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1961 Morris Minor 1/4 Ton Pickup - Owner: Andy Melaragno

Here are the Central Ohio car and bike events for the last week of June.

Monday (June 24):

  • No Events Found

Tuesday (June 25):

  • No Events Found

Wednesday (June 26):

Thursday (June 27):

Friday (June 28):

Saturday (June 29):

Sunday (June 30):


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NEWS AND NOTES

To say it was a "Red Hot" weekend for car shows is a bit of an understatement. Temperatures well into the 90s caused the cancellation or postponement of four shows scheduled for the weekend. Unfortunately, a lot of cruisers stayed home this week because of the heat.

The Inn at Olentangy Trail Classic Car Show:

The Inn at Olentangy Trail Assisted Living Center hosted several car shows pre-Covid. The last one being in June of 2019 in which there were 56 cars in attendance. Fast forward to last Tuesday and the Inn at Olentangy Trail decided to pick up where it left off by hosting another car show.

Registration was $15 and included a dinner spread consisting of hot dogs, chips, corn on the cob, watermelon, ice cream, and drinks. There were also door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds went to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

The Orange Township Fire Department brought one of its fire trucks to the show and a bounce house was set up for the kids.

There were awards for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cars selected by the residents of the Inn at Olentangy Trail.

Third Place went to Brad Smith with a 1931 Ford pickup truck.

Ken Kubinski's 1967 Pontiac Firebird received the Second Place Award.

Tom Rizek's 1968 Chevy Camaro was chosen First Place.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Despite temperatures well into the 90s this past Thursday, attendance reached 190 cars. Of the 190, approximately 40 were Cobras that were in town for the London Cobra Show.

Nothing unique or unusual to report this week. However, this 1948 Chevy pickup truck received a lot of attention.

Just to give everyone a heads up. The 4th of July is on a Thursday this year. The restaurant will have reduced hours that day so there will be NO cruise-in on July 4th.

Mountainview Christian Church Car Show:

For the second year in a row, the Mountainview Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio hosted a benefit car show to raise funds for a Hurricane Relief Mission Trip to Puerto Rico.

The theme of the show was "Gettin' The Cruise Back Together" a reference to the Blues Brothers. You'll see that reference in the awards.

Registration was $10 and included one door prize ticket. There was also a large array of silent auction items to bid on.

The church had food and drink available to buy. The main entree included pulled pork sandwiches or hot dogs.

This year the Church registered 31 cars. The 1901 Oldsmobile with a five-horsepower engine was the most unique vehicle at the show.

There were 17 Sponsor's Choice Awards. No Best of Show.

The big winners were Dean Maisenbacher with a 1961 Chevy Parkwood station wagon and Dave Bratton with a 1937 Wild Rod Ford.

Many of us sat under a large maple tree for most of the show. The shade and slight breeze made the afternoon bearable.

Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride at Massey's Pizza:

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride team made their annual stop at Massey's Pizza at the Indian Mound Mall in Heath, Ohio on Saturday.

The heat made a huge difference in attendance this year. The show registered 32 cars on Saturday compared to the record-setting 182 cars last year.

Tom and Tommy Obert received Best Mustang and Massey's Pick.

Dale Pearce took home the Best Truck Award with his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup.

Best of Show went to Terry Treneff's 1955 Chevy Nomad.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Show at Earthworks Cafe:

The Crossroads Event team was back at Earthworks Cafe in Newark, Ohio on Saturday hosting the monthly car show at the restaurant.

The Earthworks Cafe staff was very accommodating letting everyone sit inside to get away from the heat.

Bubba Hettinger received the Veteran Owned Vehicle Award with his 1978 Chevy K10 Stepside 4x4 pickup.

Ron Howell's 2015 Chevy Corvette Z51 took home the Best of Show Honors.

The Crossroads Events team will be back at the Earthworks Cafe for the July show on July 27th. This coming Saturday (6/29/24) you can join them at the East West Restaurant in Heath, Ohio.

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It's that time of the year when the weather turns cold, the cars are put away for the winter, and we impatiently sit and wait for the next car show season to start. Reminiscing about the season that just finished is a great way to pass some of the time.

