise-in at Ramsey's.

Special thanks to Jeff Shankle and Heather Mershon for sharing their photos for this week's report.

I'm going to close with a few photos from the Columbus Spring Swap Meet held at the Ohio Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday.

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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Thursday Cruise-In

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio had another good evening of attendance this week with 302 cars.

September seems to be the best month for attendance. The weather starts to cool a bit and everyone suddenly realizes the cruise-in will be over in a few weeks. If the weather is nice, look for attendance to start pushing the 400 mark.

Marysville Muscle/Marysville Honda Motorsports Monthly Meet-Up

Thanks to an accident on Rt 33 and the traffic light at Rt 42 and Industrial Parkway, it took over an hour to get to Marysville, Ohio Friday evening for the Marysville muscle/Marysville Honda Motorsports monthly meet-up. I was counting on the food truck for my dinner but it was a no-show.

On the bright side, Jeff and Pam Shankle debuted their latest acquisition -- a 1967 Dodge Coronet Convertible.

A little more than 30 cars and bikes attended this month's meet-up. The final meet-up of the season will be September 30th.

Hidden Lakes Sizzlin Summer Season Series

Crossroads Events held its third show of the season at the Hidden lakes Winery in Canal Winchester, Ohio on Friday evening. The show registered about 50 cars.

Dan Fancelli's 1997 Chevy Camaro received its first-ever award. Congratulations Dan!

  • Best in Show Bike went to Mitch Salisbury with a 1996 Harley Davidson Heritage
  • Best in Show Truck was the 2008 Ford F450 4x4 8-door stretch of Andy & Kim Matyac. This is the same truck featured at Der Dutchman several weeks ago.
  • The Best in Show Car award went to Mark Lester's 1967 Chevy Camaro.

To see more photos from the Hidden Lakes show, CLICK HERE.

Whitehall American Legion 490 Car and Bike Show

Zenith Kustoms hosted a car and bike show at The American Legion Post 490 in Whitehall, Ohio on Saturday. The show registered 45 cars and 15 bikes. There were awards for the Top 20, Best Bike, Best Truck, Best Rod, and Best Muscle Car.

John Ressler's 1989 Chevy C1500 Pickup received the Best Truck award.

14th Annual Gospel Car & Motorcycle Show

Saturday afternoon more than 100 cars attended the 14th Annual Gospel & Motorcycle Show at the Columbus Christian Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The show saw Kenneth Kerr and William Hubbard return to the Central Ohio car show scene. Great to see those two back out.

Kevin Foust and his 1941 Dodge Wc40 captured Best of Show honors.

Members of the Rusty Lug Nuts Facebook group also captured some hardware at the show.

Dave Argyle Memorial Car Show

Dave Bratton attended the 17th Annual Dave Argyle Memorial Car Show at the Amvets Post 1985 in Lancaster, Ohio on Saturday.

The show registered 91 vehicles. From what I understand there was only one judge so it took longer than expected for the awards presentation. Some people left before the end of the show.

Dave was kind enough to send PHOTOS from the show.

Springdale Baptist Church Hot Rods & Hot Food

Every now and then you come across a little gem of a car show or cruise-in. That's how I would describe the Springdale Baptist Church Hot Rods & Hot Food Cruise-in Saturday evening. There were 21 cars in attendance. The Church served hot dogs, chips, and water for a donation. There was a raffle for a door prize basket. It turned out to be a nice relaxing few hours on a Saturday evening with friends and other car enthusiasts. Plus the drive to and from the church was pretty nice too.

Toy Barn Fall Car Show 2022

The Toy Barn Pre-Owned Dealership in Dublin, Ohio hosted its second car show of the season on Sunday morning. If the weather is nice, you can count on a lot of cars and a lot of spectators. I heard someone say the dealership pre-registered 300 cars.

The show typically attracts classic, muscle, and exotic cars. Sunday was no exception.

Per usual, the Lamborghinis made their grand entrance and attracted quite a crowd as they arrived.

DJM Dizzie provided the music. There were several food trucks providing breakfast and coffee.

To see a lot more cars from the Toy Barn Show, CLICK HERE.

Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride at Masseys Pizza

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride crew were at Masseys Pizza at the Indian Mound Mall in Heath, Ohio on Sunday. This show was originally scheduled for July 17 but was postponed because of the weather.

