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NEWS AND NOTES

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

The Der Dutchman Cruise-In held its annual season-ending banquet on Thursday evening at the restaurant.

Looking back over the season, one thousand fewer cars attended the cruise-in this year than last year. On the bright side, the cruise-in set a single-day attendance record with 617 cars on June 8th during the Celebration of Life cruise-in for Luella Nisly. It was a special evening.

Everyone attending the banquet received a complimentary Der Dutchman Cruise-In ball cap.

Those of us who regularly attended the cruise-in each week will now have to find something else to do on Thursday evenings from now until May 2, 2024 rolls around.

Tolles Car & Craft Show:

Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio hosted its 6th Annual Car and Craft Show on Saturday.

Thanks to early morning temperatures in the low 40s, the car show started slowly but eventually registered 61 cars.

Last year I gave the show the honor of having the best-tasting hamburger. Much to my and everyone's disappointment, the culinary students weren't at the show this year. In their place was the Hound Dog Food truck. Let's hope the students return next year. We all missed the taste of a good car show hamburger.

The show divided the cars into categories and presented 22 trophies based on those categories. Some examples of the different categories were Best 50s, Best 60s, Best 70s, Modern Muscle, Vintage Muscle, Rat Rod, and so on. There was also a Tolles Student Award, a People's Choice Award, and Best in Show. The trophy for the Rat Rod was handmade from tools and engine parts.

Voting for the People's Choice Award was done electronically using a QR code located on the window plaque of each registered car. Very high-tech.

Here are the category winners selected by the judges:

The People's Choice Award went to Don Benedik and his 1932 Ford Roadster.

Kevin Foust's 1941 Dodge WC40 Military Weapons Carrier received the Best in Show honors.

BGMC Car Show:

The New Beginnings Church held its 6th Annual BGMC Car Show on Saturday.

BGMC stands for Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge. It's the missions education program for all kids in the Assemblies of God. The money raised through BGMC provides the Assemblies of God missionaries with needed supplies to support its missions throughout the world.

Only 36 cars attended the show thanks to cold and windy weather conditions. There were more trophies than cars so everyone went home a winner.

I'm guessing the weather conditions had some influence on Dave Bratton's claim that the chili was "to die for". Dave said it was so good he went back for seconds.

Here are the "Special" category winners:

Best Truck, Dale Pearce - 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup
Best Import, Seth Peyton - 1982 Volkswagon Rabbit
Pastor's Choice, Dave Muller - 1960 Rambler Classic
3rd Place, Richard Hails - 1971 Chevy Nova SS
2nd Place, Carol Benson - 1960 Chevy C10 Pick Up
Best Bike, Bruce Hoover - 2010 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
BGMC Pick, Dave Bratton - 1937 Wild Rod Ford

Mark and Patty Enyart's 1962 Chevy Impala SS was selected Best of Show.

Rod Knockers Car Show:

The Rod Knockers Car Club out of Marion, Ohio held its final car show of the season on Saturday evening. Not only was Saturday the last show of the season but also the last show for the foreseeable future. The club announced that it has decided to take some time off to re-evaluate its direction moving forward.

Those of you who follow this blog know that I have ranked the Rod Knockers Monthly Car Show as the number one registration-free show in Central Ohio for the last five years. There's no question it will be missed in 2024. Here's hoping it comes back sooner rather than later.

The last show registered 52 cars. Not bad considering the weather.

Being October, this was the Halloween-themed show.

Our good friend, Frank Sanborn, received one of the last "Favorite" Awards from the Club for his Dodge Dart.

Here's wishing the club all the best in whatever direction it decides to take.

Millersport Lions Club and Lewis Center Wings & Rings Car Shows:

The Crossroads Events team was busy this past weekend hosting a car show on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday they helped host a show for the Millersport Lions Club in Millersport Ohio.

The "Spotlight" vehicle for this show was all Ford trucks. The Spotlight Award went to Shawn Ford (how appropriate) and his 1948 Ford F-1 pickup.

Jayden Householder's 2001 Chevy Camaro received the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award.

Best of Show honors went to Fred Williams with a 1967 Ford Mustang GT 500.

The team traveled to Lewis Center on Sunday to host its monthly show at the Wings & Rings Restaurant.

The "Spotlight" car was all Dodges. The Spotlight Award went to Danielle Grogan and her 2021 Dodge Daytona.

Danielle's husband, Rick, took home the Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award for his 2021 Dodge Ram pickup.

Jim McGruder's "customized" 2020 Rapid Blue Corvette Stingray was picked as Best of Show.

The Crossroads Events team will be off for the next two weekends but will be back in November hosting their last two shows of the season on November 5th at Eldorado's Food and Spirits and November 12th at Lewis Center Wings & Rings.

Steve Austin's Auto Group Open Car and Truck Show:

The Steve Austin Auto Group held its 4th Annual Open Car and Truck Show at its dealership in Bellefontaine, Ohio on Saturday.

The show had over 115 vehicles in attendance. There were several food trucks on site. The show also held a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. The Steve Austin Group presented awards to the "Top" 30 plus a Best of Show.