Before we begin our journey back through 2022, I must state the usual disclaimer that the opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. They reflect the events I attended and the cars I saw in 2022. If you disagree with anything I post, please feel to express them in the comments section. If you encountered something particularly good or bad during the past season, please post that in the comment section as well.

With that out of the way, let's begin the journey back through 2022.

Some Statistics:

  • More than 6000 photos of your cars, trucks, and motorcycles were posted to carshowtalk.com in 2022.
  • From March through November, carshowtalk.com listed 995 events in the Central Ohio area which includes Marion on the north, Springfield on the west, Chillicothe on the south, and Newark on the east as boundaries.
  • August had the most events with 232. November had the least with 18.
  • I personally traveled to 21 different locations to participate in a car event. Der Dutchman in Bellville and the Historic Clifton Mill were the two farthest. Both exceeded 50 miles.
  • There were 116,175 visits to carshowtalk.com from March through October. The week of August 22-28 had the most visits with 4845. It kind of goes along with August having the most events.

I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for supporting carshowtalk.com in 2022. It was the best year yet for the website.

Favorite Cruise-Ins/Meet-ups:

  • Der Dutchman Cruise-In - I doubt anyone will argue that the weekly cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio isn't the best cruise-in in all of Central Ohio. This year 5449 cars attended the cruise-in from May through September. The weekly average of 259 vehicles was an all-time record. Wayne and Luella Nisly along with the restaurant staff do a great job of making the cruise-in a fun and relaxing way to spend a Thursday evening during the summer.
  • Columbus Cars and Coffee Arena District Meet - There's something about seeing hundreds of classic, exotic, and muscle cars lined up in front of Nationwide Arena. This turns out to be my favorite Columbus Cars and Coffee meet each season. I got so carried away this year that I took close to 300 photos - most of any event.
  • Jax Wax Street Madness - I didn't go to the two meet-ups this year, however, those that did go reported that the "Street Madness" name is by far the best description for the event. It's crazy and loud! The event has gotten so big the fall/Halloween meet moved from the airport to National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. How you feel about the event will likely depend on your age. If you're under 40, you'll love it. Over 40 and you'll probably never go to another one again.
  • Goodguys After Hours at the Crown Plaza, Hilton, and Quaker Steak and Lube - No discussion of cruise-ins/meet-ups would be complete without mentioning the after-hours gathering at these three locations during Goodguys weekend. There's definitely a party atmosphere at the Crown Plaza. The Hilton is a little more subdued and Quaker Steak and lube is just plain madness.

Favorite NO Registration Fee Judged Shows:

  • Rod Knockers Car Club - The club's monthly show at the Rural King in Marion, Ohio continues to be the king of this category. If there's decent weather on the first Saturday of the month from April through October, you can expect well over 100 cars in attendance The club presents around 30 awards each month that always represent a different theme. There are door prizes and 50/50 raffles and music from the 50s/60s along with classic rock. You owe yourself to attend at least one Rod Knockers show during the season. It will only cost you the gas to get to Marion and back.
  • Cruisin' with the King in 2022 - Runner-up in this category is the monthly show hosted by the Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club at the Burger King on Rt 31 in Marysville, Ohio. On a good Saturday, attendance will push the 100 mark. At the end of the show, awards are presented to the club's "Favorite" 15 cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There are door prizes and 50/50 raffles and music from the 50s and 60s. And if you're hungry, there's Burger King right there.
  • Summer Jubilee Car Show - Kuhlwein's Farm Market & Deli and the Vienna Door Company sponsored a registration-free judged show this summer at Kuhlwein's Farm Market in Hilliard, Ohio. With assistance from the Empty Pockets Cruisers Car Club, the event attracted 117 cars. Twenty-four awards were presented at the end of the show. Live entertainment was provided by Madeline Rose and the Thorns. There were several food trucks on site. However, the big hit was the free bratwurst sandwiches given out by Lehnerts Meats. I'm told by reliable sources Kulwein's and the Vienna Door Company plan to sponsor more shows like this in 2023.

