Location: 3145 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43219
I arrived at the car show not knowing what to expect. Since it was close to the airport I wondered if they were going to charge for parking or even charge admission. I had to wait a little while before getting into the parking lot; but, there was no charge for parking. They had a bounce house for children, food trucks for the hungry, and a live band to set the mood of the car show. I have to admit that I know nothing about cars other than to take it to the dealer if there seems to be a problem.
We are located at the west side of the airport across from the green parking lot. This is the fourth year of the car show. It is held every year in the month of August. Check out our website for future dates. All the proceeds go to the James (The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center). We have over 200 cars already and they are still coming in. We will raise quite a bit of money today.
I have never been to a car show, what goes on?
You bring your car in and register it. We give away 75 trophies and 3 six-foot trophies that are awarded based on various criteria. We put the car that is best in the show on the tee shirt for next year’s car show.
Tell me about your car
It’s a 285-inch wheel base top dragster. It has a super charger on it. 526. It runs six twenties at 228 in a quarter mile.
Does that mean that it goes fast?
It hauls the mail.
Is this a collector car?
No. I race it. I have been racing for over 40 years.
Do you do the maintenance on the car?
I do everything from front to back. My wife and 2 crewmen go with me to the car show. We compete in division 3. “We stay on this side of town: Indianapolis, Norwalk, and National Trail Raceway”.
My assumption is these are events that those who compete know about. I just smiled and continued with the interview.
Anything else you would like to add?
We are doing this for Josie who is fighting breast cancer. We want to thank Jack for putting this car show together.
Tell me about your car and why you show it
I have a 2016 Dodge Charger Scat pack. The theme for my Dodge Charger is “decepticon”. It’s a wrapped mat black with black stripes. It has a decepticon logo on the back and Luvers. I added a diffuser, a wicker bill and a spoiler in the front. It also has rocker panels and a few engine mods. I have my car in the car show because I love to show my car. It’s basically my passion. I like to mod cars and fix them up and detail them.
We are representing AMMO (All Modern Mopars of Ohio). Support your local AMMO crew. If you are looking to join AMMO club, we don’t have any charges to join. We are just a bunch of guys and gals that love to get together and celebrate muscle cars.
Come on now. There must be some criteria. Surely you can’t come with some raggedy car that half runs.
If you have a Mopar (Dodge, Chrysler or Jeep), you are welcome to join us. We don’t hate. We support everybody. If it’s a passion that you have, come join us. We will help you mod your car up, give you ideas and share our knowledge. We want everybody to be on the same level.
You might see a car and think it belongs in the junk yard; but, I see the potential. I watched this car for a year. I painted this car, put on new wheels, new tires, and new interior. It’s a family car. Everything is original. This is a 1989 with 89,00 miles. I did the first tune up on it. How the car turns out is the reward.
Debra Nappier-Hardaway, Curtis Hardaway
I drove my husband’s ‘70 Challenger RT which has a 383 magnum in it. All original. We had to transport it from California to Albany, NY. We picked it up from Albany and drove it back home to Columbus.
That’s my husband’s all original ‘59 Corvette sting ray. I left my cars at home.
Since you said cars, what is your criteria?
I am a Ford person. He was a Chevy person. This little Dodge is our orphan car. I have a ‘56 T-bird and a ‘53 F100. My ’56 T bird was signed by Chip Foose (American car designer). Chip is planning to sign the 59 Corvette.
Do you do the work yourself?
Yes. We detail the cars to get them ready to show. He does the mechanical work and I do the D and C (dust and cleaning). I have helped him pull engines out and put engines in. I also worked on transmissions. We have fun.
How often do you bring your cars out?
Very seldom. Only in fair weather and to car shows. We have historical plates, which means you can only drive them to parades or car show events. You can’t use them as daily drivers.
I tell everybody we have an inter vehicle marriage; but, we make it work.
My take on the Jax Wax Car Show 2018
I have no idea what the owners were talking about when they told me the specks of their cars.
I had no idea the amount of work and expense needed to get a car ready to show. It was wonderful to see the pride in ownership and sense of community displayed at the car show. The bonus is that all proceeds benefit the James. This is a good event for people to use their passion to fund a good cause.