Now that spring weather has finally arrived in Cincinnati, what better activity could there be for car enthusiasts than to attend some shows (Photo 1). This area is blessed with an incredible community involved in the old car hobby. From May into October there are numerous shows and cruise-ins held every weekend and even throughout the week in all corners of the Tri-State. The biggest challenge, often, is deciding which show to attend.

Many in the region are looking forward to attending the upcoming Cincinnati Concours d’Elegnace (Photo 2). The 41st installment of this annual affair takes place on Sunday, June 10, in Ault Park. The featured marque this year is a celebration of the Porsche (Photo 3) legacy through seven decades. Of course the concours is more than just a fantastic car show. A quick visit to the Concours website will outline all of the weekend events. Money raised for the concours and all of its events goes to support the Arthritis Foundation Ohio River Valley and their work with juvenile arthritis.

In addition to all of the regular classes, special features, and marquees that every past Concours has featured, this year’s event will introduce a brand new display. Starting this year a prominent national car collector will be honored with a special display highlighting carefully selected automobiles from their personal collection. This year’s honoree will be Robert Ingram of Durham, North Carolina. As is fitting for this year’s overall theme, he will be displaying a number of street and race cars from Porsche. This gives just one more reason to make the weekend of June 8-10 on your calendar.

While the Concours is a huge event and a major draw of both fantastic automobiles and large supportive crowds, it isn’t the only major event in the region. In fact, the first big show kicked off at the end of April with the 41st Annual Sharonville Classic Car Show (Photo 4) sponsored by the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce. This year’s show may well have set a record for cars as they filled not only the famous Sharonville Loop but many of the adjacent parking lots and side streets. Capacity for the show is 534, the number of parking spots available. Volunteers claimed that they had run out of spaces and were shoehorning vehicles in wherever they could.

As always with this show it is as if the entire old car community was chomping at the bit to dust off their rides and bring them out of the garage for the first time all year. What that means for anyone who just wanted to go and enjoy all of the cars is that there was a huge variety. The organizers do a fantastic job of grouping the vehicles by class. So if you are a fan of Fords (Photo 5), it is easy to find them. If you are a MoPar maniac (Photo 6), they are easy to locate as well. Of course there are always more Chevys (Photo 7) than you can shake a tire pressure gauge at. This year they even had a rather large class for trucks and utility vehicles (Photo 8).

In addition to the Sharonville show being the unofficially kick-off to the car show season it also marks the first time you can purchase a copy of the Show and Shine Calendar which is a vast repository of car events for the region and beyond. The calendar lists not only events in the Tri-State but also those held throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The calendar is generally available at many of the larger shows in the region or can be ordered through the website. The calendar even has coupons from Quaker Steak and Lube. This is a must have for anyone in the old car hobby.

One of the first shows on this year’s calendar was the 2nd Annual Cruisin’ to a Cure for ALS show in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (Photo 9). Most new shows tend to start out rather small but last year’s inaugural event drew over 400 cars. This year’s topped it hitting in excess of 450.

It was a fantastic display of cars of every type. There were the very old, such as this 1904 Oldsmobile (Photo 10) and the very rare, such as this 1967 Pontiac Tempest (Photo 11). There were those commonly seen at events, such as this 1955 Chevy Bel Air (Photo 12) and the famous, such as this 1964 Rolls Royce (Photo 13), the actual car Sammy Davis, Jr. rode in for the movie Cannonball Run (Full disclosure, this car belongs to my good friend Jamie Schworer and I’ve featured it in my blog several times).

This event is set in the middle of downtown Lawrenceburg along tree lined Walnut Street, which gave access to plenty of places to stop in for a good lunch. This is a show to circle on your calendar for next year. There are a few other shows that have passed that you should note for next year. The Annual Middletown Antioch Shriners Mother’s Day Charity Car Show will see its 33rd year next spring. Dialing in on Addiction Car Show at the Florence Crossroads Church will be in its third year. Coney Island will host Lauren Hill’s Cruise for the Cure show, Quaker Steak and Lube in Milford will host the Tradition Rod and Kustom Show/Queen City Draggers event, and Armoco Park in Lebanon will see the ACE Car Club’s car show.

Here are some highlights of shows scheduled throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall. These are by no means all of the area events but represent some of the larger gatherings. It’s always best to check your Show and Shine to find a show that will interest you.

June 16 is the 9th Annual Shriner’s Car and Bike Show (Photo 14) held at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Milford. The following weekend, on June 24, will be the annual Glendale Gathering Historic and Collector Vehicles event (Photo 15) in the Village Square in Glendale. This show always brings out some amazing vehicles. Close up the month on June 30 with the 11th Annual Mustang and All Ford Show (Photo 16) hosted by the Queen City Mustangers at Lakota West High School in West Chester. If you are a fan of Mustangs or Fords in general this is a must see show.