Favorite Registration Fee Judged Shows:

This was a tough category for me to pick this year. As I looked back over the year, there were a lot of good shows in this category.

  • Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals - Obviously Goodguys has to be included at the top of this list. It is the largest and most prestigious show in the area. We are blessed to have an event like this to look forward to every year. Receiving an All-American Sunday Award with my Camaro made this year's event even more special.
  • Empty Pockets Cruisers Trunk or Treat - This show makes my Favorite list year after year. It seems to bring out the Halloween spirit in everyone that attends. More folks dress up in costumes and decorate cars than any other Trunk or Treat show in the area. The volume of children trick or treating is also impressive. This year my 350-piece bag of candy was emptied in record-setting time.
  • Vettes, Rods, and Classics - This is another show that ranks at the top of my list every year. The Capital City Corvette Club does a great job as a host. Creekside in Gahanna, Ohio is a cool venue for a car show. There are a lot of places to sit and eat. The club presents 80 plus awards. I like that the Corvettes and rods and classics are judged independently of each other and that each category has its own Best of Show winner. This year saw the return of the band Reelin' In The Years for live entertainment. The Capital City Corvette Club can chalk up another successful show with lots of great cars.
  • Spring Fling All Corvette Show - After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, the Spring Fling All Corvette show returned to Quaker Steak and Lube in Columbus, Ohio this past May. Hosted by the Chosen Few Corvette Club, the show attracts Corvette owners and clubs from all over the country. This year the show registered more than 300 Corvettes and presented 130 awards. If you own a Corvette, this is a show you'll want to attend.
  • Auto Smarts Radio/C-Town Cruisers - I would be remiss if I didn't mention Boots and Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride and Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers. Those two groups were involved in 50 Central Ohio car events in 2022. Add in the new kid on the block, Frank Russell, and Crossroad Events, and you have over 60 shows hosted by those three groups. Having 60 additional shows to choose from each season is a massive bonus for our area. I'm told it's unique to Central Ohio.

Favorite Ten:

Each year I pick my 10 favorite cars, trucks, and motorcycles I saw during the season. I try to limit the picks from Goodguys since one could easily select all ten from there. This year my favorite 10 only includes one car from Goodguys. The rest were all from local shows and cruise-ins.

Without further ado, here are my ten favorites in no particular order.

1970 Oldsmobile 442 - Owner: Aaron Denny (Summer Jubilee)
1966 Corvette Stingray Restomod with GM LT5 engine - Owner: Michels Auto Design (Goodguys)
1968 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Scott Mayo (Arthritis Show)
1957 Porsche Speedster - Owner: Laurie Hartley (Battle of the Brands)
1959 Ford F-100 - Owner: Kristin Finnerty (Battle of the Brands)
1966 Internation Scout - Owner: Unknown (Powell Cruize-in and Pig out)
2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide - Owner: Coryell Stephenson (Performance Charity Car Show)
2022 Yenko/SC Chevy Camaro - Owner: Bill Reno (Der Dutchman)
1934 Packard - Owner: Ray Gosnell (Vettes, Rods, and Classics)
1991 Chevy Camaro Z/28-1LE - Owner: Dan Varner (Chesrown Classic Cruise-In)

The Unusual, Unique, and Odd:

Each year vehicles show up at shows and cruise-ins that some might describe as unusual or unique while others call them odd. Here are some of the vehicles in 2022 that fit those descriptions.

R.I.P.

This year we lost a number of fellow Central Ohio cruisers. They will all be missed.

Cruisers of the Year:

  • This year's Cruiser of the Year Award goes to Jeff Tolley. Jeff participated in more than 170 events this season. And I thought my 80 was pretty good.
  • Runner-up Cruisers of the Year goes to Jeff Shankle and Dave O'Brien. Both attended just under 160 events. Jeff also receives Photographer of the Year. It wasn't even a contest.