Other Area Shows:

  • Dan Varner's 1960 Cadillac DeVille received the Best of Show for Classics at the Mario Knapp Car Show on Saturday.

  • The Ohio Autism Show Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show at the Hartford Fairgrounds in Croton, Ohio had well over 100 cars in attendance on Saturday. As is typical Ohio weather this time of year, the attendees experienced sunshine, rain, and hail all in a 30-minute period. Our friend, Kenny G., received an Integrity Insurance Sponsor's Pick.
  • Phil Monroe made the trip down I-71 to Wilmington, Ohio on Sunday to check out the Fairlane Torino Show put on by the Fairlane Club of America. CLICK HERE to see the photos Phil took at the show.

That's it for this week. If the weather is on our side, we're looking at only one more month of car shows in 2023. Wow! Has this season gone by fast!

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
  • Phil Monroe
  • Frank Sanborn
  • Kenny G.
  • Scott Harring
  • Frank Russell

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

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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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This week starts the last full month of the season. Many of the "on going" shows and cruise-in will hold their last event for the season this week and next month.

There are lots of trunk or treat events scheduled starting the middle of the October so get the Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy ready.

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

NEWS AND NOTES:

Der Dutchman:

The unseasonably cold weather this past Thursday didn't deter 59 cars from showing up at the Der Dutchman Cruise-in in Plain City, Ohio. It was kind of weird to see everyone in long pants and coats again. Looking back, the last time coats were needed was the first cruise-in of the season back on May 3rd.

This Thursday will mark the very last Der Dutchman Cruise-In for 2021. The following week will be the banquet and then we'll have to wait until May 2022 for the weekly cruise-ins to resume again.

Marysville Muscle Cruise-In:

After Thursday's chill, the weather on Friday was just about perfect for the monthly Marysville Muscle Cruise-in at Honda Powersports in Marysville, Ohio. Chris stopped by with his 1970 Ford Torino GT, Jim drove his 800 HP Ultima RS, Ron arrived in his 1980 Z/28 Camaro, and Tim's 1968 Camaro made its return following a two year absence. Unfortunately, the food truck was a no show.

Two more cruise-ins are scheduled for the last Friday in October and November before calling it quits for the season. The weather will be the wild card for these last two meets.

Music in the Park Cruise-in Car Show:

Rained out in July, the rescheduled Music in the Park Cruise-In Car Show took place Friday evening at Stradley Park in Canal Winchester, Ohio . Hosted by the C-Town Cruisers, the event registered about 40 cars. Dale Pearce and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup truck received the People's Choice Award.

North Hills Car and Bike Show:

After skipping a year because of Covid, the North Hills Church of God in Springfield, Ohio resumed its annual Car and Bike Show on Sunday. The show had a record turn out with 203 registered cars and bikes . The turn out was so big, the church ran out of parking spaces and had to close registration early. Dick "Hot Dog" Ryman was the DJ.

Judging was done by everyone that registered a vehicle. If you've been a reader of this blog, you know I'm not a fan of participation judging. However, the way this show does it makes it a little more palatable. First, there is only one ballot per vehicle and the ballot has your car number on it. Second, participants can't vote for their own car, truck or bike. If they do, their entire ballot is null and void. And third, the ballots can not be turned in until after registration is closed. As with all participation judging, if you come with a club or group of friends you have a better chance of going home with an award.

Unfortunately, towards the end of the show a spectator's car pulled out of the church lot and hit an on coming car going east bound on Moorefield road. The hit spun the on coming car around 360 degrees where it hit one of the bikes parked close to the church entrance. It was a serious enough accident to require an emergency vehicle. Let's hope and pray everyone involved is okay.

Despite the commotion from the accident, the award presentation was only delayed by about 15 minutes. The Church presented awards to the Top 25 cars, the top five bikes, 10 special awards, and a Best of Show for cars and a Best of Show for Bikes.

David Salyers took the car Best of Show honors with his 1967 Pontiac GTO. David's car also received the Cook's Choice aware. The bike Best of Show went to a 1934 Harley Davidson VLD belonging to Craig Biniker.

If you'd like to see more from the North Hills Show, CLICK HERE to go to the show's photo page.

Other Area Shows:

  • Bill Repp and his 1972 Chevy Chevelle took Best of Show honors at the Saturday Night Cruise at Nik Fixx.
  • The Fire Department in Laurelville, Ohio registered 103 cars at their show on Saturday.
  • The Shamrock Club Classic Car and Bike Show had an excellent turn out registering 95 cars.
  • The 1956 Ford Parklane belonging to Kim Miklos received Best of Show at the Gahanna Community Church Car Show on Sunday. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup took the Best Truck award.
  • If anyone attended the Sunbury Lions Club Country Cruise-In on Sunday, please feel free to post info about it in the comments.
  • This is the second week in a row I received an email from a reader who went to an event only to find out it was canceled. Last week it was the Cruisin' Classics Monthly Cruise-In. This week it was the Green Cables Cruise-In. I know this can be very frustrating. Groups post their show flyers all over internet but then don't post anything when they cancel. If I find out a show has been canceled, I try my best to get the word out. All we can do is ask that show organizers show some respect to the car community and let people know when their event has been canceled.

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