The Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In is the largest and most successful classic auto show and cruise-in held in Ohio. The event raises vitally needed funds for the Arthritis Foundation's research and support programs.
486,000 residents of Central Ohio, 5,000 children in Ohio, struggle with more than 100 different types of Arthritis. Your attendance at the 35th Annual Classic Auto show & Cruise-In will help us make a difference.
2017 CLASSIC AUTO SHOW SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2017, 6:30 P.M.
MIKE ALBERT - THE ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE
Mike Albert's "Ultimate Tribute" show has become known worldwide for the respectful portrayal of the late Elvis Presley. The show had its beginnings with Mike using sing-a-long tapes of Elvis' hits. Mike won several major world "Elvis" contests, and demand for his shows resulted in putting together a seven piece Big "E" Band, to emulate the sound Elvis' band had in the Vegas shows and on tour. An appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show and being featured in six music videos on the national show "A Current Affair", with Maury Povich, further exposed audiences to Mike's talent.
The actual vocal groups that backed Elvis (the legendary Jordanaires and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps quartet) have toured across the U.S., Europe and as far as Australia and New Zealand with Mike's show at many large conventions and theaters. Mike's style and charisma and his ability to get the audience involved in the show have proved to be quite the crowd pleaser. Fairs, festivals, dinner shows and large car cruises have established a long-term relationship with Mike and his band that draws sold-out crowds year after year. Highlighting Mike's career was an invitation to do the Miss Tennessee beauty pageant, with a full orchestra and choreographed dance routines, and a repeat invitation three years later.
Mike's powerful voice lends itself well to every type of Elvis' music - 50's, 60's and 70's rock and roll and love songs, as well as a very successful gospel/Christmas show. Since Elvis had so many hits, Mike makes it a point to keep the show fresh with an ever-changing song line-up! Special requests are often delivered to audiences who are "All Shook Up"!
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017, 6:30 P.M.
PHIL DIRT & THE DOZERS
The Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio invites you to join Phil Dirt and The Dozers on a fabulous vintage music journey where you'll travel back in time to when life was simple, the world was a bit smaller, and the cost of a new chevy was about $2,000.
You'll visit an era when poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and the corner drug store were all a part of the everyday life. Seem like a long time ago? It doesn't have to be!
Phil Dirt and The Dozers are a five-man national touring act that has performed for hundreds of thousands of fans for more than 20 years. Join us as they take the stage once again at the Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In.
VIP TABLES ARE BACK FOR 2017!
Enjoy the concert in the VIP section y the stage, "up close and personal", on Friday and Saturday evening as you enjoy Memories of Elvis and Phil Dirt and the Dozers. Tables for 10 are available for $350 each evening and include drinks (beer and soda) and snacks as part of the table purchase package.
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DELICIOUS LOCAL & REGIONAL FARE
When you attend the Arthritis Foundation's 35th Annual Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In, you won't need to look far for great food and drink! Now featuring a Beer Garden, you'll have a place to sit and enjoy yourself while you feast like kings at our weekend long event!
The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In is proud to feature Pepsi Products and premium on tap beers found in the Miller Coors family of drinks offered by Superior Beverage. No one will go thirsty with all the options we have to wet your whistle!
You won't go hungry at the Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In either. We feature a variety of local and regional food vendors offering something for everyone. From breakfast to late night snacks, we've got you covered! You'll find the following vendors keeping your bellies' full over the weekend: Schmidt's, Moe's BBQ, Gyros, Papa John's, Tortilla Street Food, Boston's, Burgers, Philly Cheese Steaks, Gyros, Weldon's Ice Cream, Bubba's Shaved Ice, Funnel Cakes, Giant Iced Tea, Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, and fresh Kracklin' Kettle Corn.
Some vendors take credit card, but plan to bring cash for these features so you don't miss out on a single offering!
ASK FOR YOUR SPECIAL RATES FOR THE 2017 CLASSIC AUTO SHOW & CRUISE-IN
Overnight accommodations are available at special preferred event rates at all three of the Classic Auto show & Cruise-In's host hotels. Please reserve your rooms as early as possible. Our very popular host hotels fill-up early with the Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In's participants who come from over 20 different states!
THE CROWNE PLAZA DUBLIN
600 Metro Place North
Dublin, OH 43017
CLICK HERE for rates, info, or to make a reservation.
EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL
5100 Upper Metro Place
HILTON GARDEN INN
500 Metro Place NOrth
2016 Classic Auto Show Committee
In 1982 Bob Lincoln, the president of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and Leonard Immke, the owner of Immke Buick, shared a vision. They wanted to create an annual “classic” car show that would take place in Central Ohio to serve two purposes.
Participants would have the opportunity to display and share their classic cars with others in the community and at the same time. . . The event would raise much-needed funds for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.
That first year, Leonard made a few telephone calls and raised $50,000. He then went on to present and host the first Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show.
The first show was a small one-day event, but it was very successful. For the show's second year (1983), Leonard asked Jeff Brashares to Chair the show. That same year, the show was moved to a new home at Metro Place in Dublin, where it has continued to grow and prosper under Jeff's capable direction to become the huge two-day event that we enjoy so much today. In 1996, Andrew Trux joined the auto show's committee and he now faithfully serves as the event's Co-Chairman.
Friday's Cruise-In had its humble beginnings back in the late 1980s when a “Cruisers“ Show-Within-A-Show group, chaired by Jesse Davis and promoted by Let's Go Cruisin News, joined us for Saturday's Classic Auto Show. 75 cars attended and they shared 20 trophies.
Within three years, under Jesse's constant nurturing, the “Cruisers” Show-Within-A-Show group became too large to take place as part of Saturday's Classic Auto Show, and so the Friday Cruise-In was created and added to the weekend's events.
Friday's Cruise-In now boasts over 1,500 cars that come from more than 20 states and Canada to compete for 100 six-foot tall trophies and many prestigious specialty awards. This event continues to dramatically grow each year. In 2001, David Landow joined the committee to assist with the Cruise-In and he continues his support to date.
The Arthritis Foundation's Classic Auto Show now boasts 50 judged classes of automobiles including 27 Show-Within-A-Show groups. Local and regional car clubs present each Show-Within-A-Show group. Each year, our judged classes are expanded and new Show-Within-A-Show groups join us, so please check our NEWS page regularly for all of the latest new additions!
Phil Dirt and The Dozers entertains a huge crowd and every year their dance floor is filled to capacity. This year we welcome Mike Albert to the stage on Friday evening.
Today, as the hard-working auto show committee and dedicated staff of the Arthritis Foundation plan a spectacular event of unparalleled quality and organization, we know that Len Immke would be proud of Jeff's stewardship over these past years, the Arthritis Foundation staff, our committee of more than 60 highly capable members and over 200 dedicated volunteers, all of whom devote enormous personal time and effort to present the largest and most successful classic auto show and cruise-in held in Ohio. The event raises vitally needed funds for the Arthritis Foundation's research and support programs. for rates, info, or to make a reservation.