Welcome to the 2019 Cincinnati Profile Old Car Hobby Calendar. Well, not really. This is just one of our usual articles pretending to be a calendar. But feel free to print off the article and hand the photos on your office wall for all of your car envy friends to admire. What you’ll find for each month, in addition to pictures of some very cool cars, is some information about what you can expect to do to sate your car hobby hunger. For each month there will be one or two events listed. This by no means indicates that those are the only things going on (though in some cases it might). What this article hopes to do is give both the casual and hard core car fan a hint of what to check out each month.

Everyone knows that, for the most part, the classic and collector car hobby is an outdoor experience. During the warm months we go to shows and cruise-ins and enjoy the good weather, the great cars and the company of our friends in the hobby. Mostly during the cold months, such as January, folks in the hobby are taking care of their own cars, doing those jobs to keep the machine rolling and getting it ready for the next season.

But in the Tri-State each January there is one huge event every car fan needs to enjoy, the KOI Cavalcade of Customs (Photo 1). Be sure to read the article on the Cavalcade in this month’s issue and keep an eye out for a follow-up story in the future.

Not only does the Cavalcade get you out of the cold but you will see some of the coolest, most innovative and sometimes unusual (Photo 2) rides all year.

Like January, February doesn’t offer us car enthusiasts much to do (except in my house we have my wife’s birthday). There traditionally, at least over the past nine years, been another indoor winter break for us car folk (Photo 3). Each year up at the Roberts Center in Wilmington there is the Annual Chazziz Valentine Car Show (Photo 4). The show raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association and has donated over $10,000 to this worthy cause making it well worth taking the short trip to Wilmington to check out the cars. Or, if the weather isn’t too bad, taking your own car to be part of the display.

This year’s 10th annual event will be held Feb. 16 from noon until 10pm and the 17th from 10 am until 3 pm. Due to limited space only 85 cars and 20 vendors will be accepted. There will be door prizes, games, a live band and a DJ so that everyone will have something to do.

As spring starts to creep in during March, car fans start having a few more options. One thing for sure to do it to pre-order your Show and Shine Calendar for 2019. If you aren’t already familiar with the Show and Shine then you need to go back through previous issues and read all about it. The Show and Shine gives you information on car shows, cruise-ins, swap meets and any other type of car related event not only in the Tri-State but throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee as well.

A warmer and hopefully dry Saturday morning will bring out a lot of people to Fuel Coffee between 8am and noon for their weekly Coffee and Cars event (Photo 5). Be warned, if the weather’s nice the lot fills quickly and you may find yourself hunting for a place to park in order to sample some of their fine coffee and don’t forget those pastries.

The improving weather will also bring out more people to enjoy the Wednesday evening cruise-ins at Quaker Steak and Lube in Colerain. All three area Quaker Steak locations get involved in the local car community (Photo 6) and it’s worth your time to keep an eye on what the one nearest to you has scheduled, especially through the spring, summer

April will bring out a few more coffee and car events as well as cruise-ins. The Florence Quaker Steak starts up on Wednesdays as does Rockin’ Rick’s Classic Cruise In in Hamilton.

But the biggest event in this spring month is the unofficial kick-off to our annual car show season (Photo 7). This year, the 42nd Annual Sharonville Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce and taking place in the famous Sharonville Loop, will be held on Sunday, April 28th. Hope for good weather because this show will bring out hundreds of fantastic vehicles (Photo 8) as proud owners wipe off the dust and get their rides out of storage.

This is also the first time you can pick up a copy of the Show and Shine as they will have several booths offering the calendar for sale situated throughout the show. There are also usually some nice coupons for Quaker Steak and Lube in each year’s calendar.

If Sharonville unofficially kicks off the car show season, May sees it quickly rev up to the red line. The month is bookended, almost, by two relatively new shows that are both drawing huge crowds and raising a lot of money for their charities.

The first Sunday in May is what will be the 3rd Annual Cruisin’ for the Cure for ALS show in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Started by a teenager in memory of his grandfather who passed away of ALS, this show, in a very short time, has grown into one of the largest in the region (Photo 9). That first year saw it held in a parking lot which it quickly outgrew. Last year they moved it to the streets of downtown Lawrenceburg and drew over 450 amazing automobiles. How many will show up for 2019 is anyone’s guess.

Another big May event comes later in the month when Lauren’s Cruise for the Cure heads to Coney Island (Photo 10). The show is one of the many fundraisers held each year for Lauren’s Fight for the Cure, a not for profit organization founded to raise money and awareness after Lauren Hill succumbed to DIPG brain cancer.

These two events bring in a lot of money for two very important charities making them both worth attending.

While May gave us two of the newer shows in the area, June brings us two that have been around for generations. This year marks the 41st Annual ACE Car Club Car Show at Armco Park (Photo 11). The show is sponsored by its namesake car club which was founded by employees of Armco Steel in the 1970s. Believe it or not, there are people who have brought their cars to every single show.

The ACE Car Club was established by a group of Armco Steel employees who all shared a passion for great old automobiles. They began meeting and decided, over four decades ago, to host an open show. This show brings out a rather eclectic collection of classics as it draws not only from the host club but from other clubs and individual enthusiasts.

Another regional show now into its fifth decade is perhaps the most highly anticipated event of the local season: the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance. This year will be its 41st annual showing as well. The featured theme of the show is Mid-Century Modern – American Style 1948-1965 (Photo 12).

In addition to the featured theme and the over a dozen regular classes that see vehicles from the earliest days to modern marvels, there are also some special classes at this year’s event. Those include 95 Years of MG, Asian Tuners, the 100th Anniversary of the Bentley, and two classes for Survivors, Unrestored Pre-1950 and Unrestored Post 1950.