July 8 brings the Brits to Harbin Park in Fairfield for the annual British Car Day (Photo 17). July 14th has one of the more unique shows as once again Bethel Murdoch Presbyterian Church will combine its annual show (Photo 18) with an ice cream social. It’s good ice cream. July 28th is the 64th Antique and Classic Car Parade through downtown Hamilton and the next day sees the annual St. Bartholomew Festival Car Show (Photo 19).

Probably the biggest event in July will occur on the 21st and takes place in Lexington. The Keeneland Concours d’Elegance has a featured marque this year of BMW, both the legendary automobiles (Photo 20) as well as the German firm’s famed motorcycles. In addition to the regular classes, Keeneland offers up a very unique class each year: carriages (Photo 21). This is well worth the drive.

August is always a busy month for events in the collector car hobby. Shows that should go on your calendar start off on the fourth with the 8th Annual Car Show at Robert L. Schuler Sports Complex in Sycamore Township (Photo 22). On the 11th both the 8th Annual Wood Hudson Cancer Research Benefit held at the Hafbrahaus in Newport and the 12th Annual City of Blue Ash and the Untouchables Classic Car Club Show (Photo 23) held in Oakwood Park in Blue Ash will take place.

Traditionally August is when two massive Northern Kentucky shows are held. Unfortunately this year dates have not officially been announced as yet. The date for the show in Mainstrasse Village (Photo 24) should be posted on their website.

The other large show that has happened for many years, the Rides on Monmouth, will unfortunately not be held this year. The person who has organized and run the event is not able to do so and the city of Newport was unable to find anyone to take his place. Hopefully the show will return next season because it is always a spectacular event drawing hundreds of rides.

If you’re willing to drive a couple hours up I-74 to Carmel, IN then the weekend of August 24-26 is a date worth remembering. Artmobilia, a concours level event coupled with a massive car corral, will line the Arts and Design District of the city with over 400 automobiles. While there are events on Friday and Sunday, the actual show is on Saturday, August25.

If driving up to Carmel doesn’t bother you then perhaps you’ll take a couple more hours to head up to Auburn, Indiana, the weekend of August 30 through September 2 for the Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction. Hundreds of collector cars will change hands and even if you don’t bid you can see a lot of great automobiles. While you’re in Auburn you might also want to go indoors to check out some of their amazing automotive museums. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum pays homage to not only those three luxury marques but also to many other vehicles that were manufactured in Indiana. This is one of the best automobile museums in the country. Right next door is the National Auto and Truck Museum which celebrates the automotive tradition of Auburn as well as displaying a vast array of collector cars.

The Kruse National Military History Center has not only a top flight military museum but also features an automotive and carriage museum. The Carl Casper Collection (Photo 25), made up of television, movie and concept vehicles created by one of Hollywood’s top designers, is part of the museum. A short walk from there will bring you to the Early Ford V 8 Museum which pays tribute to cars made between 1932 and 1953 that utilized the famous Ford Flathead V 8 engine.

For those who want to stay closer to home, September 1 is the date for the annual Cruise-A-Palooza (Photo 26) at Coney Island. Over the past few years this event, which always draws a couple hundred vehicles, has suffered from the weather but hopefully this year will be nice and sunny.

On Labor Day, September 3, the 9th Annual Headin’ for the Hill Car Show (Photo 27) will line the street of North College Hill with well over 100 great collector cars. On September 9th another large event will take place in Reading as the Show N Tell Car Show (Photo 28) will hit the Haffey Fieldhouse. September 15 will see the 11th Annual Village Green Car Show for Fairfield Parks at Village Green Park and September 22 is Showcase Your Ride for JDFRF at the Ford Sharonville Transmission Plant.

Another short drive should be part of your plans for September 16 to take part in the Dayton Concours d’Elegance. This event regularly brings in some of the best vehicles in the region (Photo 29). The featured marques this year are Cadillac and the E-Type Jaguar. Held in beautiful Carillon Historical Park visitors not only get to take in the cars, trucks and motorcycles at the concours but also the various historical buildings on site, including the Wright Brother’s Aviation Center which houses their original 1905 Wright Flier III, the world’s first practical airplane.

The car show season doesn’t end with September. The largest show of the year is the Pumpkin Run Nationals. The Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville is literally packed with every type of pre-1975 car you can imagine (Photo 30). The event is held October 5-7 and is hosted by the Fastiques Rod and Custom Club of Southern Ohio.

Sprinkled throughout the year are regular cruise-ins and cars and coffee events all over the Tri-State. Just thumb through your Show and Shine Calendar and you are sure to find a car related event near you. They all make great reasons to get outside this summer.

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