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1938 Dodge 2 Dr Sedan - Owner: Bill Blackburn

The 2023 Central Ohio car show season has officially ended as far as judged shows. It was just posted on Facebook that there will be a cruise-in at Earthworks Cafe and Lounge in Newark, Ohio on November, 18th. If you're dying for one more car event before you put your car away, here you have it.

Here are the News and Notes from the final five Central Ohio car shows of 2023.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Often referred to as the "Wheelbarrow Fire Pit" car show, Creative Automotive Auto Sales and the Advance Auto Parts Store in Marysville, Ohio hosted its final show of the year on November 3rd.

There were 26 cars in attendance and $145 was raised for the Marysville Food Pantry.

Here are the six "Favorite" car picks for this month:

In addition to the car awards, Jeff Shankle presented awards for Cruiser and Co-Cruiser of the Year.

Rex Dillion, Tim Inscho, and I received Co-Cruiser of the Year awards. The three of us only missed one show. I was in Florida for the April show so I had a good excuse.

Left to Right: Rex Dillion, yours truly, and Tim Inscho

The Cruiser of the Year award went to Jimmy Carmean and Rick Jones. They both attended all eight Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts shows this year. Rick has been Cruiser of the Year four out of the last five years.

Miller's Swap Meet and Car Show:

The 16th Annual Miller's Fall Swap Meet and Car Show took place on Saturday, November 4th at the Ross County Fairgrounds in Chillicothe, Ohio.

With plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 60s, the car show registered 171 vehicles.

I didn't go far into the swap meet area but from what I was told by those that did it was huge.

The car show presented a total of 40 award plaques -- "Top 20" for cars '87 and older and "Top 20" for cars '88 and newer. In addition to the plaques, there were 13 "Special" trophies and two Best of Shows -- one for '87 and older and one for '88 and newer.

The club participation award went to the Street Kingz Car Club.

Here are the "Special" trophy winners:

The Best of Show winners:

  • '88 and Newer - Custom 1995 Chevy Camaro - Owner: Bob Kirst

  • '87 and Older - 1967 Chevy Nova SS - Owner: Charlie Seymour

Notice that Charlie is standing with two trophies. The one with "Best of Show" at the top will stay with the show promoter. Each year the cars and owner names that received Best of Show will be added to the base of the trophy.

Final Thoughts: This was my first Miller's Swap Meet and Car Show. It was worth the hour's drive from Columbus. I liked splitting the awards into older and newer cars. In my opinion, it gets more people to participate in the show and adds a larger variety of cars. No one can argue that is a bad thing.

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If you're coming here for a list of car events still on the schedule for November, the only thing remaining is the Ohio Ford Expo SuperSwap in Columbus on November 27 and 28.

Columbus Cars and Coffee will continue to hold Saturday morning meet-ups throughout the winter at the parking lot of The City apartments weather permitting.


I participated in two car shows this week to finish out my season.

American Legion Southway Post 144 Veterans Day Cruise-in:

On Thursday, Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers hosted their Veterans Day Cruise-In at the American Legion Southway Post 144 on South High Street in Columbus, Ohio. For the C-Town Cruisers, this was their last show of the year.

The American Legion Southway Post provided a bean dinner free to all the veterans. Those that weren't veterans could enjoy the meal by making a donation.

The show registered 50 cars. Awards were presented to the top 30 cars along with a Cry Baby award and Best of Show.

The Cry Baby award went to No One Cares! The Best of Show award went to Carol Benson with a 1977 Pontiac GT. Many of you may recognize Carol by her 1963 Chevy C10 Pickup. Another beautiful vehicle that receives a lot of attention.

Big Dawg passed out the awards early so everyone could get on their way before the rain started.

To see more from the Veterans Day Cruise-in, CLICK HERE.

Creative Automotive Group/Advanced Auto Parts:

Jeff Shankle's Creative Automotive Group and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their final show of the season on Friday evening.

The wheelbarrow fire pit has become a tradition for the final show. Once again it was forced into action Friday evening. To say it was cold is a bit of an understatement. You could describe the 12 folks that brought their vehicles to the show as either dedicated car show enthusiasts or just plain nuts! Both descriptions are very fitting.

The show raised $145 for the local food pantries. In all, the monthly Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts shows raised more than $1400 this year for the food pantries in Marysville and Milford Center. A big thanks to everyone that participated!

The manager's three favorite picks this month went to Haley Benjamin with a 2016 Camaro SS convertible, Tom Stewart with a 1982 Chevy C10 pickup, and Tony Kristoff with a 1970 El Camino SS.

Ron Smith picked up the Cruiser of the Year award and yours truly received the Runner-Up Cruiser award. Ron attended all nine monthly shows. I made it to all but the first two shows when I was in Florida.

Jeff is looking at a bigger place for the shows next year and also partnering with Auto Smarts and the C-Town Cruisers for a couple of events in 2022. Stay tuned...

Cruising for Carter Benefit Car Show:

Several Rusty Lug Nutz members braved the cold weather and drove over to Cambridge, Ohio on Saturday to participate in the Cruising for Carter Benefit Car Show. The show was held at the Deerassic Park Education Center in Cambridge.

Seven-year-old Carter Campbell was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in the spring of 2020. After a year in remission, his cancer has returned. All proceeds from the show went to support the Carter family.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received Carter's Crew's Best in Show pick. Carter's pick was a 1929 rat rod.

One of the great things about the car show community is the willingness to give of their time to help others in need.

This is it for weekly reports until next year. I will be posting a 2021 season wrap-up next week so stay tuned for that.

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This is it, folks. The final listing of car events for this season. Just like March, I'm listing ALL the events for the entire month of November. I'll be posting my final thoughts on 2021 towards the end of the month so stay tuned for that.

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


Rain on Friday and Saturday postponed or canceled a number of events. Those events that did go on rain or shine had very low turnouts as you can imagine.

One of those events, The Spooktacular Halloween Show at the Point on Main Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio registered around 20 cars on Saturday. With decent weather, that show would have been pushing 100 cars or more. The Best of Show Award went to John Van Paepeghem, Jr with a 1965 Ford Falcon Convertible (that's John in the black ball cap and hoody).

American Legion Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat Meet:

The rain finally cleared out for Sunday's American Legion Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat Meet hosted by Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruisers.

The show registered 60 cars. Awards were presented to the "Top 30" cars. There were special awards for Best Costume, Best Dressed Vehicle, and Best of Show.

Best Costume went to Karson Musick dressed as a character from Paw Patrol.

Kenny G and his 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat received the Best Dressed Vehicle Award.

And finally, Best of Show went to Phil Monroe with a 1971 Dodge Challenger RT.

All in All, it turned out to be a fun afternoon of trunking or treating at the American Legion Southway Post. Check out the show's PHOTO PAGE for more cars and scenes from the show.

A big shout-out goes to Dale Pearce for his help putting together this report.

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An old wheelbarrow became a makeshift fire pit Friday evening to keep the 17 car and truck owners that turned out for the final Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio from freezing to death.

By the end of the show, temperatures had fallen into the mid to low 20's. Thank goodness there wasn't much wind or the evening would have been really brutal.

For this final show of the season, six awards were presented.

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Cold temperatures and areas of Central Ohio with salt on the roads did not stop 59 cars from participating in the Veterans Day Car Show at the American Legion Southway Post 144 on Sunday. 

This was Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers last show for 2018.

Big Dawg told me the Cruisers already have 19 events lined up for next year including the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival.  This is a good sign that 2019 will be another big year for car events in Central Ohio. 

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