Other Notables:

  • Best Restrooms - Delaware Christian Church
  • Best Hamburger - Tolles Car and Craft Show
  • Best "Live" Entertainment - Vettes, Rods, & Classics
  • Worst Weather - The thunderstorms that roared through Central Ohio on July 23rd
  • Best Door Prize - The bottle of booze that was part of the grand prize basket at Richwood Bank's Coffee and Cars.
  • Tallest Best of Show trophy - Still Electric Mods, Rods, & Classic Car Show and Auto Smarts Radio Westerville Moose Lodge Car Show
  • Most expensive collection of cars at an event not counting Goodguys - $20 million plus at the Unveiling of the Triple F Collection's newest supercar

Final Thoughts on 2022:

I want to thank all those who shared photos and information from events I wasn't able to attend. A special thanks goes to regular contributors Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, and Dave Bratton. Their weekly contributions helped carshowtalk.com reach a whole new level this year.

I'm going to take a few months off. I'll be back in February with the first edition of Save the Dates for 2023. The weekly list of events will resume again in April.

I wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season. I'll be leaving for my winter home the day after Christmas.

I'm going to end the year with the final lines from Ohio State University's Alma Mater:

The seasons pass the years will roll
Time and change will surely show
How firm thy friendship...OHIO!

The same can be said about a season of car shows. The friendships we make and the experiences we share with each other will roll on long after the season ends.

This slideshow captures my favorite moments from 2022. Enjoy! I'll see everyone next year.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport - Owner: Triple F Collection

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NEWS AND NOTES

For the first time in three months, I stayed home on Saturday. I enjoyed the day with my Grandson and watched a little football. Sunday, however, was a different story.

The Unveiling

The first stop on Sunday was Esoteric Fine Auto Finishing in New Albany, Ohio for the unveiling of the Triple F Collection's newest hypercar, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport.

The unveiling took place from 11 AM to 2 PM. I arrived shortly before 1 PM and the crowd was quite manageable. No idea how crazy it was or wasn't at 11 AM.

Here are a few of the Super Sport's specs:

  • 8.0-liter 16-cylinder hand-crafted engine
  • 4 turbochargers
  • 18 PSI maximum turbo boost
  • 7100 rpm redline
  • 1,600 horsepower
  • A maximum speed of up to 273 mph
  • Pricing starts at $4 million

Bugatti plans to build only 60 Super Sports so you might want to order yours now!

The Triple F Collection had a few of its other cars on display. All told I estimated there was about $20 million worth of cars at Esoteric.

Lancaster Car Scene Car-Toberfest

From Esoteric it was off to Outerbelt Brewing in Caroll, Ohio for the Lancaster Car Scene Car-toberfest Car Show.

The event was spread out over the parking lots of Outerbelt Brewing and the Tractor Supply Company (TSC).

Registration was $15 which included a door prize ticket. There was also a 50/50 raffle. Those that parked in the Outerbelt Brewing lot could get food and a craft beer inside the taproom. A food truck was available for those that parked at TSC and didn't want to make the walk to the taproom.

The show registered 142 vehicles with another 30-40 attending that didn't register.

Trophies were presented to the Top 50 cars, trucks, and bikes along with seven "Best Of" category awards and a Best of Show.

The Best of Show honors went to Bob Kraft with a 1955 Chevy 210.

To see more photos from the Car-Toberfest show, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore Masonic Lodge #475 Car Show

Earlier in the day on Sunday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted a Car Show for the Masonic Lodge #475 in Baltimore, Ohio. The actual show location was the Baltimore VFW Post 3761.

The show registered 84 cars. A total of 35 trophies were presented at the end of the show.

The Best of Show award went to the 1968 Plymouth Fury III owned by Joe Warner.

CLICK HERE, for more photos from the Baltimore Masonic #475 Show.

Other Area Shows

  • The Western Ohio Cars N Scouts Show in Enon, Ohio had more than 80 cars in attendance on Saturday.
  • Jax Wax held its Street Madness Halloween Edition at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio on Saturday evening. For the first time at a Street Madness event, Jax Wax presented three custom trophies. The trophies were for Best "Old School", Best "New School", and Best Truck. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received the Best Truck trophy.

Special thanks to Jeff Shankle, Dale Pearce, and Dave Bratton for their help in preparing this week's report.

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