The show had a good turnout with 118 cars in attendance. Tammy Guyer and her 1962 Chevy Impala Wagon went home with the Best of Show Award.

Dale Pearce, Pam, and Jeff Shankle also headed home with several awards.

Rams & Rhinos Charity Car and Bike Show

Ramsey's Parkway Drive Thru, Pizza & Pub in Marysville, Ohio was the site of the first-ever Rams & Rhinos Charity Car and Bike Show Sunday afternoon.

For those curious about the Rhinos, it's a rugby team from Marysville.

Proceeds from the show go to Life Car Alliance and the Central Ohio Diabetes Association.

The event registered 56 cars, trucks, and bikes. There were a total of five awards. First, second, and third place for the cars, Crowd Favorite, and Best Motorcycle. There was also a 50/50 drawing and a raffle for two prize baskets. One basket was car care products and gift cards, the other basket contained some adult spirits.

Members of the Rhino Rugby team did the judging. I have to hand it to them they looked at every car and bike.

Here are the award winners chosen by the team:

CLICK HERE for more photos from the Rams & Rhinos show.


I have sad news to report that we lost two Central Ohio Cruisers these past weeks. Billy Dean Peterson passed away on August 19 and Jerry Davies on August 27. Both will be missed.

Because of the holiday on Monday, next week's list will be posted on Tuesday, September 6th.

A big thank you to Jeff Shankle, Dave Bratton, and Dale Pearce for sharing their photos from this past weekend.

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Here are the events scheduled for this last weekend of September. Once again it's a big one! If past history is any indication, the two biggest shows of the weekend will be the Sunbury Lions Club Country Cruise-in and the North Hills Car and Bike Show. Both are on Sunday.

CLICK HERE to skip the News and Notes section and go directly to the list of events.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman:

The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio held two cruise-ins this week. Their weekly cruise-in on Thursday evening attracted 347 cars. It turned out to be a wonderful evening to hang out with friends.

Saturday morning the restaurant hosted its annual Coffee and Donuts cruise-in. More than 80 cars stopped in for a cup of coffee and a famous Der Dutchman donut. By 11 AM everyone was experiencing a pretty good sugar and caffeine buzz.

To see more from the Thursday and coffee and donuts cruise-ins, CLICK HERE.

Farrow Hot Rods and Handlebars:

Saturday evening the Farrow Harley Davidson Dealership in Sunbury, Ohio hosted their second Hot Rods and Handlebars Car and Bike Show of the season. The event was sponsored by Rabid Customs, Ricart Automotive, and of course, Farrow Harley-Davidson.

The Parking lot was divided into two sections, one for the motorcycles and the other for the cars. Two food trucks and a beer garden provided refreshments. A live band (sorry, don't know the name) entertained the crowd.

Entry to the show was free for spectators and motorcycles. If you wanted your car included in the judging for a trophy, a $10 donation to charity was requested. With the $10 donation also came a 16 oz bottle of Jax Wax Hawaiian Shine, microfiber towel, and air freshener. Not a bad deal.

On the car side, there were trophies for the top 25, third and second place, and Best of Show. I believe there were three awards for the motorcycles.

The car registration forms were not numbered so I don't have an accurate count of registered cars. I'm guessing somewhere around 100 cars with another 50 that showed up but didn't register. All I can say about the bikes is there were a lot of them! I didn't spend much time in the bikes section. There was a lot to keep up with the cars. I did, however, discover (as did many others) a "Legends of Rock" themed bike that was absolutely amazing. You'll have to check it out on the show's PHOTO PAGE. Let me know how many rock legends you can name.

Here are the top three award winners from the show:

Coughlin Chevrolet of Pataskala Car Show:

Coughlin Chevrolet of Pataskala, Ohio held its 12th annual car show on Saturday. Advertised as "Ohio's Best Free Car Show", the event registered close to 200 cars.

The show attracted mostly Corvettes with maybe 40-50 cars being other makes and models. Trophies were presented to the Top 100 cars. There was no Best of Show award.

To see more from the Coughlin show, check out the show's PHOTO PAGE.

All Oldsmobile Car Show and Swap Meet:

On Sunday, the Mid-Ohio Chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America held their 34th Annual All Oldsmobile Car Show and Swap Meet at Quaker Steak and Lube in Columbus, Ohio.

