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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!

Tuesday (May 28):

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Wednesday (May 29):

Thursday (May 30):

Friday (May 31):

Saturday (June 1):

Sunday (June 2):

Check out the Save the Dates for 2024 page for the most comprehensive and best-organized list of future Central Ohio car events.

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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.


1976 Pontiac Trans Am - Owner: Steve Wallace

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Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

For the third week in a row, attendance at the Der Dutchman Cruise-In in Plain City, Ohio broke the 300 mark. This week it was 325 to be exact.

Once again lots of great-looking cars and trucks were in attendance.

Mark your calendars. There will be a celebration of life for Wayne's late wife, Luella, on Thursday, June 8. Wayne would love to see 500 cars attend.

Heart of Grove City Spring Warm-Up Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Saunders and the C-Town Cruisers were in downtown Grove City, Ohio on Saturday hosting the Heart of Grove City Spring Warm-up Car Show.

The event had a good turnout registering 108 vehicles during the afternoon.

Quite a few heads were turned when Dale Pearce pulled up in a new mid-engine Corvette.

Rumors began circulating that Dale had lost his mind and traded in "Ole Blue" for the new Corvette. Those rumors were quickly put to rest when everyone realized Dale was driving Dan "Boots" Longenette's new Corvette. The best part was watching Dale try to get out of the car.

Getting back to the show, awards were presented to the "Top" 35 cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The "Best Of" awards included Best Bike, Best Truck, Best MoPo(Most Potential)/Rat Rod, Best Club Participation (Larry Bickers Memorial Award), Junior Cruiser Award, and of course Best of Show.

Here are the "Best Of" winners:

The Larry Bickers Award for Best Club Participation went to the Old Goats Car Club. Larry along with Paul and Lynn Raduege and Frank Russell were the original founding members of the club which is now around 240 members strong. Larry passed away several years ago and Paul passed away last year leaving Lynn and Frank as the remaining founding members.

Kenny G and Lynn Raduege accepting the Larry Bickers Memorial Award

The Best of Show Award went to our good friend, Dan Varner, with his 1964 "Survivor" Chevy Impala.

Here are the Top 35:

Moonshine Festival Car, Truck, and Bike Show

About 90 cars attended the Moonshine Festival Car, Truck, and Bike Show in downtown New Straitsville, Ohio on Sunday.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 took home the Best GM award.

Best of Show went to the 1954 Corvette belonging to Steve Kidwell and Nancy.

Ye Olde Mill Rod Run & Picnic:

The Newark Rodders Car Club hosted its 52nd Annual Rod Run & Picnic at the Velvet Ice Cream Ye Olde Mill in Utica, Ohio on Sunday.

The beautiful weather and ice cream brought out hundreds of cars to the event. Dave Bratton said he arrived at 9:45 in the morning and was number 369! The final registration number ended up being well over 400 cars.

The horse-drawn carriage arriving and departing did create a lot of dust for cars parked close to the road. And of course, this time of year the fuzz balls from the cottonwood trees are not car-friendly.

There was no Best of Show, however, there were two memorial trophies. One in honor of Barb Wilson who started the show 52 years ago and one for her grandson. The Barb Wilson Award went to Barry McPeek and his 1932 Ford Sedan. William Brown and his 1979 Mustang Pace Car received the Memorial Award for the grandson.

Dave Bratton was kind enough to share the photos he took at the Rod Run & Picnic.

Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap:

I had the pleasure of attending my first Memorial Day Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap in Mount Victory, Ohio on Monday.

What a nice way to spend Memorial Day. Registration was free and optional. There were 192 cars registered by 1 PM with probably another 50-75 cars in attendance that didn't register. There were door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Food trucks and the Methodist Church across Rt 31 were available for food and refreshments.

Almost all the residences around the show area allowed cars to park at the end of their front yard and driveway. There was one grumpy neighbor, however, who had his entire front yard taped off.

Mount Victory is best known for its antique shops. However, the most impressive display of memorabilia is the oil and gas collection contained in the outbuildings on Donald Houchin's property. It's definitely a walk back in time.

Here are some of the cars and scenes from the Mount Victory show:

Rogers Garage Memorial Day Car Meet:

Another Memorial Day car meet took place at Rogers Garage in Johnstown, Ohio. It's estimated that 200 or more cars attended the meet on Monday. Someone compared it to Der Dutchman on a slower night.

Here's a slideshow of the cars from that event:

Other Central Ohio Car Events:

  • The Memorial Day Car Show in downtown Lithopolis, Ohio hosted by the C-Town Cruisers registered 175 vehicles. Best of Show went to Bob Kraft and his 1955 Chevy 210.

  • The Pauley Family Car Show Benefit in Sabina, Ohio on Sunday had about 50 cars in attendance.
  • The New Holland Community Park Celebration Day Car Show registered 75 cars on Saturday.
  • On Saturday, the Feast of the Flowering Moon Cruise-In in Downtown Chillicothe, Ohio broke the 100 mark with 104 cars.
  • I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the Springfield Swap Meet and Car Show at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Three days of beautiful weather made for a lot of cars and lots of visitors. Our good friend, Jeff Shankle, posted over 450 photos from the event on his Facebook page. Here's just a small sample of the cars from the weekend.

Whew! A Holiday weekend and great weather made for an exceptionally long report this week. Next week will return to our regularly scheduled Monday posting and a little shorter report.

I want to thank Dale Pearce, Dave Bratton, Anthony Musick, Jeff Shankle, Bryan Mauer, Kevin Foust, and Phil Monroe for their contributions to this week's report.

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