There's a little more local activity this week. For those of you who can't wait until the weekend to get your car show fix, good news, you're going to start seeing events on weekdays from now until October.
NEWS AND NOTES:
I didn't attend the pre-cruise-in dinner at Der Dutchman in Plain City on Thursday, but I heard attendance was very good.
Shannon Rusell's car was parked under the canopy in front of the restaurant to honor him. Shannon recently passed away. He was a regular attendee of the cruise-in from the very beginning. I'm sure many of you will recognize his car. He will be missed.
The Car and Bike Show at Tony's Bar and Grille Friday evening in London, Ohio was the only judged show in the area this past weekend. The show registered more than 50 cars. This 1959 Corvette took Best of Show honors.
A bunch of events were announced last week and added to the Save the Dates for 2021 page. Check out the page for the most comprehensive list of upcoming car events in Central Ohio.
Here are this week's Central Ohio Car events. This will be the last big Saturday of events for this season.
News and Notes:
The Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show in Marysville on Friday evening registered 38 cars and raised $240 for local charities. October award winners were Jimmy Carmean with a 1950 Ford Tudor, Gilbert Meyers with a 1958 Hotrod Short Bus, and Chris Fannin with a 1957 Chevy Pickup.
The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted their annual Trunk or Treat Car Show at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon. The show registered 154 cars. Once again there was a great turnout of kids for the trunk or treat part of the show. The only disappointment was the absence of the Ohio Zombie Guard due to the health issues of one of its members.
The special award winners Saturday were:
Click Here for more photos from the Trunk or Treat Show.
Jim Cooper reports that the Grace Point Church Car Show in Lewis Center had an excellent turnout for a first-time show. The church registered 102 cars. The church presented Best of Show, Pastor's Choice, and Top 20 awards. Jim says there's plenty of room for the show to grow if the church decides to host it again next year.
I was a little surprised to see several more events announced last week. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.
Here are the Central Ohio car events for this week.
News and Notes:
I erroneously reported that last week would be the last Grace Chapel cruise-in of the season. Actually, this Wednesday (9/30) will be the last cruise-in at the church. I apologize for the confusion.
The big event this week will be Colo's Classic Car Show at the Columbus Zoo. If the weather is good, you can expect somewhere close to 1000 cars to participate. No question it will be the largest event in Central Ohio for this Coronavirus restricted season.
The Der Dutchman Cruise-in finished the season on a very high note. The Plain City restaurant broke another attendance record with 402 cars on Thursday evening.
To top that off, another 115 cars showed up for the Coffee and Donuts cruise-in Saturday morning. I've got to say there's nothing finer than a "sugar buzz" from a Der Dutchman chocolate long john.
The Cars and Cones Ice Cream Cruise-in had another great turn out with well over 100 cars. Click Here to see some of the rides that showed up Sunday afternoon.
The Shamrock Club of Columbus Classic Car & Bike Show registered 140 cars on Sunday.
Events are still "trickling" in for the last two months of the season. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.
Here are this week's Central Ohio car events. Saturday has a big lineup to choose from.
News and Notes:
Last week the Ohio Department of Health told Der Dutchman it had to cancel its weekly cruise-in. Despite the notice, 304 cars showed up last Thursday. Just like last week, there will be additional restaurant parking at the farm and food available. There will again be no registration or door prizes at the end of the evening.
UPDATE: Just received a text from Wayne Nisly. The health inspector was at Der Dutchman today. He gave the okay to register cars, serve food, and give out door prizes.
Congrats to Chris Kraner and his 1970 Ford Torino GT for taking Best of Show at the Auto Smarts Radio Ten Pin Alley show in Hilliard on Saturday.
On Friday evening, the Advance Auto Parts/Creative Towing show in Marysville raised $140 for the Milford Center Food Pantry. This month's award winners were Bill Mullins with a 1934 Ford Coupe, Glen Frisby with a 1955 Chevy, and Bob Roush with a 1967 Mercury Cougar.
I'm still updating the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for a complete list of car events through the end of the season.
Here are the car events for the first week and weekend of July. Even though there is no Champaign Cruisers Firecracker or Union County Fairground shows this year, there are still plenty of events scheduled for July 4th.
Last week there were several last-minute cancellations and location changes. I try to update the list as soon as I know about any changes, however, it's always a good idea to contact the organizers to confirm the event is still on before heading out.
News and Notes:
The second week of the Der Dutchman Cruise-In turned out to be a big one. More than 200 cars showed up for what turned out to be a beautiful Thursday evening weather-wise. Starting this week, I believe the restaurant is going to start selling ice cream and soft drinks at the cruise-in.
The inaugural Grace Chapel Wednesday Night Cruise-in attracted about 20 cars. Just like the Hilton Cruise-In last year, it was after 6 pm when the majority of cars arrived. Chad Schirtziner is working to get a food truck on the premises each week.
Two big events, Cruise the Ville and Vettes, Rods, And Classics at Creekside, were canceled last week. Fortunately, there were twice as many new events anounced. To see the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.
BREAKING NEWS: Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio have released their 2020 Cruise and Ride schedule. I will be adding these events to the Save the Dates page.
You can imagine my surprise on Friday morning at seeing salt solution or brine all over the roads in my area.
There was no way to avoid the stuff traveling east and south bound from my house. By 10 AM Friday morning every street in my parent's neighborhood had been sprayed with the stuff.
I'm still trying to understand why the roads needed to be treated in the first place. The long term forecast didn't call for any snow. There was a slight chance of showers Saturday evening. Were local officials afraid the rain would freeze on the roads? Temperatures were predicted to be in the upper 40s at the time. And even if the temperatures did drop close to freezing, the ground and roads are still warm enough to prevent any ice from forming.
Since I couldn't get out of the area without encountering the salt, I made the decision to keep my Camaro in the garage this weekend. What a bummer!
Despite the inclement weather on Sunday, the 1st Annual Halloween Spooktacular Car show took place at The Pointe Sports Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.
Our good friends, Jeff and Pam Shankle, drove all the way from Milford Center to the east side of Columbus to participate in the show. They were joined by 29 other "hardy" souls or crazies, however you want to look at it.
I was planning to go, but rain starting falling at my house around 10:30 AM and the weather radar map didn't look very promising for the afternoon.
The restaurant presented awards to the "Top 25", Best MOPAR, Best Chevy, Best Ford, Best Truck, Best Bike, and Best Costume. The Zenith Custom's pick (aka Best of Show) received a hand-made, custom trophy.
Here are the show's "Special" award winners:
Zenith Custom's Pick
Although I didn't confirm it, the Columbus Camaros and American Legion Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat events appear to have both been canceled because of the weather. The events were removed from their respective Facebook pages on Saturday afternoon.
I've got no info on Central Ohio Coffee cruise. With as bad as the weather was on Saturday, I can't imagine there were many participants.
That's it for this week. There probably won't be much of a report next week. I only know of two events for this coming weekend and both are on Saturday. I'll be at the OSU football game so it will be two weekends in a row of no car shows for me.