The club registered 75 Oldsmobiles. Trophies were presented to the Top 20 cars as voted on by those participating in the show.

Even though I don't own an Oldsmobile, the first car my wife and I bought as a married couple was a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme so I have a little soft spot in my heart for the brand. Unfortunately, I only saw one 1977 Cutlass. It was a 442 not a supreme.

To see more from the All Oldsmobile Show, CLICK HERE.

Other Area Shows:

Reports are the Jax Wax Car Show on Saturday registered close to 400 cars. Steve Andrix and his 1954 Chevy Bel Air received the Best of Show award.

The turn out for Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Columbus Auto Resale on Saturday was between 50 and 60 cars.

The Cupola Classic Car Show in Johnstown, Ohio on Sunday had 160 cars in attendance.

If you have any information on other shows in the area from this past weekend, please feel free to post it in the comments section.


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A few weekly cruise-ins have dropped off the schedule, however, this weekend and next still have a full slate of events. Things will begin to wind down in October.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-in experienced another good week of attendance with 287 cars Thursday evening. Two outstanding cars, a 1940 Woody wagon that won best of show at the Zucchinifest and West Jefferson Ox Roast last week, and a 50's Cadillac paid a visit this week.

Only three more cruise-ins left for this year. If you haven't made it to one yet, time is starting to run out.

Speaking of Der Dutchman, they will hold their Coffee and Donuts Cruise-in this Saturday morning. It's a great excuse to enjoy a cup of coffee, one of their famous long John donuts and hang out with your car buddies.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

After battling rain the previous two months, The Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show in Marysville, Ohio finally got a descent evening of weather.

Forty-two cars showed up Friday evening for the monthly show with 35 of them registering. The show raised $180 for the Milford Center and Marysville food pantries.

This month the manager of Advanced Auto Parts selected the following four cars for awards.

Empty Pockets Cruisers Patriots Day Car Show:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers held their Patriots Day Car Show on Saturday at the Hilliard Community Center in Hilliard, Ohio.

This was the club's third show of the season and the first time hosting a show at the Hilliard Community center. Normally the club hosts three shows a season but in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 they added this extra show.

The Community center turned out to be a nice venue for a car show. There was plenty of parking, clean restrooms and some shade if you wanted it. The club reached out to large number of food trucks but only two showed up on Saturday. I overheard some people complaining that the service from both trucks was a little slow.

The club registered 134 cars and presented 50 awards. The special awards at this event included Most Patriotic, First Responders Choice, Sponsors Choice, DJ's Choice, and Best of Show.

Best of Show award went to Dean and LuAnn Mafsenbacher and their 1953 Chevy 3100 pickup. The Mafsenbacher's truck also took the Best of Show honors at the Empty Pockets Armed Forces Day show in May.

All in all it was another great event put on by the Empty Pockets Cruisers. The club's final show of the season will be their annual Trunk or Treat event, one of my favorites, on October 16.

If you'd like to see more from the Patriots Day Show, CLICK HERE.

Ohio Corvette Club Alliance Corvette Gathering:

On Sunday I had the opportunity to participate in my very first Corvette Gathering in downtown Lancaster, Ohio.

The Gathering is put on by the Alliance of Corvette clubs from around the state of Ohio. It pretty much amounts to a big cruise-in for Corvettes. There's no judging or awards. For the $15 registration fee, you received a nice participation plaque and a raffle ticket for door prizes. The event also included a silent auction. Vendors were there selling Corvette related paraphernalia. After skipping last year because of Covid, this was the 16th year for the Corvette Gathering.

The Alliance registered 310 Corvettes, however, it was closer to 360 that participated. West Main Street in the historic district of downtown Lancaster is where the event is held. The street is closed between S. Columbus Street and S. High Street. There's a nice hill to climb as you walk towards S. High Street.

The newer Corvettes pretty much dominated the Gathering. Someone told me they only counted about 25 Corvettes from 1970 and older. I think there was more than that but the newer Corvettes were definitely in abundance. I saw quite a few out-of-state cars. The farthest away someone traveled that I saw was South Dakota.

If you like Corvettes and want to spend a relaxing day shooting the breeze with other Corvette owners, the Corvette Gathering is the place to be.