Held June 9 at Ault Park, the concours is just one part of a weekend celebration of automobiles that raises money for the Arthritis Foundation’s juvenile arthritis programs.

In addition to fireworks, cookouts, parades, and celebrations, July brings a plethora of automotive events. Picking only two to highlight is a difficult task indeed. With events ranging from an ice cream social/car show to another full concours at a horse track, there pretty much is something going on every weekend for every taste.

British Car Day is traditionally held the first weekend of the month, always on a Sunday. Sponsored by the British Car Club of Greater Cincinnati, the show is held at beautiful Harbin Park in Fairfield. It attracts just about every type of British automobile made (Photo 13) and probably has some a lot of people have never seen in person before.

Another picturesque setting being utilized in July is Fernbank Park which, on July 28, will play host to the 30th Annual Rollin’ On the River Car Show. Sponsored by the Delhi Kiwanis, this open show attracts hundreds of cars (Photo 14) from throughout the region. Used as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis and all of the work they do throughout their community, Rollin’ On the River offers not only a beautiful setting but plenty of food, music and vendors as well.

In case you’re interested, there really is a combination car show and ice cream social in July. It’s held put on by the Bethel Murdoch Presbyterian Church just outside of Loveland (Photo 15) and always has a nice turnout. Keeneland is the horse track where Keeneland Concours d’Elegance will be held on July 20 (Photo 16).

If July is packed full of events, so too is August. There are shows every weekend, often two or more on the same day so choosing which event to attend can be quite a chore. For this article the choices were made on a number of points including venue, host organization and amenities.

The 13th Annual City of Blue Ash and the Untouchables Classic Car Show hits all of those boxes. Blue Ash and the Untouchables put on a fantastic show (Photo 17) in Oakwood Park which offers plenty of trees and lots of grass. Anyone who has attended an August car show held in a parking lot knows that it can be brutal. But this location is almost perfect for an event. Add to that the great old R&B music and free, yes free, hot dogs and hamburgers (donations accepted) and you have the makings of a near perfect show.

Another beautiful, tree-lined location is along Mainstrasse in Covington. Last year this show couldn’t be held because of construction in the area. Hopefully it will be back this coming year. This show always attracts a great group of cars (Photo 18). Being held in Covington makes all of the fine restaurants in the city fair game for attendees.

Last year a second show that has been a long time favorite was not held. The Rides on Monmouth (Photo 19) had always closed blocks and blocks of Newport’s Main Street but last year, because the organizers had become too busy with other things to take on the monumental task of putting together the show, it was cancelled. Any group wishing to take on the organization should contact the City of Newport.

There is another event that is worth checking out that takes place in August. Artomobilia is a full Concours d’Elegance event that is located in the center of Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis.

September marks the accepted end of summer. Kids go back to school. Vacations, for the most part, are over. But that isn’t necessarily the case for the old car hobby. It is true that a lot of car events happen around the Labor Day weekend.

Cruise-A-Palooza (Photo 20) has been held on the Saturday before Labor Day at Coney Island for decades. For many people this is one of the last chances to take their car out. For that reason this show tends to have a very strong turnout and there is always a nice variety of cars on hand.

A show that hasn’t been going on nearly as long as Cruise-A-Palooza takes place on Labor Day in North College Hill. This year’s Headin’ for the Hill Car Show (Photo 21) will be the 10th annual event. There are enough cars showing up for this show to close down several blocks of Galbraith Rd. on both sides of the high school. Another event spanning Labor Day weekend that could be of interest requires a bit of a drive up to northeastern Indiana. The Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction takes place on the three day weekend in Auburn, Indiana. Though the auction is the main happening there are plenty of other car related events as well. Plus, it’s worth it to visit the numerous car museums in the town, especially the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum. That’s not the only one, though, so check out the website for more information.

There are a couple of other really good car shows in September that are worth checking out. This year will mark the 10th Annual Show N Tell Car Show (Photo 22) held at VYO Haffey Fieldhouse in Reading. It is also always well worth the trip to drive up to Dayton for their Concours d’Elegance held at beautiful Carillon Park (Photo 23).

October really does bring the end of the car show season. Yes, summer officially leaves in September but the last big hurrah for classic and collector cars. The first full weekend of October is always reserved for the Pumpkin Run Nationals (Photo 24). Sponsored by the Fastiques Rod and Customs of Southern Ohio and held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, the Pumpkin Run brings in hundreds of fantastic cars, all pre-1974 (Photo 25). For more on the Run, check out last month’s issue.

There are scores of other fun events that take place during October. Look around in your community and odds are that you’ll find a Trunk or Treat (Photo 26) happening near you. It’s fun to see the car owners decorate their rides and pass out candy to the kids in costumes (my granddaughter loves it).

November pretty much shuts down the car events for the year. Oh, sure, there are still the occasional year-round cruise-ins but that’s really about all. Except for the 47th Annual Vintage Wheels Rod and Custom Car Show (Photo 27). The show is held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds Complex in Richmond, Indiana, and is a paradise for fans of rods and customs.

But that show isn’t the only reason to take a drive up to Richmond. While you’re there, set aside some time to check out the automobile wing of the Wayne County Historical Museum (Photo 28) and be sure not to miss the Model T Ford Club of America Museum (Photo 29).

Which brings us to December, a month with practically no car events of which to speak. Most car folks have their prized rides tucked away for the long winter’s nap. But don’t fret, all through December (well all through the year actually) you can look back on the many articles about great cars and car events that are in Cincinnati Profile. You can also check out my blog if you really need a car fix.

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