CLICK HERE to see a bunch of Corvettes from the Gathering.

Motts Military Driving for Daisy Car Show:

The Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride crew were at the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio on Sunday for the Motts Military Driving for Daisy Car Show.

The show registered around 100 cars. The Best of Show award went to Jim Bickel and his 1969 AMC AMX. Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took Best Truck.

CLICK HERE for more scenes from the Motts Military Driving Daisey show.

Other Area Car Shows:

I received word that the Street Elite Corvette Club's Charitable Open Car Show in Sunbury, Ohio on Saturday registered 160 cars. If anyone knows who took Best of Show, please post in the comments.

UPDATE: Sam Parks and his 1948 Chevy Pickup took the Best of Show award.

I'm told the turnout on Sunday for the All Ohio Ford Show at the Pastime Park in Plain City, Ohio was not very good. By 1 PM only 35-40 cars had registered. I understand there was no food or drink available. Very disappointing for a show with a $20 registration fee.

I want to again thank Dave Bratton and Jeff Shankle for sending information and photos on the shows they attending this weekend. It's great to have eyes, ears and cameras at the shows I'm unable to attend.


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Here is this week's line-up. Several Patriot Day car shows commemorating 9/11 will take place on Saturday. The Street Elite Corvette Club will host its annual open car show in Sunbury also on Saturday. Motts Military Show and the All Corvette Gathering in Lancaster highlight the schedule for Sunday.

NEWS AND NOTES:

WARNING: Because of the holiday weekend, this week's report is a long one. If you want to jump to the list of events and skip the report, click here.

Der Dutchman:

With weather conditions being close to ideal this past Thursday, attendance at the Der Dutchman cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio jumped back up to more than 300 cars. The weather forecast looks good for this coming Thursday so expect another big cruise-in.

Zucchinifest Car and Motorcycle Show:

On Friday evening the Zucchinifest Car and Motorcycle Show at Fortress Obetz in Obetz, Ohio registered more than 180 cars.

Best of Show went to a 1940 Woody Wagon with a Corvette engine. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Mayor's Choice award. Good thing Dale has a truck or it could have been a challenge getting that trophy home.

Richwood Bank Coffee and Cars Cruise-in:

Twenty-one cars spent a relaxing Saturday morning at the Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio. I left before the raffle drawing to make the drive over to Mechanicsburg.

The Flywheels Hot Rod Club of Marion hosted a car show at the Prospect Community Park in Prospect, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The Club expected to register around 50 cars and ended up registering 174 vehicles. Talk about exceeding expectations!

The Prospect Lions Club and several food vendors provided refreshments. There were commercial and craft booths scattered around the park. I'm told the park was a great location for a car show. Clean restrooms and plenty of trees to provide shade.

The Flywheels Hot Rod Club plans to make this an annual event. To see more photos from the Flywheel show, click here.

Mechanicsburg First Responders Car Show:

Ohio State's football home opener has generally been the first Saturday of September so I've never been able to attend the Mechanicsburg First Responders Car Show until this year.

The show is held on Main Street (Route 29) north of Route 4 all the way to the Route 29/559 junction. Main Street south of Route 4 is used for overflow parking. And this year the show needed every bit of overflow parking as it registered well over 200 cars.

I arrived in Mechanicsburg around 11:40 AM (registration opened at 11 AM) and I had to park at the very end of Main Street right at the Rt 29/559 junction. It was just about a quarter-mile walk from my car to the fire station to register. My advice is to arrive early if you want to park anywhere close to the action.

I didn't see a lot in the way of food vendors. Although to be honest I wasn't looking for any. I know there was food available at the fire station and there were a couple of refreshment stands. I know this because I bought ice tea at one.

The awards were a combination of custom-made and traditional trophies. There were a good number of special awards like Mayor's Choice, Most Original, Farthest Traveled, Best Engine, etc, along with "Top 45" trophies, a Runner-up Best of Show, and a Best of Show.

Runner-up Best of Show went to Sam Parks and his 1948 Chevrolet Pickup. The orange 1946 Ford Coupe belonging to Robert Kirst from Mansfield, Ohio took the Best of Show honors.

If you'd like to see more cars from the Mechanicsburg show, click here.

Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride at Ten Pin Alley:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride team were in Hilliard, Ohio Saturday at the Ten Pin Alley bowling establishment.

The show registered 82 vehicles. Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took The Best Truck Award. Best of Show went to Aaron Denney and his 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442.

The Italian Gathering:

On my way to the Dublin A.M. Rotary Classic Car Show on Sunday, I stopped by Wendy's International Headquarters in Dublin, Ohio to take some photos from the Italian Gathering. Boy, could you smell the money!

The event is organized by Evans Automotive and proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy's Wonderful Kids.

This is the first year that owners of the British manufactured McLaren could participate in the Italian Gathering. Personally, I think the organizers should relabel it the Exotic Gathering and allow the Porsches, Jaguars, and any other high-end foreign-manufactured cars to participate. I bet it would be a huge event.

Click here to see more photos from the Italian Gathering.

Dublin A.M. Rotary Classic Car Show:

After a year off because of Covid, the Rotary Club of Dublin A.M. held their second annual classic car show on Sunday in the public parking lots off Bridge Park Avenue in Dublin, Ohio.

This year the show registered 103 cars. The DJ again was Jason Nester, who in my opinion is one of the top two or three DJs in the area. Elvis was also in the parking lot along with the Poodle girls. The biggest complaint I heard was the lack of food vendors. If you wanted something to eat or drink the only choices were the restaurants adjacent to the parking lots.

The Dublin A.M. Rotary presented 30 "Favorite" trophies and a Best of Show. The Best of Show Award went to Mark Richmond with a 1967 Volkswagon Karmann Ghia Coupe.

Click this link for more photos from the Dublin A.M. Rotary Classic Car Show.

American Legion Southway Post 144 Labor Day Car Meet:

Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers were in south Columbus, Ohio on Monday hosting the Labor Day Car Meet at the American Legion Southway Post 144.

The American Legion Southway Post 144 is one of my favorite venues for a car show. It sits back off of South High Street. There's a long driveway to a big parking lot. You can park on the blacktop or you can park in the grass. There's plenty of shaded areas to escape the sun. What's really nice is the members of Post 144 appreciate the C-Town Cruisers hosting car shows at their establishment.

Getting back to the show, 90 cars registered Monday with another 10-20 cars showing up but not registering. Big Dawg presented trophies to the "Top 40" cars along with a Best Truck Award, a Best Rat Rod/Most Potential Award, a Most Patriotic Award, a Club Participation Award, the Larry Bickers Memorial Award, and a Best of Cruise.

The Larry Bickers Memorial Award went to Mike and Sandy Gibson and their 1947 Buick Super Convertible. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air belonging to Tom and Lynn Verfaillie took the Best of Cruise honors.

American Legion Southway Post 144 Labor Day Car Meet photos

I received a few photos from Monday's West Jefferson Ox Roast Car Show that was held in Garrett Park in West Jefferson, Ohio. It looks like the event registered around 140 cars. According to the flyer, there were trophies for the "Favorite" 35 and a Best of Show. If anyone knows who took the Best of Show Award or has information on any other shows in the area this past weekend, please feel free to post in the comments.

That's it for this week. I think I set a record with 520 photos taken over the three-day weekend. Whew!

I want to thank Dale Pearce, Cathy, and Mark Krist, Jeff Shankle, and Bryan Lewis for their help making this report.


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Another month of the season is in the books. Only two and half months of events left for this year.

This week's list includes events scheduled on Labor Day, and boy is this holiday weekend packed. The 10-day forecast calls for cooler temperatures. Let's hope it's accurate.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Although a drop of rain never fell on the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio Thursday evening, the weather around the area kept attendance down to 77 cars. I got caught in a downpour driving through Dublin, Ohio on my way to the cruise-in. My black Camaro needs a thorough washing this week as it's a mess.

Jay Vanscoy Car Show:

The Hilliard, Ohio Church of Christ hosted the first Annual Jay Vanscoy Car Show on Saturday. The show is a memorial to Jay Vanscoy, the son of Senior Minister Danny Vanscoy. Jay passed away in January.

The show registered 55 cars. The registration fee was $15 and included a tee-shirt, a very nice "goodie" bag, and a door prize raffle ticket.

The Church presented three awards, People's Choice, Preacher's Pick, and Best of Show. Here are the award-winning cars. See a common theme here?